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Monday, February 24, 2014 - 11:30pm to Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 2:00am

A four-part series of workshops on Embodied Leadership

Unify Toronto Dialogues Presents: an unforgettable opportunity

A four-part series of workshops on
Embodied Leadership

Jon Love and Satya Robinson will host four sessions introducing participants to the methods, practices and background of “Embodied Leadership.” The third session of the series will be presented by Gary Diggins.

What is embodied leadership?
In our view great leadership is not much different from being a really good human being. Leaders build real trust within a group or community, pointing toward a new future and advancing with confidence into the inherent uncertainly of unknown realms. When you actually have capacity to face breakdowns, breakthroughs, unplanned opportunities and defeats without loss of confidence then we say you have “embodied” the essential components of leadership. First you have to be the leader of your own life - then and only then will people choose to follow you.

Arising out of the traditions of martial arts and the "human potential movement” that inspired the founding of Esalen in California during the 1960’s, “somatic practice” (embodied action) has proven amazingly successful as a way for people to awaken their awareness of their “authentic selves.” It has been adapted for personal, institutional and business transformation.

When you speak authentically, from your core, then what you say and how you say it matters. You will need to be able to use language effectively. Human beings are creatures of language, and yet we know very little about how language actually works. The field of “ontology of language” opens up enormous realizations about how we have been creating our own obstacles, when we could be moving through them. Leaders use language to create possible futures and then have them realized.

Session 1 – February 24
Introduction to the practices of embodied leadership - finding center, accessing energy in the body, training our attention, moving from center, facing and blending with opposing energies


Jon Love has 25 years of consulting, coaching and leadership training, and has experience as an executive in corporate and non-profit organizations. He is the Founder and Senior Partner of Leadership for Social Change Jonathan has been a practitioner of Organizational Transformation for over 25 years. He has assisted dozens of companies to develop leadership at all levels of the organization, ensuring that breakthrough results are accomplished by the people of the enterprise. Using a model of leadership that incorporates effective practices derived from diverse and eclectic sources, grounded in somatic, linguistic and emotional competence. Jonathan guides participants to discover and then realize commitments that have been suppressed and gone unfulfilled until now.

Satya Narayani Robinson is founder of WEB3, co-founder of JLS Global and employed by Caledon Centre for Recreation and Wellness, with 15 years of practitioner and teaching experience in numerous fields of Health and Wellness including Yoga, Pilates, Meditation and Visualization, Reiki, Reflexology, Massage, Therapeutic Touch, Thought Field Therapy and Card Readings. She offers individual counseling as a Soul Contact Specialist and is an Awakening the Dreamer facilitator.

Gary Diggins has worked Internationally for the last 3 decades as an expressive arts therapist, performing musician, and group facilitator. Before moving to Guelph in 2013, Gary maintained a private practice in Toronto combining counselling with musical forms of therapy. He continues to serve on the faculty of Fleming College’s Expressive Arts Therapy department. Gary is passionate and curious about human communication and the universal practice of listening to sound, word, music, and silence. His recent book, Listening as a Mindful Practice, will be available in 2014.

Gary has worked in post-conflict communities in Africa including Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria, and Angola. As a recording artist, Gary appears on dozens of musical projects including six solo albums.

Venue & Address: 
Friends House Meeting Room 60 Lowther Ave Toronto, Ontario  
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 11:00pm to Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 2:00am

Bridging Polar(ized) Perspectives: Enabling a Productive Dialogue on Climate Change

For February's DwD, join host Sheila Murray as we explore how we can have conversations on polarizing topics.

How do we have productive conversations about climate change with people
whose views are different from our own? Can conducting the climate change
conversation at a local community level help to forward the national dialogue?

For some of us the implications of climate change are so urgent that they demand
immediate action. For others of us, global warming produces a wide range of
responses including apathy, guilt, fear, boredom or vigorous opposition. How do
we restart a conversation that has become so polarized?

If you work on climate change issues as a campaigner, business leader, politician
or community organizer, or if you just want to be able to convince cousin Kirsten
that climate change is relevant to her life – then this session should interest you.

We’ll start by identifying our own values and principles concerning climate
change and discover how the language we use can distance others. Then we’ll
explore some of the barriers to communication and how to counter them. Next,
we’ll look at a variety of strategies for effective climate change communication
that invite everyone to have a stake in the outcomes. Finally we’ll explore the
potential of a proposed mapping tool that might encourage even the reluctant to

Sheila Murray is a writer, documentary filmmaker and communications specialist.
She has an MA in Immigration and Settlement Studies where her research focused on climate change migrants. Sheila believes that climate change can be a catalyst for significant social and cultural change. Her communications model encourages individuals to engage in small-group dialogue about climate change with people like themselves. As they engage they will connect with others who are already working on numerous climate change issues and solutions and may even become part of a civic community that supports those actions.

Venue & Address: 
The Moment Studio, Suite 407 130 Spadina Avenue Toronto, Ontario
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