2018 Session Description

Wabi-Sabi Conversation

For adults • 90 minutes
Category: Insight
Maximum Participants: 12

A listening and story sharing circle on how wabi-sabi is or might serve your one wild and precious life. This experience will use the following guidelines from Meg Wheatley’s The Practice of Conversation. We acknowledge one another as equals. We stay curious about each other. We recognize that we need each other’s help to become better listeners. We slow down so we have time to think and reflect. We remember that conversation is the natural way humans think together. We expect it to be messy at times.

This practice of conversation takes courage, faith, and time. We don’t get it right the first time, and we don’t have to. We settle into conversation, we don’t just do it. As we risk talking to each other about something we care about, as we become curious about each other, as we slow things down, gradually we remember this timeless way of being together. Our rushed and thoughtless behaviors fade away, and we sit quietly in the gift of being together, just as we have always done.

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • Practice generous listening to others
  • Practice generous listening to yourself
  • Experience the joy of speaking not what you know, but who you are

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Newell Eaton
Albany, NY

Newell coaches leaders to innovate in today’s fast-changing complex global community. He believes that effective leadership is the key to a healthier world. His passion is helping leaders and teams develop organizations and communities people love to work and live in. Cultures that are attuned to being good neighbors locally and globally.

Newell is known for his capacity to create the safe psychological space for difficult conversations and breakthrough outcomes and for his creative facilitation of energizing experiential workshops and retreats. His motivational approach brings the latest adult development, neuroscience and mindfulness research to each client’s unique situation.

As someone entering his seventh decade of life he is actively embracing the transition to conscious elderhood and the benefits it can offer to self and others.

Newell is a returning presenter. Click here to see their sessions from previous years.

Allie Middleton
Albany, NY

Working as a mind-body leadership coach and consultant, Allie loves to integrate several wisdom traditions as she curates experiences that help others connect to the emerging collective intelligence and natural forms of creativity. She has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 40 years is is grateful for a family background connected to several esoteric traditions.

After a diverse business career leading innovative start-ups in New York City and moonlighting as a wilderness trainer, she began to commit her life and work to energy healing practices and behavioral health systems change projects. She was deployed to the 9/11 disaster as a mental health crisis expert.

Allie combines embodied presence practices from the Presencing Institute (Presencing.org) teaching Social Presencing Theatre to encourage individuals and groups to innovate from the inside out. She serves as faculty to health care specialists in the emerging field of Yoga Therapy. She and her husband Newell live in the Hudson River Valley in New York and enjoy traveling to sacred sites, near and far.

Allie is a returning presenter. This year’s sessions:

Click here to see their sessions from previous years.


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