Adults are much more likely to act their way into a new way of thinking than to think their way into a new way of acting
— Richard Pascale, Surfing the Edge of Chaos


Welcome to Practicing Wholeness: An Experiential Guide to Next-Stage Leadership DevelopmentWe are delighted that you are choosing to join us in this venture.

Practicing Wholeness is a process of engaged conversations among two or more people who commit to being together for twelve circle meetings. The meetings are best hosted and facilitated in conversation circles, as this form moves the process beyond individual practice into the realm of the collective where our real work in the world transpires. Each of the twelve conversations focuses on a practice or discipline designed to:

Deepen Our Self-Awareness

Strengthen Our Relationships

Expand Our Perspectives

Each practice is supported by a pre-reading; conversation starters; suggestions for taking the practice into participants’ daily lives; ideas for sharing interim reflections with the circle; and additional resources. Practices include Presence, Courage, Authenticity, Integrity, Truthfulness, Forgiveness, Compassion, Generosity, Humility, Unity, Equanimity, and Celebration. See a summary of the Practices here


To use Practicing Wholeness in your own work, check out the options below: 

Join our Learning Community

Start Your Own Circle(s)

Use in the Classroom

Use with your Clients


Practicing Wholeness is most effectively used as a stand-alone offering (in-person or online) where Next-Stage Leadership is desired. Or you may consider integrating the practices into your current leadership development efforts by using it as:

  • A "check-in" for regularly scheduled meetings

  • An addition to your existing team or leadership development program, workshop or course
  • A coaching resource with your internal or external clients
  • A study group in your membership organization, on campus, in your church community, or in your neighborhood
  • An optional "brown bag lunch" series
  • A supplement to your work with Living Room Conversations or the Allsides education initiative

The power of the Practicing Wholeness approach is that it is:

  • Aimed at highly diverse, self-managed, and often geographically distant teams and work groups
  • Focused on groups or teams at any level in the organization who are committed to increasing their effectiveness
  • Offered in the context of the group or team’s regular work life, ensuring that all members are engaged in the same shared experience
  • Organized around the real challenges faced in the workplace and beyond
  • Owned by those with leadership responsibilities or by individuals and teams interested in their own growth and development
  • Highly accessibility and adaptable to specific environments, usually using homegrown facilitators
  • A long-term and continuous process, meant to move participants to greater self-awareness, stronger relationships and expanded perspectives