Workshop Details



Creating a Caring and Compassionate Community

In a Compassionate Community, the needs of all the inhabitants of that community are recognized, the well-being of the entire community is a priority, and all people and living things are treated with respect. Work through the elements of building a compassion community initiative that engages citizens and local government to transform the way they interact with one another.

Presented by Marilyn Turkovich, Executive Director of Charter for Compassion

Marilyn's background has been primarily in higher education and she has done a considerable amount of curriculum writing through the years, much of it related to international and cultural topics. She worked with Independent Broadcasting Associates on a number of series for airing on National Public Radio, BBC and the Australian Broadcasting organizations.


Relational Compassion: How Compassion Can Transform Workplace Interactions

When leaders embody compassion, research shows that they appear stronger, gain more followers, and improve organizational performance. In this breakout, you’ll learn how compassion can be applied in leadership and walk away with a practice you can immediately use in workplace interactions.

Presented by Uvinie Lubecki, Founder and CEO of Leading Through Connection

Uvinie Lubecki is the founder of Leading Through Connection, an organization that trains leaders in compassionate leadership. She has worked with executives and teams at leading corporations and nonprofits including Macy’s, Johnson & Johnson, GoPro, California Department of Justice and Google.


Getting out of your mind and into your Body & Senses

Let’s “try on” that we are all out-of-touch with our own body and senses, and “try out” a couple exercises to practice getting more authentically connected with your environment on a different level than ever before.

Presented by Tony Shawcross, Executive Director of Open Media Foundation

As Director of the Open Media Foundation, Tony has helped thousands of individuals and nonprofits make media to raise awareness and foster civic engagement through authentic communication. Tony will present a Radical Honesty exercise based on the work of Dr Brad Blanton.


Why Art, Why Yoga, Why Politics

Questions are often more stimulating than answers. They open us up to possibilities and to finding connections that might not have existed in our minds. Let's explore who we are, what drives us, and how we make a difference in the world.

Presented by Karen Guzak, Visual Artist and Yoga Teacher of Angel Arms Works and Yoga Circle Studio.

Karen is a painter, yoga teacher, and a politician, having served seven years as the Mayor of the City of Snohomish. She is also a developer of several award-winning artist's live work spaces: Sunny Arms Artist's Cooperative, Union Art, and Angel Arms Works.


Moving from the Inside out

In daily life most people walk around functioning predominantly from the neck up, mind in the lead. What if there was another way to navigate the textures, contours, and intricacies of the human path? Come and explore your deeper layers through conscious movement, invigorating breath, mental awareness and the possibility of intuitive access and greater connection. (56 words, open to edits:)

Presented by Danny Arguetty, Mindfulness Manager at UW Recreation

Danny Arguetty, M.A., is the Mindfulness Manager at the UW, a yoga teacher trainer, author, mindfulness and wellbeing educator, and an advocate for supporting people and organizations to flourish through science backed mindfulness, wellness, and leadership education.


Changing the status quo in the global workforce

We will consider how our world is in transition and explore practical ways forward as human-centered leaders. Insights are based on new, breakthrough research conducted by Sesil Pir Consulting and Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.

Presented by Sesil Pir, Founder and Principal Consultant of Sesil Pir Consulting GmbH

Sesil is an HR Functional Thought Leader contributing to Forbes and publishing in Harvard Business Review, HR Zone, and UK’s HR Magazine. Sesil Pir is Founder of SESIL PIR Consulting GmbH and Whirling Chief, a global collaboration & learning platform.


Languages of the Heart: Poetry, Witness & Belonging

To witness extends our circles of belonging. Participants will hear poems from diverse voices that deepen what it means to witness. We will then create our own poems reaching for language that broadly encompasses caring and concern for each other.

Presented by Merna Ann Hecht, Project Founder/ Director of Word Travels: Bringing Voice and Visibility to the Community

Merna Ann Hecht, is a poet, teaching artist, essayist and nationally known storyteller. Her writing, social justice activism and teaching are guided by her commitment to honor marginalized voices through story and poetry toward creating communities of welcome and belonging.


Liberating Self Discovery In A Group

This session will help you bring more mindfulness and compassion into everyday work, not something you do only at retreats. The focus will be on shaping next steps together with practical methods that include and unleash every voice.

Presented by Keith McCandless, Author and Co-Developer of Liberating Structures

Keith is co-developer of Liberating Structures and co-author of the book “The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures." He operates a global consulting practice focused on including all voices in shaping next steps. Born in Cincinnati Ohio, he holds a Masters from Brandeis University and a BA from TESC in Olympia, WA. Keith lives in Seattle.


Embody Presence for Compassionate Leadership

Develop awareness and insight to recognize your patterns under pressure, and shift to a centered ability to respond skillfully in stressful situations. You will be introduced to Leadership Embodiment techniques through gentle movement and low impact stress simulation.

Presented by Catherine Bachy, Organizational Excellence Partner/Consultant of University of Washington, Professional & Organizational Development

Catherine Bachy, MA, M.Ed., specializes in Leadership Embodiment Coaching to give leaders immediately accessible tools for increasing qualities of wisdom, compassion, and confidence to skillfully manage stress and conflict. Catherine integrates learning from the disciplines of mindfulness and aikido to offer practical wisdom for compassionate leadership.

Taming Your Crocodiles: Unlearn Fear & Become A Change Catalyst

Explore how you can overcome resistance to change and contribute fearlessly to the evolution of yourself, your team and society in this time when it seems so needed. How can you transform fear to realize more of your potential?

Presented by Hylke Faber & Renee Metty, Growth Facilitators of The Crocodile School

Hylke’s mission is to realize his essence and help others do the same. He wrote the award- winning Taming Your Crocodiles and teaches "Leader as Coach" at Columbia Business School. He leads The Crocodile School, Constancee and The Growth Leaders Network.

Renee believes in the capacity of the human condition and that one’s greatest asset is the quality of attention you bring to every aspect of your experience. She leads The Crocodile School, With Pause and The Cove School.


Compassion for self: Insights and Practices

All outer relationships reflect the inner relationship within oneself. Thus, Lao Tzu said, "Compassionate towards yourself you reconcile all beings in the world." We shall explore wisdom and exercises from various traditions to cultivate mercy and gentleness for oneself.

Presented by Jamal Rahman, Imam of Interfaith Community Sanctuary

Imam Jamal Rahman is a popular teacher on Islam, Sufi spirituality and interfaith relations, featured in New York Times, CBS News, BBC, and NPR. An author and teacher, he is co-founder of Interfaith Community Sanctuary, adjunct faculty at Seattle University.


The SCARF Model - Neuroscience of self-awareness

Laugh, cry, move, talk, write, discover, change.

Presented by KEVIN b JOYCE, Producing Director of EnJoy Productions

Kevin is an event host, communications trainer, performer and meeting designer/facilitator. He runs EnJoy Productions with his partner Martha Enson. Kevin specializes in humor-filled, provocative live events, designed to increase engagement.