Date & Time 
Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Event Location 
Main Campus, Moraga, CA
Event Description 


A workshop by Susanna Maida, Ph.D. and Doug Paxton, Ph.D.


$105.00 General Public; $85.00 SMC Community (lunch included)

We’ve entered a defining moment in history in which an old order is falling away and something new is emerging to take its place. What emerges depends on us. We are each being asked to step up and contribute our own unique gifts as leaders. Whether you’re called to lead in grand ways or small ways doesn’t matter. What matters is that you want to take action on behalf of a better future.

As we seek to hone and develop our leadership skills and capacities during turbulent times, the wisdom of the natural world has often been under-valued as a source for expanding humanity’s potential. How might your soul and creativity be tapped with an inquiry in nature? If you are curious and/or feel the call to how you can bring all of who you are to the journey – body, mind, heart, and spirit – then please join us for this daylong experiential workshop.

Workshop Description: Our day together will be spent predominantly outside and will include time for both group and individual exercises. We invite you to bring your most pressing challenges and questions to the workshop as intentional engagement with the natural world has the capacity to reveal new levels of insight and awareness. Using the natural world as both teacher and mirror and drawing on an ancient model of wisdom known as the Four Shields, you will have the opportunity to access the deep wisdom that arises from the interplay of body, mind, heart, and spirit. Through time alone in nature and the sharing of stories that inform and empower, you will expand your sense of what it means to be a balanced and authentic leader during these uncertain times.


Presenters: Susanna Maida, Ph.D., CPCC is a life and leadership coach with a passion for helping people who care deeply about the future of our planet live their calling and contribute to the “Great Turning” to a more just, life-affirming, and sustainable world that works for all. Her primary areas of focus in her work are: cultivating authentic leadership; growing right livelihood; becoming a social entrepreneur; reconnecting with the soul of nature; and living a more balanced, personally sustainable, and joyful life of meaning and impact. Check out her longer nature-based leadership development programs at:



Doug Paxton, MBA, Ph.D. is a learner, educator, writer, and artist who is passionate about how we learn from our own experience and connect to the people and places around us. He has worked in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors and has always been in awe of nature and what humanity has to learn from reconnecting to the natural world. Doug is currently the Board Chair of GroundSpark, a non-profit organization that creates visionary films and dynamic educational campaigns that move individuals and communities to take action for a more just world. He currently teaches in the St. Mary’s Master’s of Arts in Leadership Program.



For more information on the content of the workshop, contact Doug or Susanna

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