Brave Leadership: The Art of Hosting

with Marguerite Drescher and Gabrielle Donnelly

November 16 - 18

We live in a time marked by fragmentation, polarization, and overwhelming social and ecological injustices. As warriors of Shambhala, we are called to engage our sad, tender hearts and strengthen our bravery in the face of obstacles, never giving up on human beings and human society as fundamentally wise and strong. Our Shambhala teachings offer profound and practical tools for personal practice and reflection, but it can be challenging to bring these practices and views into our relationships, organizations, and communities.

Designed to enrich and support how we practice and create Enlightened Society, this 3-day training is inspired by the Shambhala Principle and draws on the global Art of Hosting movement alongside related authentic leadership practices. You will learn simple yet powerful methods and frameworks for facilitating meaningful conversations, harnessing collaborative power, and organizing teams and groups around complex issues, including Circle Practice, World Café, Dilemma Work, Open Space Technology, and Chaordic Design.

In this training, you will:

  • Learn practical methods and tools for hosting conversations in your context (e.g. Open Space Technology, Circle Practice, World Cafe, Sense-Making methods)
  • Develop an understanding of frameworks and process design methods that support effective and participatory conversations, meetings, events, and engagements
  • Establish hosting skills as a core leadership practice
  • Hone your communication skills through deepening your understanding of speaking, listening, and holding space for others
  • Connect with regional Shambhala leaders and build relationships and networks
  • Hear stories from Shambhala leaders who are already using these methods and engaging hosting as a leadership practice
  • Invite others to join you in thinking strategically about a current idea or project that you are working on in your organization, community, or Shambhala Center

About the Presenters

Gabrielle and Marguerite are both long-time Shambhala members and practitioners who engage their aspirations and commitment to Enlightened Society daily through their work as social innovators. In this program, they blend their experiences, stories, and learning from the work they do with communities, organizations, governments, and universities with the richness of Shambhala vision and practice. They both live in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Arrival & Departure

Please plan on arriving between 3:00p and 6:00p on November 16. Dinner begins at 6:30p. The program will end around 4:00p on November 19.


Karmê Chöling offers 2 price options for this program.
Please choose the option that works best for you.

Patron Price: $515
This price covers 100% of Karmê Chöling's operational cost for the program and supports financial aid for other participants. By choosing to pay this price, you extend your generosity to Karmê Chöling and the other participants. Thanks to you, we can make more scholarships available and continue to enrich Karmê Chöling.

Base Price: $425
This cost covers 80% of operating costs for the program reflecting Karmê Chöling's commitment to keeping programs affordable. We fundraise to cover the remaining program costs.

Please Note:
Price includes meals but not accommodations.

It is traditional for students to offer a monetary gift to the teacher in appreciation for receiving the teachings, and in recognition of the years of training and understanding the teacher has cultivated. There will be an opportunity to offer a teaching gift at the program.

Scholarship and Financial Aid resources are available to make dharma accessible to people in all circumstances. We offer different ways for overcoming financial obstacles here.


About Marguerite Drescher

Marguerite Drescher is a visual artist and graphic recorder and facilitator trained in cultivating vivid expressions for learning. She is dedicated to living art and exploring the possibilities for social transformation through creativity. Imaging and visualizing a different world allows us to create it with our collective conversation and action. Marguerite is committed to a radically inclusive approach that leads to sustainable strategies and actions. 

As a Graphic Facilitator Marguerite uses visual forms (such as large scale mural drawings and note taking) to capture collective insights and ideas and reflect them back to the group. She works with communities, governments and businesses in Nova Scotia and around the world in this way to help them map complex issues into simple images. Her company Brave Space Social Innovation offers graphic facilitation, visual coaching and strategy, live draw videos and workshops.

About Gabrielle Donnelly

As a scholar, educator, and practitioner in the field of social innovation, Gabrielle’s passion for connecting academic inquiry and practitioner-driven social initiatives leads her to work with social and ecological purpose organizations as they navigate the frontiers of social change. She is an advisory council member of the Authentic Leadership in Action Institute at Naropa University's Authentic Leadership Center and an advisory board member for the Intelligent Optimist’s (formerly Ode Magazine) certificate program in Transformative Studies. Gabrielle is a doctoral candidate at the California Institute of Integral Studies and has published in the areas of creativity, leadership, and community development. 


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