“I have opened up creatively and courageously in ways I knew were possible, but for which I previously had no reference point or confidence.”
— Participant

Dec 2-5, 2018
Feb 24-27, 2019
May 19-22, 2019

Sessions begin 5pm Sunday
and end 1pm Wednesday

$7900 tuition includes meals


Thomas Crocker

The Essence of What We Are, As The Foundation For What We Can Become

Held at The Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island, Washington

We invite you to join us for this series preparing individuals, leaders and consultants to work with the central principles of conversational leadership.

Much is said in today's world about "just being." But human beings have never had the luxury of choosing between an untouched and interior foundational self and the necessities and often overwhelming responsibilities of the outer world. As leaders or individual souls we are conversational creatures who shape a real identity only at the edge between the interior self and the practical world, between the here and the there, between how we need to be and what we need to do, and especially between the ground beneath our feet and the far horizon to which we have dedicated our individual or organizational hopes and plans.

Individuals will participate in three, three-day sessions, beginning December 2018 and ending in May 2019. Participants will emerge with a deeper sense of articulation and virtuosity around their own contribution to the leadership conversation, a foundational understanding of David’s and Invitas’ work and approach and its practical application to organizations, and most especially, a closer understanding of their own artful, courageous way of holding the leadership conversation.

“I highly recommend it for those wanting to explore the next chapter of their life and work.”
— Participant

STOPPING THE CONVERSATION you or the organization are having now.
CULTIVATING A FRIENDSHIP WITH THE UNKNOWN: The disciplines of asking beautiful questions.
COMING TO GROUND:  Making contact with the courageous conversation.
CULTIVATING ROBUST VULNERABILITY:  Moving the conversation along what David calls ‘the axis of vulnerability'. Asking for visible and invisible help.
ARTISTRY:  Developing and practicing your own form of artistry.
MAKING THE INVITATION: The crucial marker of good leadership.
BRINGING IN THE HARVEST:  The ability to bring to a culmination all of the hard work we put into our preparation through the first six elements.

 The curriculum will cover seven elements in making courageous conversations real, outlined by David Whyte through more than twenty five years of organizational experience and practiced in parallel by the Invitas team: Craig Fleck  and Maryliz Smith.

The course is designed to be deeply satisfying on a personal, physical and professional level. We take your own approach and what we see as your own artistry, (even if you do not believe you have one) seriously, and help to hone your physical voice, your ‘conversational presence’ in a room, and your verbal articulation and combine it with David’s and the Invitas team’s perspectives to create an experience beyond the ordinary. The continuity between seminars will be held through conversational partnerships among participants.
This will be a direct experience of the way David’s work combines everyday practicalities of management and leadership with the great questions of life.

A few photos from past programs.