Mindful Leadership: A Nonprofit Renewal Retreat

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Monday 11/6/2017 - Wednesday 11/8/2017
1:00 pm

Program Leader
Leah Weiss, Victor Narro

Mindful Leadership: A Nonprofit Renewal Retreat

November 6-8, 2017

Featuring Leah Weiss, Ph.D. and Victor Narro

  • Are you a nonprofit Executive Director, Program Director, Manager, or Fund Development Director looking to understand mindfulness and apply it in your work?
  • Do you sense your energy, patience and/or compassion fragmented or depleted in these turbulent times?
  • Do you desire to be more thoughtful, grounded, and effective in your leadership role?

Join your nonprofit peers for three (3) days of connection, exploratory learning, and mindfulness practices led by Leah Weiss and Victor Narro.


This Mindful Leadership Retreat will be an introduction to basic mindfulness practices and how these can help you stay aligned with your deepest purpose, care for yourself in ways that assist you in avoiding burnout, and become more skillful in dealing with challenging situations, employees and boards. Participants will have the option of learning other ways to manage stress in order to be more effective in your work.

This program will feature presentations, small group discussions, and activities as well as quiet time to integrate your learnings, experience LCDM wellness offerings, or simply rest and renew yourself in the peaceful spaces of the retreat center, trails and gardens.

  • Cultivate mindfulness in order to increase your clarity, creativity, and effectiveness
  • Develop skills to help manage your reactions to challenging situations and people
  • Re-engage your sense of purpose to feel rejuvenated in your work
  • Understand how stress impacts performance, relationships and work–life balance

This program begins at 1 pm on Monday and ends at 1 pm on Wednesday (after lunch).


A founding faculty member of the Dalai Lama’s Compassion and Cultivation Program at Stanford University, Leah Weiss, PhD, MSW is a ​lecturer at Stanford Business School, researcher and meditation expert​. She​ has dedicated her life to teaching people how to leverage research-based mindfulness and compassion insights to create outstanding leaders and thriving work environments.

For more than a decade, Leah has been teaching the skills of mindfulness as a way to alleviate stress and dissatisfaction—and cultivate a greater sense of purpose and meaning—in one’s career. Over that time, scientific research on mindfulness meditation has grown exponentially, with the latest studies showing that it improves work-related capacities and provides a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits.

Mindfulness-at-work helps people use the heart they already have – at the job they already do – to close the gap between the way things are and the way they want them to be.”  – Leah Weiss

Victor Narro is Director of UCLA Labor Center. After being engaged in immigrant rights and labor issues for over 30 years, Victor has recently focused his work on integrating self-care and spirituality for leaders in the field of social justice.

“If you’re going to be at your best for the people you’re trying to help, you have to take care of yourself.” – Victor Narro

Mindfulness is a tool that, even in small doses, may restore resilience and optimize our effectiveness.

Join us, enveloped within the sanctuary of the La Casa de Maria Retreat Center in Santa Barbara, to explore and discover how mindfulness is good for our work and focus, our bodies and minds, our purpose, compassion and self- perception.


Program fee: $375 per person includes 2 nights lodging in shared room, meals and tuition. Single room supplement $120.

Commuter fee: $275 per person includes meals and tuition.

Limited scholarship discounts available, application required (see below)

Early bird discount $50 for registrations received by September 29, 2017.

Registration may be completed online by credit card. Full payment is required at the time of registration. Space is limited and registrations will be accepted in the order received. Registration confirmations will be sent by email.

Registration deadline is Friday, November 3, 2017. No registrations will be accepted after this date. Registration is not available at the door.

Register online below or register by phone: 805.969.5031 ext 206


Cancellations must be made in writing via email to: [email protected]

Cancellation notice before 10/31/17: Full refund less $75 processing fee

Cancellation after 10/31/17: No refunds available. Registrations may not be transferred to other LCDM programs.


When sold out, registration will be closed online. To be placed on our waiting list, please call  805.969.5031 ext. 206


A limited number of $100 scholarship discounts are available for this program to allow access to those organizations who might otherwise experience barriers to attend. LCDM prioritizes scholarships for organizations with budgets under $500,000 and/or with the greatest financial, transportation or other access needs.

You may apply for up to three (3) scholarships per organization. The deadline for scholarship application is Wed, October 25.

The scholarship application is available HERE.




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