Recharge and Renewal Options for Nonprofit Leaders

Increase Your Organization’s Effectiveness!

A program designed especially for Nonprofit Leaders and Managers

“Recharge and Renew: A Personal and Peer Retreat”

Held at La Casa de Maria in Santa Barbara, CA

October 24 – 27, 2017

A professional survey of prominent nonprofit leaders in the greater Los Angeles region revealed that 97% of participants believe burnout, high turnover, and training are critical needs in the sector.  

A new program in our region is being launched to meet this need. Here are the basics:

  • This fall, up to 15 nonprofit leaders and managers will be hosted at the beautiful stone manor house on the grounds of La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center in Santa Barbara, a building known as the Center for Spiritual Renewal.
  • During your stay, you will be free to work on important professional projects, read materials that deserve focused attention, or simply “unplug” and take care of your body and soul.
  • You will also have a chance to choose from a variety of self-care and renewal practices – mindfulness meditation instruction and practice, yoga, stress-reduction techniques, walking the 26-acre grounds, and hiking in the adjacent hills that have stunning ocean views.
  • At dinner you will gather around an elegant dining table with your peers to enjoy refreshments, exceptional food, and open conversation.

La Casa hosts 12,000 people and 200 nonprofits a year.  Again and again, after being here our guests report that they return to their professional responsibilities and personal lives with renewed purpose and increased effectiveness.

La Casa is offering this new personalized retreat program because we believe nonprofit leaders—both established and emerging—deserve the best support possible as they work to create a more just and equitable world.  We invite you to apply, or to encourage a peer or future leader in your organization to do so.

Timing:  Tuesday, October 24, 3 pm check-in – Friday, October 27, Noon departure

Cost: $375 (regular rate would be $595) — Partial scholarships are available

To apply:  Complete the  Individual Retreat Application for October 2017  and email it to [email protected].

Any questions, please call Steve Jacobsen at 805-456-4228 or email at [email protected].

Also – please join us for:

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.

Find more detail about and to register for the November Conference HERE.


Leah Weiss, PhD, MSW

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.

Leah has taught and consulted in many different including Harvard-affiliated hospitals, Google headquarters, the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), LinkedIn, the Greater Good Science Center at Berkeley, Wisdom 2.0, Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Bing Center. At the Department of Veterans Affairs, she teaches mindfulness and compassion to help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress, and to help VA staff around the Bay Area cope with the stress of their jobs helping veterans. She now consults for the Omidyar Group’s 21st Century Leadership Initiative as well as the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED). Leah lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children.

Victor Narro – UCLA Labor Center

Victor has been involved with immigrant rights and labor issues for over 30 years. Currently Project Director for the UCLA Downtown Labor Center, Victor’s focus is to provide leadership programs for Los Angeles’ immigrant workers, policy and campaign planning for unions and worker centers, and internship opportunities for UCLA students. Victor is Professor for the Labor and Workplace Studies Program at UCLA; Guest Lecturer for the UCLA Graduate School of Urban Planning; and Lecturer in Law at UCLA Law School. Victor is a contributing editor for [email protected], where he anchors a monthly blog space called #FaithJustice.

During the past few years, Victor had focused his work on integrating self-care and spirituality in the work for social justice to address the issue of burn out and unhealthy activism.  He authored a book on his spiritual practice entitled Living Peace: Connecting Your Spirituality with Your Work for Justice (CreateSpace Publication, 2014) and its Spanish translation, Paz en Acción Conecta tu Espiritualidad con tu Trabajo por La Justicia Social (2015).  Victor’s work is based on the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi, Thich Nhat Hanh, Mohandas Gandhi, and Brother David Steindl-Rast.; [email protected]

Find more detail about and to register for the November Conference HERE.