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Leading for Change (A new program offered by First Nature Foundation at First Nature Ranch)

Have you been working to make a significant change in the world?

Do want want to be more effective in your calling while helping humanity and Earth?

Are you ready to engage more of your potential? And receive a sustainability leadership certificate in executive education from an acclaimed, accredited university?

Introducing Leading for Change -- an eight-week leadership development program to expand your social change leadership skills.

Lead change. Today’s most heartfelt conversations -- political, social and business -- are calling for momentous social and ecological change in a connected world. This program is designed to expand your social change leadership skills with information and interactions that you apply to your real-world project. You will enhance your strengths and identify the barriers you put in the way of your maximum potency and influence.

You will partner with horses and the natural world to bring leadership frameworks to life. Horses have the amazing ability to help us revive our trust in intuition, give us courage to share our authentic selves, and expand our ability to be in highly effective relationships. In this program, you won’t ride the horses, but will interact with them in playful activities. The potential of authentically relating with a horse is to clarify your calling, embody your leadership goals, and expand your skills in teaming and leading.

Horses can help you revive your trust in intuition, encourage you to share your authentic self and expand your ability to be in highly effective relationships.

The program is experiential, interactive and transformative. Over eight weeks you will practice with a small community to play through a real-life organizational challenge that is important to you as you find your place, build community, learn more about yourself and feel fulfilled doing so.

Participants who complete the program are eligible to receive a sustainability leadership certificate in executive education through Fielding Graduate University.

When. Sessions begin Saturday, November 16, 2019 and end January 11, 2020

Register. or 407-957-1494

Where. First Nature Ranch, 7530 Old Melbourne Highway, Harmony, Florida 34771

Program overview.

· Part I of this program is a 4-hour playshop at First Nature Ranch, where we will 1) meet the horses and allow them to help us identify our leadership strengths and development edges, 2) preview the models that we will work with and 3) begin to play with the models in developing our plans and goals for honing self- and shared-leadership.

· Part II includes 8 weekly group coaching calls and 4 biweekly visits to the ranch to deepen exploration, learning, and offer practice toward real-world application. Each participant will have the opportunity to engage in a mini-facilitation employing their individually tailored leadership development learning.

· Part III brings us back to the ranch for a collectively and collaboratively designed experience that brings our enhanced shared leadership skills into immediate practice.

· Throughout: Have fun and learn with horses, in nature, and with each other!

Sustainability Leadership Certificate: This program offers an executive education certificate from Fielding Graduate University. Fielding Graduate University is an accredited nonprofit leader in blended graduate education, combining face-to-face and online learning for professionals living and working anywhere in the world. Fielding’s faculty members are mentors and student guides, representing a breadth of scholarship and practice in both the School of Leadership Studies and School of Psychology. Fielding students use their skills to become powerful and socially responsible leaders in their communities and workplaces, and throughout society.

Calling change leaders. Join this cohort if you are a change agent who wishes to discover and practice what it takes to make a difference on some of the world’s biggest challenges. Based on research and practice for transformative leadership, this playshop is designed for change agents like you - committed to their current and future success and willing to invest in a strategic development experience, coaching, and a close-knit nature. Register now at or 407-957-1494.

Reconnect with the natural world to clarify your goals as a social change leader.

Learning objectives. At the end of this program, you will be able to...

1. Increase your self-awareness and strengthen your reflection and renewal practices

2. Refine your calling and act on it

3. Identify habitual behavioral patterns that impede your effectiveness as a change agent

4. Recognize and use polarities as generative tensions to transform conflict into productive action

5. Build deeper community locally for social evolution

6. Advance your heart-felt project or challenge

7. Reconnect with the natural world

8. Feel joy and hope in a world of urgent challenges

What you’ll experience.“Leading for a More Socially Equitable and Ecologically Just World” ensures that you and the organization supporting you both benefit. The experience will give you…

· Intensive, in-person meetings at First Nature Ranch

· Interaction with participants and facilitators in a community of deep learning

· Content designed to flex with each participant’s development needs

· Experiences of deep listening with horses and nature

· Regular group coaching sessions

· Weekly video conferences with participants

· Individual assessment of your individual change agent journey

· Real-world application through your own project or case

· Readings pertinent to the change you are currently leading

· A selection of reflection practices (e.g., journaling, gratitude practices, nature walks, etc.)

· Understanding of group dynamics to transform conflicts into collaboration

· Access to leadership development theory resources that can be integrated into your project

Program schedule and detail.

Preparation- After you register, you will receive instructions telling how to prepare before the opening playshop.

Part I - Saturday, March 23, 2019. 4-hour opening playshop at First Nature Ranch

· Meet the horses.

· Partner with a horse to identify your change leadership strengths and development edges.

· Sharpen your calling.

· Journal and reflect in nature.

· Prepare to apply new tools.

Part II - Between March 23 and May 11, 2019. 8 weekly group coaching calls and 4 biweekly visits to First Nature Ranch

Weekly group coaching calls

· Weekly 90-minute video-calls on Zoom with the entire cohort

· Group Whoop - How did we each step across our development edges in the past week?

· Mini-facilitation - We learn from one member’s real-world practice.

· Collaborative coaching.

In weekly video sessions, participants share insights from applying new tools.

Biweekly visits to the ranch

· Partner with a horse - fully surface your unique gifts, talents and potential.

· Collaborate with nature.

· Reconnect body and mind - integrate change theory and intuition.

· Bring forth interbeing - Tap into the life force that connects you, your cohort and nature.

Part III - Saturday, May 11, 2019. 4-hour closing playshop at the ranch.

· Final Play. How has your cohort determined to contribute to a socially equitable and ecologically just world?

· Reflection & Action Plan. What have you learned about yourself and how will you expand your contribution?

Throughout- Have fun with horses, in nature, and with each other!

Time in between sessions-

· Readings that inform our practice with theoretical foundations

· Reflection and self-renewal practices

· Participate in the Facebook Community Forum

· Apply your personal learnings from the in-person and virtual portions of the program


· If your learning and development plan requires deeper support, you can take advantage of up to three optional additional one-on-one coaching sessions with certified coaches for an additional fee.

REGISTER NOW for our winter-spring 2019 cohort if you are...

· Desiring to pursue your own development

· Open to ideas and feedback that will help you grow

· Working currently with a change project

· Aspiring to have a positive influence on the world’s biggest challenges

· Drawn to Nature for inspiration

· Envisioning yourself as both an innovator and a healer

· Able to travel locally for in-person meetings

· Willing to participate in a network of social and ecological change agents

Questions? Contact or 407-957-1494 for details.

Enrollment is limited to nine participants; this is to keep connections and learning personal and impactful.

Fee. $2500 Per person. 10% Discount is available for groups of 3 or more.

Note: This program is a service provided for a fee, so tuition is not received as a tax deductible donation. Please check with your tax advisor.

Contact: Kerul Kassel at or 407-957-1494.


About the Program Creators and Facilitators.

Dr. Kerul Kassel has almost two decades of leadership coaching and transformative facilitation experience, with multiple coaching credentials. She has been quoted in TIME magazine, Real Simple, the Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. Dr. Kassel received a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University, where she was recruited to help develop and teach in the Sustainability Leadership certificate program within the Organizational Development and Leadership Masters program. She’s the author of The Thinking Executive’s Guide to Sustainability (Business Expert Press, 2014) and other books, and the lead editor of Developing a Sustainability Mindset in Management Education (Routledge, 2018). Kerul is also an elected official on the Harmony Community Development District Board of Supervisors and leads a number of community initiatives. Her horses are her leadership gurus, always teaching her leadership and life lessons that she shares with her playshop participants.

Argerie Vasilakes helps people rediscover the life in their businesses and communities. She co-founded TimeZero, a consulting firm that works with organizations as flourishing living systems, which draw insights from Nature for practical and prosperous results. She borrows tools from positive organization development, community gardening and transformative storytelling. Argerie has more than twenty years of experience as a business leader shaping the evolution of cultures in organizations undergoing disruption. She co-authored Transforming Ourselves to Transform our Organizations (OD Practitioner, 2017) and a series of blog posts on leadership and change in the web of life. She holds Masters degrees in Adult Education from Cleveland State University and Positive Organization Development from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. TimeZero is a sponsor of Leading for a More Socially Equitable and Ecologically Just World.

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