5th Annual Gathering, October 11–16, 2020

Babson Executive Conference Center, Boston, MA


The Next Practice Institute (NPI) of Mobius Executive Leadership sponsors transformational training programs for our practitioners, partners, and clients.

These programs operate at the nexus of “best practice” in such areas as organizational development, culture change, and adaptive leadership, and “next practice” in neuroscience, somatics, energy work, music, yoga, and other expressive/devotional arts.

Together we are creating a global community of practice devoted to the craft of transforming people into stronger leaders and building a more just and sustainable world and restoring the cultural fabric.

For the past severals years we have conducted a week-long professional development immersion outside of Boston. 2020 marks our fifth year hosting the annual NPI celebratory and learning event.

The annual gathering brings together a global group of practitioners including coaches, mediators, interventionists, and facilitators, business leaders, human resources and organizational development professionals, strategy and leadership advisory consultants.

We come together for renewal, learning, inspiration, and practice.

The Annual Gathering is supplemented throughout the year with workshops. If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter and announcements about special events and new books, email us


Special pre-conference event Sunday, October 11 | 10:00am – 3:00pm

HALF A SHADE BRAVER: The Foundations of Conversational Leadership

One of the abiding dynamics of leadership, whether it is leading others in public or leading our personal lives with both private and public courage, is the necessity for visibility: the willingness to step into the clear air of commitment and articulation. We commit to others and to a direction we wish to take most effectively through making three invitations: firstly, by identifying the horizon to which we wish to go, secondly, by articulating the ground on which we now stand and lastly, by asking others to join us in the endeavor of getting from here to there. One of the most important qualities a leader must develop is the art and craft of shaping an identity that invites these real conversations and is ready to negotiate the difficult, rewarding steps along the way.

With his compelling blend of poetry, humor and insight, David will reframe your understanding of leadership and the way good work gets done, as well as the milestones and adventures that occur along the way when we make a real invitation — to ourselves, to others and to the future.

Poet David Whyte grew up with a strong, imaginative influence from his Irish mother among the hills and valleys of his father’s Yorkshire. He now makes his home in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. The author of nine books of poetry and four books of prose, David Whyte holds a degree in Marine Zoology, honorary degrees from Neumann College and Royal Roads University, and has traveled extensively, including living and working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Andes, Amazon and Himalaya. He brings this wealth of experience to his poetry, lectures and workshops.

His life as a poet has created a readership and listenership in three normally mutually exclusive areas: the literate world of readings that most poets inhabit, the psychological and theological worlds of philosophical enquiry and the world of vocation, work and organizational leadership. David is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development, where he works with many European, American and international companies.

Special Note: The 10:00-3:00pm workshop with David Whyte is separate from the Next Practice Institute Annual Gathering which begins later that day on Sunday evening October 10th.
The Sunday Pre-Program workshop is $325.00


Participants in the 2020 Annual Gathering can select from one of nine tracks for the week. When registering, please select a first and a second choice. To guarantee your selection, we encourage you to sign up early!

Track One
with Zander Grashow

Adaptive Leadership and Alignment to Change

Co-author of the seminal book The Practice of Adaptive Leadership, Zander delves into the art and practice of individual and collective evolution based on thirty years of research at Harvard University. This track provides an evolutionary change framework to determine the parts of the work to carry forward, how to advance among competing priorities and what new capacities are required. We will also explore the intersection of mobilizing external change and mobilizing ourselves. Zander has been a trusted advisor and partner to Presidents, activists and change agents in their most critical moments of transformation.

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Track Two
with Carolyn Taylor

Leading Culture Change

Customer-centricity, accountability, innovation, collaboration, agility – these are some of the recurring goals of culture change. Carolyn is globally recognized as one of the most experienced consultants on how to make those changes happen. In this track participants will learn the personal growth journey required of leaders to be credible leading culture change. We will also design a practical culture plan, including working with powerful symbols and managing the shadows leaders can cast. This track is based on her award-winning approach captured in her book Walking the Talk: Building a Culture for Success and Carolyn’s podcast.

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Track Three
with Jenny Sauer-Klein

Scaling Intimacy

Founder and director of The Culture Conference, helping leaders build culture from the inside out, Jenny creates transformational human-to-human experiences that prioritize connection over content. This track is an in-depth training in her methodology for leading-edge experience designers and facilitators, including team building games designed to help facilitators engage groups with confidence. Jenny’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Inc., Fast Company, Forbes, and Tim Ferriss’s book Tools of Titans.

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Track Four
with Arawana Hayashi and Dr. Matthias Müller-Lindenberg

Presencing Theater (SPT)

SPT is an art form and a facilitation methodology connected to Otto Scharmer’s seminal work on Presencing and Theory U. If you want to better understand how to work with emergence this track offers a rich chance to study with SPT pioneers. You will use body postures and movements to dissolve limiting concepts, access intuition, make clear current reality, and the deeper, often invisible, leverage points to create profound change. SPT facilitates fast and highly effective organizational change and innovation. Arawana, working with Otto Scharmer and Peter Senge, leads the development of SPT. Matthias is a senior leadership advisor and member of the Mobius Personal Mastery Faculty who uses SPT regularly in his work with business clients.

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Track Five
with Ester Martinez

Organizational & Personal Healing with Constellation Principles

Ester brings twenty years of experience as a psychotherapist, constellations expert and student of Thomas Huebl. This track explores the systematic principles operating within all human systems, whether family, teams or organizations. We will explore the invisible realms — the chords that guide so many of the visible symptoms we encounter. This session will lift the veil and invite your own deep healing process.

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Track Six - Last Change
with Jennifer Cohen

Advanced Coaching and Somatics Training

Due to the incredible popularity of this track, it has run every year since NPI started, but this is the last!

Certified a Master Coach by the Strozzi Institute, Jennifer will dive into the latest from neuroscience and somatics to help you gain a grounded understanding of what makes working with and through the body so powerful in effecting long-lasting and sustainable change. This track will offer a heightened sense of leadership presence, embodiment and inspiration for your own leadership journey, as well as extend and deepen your coaching skills. (Some experience as a coach or trusted advisor required.)

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Track Seven
with Dr. Richard Schwartz

Working with Different Parts of the Self

Renowned family therapist and trauma expert, Dick Schwartz, is regarded as a pioneer for developing the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model. In this track you will apply the IFS model to yourself to identify and integrate your sub-personalities or parts of yourself and learn to access your larger, wiser “Self.” You will also learn to guide your clients as part of your coaching practice. For a taster, watch Dick’s keynote address on our website, under Next Practice Institute Resources.

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Track Eight
with Hedy Schleifer

Encounter-centered Relational Transformation

Hedy is a master relationship builder who will share her pioneering approach, Encounter-centered Transformation, a discipline and set of tools for thriving in authentic connection; something our world needs now more than ever. In the living laboratory Hedy creates, you will get hands-on experience with relationship enhancing skills, and the opportunity to deep dive into the intricacies of becoming a relational leader. You will also develop your relational intelligence on the path to relational maturity.

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Track Nine
with Anne Gottlieb

Theater of the Self

Anne is the Director of the Mobius Presentation & Presence Practice. She is an actor, collaborative artist, writer, and teacher who has developed a bold approach, translating 2+ decades of professional theater into programs for global leaders. In this track, we will explore our creativity through presence – using voice, movement, poetry, music, story and myths. We investigate the archetypes and themes we carry that hinder or free our expressive capacities. This is a highly experiential, playful, and powerful context to support transformation and inquiry into the creativity of the soul. It is designed for those who are ready to move, use their voice, and ideally who have done a somatic workshop or have experience with creative expression.

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Supplementing the track learning, we host focus sessions from distinguished and emerging voices in the field of personal, organizational, and societal transformation.


Karl Scheibe

Mirrors, Masks, Lies, Secrets and The Drama of Everyday Life

Karl Scheibe is a social and clinical psychologist whose teaching and writing centers around the psychology of self and identity. His publication record spans 50 years and covers problems of human predictability, studies on self and identity, and the connections between psychology and the techniques of theater.


Ashish Nanda

Managing the boundaries and conflicts of interests in professional service firms

Senior Lecturer of Business Administration at Harvard, Ashish Nanda’s research focuses on the ethics and economics of managing professional service firms – including how conflicts of interest influence professional identity, the role of professional associations, and the boundaries of professional service organizations. He suggests ways of managing conflicts for the individual, the organization, and the profession.


Rasmus Hougaard

Leading with mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion

Based on his book The Mind of the Leader, Rasmus Hougaard shares key insights from the research he and he co-author, Jacqueline Carter, published in this important work. Rasmus regularly writes on leadership for HBR, he is the Founder and Managing Director of Potential Project, a global leadership training, organizational development and research firm. They help leaders and organizations enhance performance, innovation and resilience through mindfulness and other practices grounded in neuroscience and research.


Thomas Malone

How hyperconnectivity is changing the way we solve problems

From the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, comes the fascinating book Superminds. Groups of people and computers working together can act more intelligently than any person, group, or computer has ever done before. And they are about to make many more of our most important decisions.


Nadjeschda Taranczewski

The evolution of Conscious Tribes

Conscious Tribes are self-organizing and regenerative communities in the form of families, teams, companies, and even nations. Nadja Taranczewski shares her insights into how organization are the most powerful levers to increase global consciousness and to unleash humanity’s collective potential.


We welcome distinguished thought leaders and pioneering voices in the field of transformational leadership to inspire us and advance our learning.


Hal and Sidra Stone

Voice Dialogue and the Psychology of Selves

In the early 1970’s, Hal and Sidra Stone developed their breakthrough method of Voice Dialogue – an essential part of the intellectual lineage supporting Mobius’ Winning from Within® methodology. Voice Dialogue introduced a ground breaking approach to working with our sub-personalities. In the decades since, the Stones have evolved this seminal work to offer a complete theoretical system which they called the Psychology of Selves.



Richard Strozzi-Heckler

The evolution of somatic coaching and the anatomy of change

Richard Strozzi-Heckler is the founder of Strozzi Institute. He has spent over four decades teaching Somatics to business, non-profit, military and government leaders. He was an advisor to NATO and the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe. He is the author of eight books, has a PhD in Psychology and is a seventh-degree black belt in the martial art of Aikido. Richard is considered the pioneering voice who introduced Somatic Leadership and embodiment practices into the field of leadership development.


Peter Koenig

Transforlution – transformation and perpetual evolution towards solutions in accordance with Nature

Peter Koenig has been developing tools and systems to accelerate consciousness and human development for leaders for 40 years. He is an expert in Seminal Thinking, Behavioral Finance, and Organizational Architecture. He coined the term transforlution. At the heart of his expertise is a series of deep insights into our relationship to money, the realization of life purpose, and transformation.

We are delighted to once again host master Visual Facilitator Mathias Weitbrecht who will be capturing and sharing his mapping of each of the keynote presentations of this year’s Next Practice Institute as well as the day long workshop with mystical teacher Thomas Huebl. Mathias will visually facilitate and document the week by graphic recording. Listening, filtering the keynotes and visualizing patterns, meta-topics and content. The result will be a series of large wall-sized visualizations as a new kind of documentation – available to all participants on site and after the event.

Mathias Weitbrecht is a European pioneer in the field of visual facilitation. Since 2005 he has developed products, business models and teams – always aligned with a strong purpose-driven approach. Founder and CEO of Visual Facilitators GmbH with a team of 25 visual strategists, graphic recorders and facilitators. Mathias is especially skilled in also visualizing the intangible, more subtle or energetic realities as they appear throughout our week together.


Monday Evening | 8:00pm

David Whyte

Making The Invitation: Leadership Through Courageous Conversation

David Whyte is an internationally acclaimed poet, author and speaker. For more than twenty years, David has been developing a body of work and a series of seminars focused on the conversational nature of leadership in today’s world. He notes especially that most executives are promoted out of their original core technical competency and into the field of key human relationships – relationships that are mostly sustained through holding necessary and courageous conversations.

Tuesday evening | 8:00pm

Jami Sieber

An Evening with Cellist, Vocalist, and Composer

Electric cellist and vocalist Jami Sieber reaches inside the soul with compositions that are contemporary, timeless, lush, and powerfully evocative. Internationally celebrated, Jami’s innovative performances move beyond the surface, seeking and re-seeking her truth by creating musical bridges and connections. Doing what moves her, she inspires listeners with her honesty, musical prowess, and humanity. Her life-long commitment to the environment, social justice, and the healing arts is at the heart of her music, reflecting a deep dedication to the arts as a medium to express the interconnectedness of all beings.

Wednesday Evening | 8:00pm

Thomas Huebl

Toning Meditation for Personal and Collective Healing

Thomas will lead a “toning meditation” session, vocalizing specific sounds that focus inner coherence and attunement in a group setting.

Toning allows participants to drop into meditative states and gain a profound experience of space, presence, and connection. The sound fields that are created stimulate the potential for deep healing and can help us respond more authentically with love and clarity in daily life. Tonings can be very powerful experiences, especially in larger groups. Participants describe them as a sacred fields of coherence. Toning sessions typically begin with the creation of a sound field of humming, gradually reaching a crescendo of ritual toning. Through the sound vibration and through the coherence that is built through the sounds in the group, participants can find an inner connection to the subtle higher dimension, to their own life’s experiences, or to deeper creativity, insights, and innovation.

The beautiful sound-space of toning is a collective composition orchestrated with each individual’s sound. As the individual harmonizes with others in the collective space, each unique sound remains vital and powerful, supporting the collectively shared conscious space that yields mindfulness and wakefulness.

Thursday Evening | 8:00pm

Jai Uttal

An Evening of Music

Jai Uttal – Grammy nominee, kirtan artist, and world music pioneer has been a leading influence in the Bhakti tradition for the past 50 years. Jai considers devotion to be the core of his musical and spiritual life, and he whole-heartedly shares his passionate heart through his voice and songs. He has emerged as a leading influence in the Bhakti tradition and considers Bhakti central to his musical and spiritual life and the pathway to awaken and nourish the seed of devotion within yourself.

Jai creates a safe environment for people to open their hearts and voices. No previous experience is needed. This is an exploration and expression of the heart and the spirit.


A very special opportunity for a few precious hours with Thomas Huebl.


A special group session with Thomas Huebl

Mystical Principles of Transformation

For the fifth year in a row, at the heart of our Annual Gathering, we will study the practices of consciousness development and the processes for healing individual, family, and collective trauma.

These quiet hours in the center of the week-long gathering offer a rare opportunity to study the mystical principles of transformation with non- dual teacher Thomas Huebl, who joins us each year for an immersion in his teaching.

Leading the group for a day of study, practice and healing, Thomas will offer his unique approach for living as a “mystic in the marketplace” – sharing his understanding of the mystical principles of embodiment, inter-generational restoration and personal evolution. We are truly delighted to offer this opportunity to practice with an advanced teacher who understands the challenges of modern life and grounds his work in psychology, philosophy, and meta-physical awareness.

Thomas Huebl is a rare guide: a masterful mystic able to navigate advanced realms of spiritual mastery while presenting himself in a delightfully warm, transparent, brotherly way. He is the best of 21st century enlightenment: deep thinking, clear-seeing, and radical in his stance. He is also focused on healing collective trauma to restore a healthy cultural architecture.

Thomas has been guiding many of our practitioners in the professional development of state-of-the-art healing practices and trauma-informed approaches to executive development. Through NPI, Thomas offers workshops, supervision groups/hyper-learning circles and in 2021 he will offer a year-long immersive study in the mystical principles of healing to prepare a group of facilitators who can work in crisis areas and public sector issues as they emerge on the global stage.

Thomas is blazing a path of 21st century spiritual practice and helping thousands of students around the world to really live their awakening amid today’s busy world.

Wednesday’s session will focus on healing and the art of transformational facilitation. Thomas will also lead the group in experiential exercises and a special toning concert at the day’s close.


Throughout the week, several of our transformational faculty and healing practitioners will be available for one-on-one sessions. We are honored to have them with us, offering their gifts to this gathering.

Please indicate your interest in a session when you register for the program.

Individual sessions last 60 – 90 minutes and cost an additional $500 each.


Charlotte Thornton

works with high performing senior executives, senior coaches and transformational practitioners. Sessions focuses on reinstating and bringing alive the innate state of Embodied Authenticity from which truth, clarity and powerful leadership naturally emanates.

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Alanja Forsberg

is a transpersonal body-mind psychotherapist, combining trauma healing and shadow work. Her vision is to empower you to build new worlds from an expanded level of wisdom, compassion, presence, radical honesty, and courage to act from the soul. Her sessions will offer a taste of her “open heart, sharp sword” way of transformation.

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Heather Myers

has been a practitioner of the healing arts for 25 years and has studied Transformational Bodywork, Craniosacral therapy, and Access Energy Transformation. Her sessions are a fusion of bodywork, energy work, and somatic re-patterning.

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Ilene Myers

offers a blend of modalities: Transformational Bodywork, Visionary Craniosacral, and Somatic Repatterning. Her sessions allow a continued practice of tracking unconscious imprints and core epigenetic patterns and to consciously delete what no longer supports inherent potency.

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Ryan Seaman

offers body work involving deep tissue, acupressure, marma point, reiki, and thai yoga massage. His work clears the unconscious physical, emotional and psychic armament and helps clients renew connection to their Center.

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Mark Haviland

with his attuned touch, irreverent sense of humor and ease-full presence, shares a unique technology of freedom through his bodywork—evoking, activating and connecting people to their own souls and their true purpose.

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Dr. Paul Dunion

has been in private practice for nearly 40 years and offers sessions in soul-work and trauma-healing. His holistic healing interventions include somatic components, cognitive realignment and breath work. Paul is the author of numerous books including Shadow Marriage and Path of the Novice Mystic.

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Samuel Bartussek

uses his MimoSonanz® method. He works with the body’s capacity to store information, express emotion, and transform through movement, breath and voice. The process makes visible through mime what was previously unconscious.

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Markus Hirzig

is a highly respected energy medicine practitioner with 30 years’ experience of bodywork and 20 years’ of osteopathy and Cranio-Sacral work. His deep insight and skill, along with his hands-on exercises, wisdom and humor, are wellknown and appreciated.

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