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After a very successful retreat in May 2017, this second Wise Leader will take place from Friday January 26, 6pm to Sunday January 28, 2pm. In a confidential setting limited to 25 people, this Exclusive Residential retreat offered to Startup Founders and C-Suite.

This retreat was created in response to a call from leaders for creating a community around purposeful living and compassionate leadership. Along with workshops by our amazing speakers on topics including awareness training, unleashing creativity, social and emotional intelligence and wise leadership, you will experience yoga, meditation, nature walks, workshops, improv, and purposeful dialogues.

The Wise Leader Retreat was launched in May 2017 based on the recommendation by the Consulate General of India in San Francisco to foster wisdom and compassion based leadership in Silicon Valley. Selected faculty members co-facilitate each retreat with participation by leaders from of a variety of sectors and sizes. Alternating with the Retreat is an evening Heartful Dinner Conversation held in San Francisco. The first Wise Leader Heartful Dinner was held in September 2017.


John Renesch

John Renesch has been focused on social and organizational transformation for almost half a century. He has been the godfather of the conscious leadership movement, a global futurist, executive coach and prolific writer on these subjects. He has published 14 books, hundreds of articles and currently has two blogs and a free monthly newsletter. He hosted the monthly public gatherings of The Presidio Dialogues (2000-2008), co-hosted the annual International Spirit at Work Awards (2002-2010), and Meet the Visionaries monthly series of public interviews (2015 & 2016). He is founder of FutureShapers, LLC and Renesch Advisory Services.

Chinwe Onyeagoro

Chinwe Onyeagoro is a Co-Founder and Head of Growth & Customer Success for PocketSuite, a YCombinator backed, Saas company. PocketSuite is a market leader in delivering mobile first, software solutions to service professionals that enable them to monetize their calendar and grow. She previously served as President & Chief Strategy Officer of Great Place to Work® which provides management consulting to over 10,000 organizations in 57 countries. Her executive advisory work with Great Place to Work® included advising multi-billion dollar technology, telecom, financial services, and bio-pharma companies. Great Place to Work also produces many annual "Best Workplaces" lists including the popular FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list. Chinwe previously worked as a strategy consultant and investment manager for McKinsey & Company, The Monitor Company (now Deloitte), and Pritzker Realty Group. She holds an A.B. from Harvard University and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Eric Le Reste

Eric Le Reste is a Senior Producer for CBC/Radio-Canada, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. With more than 30 years of experience in news and documentary production, he directed some of the main Current Affairs Programs for Radio-Canada Public Television, including "Enquete", an impactful investigative program, and the evening National News Program. He now produces value-based documentaries for "Second Regard", a Current Affairs Program looking at the multiple facets of humanity, for CBC/Radio-Canada Television. Eric also acts as the National Coordinator for the Brahma Kumaris centres in Canada.

Fern Jeffcoat

Fern Jeffcoat has 23 years of teaching students of all ages and backgrounds at various levels, from beginners to those more advanced. With her 26 years of experience in Tai Chi and Qigong, she goes beyond the external movements and integrates the internal principles to make the energy coherent and harmonized. As a meditation practitioner and teacher, she focuses on bringing the relaxed, clear state of meditation into the practice of Tai Chi to be a moving meditation. Students appreciate her for communicating clearly, for her patience, support and encouragement, and for her lighthearted humor.

Jay Chodagam

Jay Chodagam was a techie by day and meditation trainer by nights and weekends. As a student of the Brahma Kumaris for almost two decades, his research of meditation techniques led him to become a proponent of awareness training for people of all ages and backgrounds to identify their purpose and enhance their sense of self-worth. Jay co-produces the annual SPIRIT Summit in India and Peace in the Park festival in San Francisco. He also regularly conducts workshops and seminars at the Anubhuti Retreat Center in Marin County California, and at companies, schools, hospitals and prisons in the Bay Area.


Anubhuti Meditation & Retreat Center

820 Bel Marin Keys Blvd
Novato, CA 94949 USA
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(Leadership Retreat Jan 26-28 2018 Schedule)

6pm Arrivals & Check-in
6:30pm Group Dinner
7:30pm Welcome, Meditation, Orientation, Bonding Exercise
9pm Closing Meditation
7:30 am Wake-up exercise (Qigong) - Fern
8:30am Breakfast
9:30am Spirituality in Leadership - Eric
10:30am Tea Break
11am But Why? Challenging Your Norms & Sustaining New Levels of Awareness Beyond the Retreat - Chinwe
12:00pm Lunch in Silence
1:00pm A Framework for Finding Your Calling and Following it - Jay
2:00pm Outdoor Activity (Nature Walk or Yoga)
3:00pm Conscious Leader Covenant - John
4:15pm Tea Break
4:45pm What If? Scenario Plan Your Way from Tipping Point to Transformation - Chinwe
6pm Dinner
7pm Improv/Creative Time
8:40pm Winding down exercise
7:30am Wake-up exercise (Qigong) - Fern
8:30am Breakfast
9:30am Discovering Competing Commitments - John
10:30am Break
10:45am Seeing Greatness with an Appreciative Eye - Eric
11:45am Tea Break
12:00pm Practical implications of the answer you have received
1:00pm Closing Ceremony
1:30pm Lunch
2:00pm Departures