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Tuesday, November 12

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Leadership Foundations: The Theological Roundtable

Upswell Plus
Mind, Body, Soul


  We’ve entered a time of deep social distrust, political polarization, and alienation as well as unbridled hostility that crosses political, civic, and religious lines. This broken relationship with each other and the blending of theology and political party is deeply destructive to democracy. Leadership Foundations believes that faith communities, perhaps the most polarized segment of American life today, are still hold the best hope to reframe the conversation and unite the country around mutual respect and dignity. If you have faith – whether it be in religion, humanity, or both — you’re invited to the Theological Roundtable. This day-long …

Wednesday, November 13

6:30 am – 7:30 am

The Sacred Flow of Yoga

Reflection Activity
Mind, Body, Soul


A flowing series of postures to unwind your body, connect to your inner heart and greet the day. This meditation in motion is infused with spiritual depth and includes breathwork, and simple, deep mediation. Presented by Kashi Atlanta

Wednesday, November 13

7:00 am – 7:30 am

Sunrise Breath + Meditation Practice

Reflection Activity
Mind, Body, Soul


Start your day by connecting to your sacred source of your tradition. A deep contemplative practice to quiet your mind. This will be a guided meditation, including short, simple breathwork and tools to hold your mind steady in the moment. Presented by Kashi Atlanta

Wednesday, November 13

10:50 am – 11:10 am

Art of Non-Reaction: Choosing a Conscious Response

Reflection Activity
Mind, Body, Soul


When you’re having a challenging interaction with someone, is your tendency to gear up and fight? Or do you withdraw in wounded silence? Both of these responses are based on your reaction, rather than on your consciousness. What if you could make a mindful choice in a stressful situation? Learn the art of non-reaction and how to develop a creative response. Session will include a talk and Q+A session. Presented by Kashi Atlanta

Wednesday, November 13

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Mindful Breath Practices

Reflection Activity
Mind, Body, Soul


Pranayama or Yogic Breath Sessions each day, beginning on Wednesday with basic breath principles and practices, moving on Thursday to breath practices concerned with consuming and digesting the intensity of the world, and closing Friday with breaths focused on creating calm and open space within. Presented by Kashi Atlanta

Wednesday, November 13

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Live as the Eye of the Storm

Reflection Activity
Mind, Body, Soul


Storms happen every day: stress storms, emotional storms, family storms, unworthiness storms. How do you cultivate ability in this? How do you stand in wisdom and integrity? To live as the eye of the storm is to connect with the depth of who you are. Learn to embody an unshakeable sense of being, no matter the situation. Each 20-minute Changemakers’ Toolkit session introduces a key yogic tool to transform changemakers’ work and personal lives. Presented by Kashi Atlanta

Wednesday, November 13

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Deep Quietude

Reflection Activity
Mind, Body, Soul


Turning your focus inward through deep relaxation of the body and quieting of the mind. Presented by Kashi Atlanta

Wednesday, November 13

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Learn Brain Science for Burnout Prevention

Reflection Activity
Mind, Body, Soul


Our brains are more overloaded than ever, and making societal change is harder than ever, too. Restorative breaks and stress management are crucial for preventing burnout in (what’s called) a VUCA environment. This talk is a new take on brain breaks and nervous system management for the Independent Sector community. Each participant will learn neuroscience, design their own brain-resiliency break, and practice nervous system management. Presented by Nonprofit Wellness

Wednesday, November 13

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Consume or Be Consumed

Reflection Activity
Mind, Body, Soul


Either you consume the world, or the world will consume you. This is a wild, powerful teaching in applied mindful awareness, where you must fully digest a situation or it remains stuck in your consciousness, blocking the flow of creativity. Learn to use it all as fuel for the fire of your own transformation. Each 20-minute Changemakers’ Toolkit session introduces a key yogic tool to transform changemakers’ work and personal lives. Presented by Kashi Atlanta

Wednesday, November 13

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Turn the Arrow of Discernment Toward Your Own Heart

Reflection Activity
Mind, Body, Soul


In conflict, we often blame others and become embattled. The key to power and freedom arises when you take open responsibility for what is happening. By turning the arrow of discernment toward yourself, you step back into your power as an individual and learn to approach challenges with wonder and collaboration, instead of shame or blame. Each 20-minute Changemakers’ Toolkit session introduces a key yogic tool to transform changemakers’ work and personal lives. Presented by Kashi Atlanta