Coming Into Your Own is a women's leadership program offered globally and centered around a 3.5-day dynamic personal & leadership retreat for women. It is an experience of reflection, renewal and the opportunity to refocus one’s life.

The CIYO 3.5-day weekend retreat is the hub of a personal leadership transformation blending virtual and in-person learning. We begin the process several weeks before with an individual call with a faculty guide and preparatory readings. The 3.5 day retreat follows. Then, you will have access to 2 executive coaching call to reinforce the insights gained, allowing participants to gauge their progress and consider further support that may be needed to meet identified goals. We close the 45-day cycle with a group videocall to retrospect and plan for the future.

The CIYO leadership program engages the whole woman. The program offers women the opportunity to dig deep into who they are today, where they have been and where they are heading. We look at how each woman has navigated her personal and professional life, what her struggles and successes have been. We work with you to identify current challenges, address barriers to forward movement, and cross thresholds to support each woman to develop and achieve her aspirations.

Our groups are kept small to ensure one-on-one conversation, rich dialogue and deep connection with others. Our faculty/participant ratio allows for individualized work along with small group work and the transforming power of the circle.


Globally in the Public and Private Sector
For 20+ years, the CIYO global faculty have been leading successful women’s programs. CIYO participants have come from corporations as varied as Hewlett-Packard, BP, Cargill, Shell, Intel, Boeing, Anglo American, BT, EDF, from Non-Profit/ Government or Academic institutions such as The World Bank, the US Forest Service, the DoD, South African ministries, Save the Children or MIT, and have included numerous artists, stay-at-home mothers, students, entrepreneurs and small business owners, as well as those who saw themselves in transition between career phases, careers or life stages.

With a maximum of about 12 participants, up to 3 faculty guides and in tranquil surroundings there is time and space for deep personal reflection, exploration and regeneration.

The CIYO program is also offered as an in-house program by high performing organizations as a transformational development opportunity for women leaders at any hierarchical level who are seeking to create space and value for needed feminine leadership characteristics - such as collaboration, investment in system-wide well-being, empathy and EQ, long-term systemic thinking, and the ability to build social capital while delivering on organizational objective - in traditional organizations

Organizations often sponsor women’s participation in publicly offered CIYOs in order to strengthen their leadership capacity, but many women also choose to enroll on an individual basis. All cultures, backgrounds and walks of life are deeply welcome.

History: The program was originally shaped by the women of The Ashland Institute. The early prototyping, experimental and research phases of these programs were funded at the start by the Fetzer Institute (USA), and the remarkable results in participants’ lives have been tracked over many years. The global expansion of the CIYO over the past decade was catalyzed by Dorian Baroni, Isabelle Pujol, Barbara Cecil and the many faculty worldwide who felt called to learn about the program for themselves, and then join the faculty apprenticeship track so as to bring the CIYO into their own locations and to translate it into their local language. As of 2018, the CIYO has been offered to many hundreds of women in dozens of countries and has been translated into French, Italian, Dutch, German, Turkish, and Spanish.