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  • Orient to your present moment through a Life Line process
  • Integrate the Ages and Stages of your life and those of key others around you
  • Discover and access Four Archetypal leadership dimensions of yourself
  • Tap into the wisdom of your body through a Restorative Yoga practice
  • Discover the power of a diverse Circle of Women
  • Gain the insights from the Creative Process to thrive at your own pace
  • Explore and begin to resolve core aspects of your life via an Individual Symbols Process
  • Learn how to initiate courageous conversations using the Clean Talk framework

Leave inspired, refreshed and re-energized

It's time to tune into your uniquely feminine leadership capacity


"We delight in the

beauty of the butterfly,

but rarely admit the changes

it has gone through

to achieve that beauty." 

~Maya Angelou


  • Global citizens -  you see opportunities for deeper connections across differences in today's complex times
  • Trailblazers - others are looking to you for guidance and leadership. You may have been playing it safe, but now you are ready to step into your next role
  • Learners - you are looking for new ways of learning and developing yourself, in ways that are proven to have great impact, but are often not included in standard learning programs
  • Changemakers - you have a sense that there is something more for you to do - be it in your current work context or by starting up a new venture
  • Women leaders for the 21st century - you may be a student, stay at home mother, working professional, entrepreneur, artist or retiree who is choosing to live your best self and express your gifts by leading by example


  • Leadership tools - Proven and practical knowledge and frameworks for a improved level of leadership, including enhanced strategic, embodied and creative decision-making skills
  • Inner clarity and improved presence - Instead of trying to live our leadership to only meet the expectations of others, we will tune into our own inner 'why', so as to lead with more authentic alignment and impact
  • Deep connections and a network of support - Learn what into our own truly means for each of us and walk away with a supportive network of connections
  • A clear vision of the path ahead for you - Review your leadership and life through the process of the Symbols Way to access to reservoirs of your own intuition and wisdom, so as to act on your intentions when the time is ripe
  • Two follow up individual coaching sessions - Additional support to aid implementation of the intentions discovered during the program and to assist you when questions and dilemmas arise
  • Access to discounted individual or group executive coaching plans - You or your organization can choose to invest in an individualized program of coaching. Select CIYO faculty offer discounted coaching plans to CIYO Alumnae as long as they start up to 6 months following program completion
  • Access to the global CIYO Alumnae network - With several hundred CIYO Alumnae throughout the globe, you will have access to a rich network of new contacts for support and advice via dedicated Facebook page and a monthly newsletter


WHat to expect - outline of our days

Thursday Agenda

  • 3pm START
  • Welcome and Deep Dive Introductions
  • Clarifying Individual Development Wants – Metaphor and Focus
  • Introduction to the Creative Process as an Emergent Change framework
  • Ages and Stages of a Woman’s Life – Seeing Commonalities and Planning for Individual Change
  • 6 - 7:00pm End of day personal time - Pause followed by Dinner

Friday  Agenda

  • Embodied Practice Time - time in nature
  • AM “Check In” – a Social Technology for Intentional Leadership
  • Lifeline Process – Learning from the Key Turning Points in our lives and the lives of others
  • Power of Presence – Mindfulness and Happiness
  • Introduction to Leadership Archetypes
  • Leadership Archetypes Self-Assessment – Cultivating your Leadership Identity
  • 6pm Cooking & Nutrition Class & Dinner

Saturday Agenda

  • Embodied Practice Time
  • AM 'Check In'
  • Nature as a Guide - Leveraging the power of Nature for insights
  • Introduction to the Symbols Process for Strategic Decision Making
  • Symbols Process Demo and Instructions
  • Symbols Process Duos Mentoring – Creating a Developmental Environment for Others and for Oneself
  • Restorative Yoga
  • 7:00pm Celebration Dinner

Sunday Agenda

  • Sunday Mindfulness Time
  • Containers - Developmental Environment Needs Assessment
  • Clean Talk - Own Your Voice / Clear Communication
  • Creative Process – A framework for sustainable improvement
  • The Power of Commitment to move into Action
  • Intention Setting - Clarify your Vision
  • by 3PM Farewell & Reminder of What Comes Next

Followed by…

  • Instant access to CIYO Alumnae private online communities
  • Individual coaching follow up call
  • Group check-in call 1-month-out (Note: Nov 9 at 12noon)
  • Access to CIYO Alumna preferred rates for coaching packages



WHEN: Oct 5, 2017 at 3pm through Oct 8, 2017 at 3pm

WHERE: Bluestone Retreat House, Brewster NY - 118 Federal Hill Road Brewster, NY, 10509 United States(map)

TUITION COST: includes individually tailored pre- and post-session coaching calls, a group post-session call, pre-program reading suggestions and video learning resources, 20+ hours of cutting edge leadership sessions, a guided regenerative yoga session, access to global CIYO Alumnae network, takeaway materials

  • $2,000 Corporate-Sponsored
  • $1,500 Government-Sponsored/Not-For-Profit Organization
  • $1,000 Individual - * Individuals signing up by July 1st will receive an Early Registration Discount

Note: Do you need a sample sponsorship request letter for your organization? Find it HERE

Also, we will work with individuals committed to their participation in CIYO to make it as accessible as possible. If you are interested in attending but the cost is a significant obstacle, please let us know so that we can examine a range of options

ROOM AND BOARD INFORMATION: $600 - includes single occupancy rooms with shared bathrooms, meeting room, all meals and snacks, use of a kitchen facility if wanted, and one private dinner cooking class. Subject to availability, a few shared room accommodations may be available for $500 all inclusive. The commuting fee (lodging on your own, all meals available at Bluestone with other participants) will be $300.

Our meals will be prepared by our own on-site chef, and CIYO Alumna, Vibha Chokhani who will be offering organic, hearty, wholesome meals and will be harvesting as much as possible from Bluestone Farm's fresh, seasonal vegetables. Food will be modified to suit allergies or strong dietary preferences.



Situated on a 23-acre organic farm, Bluestone Retreat House is operated by MindKind Institute, in partnership with the Bluestone Farm and Living Arts Center. Come experience an intimate space to nourish mind, body and spirit. 

TRAVEL - The retreat house is located at 118 Federal Hill Road, Brewster NY 10509. From New York City, the retreat house is 1hr 30min by train and cab, and 1hr 10min by car. There are multiple trains leaving Grand Central Station to Brewster Train Station on the Southeast line of the Metro North Railroad.  

The quickest way to find one that works is to use Plot "Brewster Train Station" as your destination and click on the public transport icon. Then click on the options // times link to see your options to arrive between 1:00 P.M. and 2:00 P.M.

When you arrive at Brewster Station, take a pre-booked taxi to 118 Federal Hill Rd. The ride is 8min. You may contact Brewster Taxi (845) 278-8830 for a guaranteed $12 rate. It is best to give them advance notice, so you may want to call from the train 30 to 45 minutes before your scheduled arrival at the Brewster station. Tell them specifically that you are going to "Bluestone Farm." If the driver is unfamiliar with the location, Federal Hill Road is off Milltown Road.




Dorian is an executive coach, leadership programs and retreats faculty, and organizational advisor. Her capacity for eclectic discernment was tested throughout a 35 year global corporate career that has spanned a variety of industries - investment banking, global energy, consumer goods, art retail and consulting - and a number of countries - UK, US, Venezuela, Italy, and Belgium. In her consulting and coaching these days, she is working with a range of clients - from Corporate Senior Executives to Millennial Social Entrepreneurs/Activists in the US and Europe; from Yale E-MBA candidates to Humanitarian Relief Organization staff in Washington and the Middle East. One of her core beliefs is that a change agent's individual journey towards wholeness is critical to addressing today's global challenges - be that change agent an organization's leader, a social activist for change, a student leader or a parent wanting to raise a child for a better future. And as a woman in the world of business, she is particularly passionate about the role and power of women to support the evolution of global mindsets, social systems and models of economic impact. 

Dorian is hosting an online Agents of Change program for women who are ready to learn about and create experiment of change in their personal, interpersonal and organizational life. Registration closes October 16, 2017.

In 2018, she will be publishing the big book of changes, a manual, go-to-guide, resource on change and transformation frameworks practices, case studies, learnings, etc. as well as launching a website dedicated to offering free access to change and transformation resources and information to anyone who is interested in bringing about positive change in themselves, with others, in the systems and organizations they are part of.

More about Dorian: her coaching and programmatic activities ( and and her global consulting association (Morris Graham Ltd)


Karen is deeply passionate about empowering mindful living, conscious leadership, and awakening possibilities and potential. Her expertise and innovation in the areas of diversity and inclusion, cultural competency, visioning, women’s leadership, and community building, has led her to lead numerous large-scale initiatives bridging organizations, government, and corporations towards sustainable collaborations and collective impact. 

As an executive, leadership and life coach and facilitator, she works globally across wide ranging fields and sectors. She is additionally a registered yoga teacher specializing in restorative yoga and Urban Zen integrative modalities. Her own personal path of deepening mindfulness and presence based practices has inspired her to inspire others to discover the power of pause and “whole” self.  Our outer journey is truly fulfilled when it is aligned with our inner journey so that we can take bold, authentic, purposeful steps in all walks of our journey.

Karen is also offering restorative yoga sessions at Athleta locations in New York in 2017. CIYO Alumnae in New York City can learn more about this by contacting her.

More about Karen


Bluestone Farm's Resident CIYO Alumna, Social Intrapreneur (and our Chef)


Vibha Chokhani is a social intrapreneur who works alongside leaders of social-good organizations to transform organizational culture and strengthen practices around business development, program design and implementation. She is also the Operations Leader for Mindkind Institute.

She received her MBA in Operations and Entrepreneurship from The College of William & Mary and her Bachelor of Management Studies from University of Mumbai, India. She also holds a Six Sigma Green Belt certification, and trained as a Yoga instructor. She previously worked for NYC-based social enterprise Catchafire, supporting a number of nonprofit and social organizations.  If not reading the next book on personal growth and spiritual development, you can find Vibha whipping up a meal in the kitchen for groups and communities. She truly believes her curries have the power to change the world, for good of course.


Mindkind institute link

Vibha's recipes link (coming October 16th)

Vibha was sous-chef'ed in the kitchen of the CIYO Brewster session by Chris Chavez, founder and nurturer of Prime Produce, a guild for social good. Our thanks to Chris for taking time from his busy schedule to cook and chop and support the work of the CIYO. Prime Produce, in collaboration with Mindkind, hosts monthly Farm Salons at Bluestone Farm (more information is on their website).

Participant Resources


Whether before the program or after it, we recommend reading through Coming Into Your Own, a book on transitions by our colleague and CIYO elder Barbara Cecil.



During the program you will be introduced to a session on how to ready yourself to hold the courageous conversations that you need and want to have, to support your intentions. Our colleague and CIYO faculty in the UK, Sarah Rozenthuler's book is a useful resource on finding one's strong yet respectful voice when interactions are challenging.










Nelisha Wickremansinghe will be publishing a book in late 2017 leveraging her deep knowledge of neuroscience and leadership development and change/complexity. In the meantime, she has shared this free introductory article. "It's not my faulty. The role of self-compassion in a VUCA world"   LINK HERE


For those who are called to explore how an inclusive culture may be enhanced in their work environment, this book by our colleague and CIYO faculty based in Continental Europe, Isabelle Pujol, is an example of the power of collective authorship. Not only is the content full of practical and high impact advice, but it has been co-created by Isabelle and over a dozen of her inclusion and diversity colleagues around the world.






Vibha Chokhani's recipes (coming soon)


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