Wisdom at Work
UK & European Learning Expedition:
An exploration of Mindful Leadership and transformational practices essential for realizing your extraordinary capacity to thrive in your life-work-&-relationships.
A Year-Long Course of 5 Sessions
Embarking Early 2019
“The work of Joel and Michelle Levey has long been a luminous thread in the fabric of the Great Turning. They embody in many ways this epochal transition to a life-sustaining society.” – Joanna Macy, Deep Ecologist, Activist, and Scholar
What’s next for you on the Learning Journey of your life…?
- Are you searching for relevant and meaningful transformational learning experiences that encompasses a holistic-integral view of life and are grounded in discerning science, deep wisdom lineage, and real world applications?
- Are you seeking mentors with high integrity, deep experience in personal AND social/organization/community transformation – who are also accessible enough for you to develop a personal, meaningful, and on-going relationship with?
- Have you realized that personal transformation without social transformation – and social transformation without personal transformation — simply makes no sense in today’s world?
- Would you be nourished by the intimate inspirational camaraderie of kindred colleagues who are dedicated to exploration, experimentation, and deep practice within a thriving learning community?
If these reflections are resonant for you,
then the Leveys’ Wisdom at Work Learning Expeditions
are worthy of your attention & participation.
Read on for more details…
Following the success of our recent Learning Expeditions in Europe, North America, and Catalonia, we’re moved to guide an in-depth, year-long, transformational personal and professional development Learning Expedition for our colleagues in the U.K., exploring the deeper dimensions of Mindful Leadership, Engaged Creative Compassion, and Wisdom at Work.
“The New Pioneers” image courtesy of Mark Henson
“There is almost a sensual longing for communion with others who have a large vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendship between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality impossible to describe.” ~Teilhard de Chardin
AN EXTRA-ORDINARY LEARNING OPPORTUNITY:
These potent times in our lives and world stretch and inspire us to expand the scope of our capacity for learning, wisdom, mindfulness and heart-fullness, in order to skillfully respond to the enormous challenges and embrace the profoundly inspiring opportunities we are being offered.
As the circumstances of our lives, world, society, economy, and environment become ever more disrupted in these “VUCA” times of increasing Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity, it is becoming increasingly clear that to thrive – in what is also being called “The Time of the Great Unraveling” and “The Time of the Great Turning” – that “business as usual” will not be sufficient for any of us, our organizations, or communities.
As Einstein reminds us, the solutions to the complex challenges in our lives and world will not be found at the same levels of thinking or consciousness that created them! A substantially new level of consciousness is needed if humanity is to survive – and thrive – and the means to personally and collectively realize these new levels of consciousness are available for anyone sufficiently motivated to learn and practice them.
It’s time for a revolutionary approach developing ourselves for the Journey to come and this Learning Expedition is about realizing these “extra-ordinary” potentials.
We envision this Learning Expedition as an intimate, in-depth, on-going, reflective, embodied, and practice-oriented learning community made up of a cohort of diverse, caring, kindred souls coming together to form a mutually nourishing community of practice dedicated to bringing benefit to the fields of influence, communities, movements, and organizations that we serve.
Given the rich mix of complex forces, challenges, and opportunities at play in our lives and world at this time, this learning expedition will be inspired by the principles and practices of creative altruism associated with a fierce dedication to awaken to our True Nature and Highest Potentials in order to inspire, activate, and awaken these latent potentials within all beings. The deep science and universal principles and practices at the heart of this curriculum provides inspiration and clear guidance for how to deepen our wisdom and move beyond the barriers of our isolating self-concern, by expanding our frame of reference to care for the welfare of all beings.
Our vision is that the benefit, inspiration, and blessing that each of us receives on this Learning Expedition will ripple out into our world in beneficial ways that far exceed our imagination)))
MEET-UPS & RESOURCES:
We envision that we will gather together for 5 sessions over the course of a year to fifteen months. Each session-retreat will span 4 days and will include times of teaching and co-learning…deep reflection…silence…heartfelt sharing…and time in beautiful natural surroundings.
In addition to our face-to-face sessions we’ll also deepen in our learning via:
– Monthly meaningful digital meet-ups on a Zoom platform
– Weekly or biweekly reflective-dialogues with learning partners
– Personal mentoring sessions with Joel and Michelle
– Access to a Slack-site-based treasure trove of mind-stretching and heart-opening curriculum of deep reflective questions and inspiring media that will inform, inspire, and expand the scope and dimensions of our explorations together.
COURSE OF STUDY CURRICULUM
The curriculum for this learning expedition is distilled from a myriad of ancient and contemporary sources and wisdom traditions, reflecting our best curated sense of the most relevant inspirations, accessible resources, skillfull methods, and illuminating perspectives available to inspire our lives and work in these threshold times.
Like all expeditions, this one begins with a clear and thoughtful plan and clear sense of direction. As we share this Journey and begin to discover the wisdom, gifts, interests, and strengths of our fellow-explorers, we anticipate that this learning expedition will also be shaped through our collective interests and engagement, and that it will morph, adapt, and emerge in its unique form and spirit of adventure.
On our own life-journey we have been fortunate to have studied deeply and widely with beloved and esteemed mentors from many different modern and ancient wisdom traditions, and we’ll offer our best blend and integration of these enlightening, liberating, life-affirming traditions that have such extreme relevance, profound practicality, and deep meaning for our lives, work, leadership, learning, and activism in these profound complex times.
We plan to launch the U.K. Learning Expedition Q1 of 2019.
SESSION 1 – Early 2019: Foundations: Establishing a Strong Base for Our Journey Through Exploring Our Visions, Voices, Intentions, Questions, and Essential Practices
SESSION 2 – Springtime 2019: The Arts & Sciences of Mindfulness & Compassion: Exploring Contemporary and Ancient Perspectives
SESSION 3 – TBD 2019: Blending Wisdom & Creative Altruism Regarding our Profound Interrelatedness: “Expanding the Circle of Our Compassion to Embrace All Living Beings and the Whole of Nature in All of Its Beauty”– Einstein
SESSION 4- TBD 2019: Exploring Archetypal Potentials & the Work That Reconnects Us to Our Wholeness
SESSION 5 – TBD 2019: Becoming Evolutionary Architects of Personal, Organizational, and Social Transformation: Integration, Applications, and Celebration!
ESSENTIAL TEACHINGS WE WILL EXPLORE:
Some of the essential themes that we envision exploring together include:
A Whole Systems View Grounded in “The Three Higher Educations”:
– Ethical Intelligence
– Mental Discipline and Mastery of Attention
– Sourcing Deep, Clear, Intuitive, Wisdom Regarding the True Nature of Ourselves and our Multidimensional Universe
Embracing Our Profound Potentials for the Synergy of Mastery and Mystery in our Lives and Work
Establishing and Deepening Personal Practices from the Contemplative Sciences: Mindfulness, Compassion, Creative Intelligence, ad infinitum
The Dynamic Integration of Our InnerWork and Our Work In the World
Creative Intelligence and Intuition: Refining Our Access to Wisdom Through Cultivating A Dynamic Synergy of the Receptive/Quiet Mind and the Creative/Active Mind
Sourcing Deep Wisdom and Guidance from what the Sufis call, “The Holy Book of Nature”
Understanding the Varieties of Mindfulness Traditions and Types of Practice:
– Foundations of Mindfulness practice
– Appreciating the Many Diverse Traditions and Styles of Mindfulness Practice and the Matrix of Mindfulness Related Practices
– The Seamless Integration of Mindfulness in Daily Life-Work
– Keys to Developing Mindful Organizations and Mindful Leadership
– Expanding the Mindfulness Paradigm with other Mind-Fitness and Heart-Centered Disciplines
Dimensions of Wholeness and Well-Being – Coherent Mind, Integrated Nervous System, and Attuned Field of Relationships
The Wisdom of the Body – Awakening Deeper Somatic Intelligence
Living and Working in the Zone of Optimal Performance: Increasing Our Personal and Collective Capacity for ExtraOrdinary Wisdom, Wellness, and Accomplishment
Fierce Compassion, Creative Altruism, and the Way of the Bodhisattva Archetype: Within the context of our contemporary lives and world, how can we embody and express the vast care for all beings that is the mark of a bodhisattva?
Developing Familiarity With a Variety of Meditative Practices Beyond Mindfulness: Appreciating The Profound Relevance of Contemplative Science and Contemplative Practice in Modern Times
Collective Wisdom and Intelligence: Learning ways to encourage the development and deployment of these skills with the organizations and communities that we serve
Embodying a Wider Spectrum of Archetypal Potentials: Exploring Themes of Ego Strength/Illusion/Vulnerability, The Power of Selflessness, and Universal Identity
Grounding Our Explorations in Evidence Based Research: (Neuroplasticity, Contemplative Neuroscience, Interpersonal Neurobiology, the varieties of meditation practice, etc.) while also acknowledging and honoring the profound mysteries of our lives that defy measurement and are best affirmed through poetry, music, symbology, movement, and silence…(Keep in mind that astrophysicists remind us that 96% of what seems to exist in the universe exists in a mysterious dimension and is impossible to measure – and of the 4% that is measurable, only .01% is what we regard as “physical phenomena” (such as bodies, object, planets, suns, etc. Our lives and universe are truly mysterious and each of us has access to unfathomed dimensions of wisdom potential and power!)
Inspirations and Applications from Joanna Macy’s inspired Work That Reconnects and from Archetypal wisdom traditions – to give us the creative compassionate confidence and strength to dance with the sometimes overwhelming circumstances and challenges of living in these VUCA times.
FUNDING AND RECIPROCITY:
We are offering this Learning Expedition on a sliding scale and encourage you to be as generous as possible in order to enable us to offer some scholarships to qualified participants who, though they have less financial resources, will bring a bright spark to our collective wisdom and learning community, and to the communities they serve through their involvement in this transformational journey.
Sliding Scale: Ranging from £ 3200 to £5500. (based on your ability to contribute)
In order to encourage the participation of young leaders, we encourage each participant to consider sponsoring/supporting the participation of a young leader in your community or organization. If you are interested in funding a specific person for a scholarship, please let us know the details.
If you are interested in a scholarship, please contact us for a Scholarship Application.
1) Send us an email affirming your intention to join this learning journey: Levey@WisdomAtWork.com
2) Send us your full payment – or your deposit of £ 500 – to confirm your participation. You can make your offering in person if you’ll see us soon, or send your deposit via check, credit card, or PayPal.
Our mailing address is: Levey 5536 Woodlawn Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103 USA
Please make your check payable to “Michelle Levey”
To pay via PayPal or Credit Card follow these simple steps.
– Go to: https://www.paypal.me/Leveys
– Type in the amount of your payment on the line that has the $0.00.
– If you see the option for “Family and Friends” please use this. Thank you.
Full Payment is requested 45 days before the first session. Deposits and payments are non-refundable after that time.
3) Reflect upon and respond to our Learning Expedition Application Form
- Wisdom and insights distilled from decades of research, study, and experience in support of your learning, capacity development, and in service of your awakening to your own True Nature and Highest Potentials
- A wealth of resources and a treasure trove of digital links and resources to inspire and support your learning journey
- Facilitation and guidance for this adventure
- Personal mentoring sessions
- Wholesome lunches, snacks, and beverages
This Learning Experience is designed for people…
- who are curious, self-motivated learners and leaders seeking to deepen in their personal and professional development.
- with the courage to open their hearts and minds to the complex and often overwhelming circumstances of our lives and world.
- who are enthusiastic about engaging wholeheartedly in our learning community and curriculum.
- who have awakened and suffered sufficiently to sincerely value kindness, compassion, and dedication to a higher purpose for their lives and work.
- who are learning how to listen deeply to themselves… and to others…
- with the maturity to appreciate and respect teachers, colleagues, and the natural world….
- who yearn to understand the complex forces at play in our world and to respond to them more creatively, courageously, and compassionately.
- who are seeking to become “a force for the good of all.”
This Learning Expedition is likely NOT ideal for those…
- who are considering participating with a friend or spouse, but who are not personally inspired to engage wholeheartedly on this expedition.
- who lack the motivation, time, or capacity to dive deeply into new learning at this time in their lives.
- who are locked into a narrow frame of reference and hesitant to explore a broader range of views at this time in their lives.
- who are uncomfortable with silence or deep reflection…
INSPIRATIONS FOR OUR JOURNEY:
“Our sorrow is the other side of love, for we only grieve what we deeply care for.” ~ Joanna Macy
“In this era, to become a spiritual inquirer without social consciousness is a luxury that we can ill afford, and to be a social activist without a scientific understanding of the inner workings of the mind is the worst folly. Neither approach in isolation has had any significant success.” ~ Vimala Thakar
“To be attentive requires tremendous love of living. The total revolution we are examining is not for the timid or the self-righteous. It is for those who love truth more than pretense. It is for those who sincerely, humbly want to find a way out of this mess that we, each one of us, have created out of indifference, carelessness, and lack of moral courage.” ~ Vimala Thakar
“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self…. A problem cannot be solved at the same level of thinking that created it…We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.” ~ Einstein
“When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.” ~ Margaret Wheatley
Joel and Michelle Levey are regarded as pioneers in the global movements exploring the themes of contemplative science, mind-fitness, mindfulness, compassion, and collective wisdom and intelligence. They’ve been fortunate to be among the first professionals in the Western world to widely introduce these disciplines into mainstream medical, higher educational, business, government, and military arenas beginning in the 70’s. The broad spectrum of their inspired work spans many disciplines, cultures, and traditions.
The Leveys offer a unique and rich blend of insights and experience distilled from 50 years of intensive contemplative study/practice, and the seamless integration of their work in leadership and contemplative science through multiple roles as: clinicians in medical centers; corporate trainers/consultants working with leaders and executive teams around the globe; mindfulness and meditation teachers (in numerous traditions – including study with very respected teachers from many different “mindfulness lineages” and authorization to teach); mentors to leaders in government, business, medical, and military arenas; faculty at universities around the world; mind-fitness coaches for world-class and Olympic-gold athletes; and contemplative science researchers. They also have the unique distinction of having done this work together as a couple for 35 years.
Their work draws insights from deep work with thousands of leaders in hundreds of leading organizations around the globe including: NASA; Google; World Bank; British Parliament’s All Parliamentary Roundtable on Mindfulness; World Government Summit; NHS; M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; Clinton Global Initiative; Stanford Research Institute International; Intel; M.I.T., Prime Minister’s Office of the U.A.E; U.S. Army Special Forces; Surgeon General’s Office; MindLab; International Campaign for Compassionate Cities; EarthSave; Compassionate Action Network; and World Business Academy. They have served as Chairpersons for the Center for Corporate Culture and Organizational Health Taskforce for the Institute for Health & Productivity Management (IHPM), charter members of Mind and Life Institute’s Academy for Contemplative and Ethical Leadership, and as core faculty for the International Center for Organization Design (ICOD). They stewarded the development of some of the first “mindful organizations” in the Western world – at Hewlett Packard, Intuit, Intel, Weyerhaeuser, etc.
Joel and Michelle serve as clinical faculty at University of Minnesota Medical School and also taught at Bastyr University’s Center for Science, Medicine, and Spirituality. They helped design the Contemplative Education and Transformational Learning Graduate program for Mahidol University in Thailand, and taught a post-graduate MBA course on Mindful Leadership and Resilience at IIM (Indian Institute of Management) in Ahmedabad, India.
Nobel Peace Laureate, the Dalai Lama, an advisor on a number of the Leveys’ projects once wrote in a letter to the Leveys: “You are presently engaged in work that has great prospects for bringing the Dharma (the inner sciences of human transformation) to a very wide section of people who may not under ordinary circumstances come into contact with these teaching. I am very pleased about the work that you are doing and send you blessings and prayers for your success.”
The Leveys were invited by Pentagon leaders to develop the “Jedi Warrior Program” for the Special Forces, where they led the advanced “biocybernautic training” (integrating neurofeedback, “mind-fitness training,”and a month-long, silent Mindfulness style Vipassana-retreat) for this once secret, six-month, full-time program. Military leaders described Jedi as, “The most exquisite orchestration of human technology we have ever seen.” Advisors Michael Murphy and George Leonard called Jedi, “the most advanced leadership development program to be offered in modern times.” Jedi’s profound success opened the way for their work with leaders at: NASA, Navy, NOAA, Surgeon General’s Office, NIH, NHS, West Point, and Prime Minister’s Office of UAE.
Michelle and Joel have been fortunate to study closely with many remarkable teachers in the diverse foundational mindfulness traditions including: Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Dipama, Rina Sircar, Anagarika Munindra, S.N. Goenka, Thich Nhat Hanh, Ruth Dennison, and Robert Hover. They’ve also studied closely with many of the world’s most respected leaders in fields of interpersonal neurobiology and contemplative science teachers and researchers including: The Dalai Lama, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Otto Scharmer, Daniel Goleman, Daniel Siegel, Robert Thurman, Kalu Rinpoche, Krishnamurti, Karmapa, Lama Yeshe, Chagdud Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Joanna Macy. The Leveys have devoted nearly 2 years to silent contemplative retreats including sitting the historic first Shamatha Project – a year-long silent retreat and research project that was sponsored in part by the Dalai Lama.
Joel and Michelle have been actively involved in many global learning communities related to this work including: Mind and Life Institute; Academy for Contemplative and Ethical Leadership; Presencing Institute; Institute of Noetic Sciences; Contemplative Mind in Society; The International Campaign for Compassionate Cities; Compassion Games International; Society for Organizational Learning (SoL); World Cafe; Art of Hosting; Meaning Conference; and International Center of Compassionate Organizations. Joel and Michelle are also contemplative mentors and advisors for the Art Monastery Project and the ArtMonks, an international network of artists dedicated to blending contemplative practice, creative endeavor, and social transformation.They have taught at Esalen, Omega Institute, Mount Madona Center, Hollyhock, Banyen Books, Luminous Ground, CoSM, Burning Man, Beloved Festival, Natural Dharma Fellowship, Dream Valley, Dorje Dechen Ling, and Indralaya, and have guided eco-Dharma retreats in Bhutan, New Zealand, Hawaii, Taiwan, and North America.
Their published works are available in 13 languages and include: Living in Balance: A Mindful Guide for Thriving in a Complex World (Winner of Nautilus Book Award); Mindfulness, Meditation, and Mind Fitness; Wisdom at Work; The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration, and Meditation: Ancient Skills for Modern; Focus! Mastery of Mindfulness and Attention; The VUCA Savvy Leader; Corporate Culture and Organizational Health; Intuition at Work; Community Building in Business; Learning Organizations; and The New Bottom Line.
To learn more about the Levey’s inspired work, please explore:
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/wisdomatwork
PRAISE FOR JOEL & MICHELLE’S WORK:
“Joel and Michelle Levey have skillfully woven together contemporary insights into the value and need for mindfulness and mind-fitness training with a large number of evocative suggestions for practice. Joel and Michelle clearly have a great deal of experience teaching a wide range of different settings and this is reflected in the precision and vividness of their instructions. There is strength in the simplicity of their explanation of the value of these mindfulness and mind-fitness disciplines and their clear instructions for how to practice.”
— Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus& Founding Director The Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Author of many books on Mindfulness
“The work of Joel and Michelle Levey has long been a luminous thread in the fabric of the Great Turning. They embody in many ways this epochal transition to a life-sustaining society….Their book (Living in Balance: A Mindful Guide for Thriving in a Complex World) like its luminous authors, brings refreshment to mind and heart. It open us to our inner wisdom, and brings us tools, visions and whispered counsel that restore the blessed balance we deserve.”
— Joanna Macy, Ph.D., Author, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy
“The Leveys’ work and writings offer a skilful blend of time proven antidotes to the stress of modern life.”
— Dan Goleman, Ph.D., author, Social Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, and Focus
“The Leveys teachings and their beautiful book Living in Balance brings wisdom and love into a world that longs for balance.”
— Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot, Upaya Zen Center
“The Leveys’ book is an absolute treasure, filled with an abundance of insights and practices that lead the reader into depths of peace. But with all these riches, I was most affected by the love, compassion, and wisdom of Joel and Michelle present in every page. Their embrace of the reader is the best testimony that these practices lead to lives of wholeness and harmony.”
— Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Leadership & the New Science and coauthor, A Simpler Way
“Today more than ever modern society makes demands on an individual for which evolution has not prepared us. Living in Balance gives each of us tools that not only allow us to navigate through a complex world but allow us to thrive. By gaining insights into ourselves and learning techniques that fundamentally allow one to rewire their brain, Joel and Michelle have given us a wonderful gift…the gift of transcendence.”
– James R. Doty, M.D., Founder and Director of Stanford’s Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), part of the Stanford Institute of Neuro-Innovation and Translation Neurosciences and Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University
“Joel and Michelle bring tremendous and rare wisdom and experience to the work of developing more mindful and wisdom-informed workplaces. I recommend their trainings whole-heartedly.”
– Chris Cullen, Oxford Mindfulness Center (UK)
“Michelle and Joel Levey are probably the only mindfulness teachers capable of engaging and inspiring any audience, and of helping especially hard-nosed businesspeople grow in awareness, resilience, and compassion. This is no mean feat; mindfulness is still considered “pink and fluffy” in many workplaces, but the Leveys bring such a great deal of experience, wisdom, good humour and calm confidence to the work they do in organisations that I’ve always found it an absolute joy to watch them in action in any mindfulness workshop, retreat or keynote presentation. They are pioneers in finding effective ways to bring age-old contemplative practices to 21st century workplace settings, coupled with a keen understanding of what modern workers and leaders need. No doubt Joel’s and Michelle’s expertise is based on the countless successful mindfulness programmes they have developed for high-profile clients, honed over more decades than their youthful smiles would let you believe.”
– Jutta Tobias, Senior Lecturer, London City University Organizational Psychology Department (UK)
“The first names that pop to my mind are Dr. Joel and Michelle Levey, founders of Wisdom at Work, whom I worked with in several corporate settings, including in FC (Future Considerations). We invited them to facilitate our Annual General Meeting, last year. They demonstrated their mastery of linking business concerns with the the teaching of profound mindfulness and mind-fitness practices. FC has also organized a series of public-enrollment workshops with them where they received raving recognitions from the participants. Joel and Michelle are pioneers of bringing contemplative science into the business world, and have designed and introduced highly successful mindfulness programs at NASA; Google; World Bank; NIH; Clinton Global Initiative; Stanford Research Institute; Intel; M.I.T., U.S. Army Special Forces; U,S. Surgeon General’s Office; and World Business Academy.”
– George Pór, Fellow, Future Considerations, Fellow of Royal Society for the Arts (UK)
“What was unique for me in working with the Leveys is, that Michelle and Joel where able to see the need for each one of the participants and provide the trainings each one of us needed to make a profound personal development. That they have so much love and patience with all our differences. That they have a toolbox that is vast and a respond to whatever comes up. The incredible long experience and profound knowledge that they both offer. It is very safe and they are very trustworthy….What I value the most from my work with the Joel and Michelle is the practice and learnings made it possible for me to break free from my conditioned “psychology” or monkey mind and to realize that I don’t have to believe everything I am thinking and by that I was able to tap into the source of my creativity. My decisions and actions now come from passion and not from fear to not be good enough. They have given me the resources I needed and never would have found myself to continue on my path.”-Christel Kinning, Served as CEO RnB Retail & Brands AB and sat on the Boards of Directors in over 20 companies in Scandinavia and Russia including: Vasakronan AB, Stadium AB a sportsretailer and Zoundindustries AB.
“The Leveys’ Learning Expedition gave me inspiration and focus on my personal journey. To dedicate time to my inner journey as well as to meet and share experience with other mindful leaders was a true gift, both for me as a person and as a professional. It has deeped my personal practice, and has made me more confident in sharing the practice with others. I use the tools in both my private and professional life. The importance of inspiration and guidance from teachers you trust in the process of the inner journey has been profoundly valuable. I treasure and admire the Leveys dedication to wisdom and the teachings, their deep knowledge of many different traditions and their strong drive to contribute to a better future, with more compassion and awareness. Joel & Michelle’s work is truly inspiring, and they lead by example, from the heart.”
– Marit Finch-Westin has worked in senior leadership positions in both the private and the public sector, and is now running a small consultancy firm based in Sweden.
“Michelle and Joel are undoubtedly global pioneers in bringing mindfulness and mindful leadership to the mainstream. Working as they have, courageously, on this since the 1970s, they have long been a quiet force for a better way. Heaven knows the world needs more of what they bring! If you have a chance to be around Joel and Michelle, take it. I have been fortunate enough to have had several such chances in recent years, and time with them is always a wonderful combination of connection, thoughtful exchange and fun.” – Dr Alister Scott, co-author, The Little Book of Making Big Change Happen, Cofounder, One Leadership Project, UK
“I’ve had the honour of organising and participating in several courses and workshops with Joel and Michelle. The feedback from other participants has been exclusively positive I believe as a result of their skill, experience and generosity of spirit in hosting groups of all shapes and sizes. Their ability to create safety and challenge simultaneously is something I’ve never seen anywhere else. It’s been a joy to witness the impact of their teaching on others as well as to experience it personally. Their wisdom and love has profoundly shifted my sense of compassion for myself, those around me and humanity beyond. For anyone looking to truly integrate their personal values and professional purpose this will be a very worthwhile investment of time and energy. Some comments from program participants include, “”The course was extremely stimulating, in that I’d heard what they were talking about before but Joel and Michelle presented their material in such a fresh way, it enabled me to access their wisdom at a deeper level, which made for an inspiring day. They are people who definitely ‘walk their talk….Open, honest, hopeful, positive, energetic, moving, meaningful, earnest, powerful, heartening, rewarding. All in equal measure…” – Louise Ash, Event Director, Meaning Conference (Brighton, UK)
“Working with Joel and Michelle was one of those pivotal moments in my career and life. I’d never encountered teachers with both their depth of knowledge and deep compassion for those around them. The way they are able to seamlessly blend neuroscience with ancient spiritual wisdom in the same breath, and without even the steeliest business professional blinking, is testament to the integrity and care that they bring into every room…When I first met them I was a business leader experiencing high levels of stress and lacking any clear answers to what seemed like complex, high stakes problems. Their clear and insightful teaching allowed me to cut through the confusion and overwhelm, to see everything as it really is – to understand my role in bringing calm and clarity to my own self, and embodying that in my work and life, for others. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Joel and Michelle many times since, and every opportunity to spend time with them is just as rewarding, warm and rejuvenating as the first.” – Max St. John, Principle, Nixon-McInnes Consultancy (Brighton, UK)
“Joel and Michelle are so easy to love – through them I realise that I and others who have shared space with them have become more consistently loving towards ourselves, each other and our world. Joel and Michelle bring a profound blend of humble humanity, loving connection and fierce compassion. Being with them you catch a glimpse of a wiser, more balanced and integrated way of being which has helped countless people to be ground their lives in a field which is both contained and vast, contemplative and committed. I know that Joel and Michelle have been in service to our healthcare system and to our democratic politics here in the UK and that the impacts and ripple effects of their work continue to spread far and wide. Right now it feels as though the time for mindfulness and mindful leadership has come, if you are waking up to the power of presence and to the unlimited potential for creativity and compassion in the now I urge you to choose the Leveys as your guide – they are the real deal, they have been on this extra-ordinary journey since the 70’s and their combined insight and experience is deeply trans-formative.” – Andy Bradley, Recognised by The Observer and NESTA as one of Britains Most Radical Thinkers (UK)
“What has been most special for me in working with Michelle and Joel is the beautiful evolutionary schemes and forces that are in play in their work. There is not a goal to reach, there is a path that emerges moment to moment, retreat to retreat, contact by contact,… and life unfolds and expands, easily, and the connectome is enriched, between us and between those touched us, without pressure, only emergence. Belonging and becoming.”
– Jordi Cartanya, Executive Director of the Campus of International Excellence Southern Catalonia he co-founded the Coevolution Hub of Southern Catalonia. Former director general for research and innovation policies, Government of Catalonia
“Joel and Michelle Levey bring a distinctively warm, wise and very human face to the teaching of mindfulness or heartfulness as they sometimes call this path. From decades of deep study and practice in the Buddhist, contemplative science, personal development and organisational fields, they have refined a unique way of sharing this knowledge and encouraging others to discover and live a path of wisdom and joy.”- John Watters, Managing Director, Living Leadership; Associate at Future Considerations (UK)
“Living in Balance is the wisest, most practical and inspiring book that I have read in years. Joel & Michelle Levey are consummate teachers because they live the teachings, humbly and compassionately laying out a roadmap that anyone motivated to lead a happier, more balanced life can follow. The simple exercises and questions they ask were like lightbulbs that helped me see my own life more clearly. This is one book that really does have the power to help you change your life.”
–Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind, and A Woman’s Book of Life cofounder and former director of the Mind/Body Clinic, New England Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
“Michelle and Joel Levey demonstrate–in a style that is graceful and gentle and personal and inspiring–how balance in our individual minds and lives is both the key to healing the world and the source of our greatest happiness. Their invitation to awakening makes the spiritual journey clear enough to be accessible to everyone while preserving the profound sanctity of its purpose….Michelle and Joel Levey have done such a graceful, personal and inviting presentation of the profound necessity to devote/dedicate oneself to as full a practice of living in balance as one can, without at all trivializing it and making it less profound than it is, but making it sound like everybody can do it–like it’s just normal–which is what it is!”
“I’ve really enjoyed Living in Balance–I found I didn’t want to skim it because it had so many wonderful things in it. So thanks a lot for it!”
–Sylvia Boorstein, author of: It’s Easier Than You Think; and Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There
“The Leveys’ Living in Balance invites us to return to the inner source of serenity and wisdom within. Never before have we so urgently needed the clear, compassionate teachings that are so lovingly described in this book.”
— Larry Dossey, MD, author of Be Careful What You Pray For, Prayer is Good Medicine, Executive Editor, Alternative Therapies