Wisdom at Work

Summer Learning Laboratory 2012



Over the years we have received numerous requests from sincere friends, colleagues, and students to have an opportunity to study more closely with us in an in-depth way for both personal development and professional training.

In response to these repeated requests, we sense that the time is ripe and we are moved to offer a most special Summer Learning Laboratory with us at our home in Seattle this August.  In order to optimize this learning opportunity, we are scheduling this Lab just prior to our 5-day retreat on Orcas Island (August 21-26 – link).  This timing will provide interested participants with the option of extending the Learning Lab into the Retreat for additional deepening, reflection, practice, and integration of the core teaching we will share. 


for initiating this Wisdom at Work Learning Laboratory

is to provide an inspiring, nurturing, intensive, intimate

opportunity for people to learn, practice, deeply understand

and reflect upon the distilled essence of the most inspiring-

useful-powerful and relevant methods, frameworks, principles

and practices that have been at the core of our Wisdom at Work

teachings over the past 40 years. 

We will meet in our home sanctuary on Woodlawn Avenue, by Green Lake, in the Emerald City of the Evergreen State, to explore ways to develop our capacity to bring a deeper wisdom, wonder, compassion, creativity, and skillfulness to our lives and work.  

-We’ll begin with lunch and introductions on Thursday August 16 at noon and conclude after dinner on Sunday August 19.  

-We’ll have three sessions each day: morning, afternoon, and evening. 

-To allow for some personal integration time, we’ll begin at 10am each morning, and conclude around 9ish in the evenings.

Through guided practice and deep reflection, we’ll discover how we can flourish with resilience in these exciting and challenging times when so many of the unsustainable systems and structures and ways of life are dis-integrating and so many new forms are emerging.  In the spirit of learning from “the Holy Book of Nature” we will take advantage of the summer season and also gather for teachings, picnics, and mindful walks in some of Seattle’s most beautiful parks, providing an immersion in nature and the unique beauty of the Emerald City.


- Educators
- Health caring professionals
- Coaches
- Consultants
- Inspired Leaders

- Evolutionary Entrepreneurs
- Explorers of ExtraOrdinary Human Potential who are committed to expanding their capacity to thrive and help others
- Life-Long Learners interested in deepening their understanding, increasing their capacity, and learning to more fully embody a deeper wisdom in their lives, work, and relationships.


The distilled essence of this Level I curriculum includes:

-Essential elements of change resilience

-The vital relationship of worldview/identity, values, and ways of life

-Our capacity for radical transformation

-The Wisdom at Work Transformational Learning Spiral

-The eight essential practices of Mindfulness-Based Mind-Fitness Training

-A Heart-Centered Wisdom-Based Approach to Personal and Organizational Transformation

-How training our minds changes our brains, and increases our capacity to transform our lives and world

-How to thrive in VUCA times (i.e. times of profound Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity)

-Guidelines for developing, deepening and sustaining a personal practice of reflection, mindful clear presence, compassion, embodied skillful action and speech in your life, work, relationships and world

-Expanding our learning community and network of inspired colleagues on this Journey of Awakening

-Cultivating more mindful relationships


Participating in this Wisdom at Work Learning Lab will affirm and inspire your capacity for:

-Developing an expanded repertoire of “skillful means” to carry the potency and power of your learnings into diverse arenas of social and organizational change and transformation.

-      Increasing resilience, vitality, and wellness

-Deepening personal mastery, mind-fitness, and increasing capacity for selfless service

-Developing confidence and faith

-Inspiring skillfulness in living and working harmoniously with others

-Expanding your Dimensional Intelligence

-Deepening Intuitive Intelligence

-Increasing Mindfulness and Mastery of Attention

-Glimpsing the potency and power of Collective Wisdom and Creative Intelligence

-Appreciating the vital synergy of inner and outer work in the world

-Developing confidence in “sourcing” Guidance and clear direction/priority in your life and work

-Honing Coherence of Intention and Clarity of Values

-Understanding the Non-Duality of Wisdom and Compassion

-Expanding your sense of creative altruism and Bodhisattva spirit

-Developing a robust and integral set of personal practices for realizing your True Nature and Highest Potentials and for helping others to do the same.


-Four days of memorable, inspiring, and profoundly practical training/guided practice in beautiful settings;

-Guidelines and readings for pre-work that will help you to get the most from this Learning Laboratory;

-A list of websites to explore that will support and inspire your learning;

-Healthy vegetarian lunches and refreshments (mostly organic);

-A personal mentoring session with either Michelle or Joel;

-A follow-up Skype meet-up reflection session to deepen the integration of these profoundly practical learnings in the laboratory of our lives and work.


Taken to heart, the value of what you will learn in this program will be priceless.  Our vision is to make this rare and special learning opportunity available to those individuals who are sincerely interested in participating – and who will be able to amplify and expand the value of this learning through their lives and work.  If possible, we encourage you to attend this session with a “learning buddy” or small group of colleagues who will support and inspire you in integrating what you learn in your life and work, and applying your learnings to developing the capacity of your organization or community to thrive in these complex times.

To make this experience accessible to many people, we offer the following creative payment options:

$1250 If you are able to get your organization to pay for your participation and would like a Certificate of Participation.

$1150 if you are paying on your own

$1050 per person for learning buddy groups of 3 or more

$1050 per person for married or committed couples

$695 if you are a student or unemployed (payment plan available)

Scholarships - If we have at least 8 full-paying participants, we will accept scholarship applications for a number of participants. Please let us know if you are interested in a scholarship and we’ll send you more details on how to apply.

We envision this as a small, intimate learning experience, so please register early to assure that you will be able to attend.


$100 - or  receive a free set of Joel & Michelle’s Focused Mindstate

(Boxed Set of 7 CD’s plus workbook –$79.95 retail price)

For more information, please contact us:




1) Please email us asap to declare your intention to participate and let us know that you have sent your payment or deposit:  levey@wisdomatwork.com

  1. 2) To confirm your registration, please send us your full payment - or a minimum deposit of $300.

You may pay by PayPal/credit card  - or - mail us a check

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3) Once we have at least 7 people committed to attending this Learning Laboratory we will immediately let you know that this program is “a go,” and you can then book your travel to Seattle.

NOTE:  Full payment is due at least 30 days prior to the Learning Lab.  Deposits are refundable up to 45 days prior to the event.


For participants coming in from out of town, we can provide a list of recommended places to stay near our home by Green Lake and the Zoo, about 4 miles north of downtown Seattle.  If you are interested in a home-stay, we can also do our best to network you with local friends, colleagues, and students of ours in the Seattle area.   


August 21 - 26, 2012 - (Tuesday dinner through Sunday lunch)

It would be ideal if you can arrange to follow this Learning Lab with our retreat on Orcas Island August 21-26.   This very affordable retreat will provide you with an opportunity for integration, deep reflection, and deepening of the knowledge, skills, and learnings from the learning laboratory in an inspiring immersion in the pristine natural beauty of Indralaya and Orcas Island.   This year’s retreat is on the theme of “All My Relations:  Meditation, Nature, and Community.”  We’ll help with networking to find rides for out-of-town-folks to the retreat.   For more information and registration

“This program will focus on the synergy of meditation, nature, and community as pathways to the practice of deep relationship, creative generativity, and regeneration. Weaving inspirations from many traditions and teachers of the Dharma, Joel & Michelle Levey will guide us in a variety of treasured and time-honored practices for cultivating mindful awareness and deepening the loving-kindness, compassion, insight, and creativity we bring to life. This week offers a special opportunity to establish a personal practice of meditation; a practice that integrates into daily life and work; deepens your sense of connection and interrelationship with your world; and increases your capacity to be resilient and thrive in these challenging times.

Guided by experienced teachers, infused by the beauty of Orcas Island’s holy book of nature, and supported by the company of kindred spirits, this retreat offers a rare blend of wisdom teachings, meditations, heartfelt silence, opportunities for group dialogue and deep reflections. Come prepared to joyfully discover the miraculous in every moment as you open your heart and mind to encounter reality as it truly is, and behold the true nature and potentials of yourself and All your Relations.”


Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey are founders of WisdomatWork. com  (http://WisdomAtWork.com), a Hawaii and Seattle-based firm dedicated to developing thriving communities and organizational cultures in which extra-ordinary levels of inspired leadership, creative intelligence, synergy, collective wisdom, and change resilience can flourish. The Leveys work with organizations and communities around the globe to inspire people to deepen the wisdom, wonder, compassion, resilience, and creativity they bring to life, work, and relationships amidst the myriad changes, challenges, and opportunities of these turbulent and rapidly shifting times.  Their work spans many disciplines and wisdom traditions. 

Michelle and Joel are founders of the International Institute for Mindfulness, Meditation and MindBody Medicine, InnerWork Technologies, Inc., and WisdomAtWork.com.  Clinical faculty at University of Minnesota Medical School’s Center for Spirituality and Health and Bastyr University’s Center for Spirituality, Science, and Medicine, they were honored by Institute of Noetic Sciences as leading "teachers of transformation.” The Dalai Lama, an advisor on a number of the Leveys’ projects, praised their work saying: "You are presently engaged in work that has great prospects for bringing the Dharma to a very wide section of people who may not under ordinary circumstances come into contact with these teachings.”  They have been fortunate to study with many of the world’s most respected teachers from both contemporary scientific and ancient wisdom traditions.  Their clients include: Google, Intel, Microsoft, Intuit, Sun Microsystems, World Bank, NASA, M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center, Compassionate Action Network, Hewlett Packard, and the Clinton Global Initiative. They have served as faculty for:  World Business Academy, International Center for Organizational Change, Mahidol University, Indian Institute of Management, and Antioch University.   They’ve directed clinical programs in biofeedback, mindfulness, and stress mastery for Group Health HMO and Children's Medical Center. Joel and Michelle designed and directed advanced biocybernautic training for the Special Forces’ acclaimed “Ultimate Warrior Training Program” (aka "Jedi Warrior") which was described by West Point leaders as, "The most exquisite orchestration of human technology that we have ever seen.” Speaking to the scope of this work, advisors Michael Murphy and George Leonard, observed that, “Jedi Warrior was the most extensive and advanced leadership development program to be offered in modern times.”

The Leveys currently serve on the Advisory Board for The International Campaign for Compassionate Business; The International Campaign for Compassionate Cities; The Art Monastery Project;  and Resilient People and Climate Change. Distilling insights from four decades of practice, research, and study in the wisdom traditions, their published works include: Luminous Mind: Meditation and Mind Fitness; Living in Balance; and Wisdom at Work; The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration, and Meditation: Ancient Skills for Modern Minds; Intuition at Work;  Buddhism Through American Women’s Eyes;  and Voices on the Threshold of Tomorrow.

For more info, explore:





An Intensive Immersion in the Essential

  Guiding Principles and Practices of

    Joel and Michelle Levey’s

      Wisdom Teachings for the Awakening Mind

Exploring the the Seamless Integration

    of Our Inner Work

       and Our Work in the World

Level 1:

   August 16-19, 2012

         Seattle, Washington

At our home with members of the Meditation and Medicine group that we started in Seattle - going strong after 7 years!

In Hawaii with University of Minnesota Medical students in our Meditation and Medicine course.

With leaders of the University of Washington Nursing School in a special NIH program we taught.  

With our Tuesday Night meditation class

- going strong after 30 years!    

From the Mindfulness and Meditation Laboratory that we teach for Google - 25 locations world-wide.  

Special workshop we led on Mindfulness and MindBody Medicine for University of Washington Medical School faculty

Teaching graduate course on Contemplative Education and Transformational Learning  for Mahidol University, Thailand   

Teaching University of Minnesota Medical School course on Meditation and MindBody Medicine

Teaching University of Minnesota Medical School course on Meditation and MindBody Medicine

With some of our visiting students from Taiwan where we have a dedicated following.

Leading retreats for ArtMonks from the Art Monastery Project

With friends-students at summer retreat - Indralaya, Orcas Island

Facilitating Faculty Wellness and Resilience Program

for colleagues at MD Anderson Cancer Research Center

Leading follow-up session for medical students at Bastyr University in the Chapel and St. Thomas Center

Over the past 35 years, we’ve taught Mindfulness-Based Mind-Fitness and Wisdom at Work programs for leaders in over 200 organizations around the globe.

Michelle speaking at Town Hall session on Interspiritual Views on Health Care

Joel & Michelle “tech-talk” at Google

on Neurofeedback & MindBody Mastery 

Keynote for KMPG Athens, Greece