Wisdom at Work

Past programs

Embracing the Climate Crisis with Wisdom,

Courage, & Compassion

With Dr. Joel Levey, Founder, Wisdom at Work

(Video posted at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfSxwIXAgwY&t=198s )

trust your heart if the seas catch fire. and live by love

though the stars walk backwards 

~e.e. Cummings

We honor that it takes considerable courage and compassion to embrace and take to heart the tsunamis of information regarding the climate crisis and what it means for our lives and world – and that all this can be quite overwhelming and distressing for people who are just not able or ready to embrace this information, yet.

In this spirit, this special session with Joel Levey will explore a variety of profound practices and perspectives for opening our hearts and minds to embrace our current reality, and likely future realities, with deepening curiosity, courage, creative compassion and inspiring wisdom.

Joel offers a rich mix of insights from nearly 50 years of intensive contemplative science studies and teachings with many respected teachers, work with hundreds of leading organizations around the globe, and pioneering work in health-care, wellness, resilience, and human thriving.

Registration: https://dharmafriendship.org/interconnectedness-and-our-ecological-crisis-responding-with-wisdom-compassion-and-justice/

For a glimpse of inspirations and perspectives that have inspired Joel’s view of courageous, wise, and compassionate responses to climate/environmental crisis, please explore: http://WisdomAtWork.com/DeepAdaptation/  and https://www.wisdomatwork.com/nwdharma/ 

Annual Indralaya Summer Retreat

August 18-23, 2021

Meditation, Nature, & Community

A Time for Radical Resilience & Renewal

With Joel & Michelle Levey

on Orcas Island, WA, USA

(Covid precautions will apply. More info on this will be available soon.)
Registration info :

NOTE: This is a very affordable & family friendly retreat.

Exploring a profound view of harmony and wholeness through the sacred lenses of Meditation, Nature, and Community, this summer’s program will honor that we are emerging from our long pandemic seclusions and crossing a temporal threshold into a new phase of our lives and world—one that has the potential for a more kindful exploration of new degrees of freedom and care-full-ness.

Along a path of insight, wonder, and love, grounded in gratitude, we will discover a profound interrelatedness seen with the eyes of wisdom and deep compassion.

Supported by the guidance of beloved teachers, the inspiring forces of pristine nature, and the company of a community of kindred spiritual friends, this special program of meditation, inspiration, and celebration offers a rare and welcome opportunity to deepen in our journey of Awakening.

Immersed in the exquisite natural beauty of Indralaya, we will embrace and celebrate the learnings, inspirations, and blessings of this past year, and honor the grief and trauma that lingers, delving into timeless healing wisdom teachings and engaging profound practices for awakening natural awareness, wisdom, and compassion.

We will share a rich blend of deep reflection and deep connection with our multidimensional selves and world – an exploration especially relevant and vital to enhancing our capacity to be resilient, thrive, and continually renew ourselves in these complex challenging times.

Our days will include a balance of wisdom teachings, mindful dialogue and deep reflection, contemplative silence, a variety of meditations for cultivating inner peace, freedom, deep adaptation, and happiness (including mindfulness, tonglen, embodied awareness and movement, lovingkindness and compassion), along with open space and mindful adventures exploring the “holy book of nature.”

This special gathering offers a rare opportunity for renewal… for deep reflection… and deep connection. It is a time for cultivating peace,deepening your spiritual practice, embracing The Mystery, and expanding your capacity to respond to the intensity and complexity of your life with greater resilience… wisdom… wonder… and compassion!

Quiet reflective time will be balanced with shared reflection and time in nature.  Open time will allow for reading, resting, journaling, swimming, hiking, adventures, or strolls into the nearby village of Eastsound.

Curious, open-minded souls, along with both experienced and novice meditators, are warmly welcome and will find inspiration, meaningful connections, and lasting benefit in participating in this program.

We’ll be offering two workshops for World Unity Week Symposium June 19-26   – check back for more details…

• Exploring the Profound Synergy of Mindfulness, Empathy, Compassion, & Courage: Learning to Care Wholeheartedly for the World

(In the Global Beloved Community Zone)

Increasing our courageous capacity to be fully present, open, empathically resonant, and compassionately responsive to our world is essential if we are to live as a force for good in our world. It takes great caring, courage and skill to stay open to the overwhelming complexity, intensity, beauty, and suffering in our world and respond wisely. Weaving insights from modern interpersonal neurobiology and ancient contemplative traditions, this inspiring session offers a wealth of insight and practical skills for understanding the profound interrelationships of courage, mindfulness, empathy, and compassion to become ever more capable and skillful in wisely embracing the joys and sorrows of our lives and world.

• A Call for Deeper Wisdom at Work: 

Where Climate Crisis & the Global Crisis of Leadership Meet

( In the Evolutionary Leaders Synergy Room – or – One World Town Hall)

In this decisive decade the imperative for deeper wisdom in our lives, work, & world has never been clearer. As the complexities of the growing climate crisis collide with a crisis in global leadership we witness many well-meaning but ill-equipped leaders in our world imploding into overwhelm, denial, confusion, and emotional distress. Drawing insight and inspiration from more than four decades of deep transformational work with thousands of leaders in hundreds of organizations around the globe, this dynamic session will explore skillful ways to access deeper personal and collective wisdom, along with the courageous creative compassion necessary to wisely respond to this threshold time. By awakening the depth of presence and wisdom necessary to creatively and deeply adapt to face the climate crisis, we, and other leaders in our lives, organizations, and world, can develop our capacity to avert this implosion and work as a force for good in our world.

Summer 2021 Global  Learning Course: Illuminating & Opening Our Hearts and Minds

Inspirations, Meditations, & Explorations

w/ Michelle & Joel Levey

June 19 & 26, July 10 & 24, August 14 & 28
to invite you to join us for a very special global learning series exploring a rich-mix of meditations and teachings for opening our hearts to deeper love and compassion inspired by the deep wisdom of our profound interrelatedness.
In these profoundly challenging times of growing complexity and uncertainty, developing our skills and capacity for embracing the joys and sorrows of our lives and world wholeheartedly with equanimity, love, compassion, empathy, courage, and joy is essential for our well-being and resilience.

Embodying Wisdom at Work: How to pursue EXTRA-ordinary ways of living, learning, and working together those challenging times

October 21 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm PDT

Description: Dr. Joel Levey is founder of Wisdom at Work, and an early pioneer introducing mindfulness and somatic disciplines into mainstream business, medicine, higher education, sports arenas since the 70s. He will speak to ways we can source personal and collective wisdom in these VUCA times offering a wealth of wisdom informed by intensive study, practice, research, teaching of modern & ancient embodied disciplines, interpersonal neurobiology, martial arts, integrative medicine and deep study and practice with many of the world’s most respected contemplative teachers, including a year long silent retreat.  Joel has worked extensively with: NASA, World Bank, Stanford Research Institute, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and hundreds of leading organizations around the globe and developed Jedi Warrior Training program for the U.S. Special Forces; launched Google’s Mindfulness and Meditation Laboratory (the follow-up program for Search Inside Yourself); and was an advisor for Mindful Nation UK Report for British Parliament’s Mindfulness Initiative.  The Dalai Lama, one of his teachers, praised his work saying, “You are presently engaged in work that has great prospects for bringing the inner sciences of human transformation to a very wide section of people who may not under ordinary circumstances come into contact with the Dharma.” 

With over 1,000 of the very best presenters in the field, nearly half a million guests and a beautiful sense of community –  it felt more like a movement than a conference

With talks on yoga, leadership, dance, creativity, social change, intimacy, martial arts, meditation, breathwork, and so much more.

For those who would couldn’t make it, don’t worry, you can get your hands on the whole conference library for a lifetime, so you won’t miss any key sessions. Meaning you can have your very own embodiment library with over 1,000 different speakers from just $149!

It’s half price right now, so be sure to get in there while you can!”(price goes up on midnight Tuesday 27th October 2020)

Join us – https://theembodimentconference.org/#JoelLevey 

A three-day contemplative art-making immersion via Zoom

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
~Albert Camus-French philospher
As we draw near to the elections and the time of year where light begins to wane, join the Artmonks and Joel & Michelle Levey to connect with what matters most and make art from that place. As we acknowledge the deep challenges of this time — ongoing grief, rage, and trauma of the Movement for Black Lives, the pandemic and climate crisis — let’s practice embodiment of our authenticity, resilience, and hope.
In medieval times, the plague set the stage for the Renaissance.
How can we, today, find our inner renaissance? Instead of asking ourselves: What will come next? Let’s pose the question: How will I participate in this revolution? What note do I wish to play in this emerging, improvised symphony? How can I respond creatively and with the full range of my paradoxical emotions at a time when so many are fighting to survive?
This uplifting and dynamic response to disrupted times offers you a rejuvenating weekend experience featuring:
• dharma talks by Joel & Michelle
• guided and silent meditation
• guided creative practices
• spacious time to work on your own creative projects (away from screens)
• daily movement, singing & chant
More Info:

Inner Revolution Learning Expeditions 2020

Two Groups:  Europe – & – North America

Join the rEvolution!  Are you seeking to develop your capacity to bring a deeper wisdom and creative spirit to thriving in these complex times? Inspired by the potent challenges+opportunities of these times
- we are moved by the requests of dear friends and colleagues to offer two new Wisdom at Work Learning Expedition for our colleagues in the Europe & North America launching springtime 2019.

Contact us asap to join in!

Learn more

May 23-25, 2020

Artmonk Retreat Online: 

The Way of the ArtMonk in Disrupted Times

with Michelle & Joel Levey

(((Be part of a transformational outpouring of beauty)))

A transformational retreat exploring the interphase
of art, beauty, embodiment, creative spirit, social engagement, healing, & contemplative practice
It is time to meet what is happening, acknowledge the pain, and channel it into art.
Sliding Scale $75-250 (suggested 150)

Saturday May 30th ~ 10:00 am – 12:30pm PDT

& Sunday May 31st ~    11:30 am – 1:00pm PDT

A Virtual Salon for This Time of Radical Uncertainty: 

Conscious Living, Dying, and the Deathless—Together & Alone:

Profoundly Practical Guidance & Insight

“The fact of death is certain.
The time of death is uncertain….
We don’t know which will come first—
our next breath
or our next life….
(Are you ready?)”
~ Tibetan proverb
We have received numerous requests for us to offer a series of teachings on Buddhist practices and wisdom perspectives for Conscious Dying, especially in these pandemic times with its specter of people dying physically distant from loved ones— alone and unprepared—looming over our hearts and minds.
    In response to these requests, we are moved to offer a weekend salon to address this important and timely topic. While this session will draw generously from the deep wisdom of inner science traditions, the humanity and universality of these teachings will also be illuminated with respect to other scientific and wisdom traditions.
    This is such a deep, universal, and profound domain of inquiry and human experience, and there is so much to share, discuss, and practice in this regard. Ordinarily, we would offer these teachings as a weekend workshop or at least a full day salon, yet to ease the online nature of this experience, it will be presented in a two-part format for optimal absorption and integration.  We are requesting everyone who wants to participate to pre-register with us (see below) and plan to attend both sessions.
    Once we receive confirmation of your registration and dana offering, we’ll email you links to join the two sessions – as well as a link to access some inspiring videos and readings to inform your explorations of this profound topic, including our article The Sublime Continuum. At this link you will find our recommendations regarding which elements are most highly recommended to view, read, or consider prior to our live online sessions together.

April 30 – May 2, 2020 

Leveys Chairing Panel on

Collective Wisdom & Intelligence in Times of Climate Change & Deep Adaptation 

at the What is Information” Conference at University of Oregon

August 11-16, 2020

Indralaya retreat

Meditation, Nature, & Community

Annual Summer Retreat – Ocas Island, WA

More info to be posted at http://Indralaya.org – after the beginning of the year

February 2021 (TBC)

Bhutan Wisdom Adventure

Bhutan Wisdom Adventure with Joel & Michelle:

Exploring the Wisdom of Natural Dharma 

Join us for a very special meditative adventure to Bhutan, the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon, with Joel and Michelle Levey – founders of Wisdom at Work, pioneers in the contemplative sciences and mindfulness movement, and long-time students, practitioners, and teachers in the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. We will experience Bhutan in a profoundly meaningful and “enlightening” way through Buddhist practice as we meditate in awe inspiring.  On this advent we will explore the sacred sites and wonders of Thimpu (the capital city), the sacred Bhumthang Valley, Paro Thaksang – the Tiger’s Nest, Punakha, and Gangtey. More info will be posted soon.  If you are interested, please contact us soon.

Guiding Wisdom Dharma Adventure in Bhutan

Leveys at British Parliaments All Parliamentary Roundtable on Mindfulness after briefing on criteria for successful organizational programs

September 24, 2019 ~ London, UK ~ 7 pm

Change Resilience: 

In the Midst of Brexit, Climate Change, and The Great Unraveling

With Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey, Founders, Wisdom at Work

As tsunamis of change and disruption ripple through our lives, country, and world, it is becoming increasingly clear that individuals and organizations need more advanced skills to thrive and flourish in these turbulent times.

Drawing insights distilled from more than 40 years of pioneering work teaching resiliency skills to thousands of leaders in hundreds of organizations around the globe this special evening of exploring Change Resilience with the Leveys will offer a wealth of profoundly practical insights, inspiration, and skills with immediate applications in our lives and work.

Michelle and Joel have trained elite teams of special forces troops in the once secret Jedi Warrior Training program; coached Olympic Gold and world class champions; developed the modern world’s first mindful organizations; run clinical stress mastery programs and staff development at dozens of medical centers and taught at respected universities around the globe; worked with leaders in two parliaments and a prime minister’s office; and inspired artists, youth, activists, and entrepreneurs to bring deeper wisdom, creativity, creative altruism, and resilience to their lives, work, and world.

Their clients include:  NASA; Google; Intel; World Bank; Boeing; British Parliament; Nuffield Trust; NHS; World Government Summit; World Business Academy; Institute for Health and Productivity Management; International Center for Organization Design; Indian Institute of Management; NIH; M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; Here; Clinton Global Initiative; Stanford Research Institute International; Intel; M.I.T., U.S. Special Forces Jedi Warrior Program; U.S. Surgeon General’s Office; The Art Monastery Project, and International Campaign for Compassionate Cities.

Themes we will likely explore include: Mindfulness, Courage, and Compassion; Neuroplasticity, Discipline and Personal Mastery; Social Cohesion and Social Impact; Meaning, Values, and Purpose; Creative Adaptation and Altruism; Empathy, Compassion, and Wisdom.

As the circumstances of our lives, country, and world become ever more turbulent and disrupted in these “VUCA” times of increasing Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity, it is becoming increasingly clear that to thrive – “business as usual” will not be sufficient. EmbodyingrEvolutionary approach to developing ourselves for the Journey to come, realizing our “extra-ordinary” human potentials and helping others to do the same is essential!

Contact us for location and further details.

Relevant Articles:

Mindful Leadership for Personal and Organisational Resilience: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0009926019303228

Roots and Shoots of Mindfulness: https://www.wisdomatwork.com/wp-content/uploads/Levey-Mindfulness-Roots-and-Shoots-ISSSEEM.pdf

Mindful Leadership and Wisdom at Work at Here (winner of UK Social Enterprise of the Year Award): https://www.wisdomatwork.com/wp-content/uploads/Leveys-Mindful-Leadership-Wisdom-at-Work-Article.pdf

September 25th ~ City University ~ London

Creating Cultures of Compassion for Today’s Complex World

Lunchtime Mindfulness Session: 12:15 – 12:45

Workshop: 2-5 pm

Recent advances in many scientific disciplines are illuminating the vital importance and potentials of compassion for individuals and society. While at times elusive and obscured by temporary circumstances, compassion is innate to human beings and can be developed within individuals, communities, organizations, and societies.

This workshop with two pioneers in shaping the global mindfulness and compassion movements offers a wealth of profoundly practical insights, inspiration, skills and strategies for encouraging greater compassion and resilience in our lives and world.  We’ll explore the wisdom of the survival of the kindest and ways we can create communities, organizations, and societies of compassion in VUCA times (of increasing Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity).

Wisdom at Work workshop for leaders in Stockholm

“A human being is part of the whole called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our 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 the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”~ Albert Einstein

Themes we will likely explore include:

Mindfulness, Courage, and Compassion;

Neuroplasticity, Discipline and Personal Mastery;

Social Cohesion and Social Impact;

Clarifying Meaning, Values, and Purpose;

Creative Adaptation and Altruism;

Empathy, Compassion, and Wisdom.

Bio: http://WisdomAtWork.com/MindfulnessPioneers

Contact us for location and registration details.

November 8-9, 2019 ~ University of Washington, Seattle

Join us for our sessions at

The Compassionate Leadership Summit

The Leader’s New Work: A Guide to

to Courageous Compassion

& Mindful Resilience


Wisdom, Compassion, & Deep Adaptation

for Times of Global Climate Change

With Michelle & Joel Levey

Sunday November 17 – 10 -5

November 30 – December 8, 2019

Shift Retreat – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with Leveys and friends….

An inspiring opportunity to gather with a rich mix of inspiring guides and fellow explorers to gain deeper insight and learning skillful ways to embrace the increasing opportunities and challenges of these complex and often overwhelming times.Shift Retreat w:Leveys 2019

More info: https://shiftretreats.com/retreat/shift-retreat-mexico/


November 2, 2019 ~ Seattle

Leveys Teaching with Kilung Rinpoche at EastWest Bookstore

More info to come….

August 19-21, 2019 ~ Indralaya ~ Orcas Island, Washington Summer Retreat on Orcas Island: Meditation, Nature, and Community

Natural Awareness: 

Meditation, Nature, & Community

Annual Summer Retreat

The journey of awakening to natural awareness is a path of insight, wonderment, liberation, and joy. Supported by the guidance and inspiration of experienced teachers, the supportive and inspiring forces of nature and a community of kindred spirits, this special program of meditation, exploration, and celebration offers a rare opportunity to deepen in our journey of awakening to our True Nature and highest potentials. Amid the exquisite natural beauty of Indralaya, we will explore these timeless wisdom teachings and profound practices for awakening natural awareness, wisdom and compassion, and share a rich mix of deep reflection and deep connection with our multidimensional selves and world – an exploration especially relevant and vital to enhancing our capacity to thrive and be resilient in these complex and challenging times.


September 1-12, 2019  – Northern India 

Wisdom Adventure to Northern India 

including Teachings with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala,

Himalyan trek, visit to the Golden Temple of Amritsar


April 16-24, 2029 ~ San Juan Island, WA USA

Immerse Yourself in Deep Mindfulness & Great Compassion:

A Silent Meditation Retreat

Guided by Joel & Michelle Levey

“The more you listen, the more you will hear. The more you hear, the more and more deeply you will understand.” – Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

  • Are you yearning for some time of deep silent contemplative practice?

    Our Chinese translator Kaamini a moment of deep reflection )))
  • Is the sweet territory of silence calling you home to the spacious awake awareness within you?
  • Would you like the rare and precious opportunity to develop and deepen your practice of meditation and deep mindfulness
  • Would you appreciate the opportunity to receive guidance from two internationally respected contemplative guides with a combined 100 years of intensive study, practice, research, and teaching

At this time in our lives and world where so many people are overwhelmed, scattered, and anxious, developing and sustaining a robust contemplative practice is a revolutionary dedication to living as a force for good. To develop and sustain our practice, it is essential to devote ourselves to periods of intensive immersive retreat practice, guidance from qualified teachers, and a consistent daily practice.

This rare opportunity to participate in an intensive silent retreat offers a precious opportunity to gain insight into your true nature and highest potentials, and the rare and precious human resources of awake awareness, great compassion and lovingkindness, intuitive wisdom and insight, and deep healing capacities residing in the deepest dimensions of your humanity.

This meditation retreat offers a rich blend of wisdom principles, practices, and perspectives from various lineages of vipassana/insight meditation, the Bodhisattva tradition of dedication to awakening for the benefit of all beings, and the clear view of the Dzogchen traditions.  Each day of this retreat will offer cycles of sitting, mindful walking, embodied moving meditations, eating meditation, time for deep reflection, time alone and with the community, meditation instruction and teachings, inner-views with the teachers, and immersion in the “holy book of  nature.”  Our focus will be on cultivating a continuity of mindful clear presence in daily life, deep listening, great compassion, healing, awake awareness, and a natural seamless integration of sublime and sacred view into the ordinary activities of our lives in order to live for “the benefit of all”))

This retreat will be suitable for both experienced practitioners as well as novice meditators who have a sincere intention to develop and deepen their meditation practice in order to live more fully as a force for good and a source of inspiration in our complex world.

“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

May 18-19, 2019 ~ Yoga Circle Studio ~  Snohomish, WA

Inner Revolution:

Exploring the Interphase of Personal Transformation and Social Change

Weekend Workshop w/Leveys


May 22, 2019 ~ Atlanta ~ High Performance Leadership Conference

Mindful Leadership and Wisdom at Work:

Resilience and ExtraOrdinary Performance for Leaders Seeking to Thrive in VUCA Times


Feb 10-12, 2019 ~Dubai

Collective Wisdom Exploration at Happiness Summit at World Government Summit in Dubai

World Government Summit & Global Dialogue

for Happiness and Wellbeing

August 29 – September 3, 2018 ~ Orcas Island, WA. USA

Meditation, Nature, & Community: Annual Summer Retreat in the beautiful San Juan Islands

September 10-21, 2018

Bhutan Wisdom Adventure 

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September 21-29, 2018

Thailand Wisdom Adventure – An Inner & Outer Journey

Exploring the wonders and sacred sites of Bangkok, meditating and teachings at temples, visiting Khao Yai National Park and Elephant Sanctuary, workshop w/Leveys on Contemplative Science at Mahidol University, and special retreat with Thai colleagues and teachers at Rattanwan Forest Monastery.  Contact us for more details.LeveysThailand_flierV3

September 25th, 2018

Workshop on The Vital Role of Contemplative Science for Leaders in VUCA Times

At Mahidol University, Thailand

October 12th, 2018 ~ London

Leading Mindful Change: Keys to Collective Consciousness in Organizations 


October 21 – City University London

Reflections on 50 Years of Wisdom at Work and Explorations of ExtraOrdinary Human Performance


October 21 – City University London

Teach Them Courage: Insights for Leaders on the Secret Jedi Warrior Training Program for U.S. Special Forces

2:00 – 5:00 pm


October 24th– Mindfulness Initiative – British Parliament

Special Public Event With Amishi Jha and General Piatt

On Mindfulness for Emergency Services and the Military

6:00 – 9:00 pm


October 25 – British Parliament – London

Briefing at Special Hearing on The Vital Role of Mindfulness of Military and Emergency “Blue Light” Services

November 1 – Reus, Catalonia, Spain

Transforming Our Visions of Community Health Care

November 2 – Reus, Catalonia, Spain

Wisdom at Work in Wise Cities

November 1-4, 2018

Catalan Region of Spain – Das de Caret- Muntanyes de Prades

Taking Mindful Leadership To Heart: Essential Skills for Helping Ourselves and Others Thrive in Challenging Times

These complex and turbulent times invite and challenge us all to develop greater skills/great capacity/ for finding greater strength, courage, balance, resilience, and wisdom within ourselves so that we can inspire others to find/awaken to their highest and truest potentials.

Chikung at La Bartra Retreat in the mountains of Catalonia west of Barcelona.

This special retreat offers the rare opportunity to slow down to the speed of life… to develop and deepen your mindfulness and meditative skills…. to strengthen the mental clarity, emotional balance, wisdom, empathic resonance, tender warm-heartedness that you bring to your life, work, and relationships.

This retreat warmly welcomes friends and colleagues who have previous worked with the Leveys as well as those new to, and interested in, their work.  Since many of us have worked and studied together in the past, this retreat will also provide a nurturing opportunity to share learnings, insights, and best practices gleaned from our own lives and work.   Together we will also share our creative inspirations and explore themes and question that are of interest to our community and develop new skills for sourcing and tapping into the profound power of our collective wisdom and intelligence in order to respond to the complex opportunities and challenges of our lives.

This inspiring immersion in mindfulness, meditation, nature, and community will allow us to renew and reinvigorate ourselves and so that we can return to our busy lives and communities with greater sense of peace, power, potential, resourcefulness, and lovingkindness.

North American Learning Expedition

A Rare Opportunity to Study and Practice in Depth

With Michelle and Joel Levey
August 2017 through August 2018

In response to the success of our recent Learning Expeditions in Europe, and inspired by the potent challenges+opportunities of these times
- we are moved by the requests of dear friends and colleagues to offer a Learning Expedition in North America image_uploaded_from_ios_720beginning this summer.

This Learning Expedition will offer a rare opportunity to connect and reflect more deeply with us over time in an intimate learning environment enriched by the inspiration of fellow explorers who are curious and passionate about exploring the profound interphase of contemplative science, personal awakening, professional development, and creatively compassionate social transformation.

This Learning Expedition will offer a rare opportunity to connect and reflect more deeply with us over time in an intimate learning environment enriched by the inspiration of fellow explorers who are curious and passionate about exploring the profound interphase of contemplative science, personal awakening, professional development, and creatively compassionate social transformation.   Info and Registration:

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Global Summit on Happiness Science

World Government Summit


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With Michelle and Joel Levey

February 17-25, 2018 – Info and Registration

October 28, 2017 ~ Seattle ~ 9:30 – 5:30

The Heart of the Bodhisattva Tradition

Teachings with Dza Kilung Rinpoche and the Leveys

Hosted by EastWest Books

October 29, 2017 ~ Snohomish ~ 10 to 4

Living in Balance in Turbulent Times

at Angel Arms and Yoga Circle Studio (Hosted by Mayor Guzak)


October 4, 2017 ~ Reus, Spain  

How can we integrate diversity to build thriving and harmonious communities and cities?  

Organized by Hub Co-evolucio


October 5, 2017 ~ Reus, Spain  

The Future of Leadership: Creativity, Compassion, and Wisdom at Work  

Organized by Trinxat


11 February 2017 ~ Dubai  Global Happiness Summit wgs                                                                                  

12-14 February 2017 ~ Dubai  World Government Summit    

Special Session from Leveys “The Future of Leadership in VUCA Times” 

Leveys European Learning Expedition

Spring 2016 – Spring 2017
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November 2-4 – Pegasus Systems Thinking in Action Conference: Now More Than Ever: Critical Skills for Courageous Organizations

“Teach Them Courage”: Insights for Today’s Leaders from the U.S. Army’s Jedi Warrior Training Jedi Men circleProgram

Presented by Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey

The U.S. Army’s acclaimed and once secret Ultimate Warrior Training Program (aka “Jedi Warrior”) was Joel-Michelle-Levey-thumb-1600xauto-3908described by West Point leaders as, “the most exquisite orchestration of human technology we have ever seen,” and by founders of Esalen as, “the most intensive leadership and human development program in modern times.”  This organizational learning laboratory distilled methods with great relevance for leaders in complex, high-stakes systems seeking deeper wisdom, resilience, mindful presence, personal mastery, collective creative intelligence, fierce compassion and courage. Core principles and transformation skills from this intensive training will be shared with emphasis on applications in the world of work.

May 11, 2017 ~ Tarragona, Spain

Seminar on Contemplative Science Research

CEICS – Campus d’Exceliencia Internacional

Universidad Rovira I Virgili


15 – 19 May 2017 ~ Near Bath, England

Mind-Lab Mindfulness Retreat with Leveys


We are delighted to offer a unique opportunity to join us for a mindfulness retreat in the beautiful British countryside with world-renowned mindfulness pioneers Dr. Joel and Michelle Levey.This 5-Day retreat is a teacher led mindfulness retreat intended to explore and deepen personal practice. It is suitable for both mindfulness practitioners and teachers. It will draw on the practices and teachings in Mindfulness, Meditation and Drive_in_the_Autumn-1Mind-fitness. There will be guided practices, talks, and opportunity to ask questions and discuss. Importantly, this retreat provides the chance to step out of our busy lives and have the space and quiet to think, reflect and learn. For those who wish, daily yoga sessions will be available and led by a fully qualified yoga teacher.

VENUE: The Ammerdown Centre is set in idyllic Somerset countryside and is easily accessed being located 12 miles from Bath.HelenaRoseTalk.JPG
Accommodation: single en-suite rooms.
Catering: Food is freshly prepared every day on the premises, with a strong emphasis on organic food and on products sourced locally. Specialist diets such as vegetarian, vegan and gluten free can be catered for.  http://www.ammerdown.org

TEACHERS: Dr. Joel and Michelle Levey are founders of Wisdom at Work and are based in Seattle and Hawaii. They work with organisations and communities both in the USA and internationally to inspire people in these turbulent and rapidly changing times to deepen their wisdom, curiosity, compassion, resilience, and creativity.
They are pioneers in the field and bring an unparalleled level of expertise having started in the 1970s to bring mindfulness and contemplative science into mainstream business, medicine, higher education, sports, and government arenas.
Over the past 40 years they have worked extensively with thousands of leaders and hundreds of organisations around the globe Joel&MichellePhotoWindow3developing, implementing programmes and contributing to research. Clients include: NASA, World Bank, Google, Intel, NHS, NIH, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, U.S. Army Special Forces, World Business Academy, Stanford Research Institute and MIT, to name a few. The Leveys also serve as faculty members at University of Minnesota Medical School where they teach a special program on Mindfulness, Contemplative Science, and Clinical Practice.
The Dalai Lama has supported their work and they are authors of numerous published works including: Mindfulness, Meditation, and Mind-Fitness; Living in Balance: A Mindful Guide for Thriving in a Complex World; and Wisdom at Work. Their expertise was sought in the UK to act as advisors for the Mindfulness All-Parliamentary Group (MAPPG) and they are currently acting as consultants within the field of healthcare.
They have a thriving community of practitioners built from their programmes, teachings and retreats. It is a privilege for us to be able to offer this retreat with such eminent and wise teachers.  http://www.wisdomatwork.com/mindfulnesspioneers/
EARLY BIRD OFFER:   Book by 1st March and receive an Early bird offer of free membership for one year of MindLab’s PracticeLab – an online resource for Mindfulness practice with live monthly webinars, downloadable audios, Mindfulness resources and access to discounts.
Info   To book your place or if you have any questions, please email caroline@mind-lab.com


May 25-26, 2017 ~ 1st International Summit on Mindfulness and Compassion at Work  

Madrid, Spain

Reflections on Kindful Leadership & The R/Evolution of the Mindfulness & Compassion Movements in the World of Work

Deepening connections with Evolutionary Hub Tarragona, Spain
Deepening connections with Evolutionary Hub Tarragona, Spain

Join the Leveys and respected colleagues from Europe in the launch of this new initiative, conference, and journal exploring the vital role of mindfulness and compassion in the workplace.

Info and Booking


July 14-16, 2017 ~ SACRED ACTIVISM :: Meditation for Change  

A Summer Weekend Retreat at Atlan Center, Columbia Gorge, Washington

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. There is no question now that an inquirer will have to make an effort to be socially conscious or that an activist will have to be persuaded of the moral crisis in the human psyche, the significance of being attentive to the inner life. The challenge awaiting us is to go much deeper as human beings, to abandon superficial prejudices and preferences, to expand understanding to a global scale, integrating the totality of living, and to become aware of the wholeness of which we are a manifestation. – Vimala ThakarNew Pioneers Henson copy

Immersed in these strongly polarized times, when many of us are stirred to react to injustice or division, it is important for us to learn ways to pause, listen more deeply, and reflect upon the complex interfusion of inner and outer circumstances, so that we can source the guidance we need to respond to challenges wisely rather than add to the collective confusion.

The goal of sacred, awakened, and wise activism is to connect us to our own essential goodness, and ground ourselves in deeper intelligence, compassion, resilience and resourcefulness,. As our minds-hearts are open and clear, the difficulties we face can reveal their potential to actually bring out the best of our humanity.

This contemplative week-end retreat will provide tools and inspiration to transform our lives and world from the inside out and develop our capacity to embody the change we want to see in our world.

Together we’ll explore the heart of sacred awakened activism; dimensions of mindfulness; living in “right relationship”; deep ecology; sourcing intuitive wisdom; and the Bodhisattva and EcoSattva spirit of courageous creative altruism.

We welcome beginners and seasoned practitioners alike to join us for this special time of renewal, transformation, deep reflection, and connection.

Themes we may explore include:

  • Blending Personal Transformation and Societal TransformationTransformational Meditations
  • Courageous Compassion
  • Sourcing Guidance – Personal and Collective Guidance
  • Insights from Joanna Macy’s “Work That Reconnects”
  • Applying the Five Powers to Antidote the Five Delusions
  • Bodhisattva teachings on blending deep wisdom and compassion to become a force for the good of all beings.
  • Archetypal Inspiration for Tapping Deeper Wisdom, Compassion, and Creative Spirit in Action
  • Insights from Interpersonal Neurobiology on Embodied Wisdom and Wellness
  • Being Ennobled by Our Courage to Embrace Fear, Anger, Overwhelm, and Grief



August 31 – Sept. 4th ~ Orcas Island, WA (North of Seattle)

Meditation, Nature, & Community

Annual Summer Retreat with Leveys & Friends at Indralaya

Info and Registration
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Three Sessions – February, April, and May 2017

Detailed Information:



March 4-12, 2017 ~~ Bhutan Wisdom Adventurebhutan2

Exploring the Wisdom of Natural Dharma of Bhutan

Join us for a very special meditative adventure to Bhutan, the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon, with Joel and Michelle Levey – founders of Wisdom at Work, pioneers in the contemplative sciences and mindfulness movement, and long-time students, practitioners, and teachers in the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. We will experience Bhutan in a profoundly meaningful and “enlightening” way through Buddhist practice as we meditate in awe inspiring monasteries, uncover the ancient stories and wisdom teachings in sacred art, and participate in a Buddhist festival in Punakha – a colorful and meaningful blend of traditional dance, prayer, and culture.   This adventure will be supplemented by a selection of explorations of readings and video inspiration to offer deeper insight into Bhutanese culture and traditions and likely involve some pre-journey digital meet-ups to begin to discover each other.Bhutan_2411163b
The group size is limited to 12. Tour price includes accommodations, local transportation, all meals, guided activities and daily spiritual practice. $3890 per person, double occupancy, international airfare additional. A portion of tour cost is donated to Doctors Without Borders-a humanitarian-aid organization that provides ongoing emergency medical aid around the world.
Info:   http://www.pontetravels.com/departures/wisdom-adventures-bhutan/


October 14th, 2016 ~ Toronto

Exploring Contemplative Science:  cec-poster-2015

An Evening of Meditations & Teachings

With Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey

Cosponsored by Luminous Ground,  Consciousness Explorers Club, & Fireflow Yoga

Info & Registration

October 24, 2016 ~ American Society for Anesthesiology ~ Chicago

Balancing the Stress of Anesthesia and Work Life Frenzy:

Mastering the Art of Mindfulness to Find Resilience at Work

January 2017 ~ India

Retreats and Teachings for Executive Leaders in Business, Science, and Government


September 26-27, 2016 ~ Toronto

The Profound Synergy of Neurofeedback & Contemplative Science:

Special Programs for Business Leaders in the Toronto Area



September 28-30, 2016 ~ Toronto

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Joel & Michelle Levey share the latest scientific evidence of integrated systems applied to leadership spirituality.



October 1-3, 2016 ~ Toronto

Wisdom & Compassion in Action Meditation Retreat

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Sunday 10 July, 2016    1.30pm – 5.30pm

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Brighton Hove Center for Spirituality

Join us for an afternoon workshop with two of the world’s leading mindfulness teachers, Dr Joel & Michelle Levey. Have you ever sensed a deeper wisdom and compassion that opened your heart to a dedication for living life more fully and becoming a force for good in the world? This experiential workshop offers a wealth of inspiration and practical methods for living more consciously and compassionately, and expanding your access to a wide range of extraordinary human potentials for wisdom, compassion, creativity, wonderment, selflessness and service. The afternoon will be a blend of meditations, silence, teachings and mindful reflection.


July 30 – August 4th, 2016indralaya2015-7623

Annual Summer Retreat – Orcas Island, WA

Natural Dharma:

Exploring the Pathways of Meditation, Nature, and Community 


August 22-29, 2016 ~ French Alps

An Intergenerational Exploration of Mindfulness, MindBody,
Creative Spirit, True Nature, & ExtraOrdinary Human Potential
22-29 August 2016
Dream Valley, Samoens, France (French Alps)

This August, Dr Joel & Michelle Levey, two of the world’s most experiencedand respected teachers in the contemplative arts, sciences and wisdom traditions, will be guiding an inspiring adventure in Dream Valley – a stunningly beautiful region in the French Alps, about an hour’s drive from Geneva. This unique and rare opportunity for a deep and intimate learning adventure exploring mindfulness, meditation, mind-fitness, wisdom teachings, and extra-ordinary human potential is open to every one: From young adults, to families with children, entrepreneurs & change-makers, and those from the local community.  
You are welcome to pick the dates of most interest to you during the week.You can select the financial contribution that is right for you. Here is some guidance:
Adults with higher incomes, suggested contribution £150 per day of participation.
Middle income: £100 per day.
Lower income: £50 per day.
Unwaged: £20 per day to cover food costs.
Under 21’s: FREE
Additional offerings to the teachers are also welcome if you are so moved. If you would like to come to more days than you can afford, please pay what you can and come anyway – we don’t want you to miss out.All sessions are FREE for under 21’s,and we can also cover airfare, travel and accommodation free of charge for a limited number of young people. Thank you to our generous sponsors Anderson Acoustics, Neil Witten and Propellernet for making this possible.This is for you, your partners, friends and families if you would like to:
  • Develop your capacity to live with greater mindfulness, mind-fitness,resilience and self-mastery.
  • Learn ways to live a more healthy, balanced, and conscious life.
  • Cultivate healthy and meaningful relationships.
  • Learn profoundly practical ways to thrive in these complex times.
  • Enjoy awesome adventures in the pristine natural beauty of the French Alps with meditations and enriching conversations along The Way
  • Be part of a vibrant multigenerational learning community reflecting deeplyon how these practices and perspectives weave into our daily lives, work, and relationships.
The plan for the week will be informed by the collective needs and interests of our participants.   So far, the schedule looks like this:

Mon 22: Evening conversation and meditation with Joel & Michelle. Open to all.

Tues 23: A one day retreat for 16-20 year olds with teachings from Joel & Michelle, conversations, meditations, and explorations of the beautiful mountains.

Weds 24: Teaching, meditation and walking. Tailored to those who would like to participate this day.

Thurs 25: A one-day mind-fitness retreat open to all. Families and others withchildren of all ages are especially encouraged to come. It will include teaching, conversations, walking and time outdoors.

Friday 26: Teaching, meditation and walking. Tailored to those who would like to participate this day.

Saturday 27: Teaching, conversation and walking focussed on entrepreneurs, leaders and other change-makers.

Sunday 28: Teaching, meditation and walking. Tailored to those who would like to participate this day.

Monday 29 Morning. Closing sessions open to all. 

You don’t need to have any special skills or experience to join this retreat. Just a genuine curiosity and wish to fully commit yourself to learning and to being a respectful and contributing participant in our learning community. All teaching will be in English.

April 1-8, 2016  

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Exploring Themes related to Mindfulness, Neurofeedback and Cyberphysiology, and Contemplative Science

More info

April 6, 6:00 – 8:00

Our Mindfulness and Meditation Laboratory at Google.


Mind Your Business:
Mindfulness and Mind Science in the Tech World

Hosted by Shopify – Toronto

April 14-16, 2016  ~ Portland, Oregonae6c624f8ce15bce7d7a3fbf03c3972c

Mind and Media workshop – at What is Media Conference

“Contemplative Science, Mindfulness, and Compassion Practices as Media”

Consciousness emerges through media as a myriad of creative expressions ranging from disgust and boredom to enlightenment and the sublime. Drawing insights from nearly 50 years of surfing on the leading edges of emerging consciousness research, the Leveys will share insights, reflections, and transformational examples distilled from how media technology has interpenetrated with the contemplative sciences. Specifically, they will exemplify how the work of teaching mindfulness, meditation, and mind fitness—in person and via technology—leads practitioners and patients alike to greater health and well-being. The possibilities and pitfalls of mainstreaming authentic contemplative teachings will also be explored.


April 30th, 2016 ~ Brighton, UK  Labyrinth Brighton UK

Brighton-Hove Center for Spirituality

Introduction to Mindfulness – 10.15am-12.45pm, Info 

Practising Compassion: Open your Heart to the Joy & Pain in the World – 2pm- 4.30pm – Info

June 3-4-5, 2016 ~ Near Portland

Natural Dharma: Meditation, Nature, & Community
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Sponsored by CultureSeed – Info 

June 10-12, 2016 ~ Los Angeles

Workshop and Keynote at the In2In Thinking Conference with colleagues for the aerospace industry

Mindful Leadership, Wisdom at Work, and Resilience in Vuca Times

Taking Einstein’s Challenge to Heart: Insights for Wisdom at Work in VUCA Times


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Hawaii Adventure & Meditation Expedition

A Rare Opportunity for Self-Discovery, Renewal, Deep Reflection, & Deep Connection In One of Old Hawaii’s Most Beautiful and Treasured Regions.



“Compassionate Mindfulness” 

A 10 Day Silent Mindfulness Meditation Immersion in Hawaii


Nov. 23 ~ University of Auckland, New Zealand

Leveys leading Change Resilience seminar at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.
Leveys leading Change Resilience seminar at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.

A Special Evening with Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey

Exploring Mindfulness, Wellness, and Wisdom:

(A Continuing Medical Education Program)


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Adventure Meditation Retreat in New Zealand

Exploring the Wonders of the South Island with Joel & Michelle Levey

Details:   Leveys New Zealand Retreat 

September 11-12, 2015 – Snohomish, WA USA (Hosted by Mayor Karen Guzak)

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Mind Fitness in Daily Life

A wonderful opportunity to develop your daily practice of meditations to brighten 201202_leveygroupyour life and your world with deeper wisdom, wonder, and creative compassion.  

“Two of the world’s foremost experts in how our complex lives can be improved through mindfulness and meditation practice. Joel & Michelle will share insights and inspirations from their combined 90 years of practice, from their work with thousands of people around the globe, and from their new book: Mindfulness, Meditation, and Mind Fitness, for promoting change resilience and collective intelligence for healthier minds/bodies/spirits.”

The Leveys introduce us to dozens of mindfulness and meditation techniques, skillfully organized into five categories of practice, making Mindfulness, Meditation, and Mind Fitness a very comprehensive and easy-to-use resource for inner exploration and transformation.

Their teachings and this book offers a treasury of practical wisdom distilled from the Leveys’ intensive study with many of the world’s most respected authorities of the contemplative science and wisdom traditions, and an introduction to the mind-fitness disciplines necessary for personal mastery, wisdom, creativity, compassion, and resilience in times of increasing intensity and accelerating change. Given how many people needlessly suffer from overwhelm, exhaustion, and preventable stress-related illness, the Leveys’ wisdom is needed now more than ever! This book is an inspiration for complete beginners, long-time meditators, and everyone in between, who seek to deepen and expand their practice.

WORKSHOP LEADERS: Dr. Joel and Michelle Levey The Leveys are internationally known, authors and leaders in the mind fitness movement. They are wise elders of the mindfulness movement, who have been teaching meditation and mind fitness for decades – to clients here and abroad, and as diverse as Google, NASA, and the World Bank. 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.

Hosted by Mayor Guzak – Info 

Friday, September 18, 2015 to Wednesday, September 23 ~ Arundel, Sussex, UK

A Mindful Retreat with Joel and Michelle Leve
Bringing a Deeper Wisdom, Peace, Clarity, Balance, Creativity, and Compassion Into Our Lives, Work,  Relationships, and OrganizationsIMG_7411

You are warmly invited to join us on this 5 night residential retreat to develop and deepen our practice of mindfulness, compassion, and mind-fitness with a focus on strengthening ourselves as inspiring and aspiring leaders for the communities that we serve. This is a special time for participants to dive deeper into the “sweet territory of silence”– to experience and explore the subtler dimensions of mindfulness and mind fitness practices necessary to access and integrate greater wisdom, wonder, compassion, creativity, embodiment, authenticity, selflessness, and clear, inspiring presence into their lives, work, and roles as leaders. Info and Registration

Thursday, 24 September 2015 from 09:30 to 16:30 (BST)
Brighton, United Kingdom 

Mindful Leadership & Wisdom at Work Masterclass 

with Dr Joel and Michelle Levey
Sponsored by: Wild Things in partnership with Meaningful Events

Leveys at Meaning Conference, Brighton UK
Leveys at Meaning Conference, Brighton UK

Dr. Joel and Michelle Levey are arguably the world’s foremost experts in how mindfulness practice can help us navigate the complex and challenging world we find ourselves in.

Over the years they’ve worked with major organisations around the world, including Google, NASA and the World Bank, while their many books have been translated into 10 languages.

This very special masterclass is the first ever event to be hosted by Wild Things, a new business school for the world as it is now, where you’ll have the chance to experience the same clarity and inspiration the Levey’s have brought to hundreds of people worldwide.   At the Meaning conference in Brighton last year, they talked about how their work promotes mindful leadership, change resilience and collective intelligence within government, healthcare, business and even the armed forces – you can see the talk here.

Who should attend?

The masterclass is designed for people have some experience of mindfulness or meditation as an approach within their working life or personal health. This is your invitation to explore the application of these methods more deeply and thoroughly under the Levey’s expert guidance.


Rather than merely talking about mindfulness, Joel and Michelle will host the masterclass from a position of mindfulness itself, inviting attendees into an environment where they can truly experience its benefits.

What you’ll learn:

• Discover how mindfulness principles can help you increase your capacity for presence, clarity, thoughtfulness and empathy in your relationships.

• Rather than feeling overwhelmed by life’s perceived lack of time and space, learn how to create a greater sense of spaciousness, flow, and choice in your life.

• Gain new perspectives and techniques that can be skillfully applied in alignment with the objectives and purpose of your work and your organisation.

• Experience how shared mindfulness can mobilize our collective intelligence and wisdom, bringing the power of full presence and authenticity to your work and interactions.

“The Leveys are truly inspirational and bring a lifetime’s knowledge and practice of mindfulness techniques. These skills create huge benefits both in everyday life and in business leadership. Highly recommended!”
– Dan Wallman, MD at Dv8 Sussex

“Joel and Michelle created a wonderful warm atmosphere where I could be myself, and which had a great balance between the philosophy of mindfulness, practical activities, and a degree of applicability to my professional work and the organisational world, as well as a refresher on personal practice – and the inspiration to practice more regularly. Highly recommended.”
– Kate McGuire, Executive Coach and OD Consultant at Fenner McGuire

Info and Registration:

October 3-4, 2015 ~ Stockholm (on the Isle or Grinda)

Wisdom at Work Masterclass:
Essential Skills for Transforming Your Life, Work, and Relationships
with Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey 
This special Wisdom at Work Masterclass offers a rare opportunity for personal and professional development. By participating you will experience the same clarity, confidence, and inspiration the Leveys have brought to leaders at Google, NASA, British Parliament, the World Bank and thousands of leaders around the world. Dr. Joel and Michelle Levey are arguably among the world’s foremost experts in how our complex, challenging lives can be improved through mindfulness and mind-fitness practices in order to bring a deeper wisdom to our work and world.

Day One of this highly experiential Masterclass will focus on learning a dynamic suite of core mindfulness and mind-fitness practices essential for bringing a deeper wisdom, creativity, caring, and resilience to your life, work, and relationships. These foundational skills will help you to:

  • cultivate the power of mindful presence;
  • listen more deeply… to yourself…to others… to your world…
  • focus your attention on what you care most deeply about in your life;
  • expand your access to your most essential human resources;
  • more reliably “source” clearer guidance and intuitive wisdom
  • increase the coherence of your attention, intention, and attitude
  • activate the power of gratitude
  • clarify your priorities in order to truly “live on purpose” and escape the tyranny of mindless habit and compulsive reactivity;
  • enhance your discernment in order live with more wisdom and balance;
  • better monitor and manage your mental, physical, and emotional energy throughout the day in order to better pace yourself and prevent exhaustion, distress, and burnout;
  • care more deeply for yourself and others;
  • tap the power of being more curious, open-minded, and more wise.

As you take these essential skills to heart, you’ll realize their sustained power for transforming and IMG_7373enhancing the quality of your life, work, relationships, health, and capacity for success. In these ways, your own inspiring presence will be more capable of deeply inspiring and assisting others.

Day Two will offer a rare opportunity for a deep, reflective dialogue with Joel and Michelle exploring a wealth of interests and emerging questions brought forward from the group of colleagues and leaders attending this masterclass.  These responsive teachings will focus on delivering practical value and teaching experiential methods, while also offering insights into the central skills and principles necessary to bring a deeper wisdom to our lives, work, and society. We will explore these themes in relationship to how you can:
–      continually increase your capacity to thrive in complex times;
–      expand your access to deeper personal and collective wisdom;
–      increase your personal and organizational resilience;
–      learn to thrive and not just survive in your personal, social, and organizational lives;
–      increase your capacity to inspire others to realize their potentials for all of the above;
–      bring a deeper wisdom to your life, work, and world.

The Leveys’ Wisdom at Work seminar offers a wealth of inspiration for how we can fundamentally change our personal and organizational “operating systems” to embody a deeper understanding, creativity, and heartfelt-caring in our lives, work, and world. Their unique approach works with fundamental views of identity, worldview, core values, personal dedication, and methods distilled from over 45 years of intensive research, practice, and teaching of contemplative science and brain science disciplines within hundreds of leading mainstream organizations. This mature, wisdom-based, integrative approach is for people interested in expanding their capacity for radical transformation for the higher good of all.


This masterclass is suitable for anyone with a sincere interest in exploring these themes and topics. It will also serve as an inspiring introduction to the work of Joel and Michelle Levey and a “taster” for the more intensive, intimate, and in-depth year-long “Wisdom at Work Learning Expedition” that they will be offering for colleagues and leaders from Sweden and Europe scheduled to begin in April of 2016.  If you’d like more information on this expanded program, please contact the Leveys directly.

Watch the Leveys’ inspiring video, “Resilience Through Complexity,” from the 2014 Meaning Conference in Brighton, England

Details – See Flier

Registration please contact:  lennart@happyr.com  

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Global Trends in the Mindfulness Revolution with Pioneers in the movement, Dr. Joel and Michelle Levey, Founders of Wisdom at Work  


October 9-12, 2015 ~ Near Reus and Barcelona

Mindfulness Retreat for Personal and Societal Transformation

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Leveys Retreat LaBarta 2015

October 26, 2015 ~ San Diego, CA.

Workshop for American Society for Anesthesiology

Preventing Burnout, Mastering Stress, and Increasing Resilience

Tuesday April 14, 2015 ~ London 

Leveys co-facilitating with John Watters   More info

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Sunday – April 19, 2015 ~ Hove UKBrighton All Saints Church

Introduction to Mindfulness 
with World-Renowned Teachers Dr Joel & Michelle Levey

Brighton & Hove Centre for Spirituality

14:00 to 16:30 (BST)


Friday April 24, 2015 ~ Brighton Hove, UK

Meaning Masterclass:

Leveys at Meaning Conference, Brighton UK
Leveys at Meaning Conference, Brighton UK

Mindful leadership with Dr Joel & Michelle Levey

Joel and Michelle Levey are arguably the world’s foremost experts in how our complex, challenging lives can be improved through mindfulness practice. At Meaning 2014 last November they shared how their work promotes leadership, change resilience and collective intelligence within government, healthcare, business and even the armed forces. You can watch their Meaning 2014 talk here. Their many books have been translated in 10 languages.

This very special Meaning Masterclass will give you the chance to experience the same clarity, confidence and inspiration the Leveys have brought to people at Google, NASA, the World Bank and countless others around the world.

Who should attend?

The masterclass is designed for people have some experience of mindfulness or meditation as an approach within their working life or personal health. This is your invitation to explore the application of these methods more deeply and thoroughly under the Levey’s expert guidance.


Rather than merely talking about mindfulness, Joel and Michelle will host the masterclass from a position of mindfulness itself, inviting attendees into an environment where they can truly experience its benefits.

What you’ll learn:

• Discover how mindfulness principles can help you increase your capacity for presence, clarity, thoughtfulness and empathy in your relationships.

• Rather than feeling overwhelmed by life’s perceived lack of time and space, learn how to create a greater sense of spaciousness, flow, and choice in your life.

• Gain new perspectives and techniques that can be skillfully applied in alignment with the objectives and purpose of your work and your organisation.

• Experience how shared mindfulness can mobilize our collective intelligence and wisdom, bringing the power of full presence and authenticity to your work and interactions.

Meaning workshops are a NixonMcInnes thing for better 21st century business, they are produced in partnership with Meaningful Events.


Thursday 30 April 2015 ~ Reus, Spain16229648825_8f6ec3be83_b

Evolutionary Leadership                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sponsored by the CEISC Coevolution Hub

Saturday – 2 May, 2015, Barcelona, Spain

Jornada de Mindfulness para la reivencion personal y social

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Mindful Leadership & Executive Presence

Mind Fitness for Leaders


Contact: peter.cederqvist@newstart.se 

Teaching on East Coast of US

Dharma Teachers Conference, Omega Institute June 1-5, 2015IMG_1766

Other teachings emerging… Invitations are most welcome.

June 11, 2015

Teachings in Honolulu

Early July

We are open to invitation in UK and Europe

July 17-23, 2015

Deepening in the Dharma Teachings

at Wonderwell Retreat Center, New Hamshire, U.S.


August 1-6, 2015

Summer Retreat at Indralaya on Orcas Island in the U.S. San Juan Islands

The Dharma of Relationships: Meditation, Nature & Community 


August 7-9, 2015

Summer Learning Lab – An intimate gathering with Joel & Michelle at our home to explore a wealth of inspiring themes related to Wisdom at Work; Mindfulness, Meditation, and Mind Fitness (the title for our new book!); and other inspiring themes.

For info

A sampling of earlier events……………………………

Week of October 6th, 2014 – Teachings in Houston, TexasIMG_1677

at M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center

We welcome invitations for other workshops and talks in Houston

Saturday October 11 – New Orleans
Workshop at ASA 2014 (American Society for Anesthesiology)
Mastering Perioperative Stress and Burnout: Exploring Methods of Essential
Mind-Fitness, Developing Resilience at Work
More info

Nov. 3-7 -Workshops in Sacramento and Oakland
Mindful Leadership & Wisdom at Work
More info

Saturday October 25th – 7 pmBanyen photo
Third Place Books – Seattle-Ravena
Living in Balance: A Mindful Guide for Thriving in a Complex World
Book talk and signing

Saturday Nov. 15 – Brighton, England

An Introduction to the Practices of Mindfulness
at Brighton-Hove Centre for Spirituality at All Saints Church  10:00 – 12:30  
More info

Sunday Nov. 16 – Brighton, England
Authors Talk of Living in Balance: Thriving in a Complex World – followed by – Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk and Meditation  6:30 – 9:00 at Brighton-Hove Centre for Spirituality at All Saints Church
at Brighton-Hove Centre for Spirituality at All Saints Church  10:00 – 12:30  
More info

Tuesday Nov. 18 – Brighton, England
Keynote and Workshop on Mindful Leadership and Wisdom at Work
at the Meaning Conference 

Wednesday November 19 – public workshop
Mind Fitness & Wisdom at Work

Monday – Tuesday Nov. 26-27 – Tarragona, Spain
Living in Balance and Wisdom at Work
International Cooperative Centre for Arts and Sciences
on Transformational Capabilities

Thursday – Nov. 28 – Workshop for Nirakara Institute in Madrid Wisdom at Work  

Friday and Saturday – Nov. 29-30 Workshops in Cologne, Germany  

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Info  – Contact us

Workshops in Spain Dec. 5-14Leveys Spain Poster 1.0

Nerja – Dec. 6-7-8

Cordoba – Dec. 10-11

Madrid – Dec. 12-13

San Sabastistian – Dec. 14-15

Contact us 

Teachings in Sweden

May 22: Teachings in Eskilstuna – The Compassionate City.
* Lunch with some of the City of Eskilstuna Management (perhaps the Mayor).
* 2 hour lecture at the Innovation College in Eskilstuna (The theme discussed is Innovation, TDB), estimated time 1 pm – 3 pm
* Interview with the local newspaper
* Short inspiration speech (30 min) at the Eskisltuna – The Compassionate City – event, 5 – 7 pm
* Small dinner at the house om the Family Finch-Westin.
* Back to Stockholm

May 23 – Stockholm
* Wisdom at Work and VUCA Savvy Leadership Workshop

May 26 (TBC)
* Lectures at Stockholm University Business School
* VIP Lunch

Public Teachings in London

Thursday – Saturday, May 29-31, 2014   Workshops at the Tribe of Doris – at Stanford Hall

Sunday, June 1, 2014  London – Special Workshop Exploring “The Practice of Deep Relationship” 3-6 pm Location TBD

Sunday, June 8th, 2014  Brighton-Hove, U.K.  Walking the Path of Awakening:  An Evening of Meditation, Music, and Labrynth  6 – 9 pm, All Saint’s Church –  An evening of labyrinth walking, music, mindfulness, deep reflection and celebration with world-renowned wisdom teachers, contemplative scientists and authors Dr Joel and Michelle Levey – info, contact: John Watters <john@futureconsiderations.com>

Monday, June 9, 2014 London – Special Workshop on “Mastery, Mystery, and Meditation” – for Alternatives at St. James

London – Workshops for Business, Healthcare, Education, and Government Leaders:

Tuesday, 3 June 2014 – Enhancing Wellbeing and Care through Mindful Compassion – Introduction to a variety of simple but effective mindfulness practices easy to integrate into your work and life. Learn More at:   http://futureconsiderations.com/learn/mindfulness/

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 – Mindful Awareness, Compassion, and Healing Presence: a Learning Lab for Practitioners in Health & Social Care – Understand and apply key findings and methods validated by evidence-based research on mindfulness and compassion.  – Learn More at:   http://futureconsiderations.com/learn/mindfulness/

Thursday, 5 June 2014Developing Mind-Fitness for Thriving in a Complex World – Explore new frontiers of personal development necessary to open higher dimensions of personal and organisational effectiveness. – Learn More at:   http://futureconsiderations.com/learn/mindfulness/

Thursday, 12 June 2014 – Advanced Mind-Fitness for Leadership and Wisdom at Work –  Training for mindful leadership and change resilience, even in the midst of these complex and rapidly changing times. -Learn More at:   http://futureconsiderations.com/learn/mindfulness/

June 17-22, 2014

Italy – Enhancing Care Through Mindful Awareness, Compassion, and Healing Presence:

A Seminar for Healthcare Practitioners

with Dr. Joel and Michelle Levey
Montefalco (Umbria), Italy
24 CME Credits for Physicians and 24 CE Credits for Nurses, LCSWs, MFTs, Psychologists, and other Health Caring Providers
Tuesday evening through Sunday afternoon

Info – http://italyseminars.com/wisdomatwork/   We’re happy to announce that we have been given a special discounted registration rate for our colleagues:  When registering use the “promotion code” :  ITALIA   This will create a pop up discounted price not seen on the regular registration page.

Italy Postcard Front

June 23-July 4 – Teachings in Spain and Netherlands – TBD

August 2-7, 2014

Meditation, Nature, and Community

Summer Retreat with Levey on Orcas Island, WA.


Seattle – August 8 (evening), 9-10, 12 (personal mentoring sessions), 2014

Summer Learning Lab with Joel & Michelle Levey

Integrating Our Inner and Outer Work: An Intimate Immersion Course Exploring Our Most Essential Teachings 


Sept. 15, 2014 Book Talk, Signing and Workshop – Living in Balance:  A Mindful Guide for Thriving in a Complex World – EastWest Bookstore, Seattle

Sept. 21, 2014 – Yoga Circle Studio, Snohomish – Hosted by Mayor Karen Guzak

Book Talk, Signing and Workshop – Living in Balance:  A Mindful Guide for Thriving in a Complex World

New Orleans Oct. 11, 2014

Managing Stress, Preventing Burnout, and Increasing Resilience for Anesthesia Professionals:

Exploring the Methods of Essential Mind-Fitness and Wisdom at Work

At the American Society for Anesthesiology Conference

Professional Issues (PI) track with Leveys and Dr. Kenneth J. Sapire.

May 17-19, 2013    Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky – Info

Special Session with the Leveys at

International Summit Conference on Compassionate Organizations (with the Dalai Lama)

Teachings in Taiwan and Japan

May 25 to June 16, 2013

Programs for Business Leaders and General Public

Mindful Leadership: Keys to Resilience and Wisdom at Work

In2In Thinking Thought Leaders Conference (for NASA, JPL, Rocketdyne, etc.)

June 21, 2013 – Info

Mindful Leadership in the Health Care Revolution

Bastyr University

August 9-10-11, 2013

August 17-22, 2013

Sacred Portals:  Meditation, Nature, and Community

Summer Residential Program with Michelle and Joel 

at Indralaya on Orcas Island
Info and Registration:


Seattle – August 23 (evening), 24-25, 26 (personal mentoring sessions), 2013

Summer Learning Lab with Joel & Michelle Levey


October 14, 2013

Managing Stress, Preventing Burnout, and Increasing Resilience

for Anesthesia Professionals:

Exploring the Methods of Essential Mind-Fitness and Wisdom at Work

At the American Society for Anesthesiology – Conference in San Francisco

Professional Issues (PI) track with Leveys and Dr. Kenneth J. Sapire.

November 16, 2013

Water Symposium –

at St. Mark’s Cathedral – Seattle

An Exploration of Water Issues and Water Solutions Vital to our Lives and World

Emceed and Convened by Dr. Joel and Michelle Levey, Founders, Wisdom at Work


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