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Date & Time Details:
A 6-month online series to take place November 2020 to April 2021

Location: Online

A Call to Conscious Leadership
with Gayle Karen Young and Elissa Berrol
November 13-15, 2020
Tiered Tuition: $75 | $150 | $225 USD

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Liberation Series: Live Online Program with Hollyhock & Kripalu

With Gayle Karen Young Whyte, Elissa Berrol, David Whyte, Akasha, PhD and Monique Schubert

November 13, 2020 - April 30, 2021


A Call to Conscious Leadership: Deepening our Capacity to Navigate Complexity

November 13-15, 2020
With Gayle Karen Young & Elissa Berrol

Join renowned speakers Gayle Karen Young and Elissa Berrol for the first program in our Liberation Series in collaboration with Kripalu. For one weekend, spend time online in this live program discovering the truth behind leadership, engagement, and vulnerability.

Here’s what we know to be true. Leadership is contextual, and people and organizations are discovering that if indeed they once had the privilege to be on the sidelines of conversations about race, identity, belonging, and inclusion, that time is gone. Knowing this work is messy, we bring this contextual awareness into a personal engagement with our storied selves, examining how our habitual armor blocks genuine relationship, curiosity, innovation, belonging, and joy. We will deconstruct some of the limiting narratives we use to protect ourselves, which if left unexamined, become pernicious “mindtraps” that leave us more exhausted and disconnected.

And what we can learn together. Through lecture, Q&A, and guided practice, explore the human faculties of imagination and vulnerability, and how they intersect with and are a requirement for our liberation and ability to lead from heart rather than hurt.

Our goal from this weekend will be to leave with a more beautiful mind, open heart, and renewed energy to face an unknown future with courage

Special guests Poet David Whyte will join us as a guest, to bring artistry to our conversation around dreaming into possibility. Akasha will join us as a guest to help identify and unlock common leadership mindtraps. Facilitated by Monique Schubert.

Friday Nov 13, 4:30–6:00 pm PT (7:30-9:00 pm EST)
Saturday Nov 14, 8:30–11:00 am & 1:00–3:00 pm PT (11:30am-2:00pm & 4:00-6:00 pm EST)
Sunday Nov 15, 8:30–10:30 am PT (11:30am-1:30pm EST)

Tiered Tuition
Community Supported: $75 USD
Standard: $150 USD
Pay It Forward: $225 USD

Pick the tier that works best for you. Community Supported pricing is for those facing financial or other hardships, Standard pricing is the set cost, and Pay It Forward helps cover others in your program. There is no application for the different amounts—simply pay what works for you.

Note All recordings will be available within 72 hours of the end of each session. You will have access to the four video recordings for 30 days after the program ends.


For 48 years, Kripalu has been a leader in yoga- and mindfulness-based education. More than just poses on a mat, they believe yoga is an accessible practice that inspires connection, compassion, and joy.

Hollyhock is a not-for-profit leadership centre with the mission of creating meaningful experiences to inspire personal growth and social transformation. Our vision is to achieve a future where people live in right relations with ourselves, each other, and nature – understanding that these are intricately connected.

Bringing together two centers with shared missions, the vision of the Liberation Series is to provide connection and community during a pivotal time and moment in history. Over the course of six months, and starting in the wake of the U.S. election, this Series will explore topics in Conscious Leadership, Lateral and Collective Liberation, Climate Justice and Creative Embodiment. More information on the rest of the collaboration is forthcoming. Sign up for Hollyhock’s email newsletter for the latest updates. 


Gayle Karen Young Whyte
Gayle Karen Young Whyte believes the world needs more leaders who are “able for” what lies ahead, who have developed the capacity to meet the complexity of global challenges. Working in the field of leadership for the past two decades, it has become abundantly clear to her that there are the visible, tangible, practical, and pragmatic aspects of leadership that need to be executed on a day-by-day basis, and then there is the work of caring for the spaces between people, of seeing complexity and interdependencies, of understanding relationships and power and all the ephemeral things that still excise tremendous influence…
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Elissa Berrol
Elissa Berrol, Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, is passionate about helping organizations increase their internal capacity to successfully navigate external complexity. She masterfully facilitates teams and coaches leaders to examine default habits, surface and manage polarities that create stalemate, and create conditions for seeing and shifting unhelpful dynamics. An insightful, collaborative change agent, she pursues strategies and interactions that challenge old narratives, promote diversity of thought, and tap into the inherent wisdom of her clients. Elissa works with leaders and teams at all levels to (re)connect them to their values and practice courageous and authentic behaviours. She has a warm…
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David Whyte
David Whyte, poet, author, and speaker, grew up with a strong, imaginative influence from his Irish mother among the hills and valleys of his father’s Yorkshire. The author of nine books of poetry and four books of prose, David holds a degree in marine zoology and has traveled extensively, including living and working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Andes, Amazon, and Himalayas. His life as a poet has created an audience in three normally mutually exclusive areas: the literary world of readings that most poets inhabit; the psychological…
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Akasha, PhD
Akasha Bermuda, PhD, MA, is credentialed through the International Coaching Federation as a professional certified coach (PCC). His active research interests are in the areas of coaching across differences, pilgrimage as developmental journeys, and meaning-making and complexity development in university students in the Caribbean. Akasha stands for the development of leaders who lead through a diversity, equity, access, and inclusion lens while navigating the complexity of effectively engaging across differences. He has been coaching for over 10 years and brings deep interest in spirituality, adult development, and intercultural consciousness to his work in the world. As a consultant, he integrates diversity,…
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Monique Schubert
Monique Schubert, MFA, is a Kripalu certified yoga teacher and the founder of OM Society, a lifestyle wellness company that expands the reach of yoga and mindfulness through workshops, classes, and special events. For almost 20 years, Monique has taught yoga and mindfulness in NYC and the surrounding area. She weaves her background in visual arts into her teachings that often brings yoga into cultural spaces. Monique joined Kripalu as a RISETM facilitator in 2018. In this role she collaborates with non-profits, museums, and public schools to create programs for both adults and younger individuals. A member of the Resistance Revival…
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