Wisdom in the Waves

Wisdom in the Waves:
A Workshop on Surfing and the Art of Leadership

July 24 – July 28, 2017
Bali, Indonesia

Join life-long surfer and leadership educator:
Ken Otter, Ph.D.  in Medewi, Bali 

Interested in cultivating your leadership artistry through surfing the tropical waters of Western Bali, away from the crowds?

Join Ken in this unique and transformative leadership learning adventure through wave riding and a deep cultural immersion in Balinese life.

In this 5 day, 4 night workshop we explore the earth’s wisdom expressed in sensuous waves of Bali, and gain powerful insights from the riding ways that help us in navigating the dynamic and complex social systems in which we work and live.

DSC_6101Whether you are a seasoned surfer or new to surfing, by riding ocean waves with your body or a board, you cultivate embodied and embedded knowledge that comes from being immersed in wild ocean-earth energy patterns. You then explore ways to transfer this knowledge into navigating complex social systems in your work and life.

This 5 day, 4 night workshop is $950 (not including airfare) and includes two days of surfing instruction, coaching and equipment, four nights accommodation (shared occupancy), all breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner, nature and cultural excursions, and strategies for transferring insight into action.

Ken is a life-long surfer who also has over 30 years of professional experience in human and organizational development as an educator, coach and consultant, in the US and internationally. This experience engages people from diverse backgrounds, professions, and levels of responsibility in such areas as: education, health, public service, business, and the arts. Ken’s work is grounded in his life-long inquiry on the interplay between inner and outer change and how this interplay is practiced toward individual and organizational well-being, and leadership artistry.

About the Program Leader:

kenotter-baliKen Otter, Ph.D. is Director of Leadership Studies Programs and Co-director of The Leadership Center at Saint Mary’s College. Areas of scholarship include: global leadership development, leadership coaching education, multi-stakeholder collaboration, collective creativity, and the application of lifespan and wisdom development in organizational life. Ken’s educational studies include somatic, counseling and organizational psychology, expressive arts therapy, adult development and learning, and leadership. In addition to both a M.A. and Ph.D. degree, he has been earned certificates in the Art and Practice of Leadership Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and in Executive and Organizational Coaching from Columbia’s Teacher’s College.


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* Bali Institute for Global Renewal is the largest provider of cultural immersion and service learning programs for universities and high schoolers based in Bali, Indonesia. Other programs include internships and practicum opportunities, faculty training programs and other services to international groups and organizations in their quest to provide inspired learning towards global citizenship. Bali Institute is located in Ubud, Bali and Sausalito, California. It is the only affiliate member of ISEP, and an educational partner with Udayana University and Ganesha University — both based in Bali.

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