Register for: Working Sabbatical
Virtual Online Workshop
Fred Jones and Diana Renner
How the sabbatical is structured
This 7-month experience has three phases. The first, shorter phase enables you to become organized for the core sabbatical experience. The middle phase includes whatever distinct elements you set out wanting to be a part of the main sabbatical. The last phase looks backwards for insights and forwards to how you want to live and work next—including how you might build sabbatical-like elements into your life in a daily, weekly, monthly or seasonal cadence. There are eight (8) 2-hour group sessions during the seven months of the sabbatical, each with advance and follow up activity. Additionally, there is an individual consultation to help you design your custom sabbatical experience. You’ll have two guides along the way, Fred Jones and Diana Renner. Optional individual coaching may be added to the middle phase; the possibilities for this will be shown during the first, getting-organized phase; coaching also may be added to the last phase, as you re-integrate.
Who is this sabbatical for?
This sabbatical is designed for up to ten adults who have enough life experience and are willing to connect virtually with others. No one is too old, though you may be too young. You may be tired and burned-out. You may be bored or restless. You may have a spark of something else that you want to pursue, but are unsure of what to do with it. Or something else. All registrations will be considered pending until reviewed and accepted by the faculty. Here are the main questions:
- What have you noticed recently about your relationship to being busy and productive, having ambition and striving for success, and also your desire for self-improvement? How is any or all of this going for you these days?
- What makes creating time and space for a “working sabbatical” important at this point in your life?
- What might make it difficult for you to engage in this growth circle, including the eight (8) scheduled sessions, and the minimum 20% (roughly, an average of eight hours per week) time for you to use in fulfillment of your sabbatical design?
- What do you already imagine being a part of your personalized sabbatical experience?
Fred Jones is a colleague with Cultivating Leadership and a collaborator with Diana and her colleagues at Uncharted Leadership, which is based in Australia. He also is the founder of a confab called Meanwhile, from which he engages adults about how they are getting on with the rest of their lives. He is a certified Designing Your Life coach, and lives in Austin, TX (USA), where he makes connections between local issues and larger patterns, is ready to convene spaces that connect people and possibilities, and supports people in the vital projects that they take on.
Diana Renner is co-founder of the Uncharted Leadership Institute and a collaborator with Fred and his colleagues at Cultivating Leadership. She is the co-author of two books translated in over fifteen languages, Not Knowing: the art of turning uncertainty into opportunity, awarded “Management Book of the Year Award” in the U.K. and Not Doing: the art of effortless action. Diana enjoys creative writing and exploring the intersection of arts and adult learning and development. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Application and Fees
Your registration is considered pending until reviewed and accepted by the faculty. The fees, due upon acceptance, for this working sabbatical are in US$:
The standard fee is $2600, and we invite those willing and able to register for the higher fee of $3200 to contribute to scholarships for those who cannot pay the full fee. There is an opportunity to let us know you would like to be considered for a scholarship in the application.