Virtual Workshop Overview

Working Sabbatical

Overview

A sabbatical is a period of reflection, exploration, redefinition and renewal that may correspond with transitional periods in adult life. The “working” in this “working sabbatical” makes the experience inclusive of other responsibilities from which you cannot and should not remove yourself during this period of time. Your working sabbatical will take on its own design, with consultative support from faculty guides Fred Jones and Diana Renner. In this sabbatical, you‘ll be learning alongside others taking their own journeys. Shared program elements will be the focus of the eight, 2-hour live virtual sessions. Consider registering only if you can imagine a minimum average of eight hours per week in what this format calls “sabbatical mode.” A questionnaire that is part of the registration will help you declare your interest and readiness.

Why might you consider taking a working sabbatical?

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…. More broadly, you may sense that you have some catching up to do with yourself. You may sense that the habits and patterns of your life, including how you work and rest, how you connect with others and make your own way, aren’t working as they once did or seem unsustainable going forward. You may sense that the deeper vitality that energizes your engagement with the world needs renewal or more focus or something else that isn’t obvious right now. You may simply be sitting with questions, even (so far) unspeakable ones about what’s next, given the constraints that you face when considering options.

What’s in focus

Your working sabbatical will take on its own design, with consultative support from guides Fred Jones and Diana Renner. You‘ll be learning alongside others taking their own journeys. Shared program elements in the live virtual sessions will include ways to take a fresh look at what you offer to the world and in what form; and also the habits, routines and rituals that guide you through everyday life. You’ll begin by finding yourself in the through-line of your own story, and end, facing forward into the horizon you define as “next.” The main texts include Diana’s co-authored books, Not Doing: The art of effortless action; and Not Knowing: The art of turning uncertainty into opportunity. They are part of each person examining their relationship with busyness and uncertainty, as well as how they measure current reality against expectations held for what their lives would be like. Additionally, Designing Your Life and Designing Your Work Life, by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, provide the spirit of design thinking and assumptions about how to way-find through life that will be present in this experience. Note: Books are not provided in the course fee.