Program Details

Social Presencing Theater Basics

with Arawana Hayashi
April 6 / 8:30 AM - April 7 / 4:00 PM

This program has reached maximum enrollment and registration is currently closed, but you're welcome to put your name on the waiting list by contacting us at [email protected].

Acharya Arawana Hayashi brings her brilliant teaching for a weekend of exploring mind, body, group relationships, and meditation.

Social Presencing Theater (SPT) is a series of practices developed under the leadership of Arawana Hayashi for the Presencing Institute. SPT is inspired and informed by the teachings of Shambhala Art and Mudra Theater. It enhances the application of the change process called, Theory U, practiced by many who are engaged in “ego-system to eco-system” change in organizations, communities and society.

It is an emerging art form, based on mindfulness and awareness in everyday life, that explores the creative potential of individuals and of groups.

Drawing on the arts and contemplative traditions, SPT brings mindfulness, awareness, creative process, art, and body-based learning into organizational and social change efforts. It gives a person, team or organization information about patterns and relationships that are “stuck” in a system, and offers methods for creating open, sane systems. This is not “theater” in the conventional sense, but uses simple body postures and movements to dissolve limiting concepts, to communicate directly, to access intuition, and to make visible both where we are now and where we want to go.

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At the core of Theory U and Presencing is the hypothesis that the quality of our actions is a function of the quality of the awareness we bring to those actions. Social Presencing Theater gives practitioners an embodied experience of the U process — not as an intellectual exercise, but through the experience of making a “true move.”

About the teacher: 

Arawana Hayashi is an acharya (senior teacher) in Shambhala – a global network of meditation centers dedicated to applying mindfulness to “creating enlightened society.” She teaches both meditation and art based on bringing out the basic goodness of individuals, of relationships and of society.

Prerequisites: No previous experience with meditation is necessary.

Location: Seattle Shambhala Center, 3107 E Harrison Street, Seattle

Registration: When registering, you'll have the opportunity to pay online through PayPal (or by credit card), which greatly simplifies the process for us.

Questions? Please contact Sydney Munger, [email protected].

This program has reached maximum enrollment and registration is currently closed, but you're welcome to put your name on the waiting list by contacting us at [email protected] If a space opens up we'll contact you, and you can register at that time. Or if you already registered but without paying, you can re-register in order to pay. But please don't register otherwise. Thanks!

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