GLEN Exchanges

These dialogues hosted by  members are for sharing insights, tapping into collective wisdom, and leaning into inquiry as we learn and evolve together. 

Exchanges are the heart of our peer-learning community. 

The GLEN Café

Date: Every Friday Morning; Time 9:00 am PST/12 pm EST

Changing systems and ourselves is hard work. You don’t have to do it alone.Join us Friday mornings to connect with a creative cohort of allies for inspiration and support. If you are new and interested in learning about our community this is a great place to get started. ALL ARE WELCOME!



Mapping the Mystery: Exploring Scriptures

This conversation is part of our Mapping the Mystery series exploring mental models that can help us orient to the unknown. 
Date/Time:  Sept 27, 9-10:30 am PT/12-1 30 pm EST

For the past 37 years, Philip Bakelaar has been a parish clergy within the Reformed Church. He is also President and founding member of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners Institute. Dr. Bakelaar holds a PhD in Rhetoric and Communication from Temple University. In addition to his pastoral work and IFVP work he is an active adjunct professor at Montclair State University since 1992. His courses include communications theory, visualization, AI, organizational development, and more. Please join Phil and David Sibbet, co-director of The GLEN for an inquiry into how scriptures can provide an integrating framework for navigating our lives. The oldest son of a Presbyterian Minister, David shares Phil's interest in the scriptures, having been raised with them as guideposts for many years.


Hosting the Chrysalis: A Process-Oriented Exploration of Embodied Leadership.

Dates: Oct 4, Oct 18, Nov 1, Nov 15, Nov 29, Dec 13  Times: 10-12 pm PST/1-3 pm EST/7-9 pm CET

Cost: $1250.00

What is the world asking of leadership now? It may be that a leader’s greatest contribution today is to create and sustain transformational relational spaces. Like a chrysalis hosts the caterpillar’s metamorphosis, transformational leaders create spaces for others to enter the darkness of the unknown, navigate uncertainty, and emerge with inspired new forms and expressions of what is wanted, needed, and evolutionary. Creating and sustaining such extraordinary spaces, and experiencing transformation inside of one, will be our process-oriented exploration and journey. We will integrate presence, attunement, and emergence in a relational space that invites wisdom-resourced leadership, grounded action, integral embodiment, and transformative engagement. This course includes six biweekly sessions, with reflection and engagement with new content between sessions. 

GLEN MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE A 20% discount, or $250 off the price of this course.


Responding to Global Challenges: A Guided Exploration of Reactive Patterns

Date:  Nov 16 Time: 9-11 am PST/ 12-2 pm EST/ 6-8 pm CET

Reactive patterns are one reason we can't create more coordinated responses to global challenges. Certain information may send us into overwhelm, denial, numbness, or absence. The purpose of this exchange will be to become more conscious of our reactive patterns to challenging information as we broaden our perspective on climate change. Mathias Weitbrecht will first present an alternative perspective, including additional causes that amend the current discourse of CO2 being the sole cause of global warming. Then he will guide us through a mindful exploration of this new perspective on global warming — and together we will become aware of our embodied reactions that may undermine our individual and collective engagement with this issue.


Shadow Play: A Monthly Game of Turning Darkness into Light

Next session TBD

Our biggest obstacle to change is our shadow: all we resist, deny, or cannot see or feel. By learning to work and play with this energy, we might transform dark into light and shadow into flow.In this monthly series with executive coach David Papa, we’ll play with conditioned patterns and unconscious stuckness so these might be transmuted into new insights, behaviors, and contributions to family, community, and career. And we'll laugh along the way.  What you'll need for each session:  curiosity,  compassion, creativity, and to not take yourself, or any of this, too seriously. 



The Attunement Lab

A facilitated monthly practice group for developing relational capacities
Date:  Oct 5, Nov 2,  Dec 7, Jan 4 (First Thursdays monthly)
Time: 9-10:30 am PST/12-1:30 pm EST/6-7:30 pm CET

Relationality is the most important prerequisite for collaboration and innovation — and the most salient characteristic of an effective leader. And we can develop our relational skills through training and practice. In this monthly practice group we will deepen presence, listening, embodiment, and attunement. Each session will include a guided meditation and exercises in breakout groups. Krista Bremer, group facilitator, is a certified Thomas Huebl practice group leader, and that training will inform her approach to principles of attunement.


Recent Exchanges

Power and Transparency in Human Collaboration

Exploring dynamics of human systems
Date/Time : August 30, 10-12 PST/1-3 EST/7-9 CET

Human systems - formal and informal - are consistently crucibles for issues of transparency and power. Through brief presentations and experiential, interactive exercises, we will explore concepts and aspects of power in human interactions and how they relate with our experiences in various organizational contexts. We will also explore how transparency relates with implicit and explicit power in groups of people. This session will be facilitated by John Schinnerer, a whole systems design consultant, teacher, and facilitator who works with a broad variety of clients developing cultural and ecological systems. He is also a founding member of The Sociocracy Consulting Group



Incarcerated Innovator Steven Clark on the Power of Appreciative Inquiry 

This conversation is part of our Mapping the Mystery series exploring mental models that can help us orient to the unknown. 
Completed: Aug 17, 9-10:30 am PT/12-1 30 pm EST

Steven Clark, who has been confined for eighteen years in a maximum security prison in Maine, is the creator of The Awakening, an initiative to support those impacted by mass incarceration and transform the prison system from the inside out. In this conversation with David Sibbet, founder of Grove Consulting International, Steven will discuss how  appreciative inquiry has been transformative for him personally and professionally. This positive and strengths-based approach has had a profound impact on how he engages with others, navigates challenges, facilitates his monthly exchanges, and brings a sense of joy, empowerment, and purpose to the Awakening community.

Link to Steven's Awakening Site

Love and Work

A conversation about deeper levels of transformation of self

Completed June 21, 2023

When some people hear the word love they think of emotion, or romance or sentimentality. Or they associate love with their personal, not professional lives. But what if love awakens our greatest gifts and calls us to what we have come here to be and do? What if love is the great disruptor – burning through our veils of denial, shaking us awake from sleepwalking routines, unifying us in a polarizing time? What if love is the inexhaustible creative fuel that we need to support real change in the world? This invitation to place love at the center of our lives and work will be facilitated by Michael Regan, a speaker, consultant, and guide who explores where leadership and innovation meet the deepest potential of love.  (For more information about Michael, visit www.


Michael's Website

Mapping the Mystery: The Medicine Wheel

A conversation with Firehawk Hulin, co-founder of the Center of Timeless Earth Wisdom, about embodying Earth's wisdom in our daily lives through the system and design of the Medicine Wheels.

Completed July 12 

After working for more than two decades in creative media production for organizations, Firehawk completed an eight-year formal apprenticeship with WindEagle and RainbowHawk, métis keepers of The Origin Teachings of the Delicate Lodge. This is one of the ancient wisdom bundles of Medicine Wheel Teachings handed down orally by travelling teachers for thousands of years. Center for Timeless Earth Wisdom is currently developing a three to four-year intensive training in embodying and applying Earth's Wisdom in daily life — a subject he'll explore in conversation with David Sibbet, founder of Grove Consulting International.


Center for Timeless Earth Wisdom

Mapping the Mystery: Gisela Wendling on Liminal Pathways

A conversation with the vice-president of global learning at The Grove Consultants International, about her framework for navigating change

Coimpleted June 14, 2023

Gisela Wendling, Vice President of Global Learning at Grove Consultants International, developed the Liminal Pathways Change Framework to help clients and organizations design change, orient to its three basic phases, and activate the dynamic interplay between inner process and outer support that unlocks the potential of uncertain times. In this conversation with David Sibbet, she’ll explain how this framework applies to individuals, organizations, and even larger social systems.

Gisela Wendling's Resume

Mapping the Mystery: Integral Theory

A conversation with Joran Oppelt about using Integral Theory as a personal and business operating model.

Completed May 17, 2023

 In addition to being CEO of Illustrious Consulting, Joran is an international speaker, author and consultant with certifications in coaching, storytelling, design thinking and virtual facilitation. He has been a serious student of Ken Wilbur's Integral Theory, which works in the background of his thinking.  He leads game-changing meetings for clients and has trained other facilitators to drive transformation and alignment, delivering “great reckonings in small rooms.”

He is the co-author of Facilitation: A Human-Centered Guide to the Art of Collaboration; The Visual Meetings Field Guide: How to Facilitate Great Meetings with Amazing Teams; Visionary Leadership: How to Live Your Strategy, Create New Habits, and Inspire Your Team; and contributing author of The Creativity Workbook for Coaches and Creatives.

Joran Oppelt website

Mapping the Mystery: Developmental Models

A Conversation with Heiko Veit about Stages International & Spiral Dynamics

Completed April 12

With trained intuition and conceptual clarity, Heiko Veit designs developmental spaces for asking better questions and finding more effective answers. Whether he is working with organizations or individuals, his aim is to address underlying causes instead of working on symptoms so he can accompany development and initiate transformation. He is currently working on a translation of the Stages Model into German and is very conversant about developmental models in general.

Mapping the Mystery Overview


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