Leading Change Master Class with David Sibbet & Gisela Wendling


The Grove is offering a new, five-day immersive workshop for experienced process leaders who want to strengthen their ability to handle increased levels of difficulty in leading processes in turbulent times. This master class will be held at IONS Earthrise Retreat Center, 35 miles north of San Francisco. We anticipate co-creating a rich learning experience with a mix of organizational and social change leaders, facilitators and consultants. The workshop is led by Grove Founder David Sibbet and Gisela Wendling, Ph.D., building on their new book, Visual Consulting: Designing & Leading Change and insights and practices drawn from recent work guiding demanding transformational change processes.

This immersive format focuses on the challenge of leading as distinguished from other Grove workshops that focus more on design and visual facilitation. Our intention is to support participants evolving their internal understanding of change to work more effectively in their leadership roles. Gisela and David’s recent experience leading a year-long Leading Change program has affirmed their belief that succeeding at this work requires a focus on personal leadership capabilities in addition to structured change processes. This workshop integrates both. Participants will be invited to extend their learning in The Grove’s Global Learning & Exchange Network (GLEN) after the Master Class.

David brings 40 years of practitioner experience with complex processes in public, community and organizational settings, and extensive experience in leadership development. Gisela builds on her 20 years of practice and research with organization development, transformational learning, change, and dialogue. All participants will receive Visual Consulting: Designing & Leading Change.


Workshop Objectives:

  • Learn how leaders and process consultants can understand, visualize, and realize change by evolving their own mental models and imagination.
  • Work with an archetypal model of change that identifies dynamics that must be attended to in developmental, situational and volitional change processes.
  • As a process leader, understand how to create alignment on needs, tap into and focus people’s energy, and help make the decisions necessary to implement change.
  • Understand how to work visually with clients on the power of narratives, reframing and metaphor.
  • Appreciate the power of reflexive practice: understanding self in context, and tracking choice points in emerging situations.
  • Identify strategies and practices for suggesting, holding, and facilitating containers and crucibles for diverse stakeholders.
  • Learn about the neuropsychology of reactivity and conflict in change and practices that increase responsiveness and collaboration.
  • Learn to stay grounded and resourceful amid the tensions of change.
  • Understand how to empower improvisation and adaptation.
  • Explore the professional language of change and how to craft value propositions for clients that communicate what you can bring to help lead change.
  • Develop new relationships with peers who can support you in an ongoing way.


  • Context that is conducive to both personal reflection and deep group learning.
  • Experiential, interactive, co-creative approach by workshop leaders.
  • Participation in a thorough assessment of each participant’s visual facilitation, dialogic, change work, and use of self-capabilities.
  • Experience visual facilitation that fosters high levels of group learning and retention.
  • Practice creating rituals and crucibles that support breakthrough learning.
  • Share successful cases from private and public sectors.
  • Create a personal action plan for further development.
  • Beautiful natural environment at Earthrise Retreat Center with local organic food, hot pool, labyrinth, oak grove, and easy hiking.
  • Time on the land in meditation and reflection.

About the Workshop Leaders


This master class assumes a good working knowledge of group process, basic visual facilitation strategies, and prior experience with guiding or facilitating organizational or community change efforts. If you are uncertain about your readiness for this workshop please contact workshops@thegrove.com.

Dates Location
Jul 6-10, 2020 Petaluma, CA

Prices include tuition and room/board

$3785 single occupancy.
$3525 shared occupancy.

Early bird special: $150 off registration for July 2020 session if payment made before December 31st, 2019.

To register: email workshops@thegrove.com
or call 1.415.561.6130
or 1.800.49.GROVE, ex. 3.

* = If workshop date is in red, please email workshops@thegrove.com to be added to the waitlist.

Change work is having the persistence and trust that you can transform communications, organizations, and culture over time by coming to shared commitment about new visions and directions; evolving them creatively and intentionally; staying open to improvisation and emerging surprises; and building structures and process that support this process.

David Sibbet & Gisela Wendling Ph.D

Related Books

NEW: Visual Consulting: Designing & Leading Change, by David Sibbet & Gisela Wendling, Ph.D.

Additional helpful how-to books can be found on our store.

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