May 14-17, 2009

[Sleeping Lady Mountain Retreat]

Leavenworth, WA

What does it mean to organize and what does it mean to lead when everything is self-organizing?

Many of us locally, nationally, globally have been experimenting with new forms of organizing and leading for years and decades. Others are seeking new ways as the old practices are insufficient to the challenges they are facing. We gathered to bring together our experiments, efforts, stories, wisdom, and questions.

For post-gathering information, visit:

The "Co-Evolving Our Futures" image is by [Nancy Margulies] and illustrates how generative conversations by small groups of concerned citizens can lead to big changes through the development of communities of practice and systems of influence. The image is on page 208 of [The World Cafe] by Juanita Brown with David Isaacs and the World Cafe Community.

To register, go to [www.berkana.org/selforganizingworld] For information on making your hotel reservations, scroll to TO REGISTER below.


We intend to invite into the event as diverse a group as possible and thus have adopted a pricing philosophy of “Pay what you can and a little bit more.”

We suggest the following event registration fees:

To support collective learning, if your organization sends four people, you just pay for three.

We are seeking funds to support sponsored participation in order to add to the diversity of experience at the gathering. All of this means we count on:

Also, if your organization matches funds or you’d like to make a contribution to help with financial assistance, please let us know. The Berkana Institute is a 501C3 and can accept donations.


1.Go to [www.berkana.org/selforganizingworld]

2.Then make your hotel reservations at Sleeping Lady Mountain Retreat:

Give Sleeping Lady a credit card number for your portion of the room and indicate if you would like a single, double, or triple. Sleeping Lady will forward your room request to Sono Hashisaki, who is coordinating the room shares. You may also contact Sono directly at mailto:sono@springwood-usa.com if you have any questions or know who you would like to room with. If you get a question from Sleeping Lady, tell them to talk with Shane Roehl.

Food and Lodging Costs for the 3 days and nights are:

Please note, we are near capacity at Sleeping Lady. They are supporting us with overflow lodging in nearby hotels (below).

EVEN IF YOU ARE STAYING OFFSITE, YOU NEED TO REGISTER AT SLEEPING LADY! The $197.64 fee covers lunch, dinner, snacks, and site use.

Please email the [MEALS ONLY registration form] to the Center for Ethical Leadership at mailto:sstapleton@ethicalleadership.org before May 6, 2009. You may also fax the form to 206 328-4570.


Quality Inn & Suites in Leavenworth http://www.leavenworthqualityinn.com

Call in your reservation 1-800-693-1225, group name (LSOW). If you would like to be matched with another participant for a room share email mailto:Lizzie@Berkana.org. You will be asked to pay with your own credit cards as you check in.


Eight Mile Campground

For general information visit: http://www.gonorthwest.com/washington/cascades/leavenworth/camp_icicle.htm

For reservations go to http://recreation.gov.

For descriptions of each campground visit http://www.forestcamping.com/dow/pacficnw/wen.htm.

(Looks like the group site at the closest campground is booked that weekend. But there are no reservations needed at the other site…)


To cancel, contact Lizzie Riesenberg, mailto:lizzie@berkana.org, 509-835-4228. Registration fees will be refunded in full prior to April 22. No registration fee will be refunded after May 7. This is negotiable in cases of emergency.