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  • Integral Practitioner Certificate

    Professional Paths to Engaging Wholeness

    A 9-month certificate program offered by the Center for Transformative Learning at Meridian University.
    Program Faculty: Aftab Omer - Convener, Jean Houston,
    Melissa Schwartz, Nico Roenpagel and joined by 20 accomplished Integral Practitioners from around the world as contributing faculty.
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Joanna Macy, PhD

Visionary Founder of The Work that Reconnects

"Meridian University is a gift to this moment in our history. The rare breadth of the intellectual journeys it offers and its exquisite attention to the ripening of the whole person, set a stunning example for graduate studies in the time of the Great Turning. It grows new and needed disciplines of consciousness, as well as motivation to engage in the transformation of culture."

Our Historical Moment Requires a New Kind of Professional

We live in a time of agonizing challenges and creative disruptions that require a deeper and higher order of capability from those who choose to engage this historical moment. The challenges humanity faces are so complex that our historical epoch is sometimes described as a crisis of complexity. This is at the core of our current ecological, economic, and political turmoil. In each case, what is required of humanity is more complex than what our current capabilities support. Even our own inventions—technologies, cultural memes, and organizations—have been evolving into increasingly complex forms which have increased the demands of everyday life.

Many of us are are called to lives of sacred purpose where we seek to connect professional livelihood with personal meaning and passion. However, there is a widening gap between the challenges of complexity and our individual and collective capabilities. To realize our potential for passionate and meaningful livelihood, it is imperative that we close this gap by building a bridge of capability.

Integral Practitioner Convergence - Berlin, May 2017

Calling Changemakers, Coaches, Educators, Entrepreneurs, Consultants, Therapists, Healthcare Providers, Artists, and Leaders of next-stage organizations...

“When you work you fulfill a part of Earth's furthest dream assigned to you when that dream was born, and in keeping yourself with labor you are in truth loving life, and to love life through labor is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.” -- Khalil Gibran
We live amidst accelerating environmental and social degradation as well as intensifying social and technological complexity. In response to these challenges, transformative initiatives are emerging and converging all around the globe.

Our global circumstances require practitioners involved in transformation and leadership to develop a unique ecology of competencies that is complex enough for the requirements of the present.

Those of us who are called to engage the whole-system issues and challenges of our time in our professional practice are faced with making powerful choices regarding our own development and education. We must build a bridge of capability.

If you want to explore the intersection of passionate calling with professional fulfillment, the Integral Practitioner Certificate may be for you. Participants will be introduced to practices and resources that facilitate the growth of a unique ecology of competencies through which they can integrate passion and profession.

Over the last year, Integral Practitioner Labs and Seminars have been convened by Meridian's Center for Transformative Learning in several European and US cities. These culminated with the first Integral Practitioner Convergence in Berlin in June 2017. The second Integral Practitioner Convergence is scheduled for May 2018.

What do Integral Practitioners do?

“Let the beauty we love be what we do.” -- Rumi
“My work is loving the world.” -- Mary Oliver
Integral practitioners foster the development and transformation of individuals, teams, organizations and social systems by empowering the whole person and the whole system. In domains such as education, business, healing, coaching, and the arts, integral practitioners bring imagination to complex challenges in the service of transforming mindsets, cultures and social systems.

Integral Practitioners catalyze development in multiple domains of professional practice through facilitating transformative learning at different levels: individuals, teams, organizations, and social systems.

Integral practitioners make an impact by:
  • Facilitating incremental, adaptive and transformative change.
  • Catalyzing development through transformative learning.
  • Engaging the vitality and emergence of development and evolution.
  • Leading in ways that take responsibility for the whole.
  • Evolving new methods of creative collaboration.
  • Securing the function of integrity in integral practice.
  • Developing the whole person: cognitively, emotionally, somatically, and spiritually.
  • Integrating action and reflection through collective action inquiry and learning.
  • Anchoring the sacred by reuniting the artistic and the scientific.
  • Innovating prototypes that can be scaled while sustaining beauty and practicality.
  • Inhabiting both the contemplative and the performative.
  • Inquiring through both expressive and scientific methods.
  • Healing division within historically wounded systems of relationships.


Building a Bridge of Capability: A Certificate Program for Integral Impact

The Integral Practitioner Certificate program offers the opportunity to identify, explore and develop a unique constellation of competencies that are required for professional impact. Participants engage in and are empowered with practices, approaches, and methods to direct their own unique evolutionary journey towards developing the capabilities required to meet complexity challenges in their domains of professional practice.

The curriculum of this program is designed to evoke, inspire, and empower participants with the capabilities required to sustain integration of vocation (our sacred calling) and profession into a meaningful whole. To sacralize is to make whole: The capability architecture of this curriculum is designed to enable engagement with professional practice as sacred purpose.

In this program you will:
  • Learn to identify the ecology of competencies that most prepares you to uplevel your professional practice.
  • Discover the distinct web of competencies required for realizing your unique vision of integral practice.
  • Engage complexity capability in creating a life-world that is coherent enough to hold many worlds.
  • Experience embodied practices that evoke the impact projects and initiatives to which you are called and collaborate with others in prototyping your practice ideas.
  • Connect and collaborate with others who are engaging their call to sacred purpose.
  • Explore examples of how today's unique challenges in a time of whole system transition can be more effectively traversed via specific shifts in consciousness.
  • Identify which domains of professional practice are primary doorways for your own development.

Capability Architecture of the Integral Practitioner Certificate Curriculum:
Self-identity, Creative Inquiry, and Complexity Capabilities

Self-Identity Capability

More than any other developmental line, self-identity plays the most critical role in ensuring the sustained and transformative impact of integral practitioners. The dynamics of self-identity are central in shaping the impact we have when we lead - or when we omit leading. Contemplative and embodiment practices are utilized to bring attention to self-identity patterns in ways that are healing and transforming, enabling more resilient collaboration in service of our individual and collective initiatives.

These five capabilities together constitute Self-Identity Capability:

  • Reflexive Capability
  • Affective Capability
  • Pluralizing Capability
  • Attentional Capability
  • Transmuting Capability

Participants will:
  • Engage practices which enable self-identity to become more secure, transparent, and capable of radical mutuality.
  • Identify previous experiences of self-identity challenges as leaders and with leaders.
  • Experience self inquiry practices that support the emergence of distinct structures and states of consciousness.
  • Explore models of self-identity development in relation to emotion & imagination towards cultivating and deepening the capacities of courage, compassion, clarity and conscience.
  • Experiment with intersubjective scenarios that clarify those patterns of self-identity that motivate divisiveness.
  • Learn about the impact of gender, ethnic, and racial diversity on self-identity.
  • Delve into contemporary examples of leadership failure and leader scapegoating.
  • Connect and Collaborate with others who take an integral, whole-person approach to leadership and self-identity.

Creative Inquiry Capabilities

We perceive from individualized perspectives and dwell in many distinct, fragmented, and compartmentalized worlds. Conflicts arise and our worlds collide. We get trapped in mindsets of 'right and wrong' which diminish the beauty and necessity of difference. Supported by Creative Inquiry Capabilities, we can undertake the sacred work of sharing worlds - which is more demanding than sharing perspectives and more sustainable for collective healing, learning and awakening.

These five capabilities together constitute Creative Inquiry Capability:

  • Observational Capability
  • Liminal Capability
  • Hermeneutic Capability
  • Narrative Capability
  • Expressive Capability

Partcipants will:
  • Engage in contemplative, expressive, dialogical, embodiment, and collaborative practices to explore the complex challenge of shifting from colonized and alien worlds to those unique and shared.
  • Grow our self-inquiry capability towards creating a world that is coherent enough to hold many worlds.
  • Explore how denying, suppressing, and trivializing difference is transcended through recognizing and engaging difference.
  • Understand how to enhance human solidarity through honoring cultural and development differences.
  • Discover how the membrane between cultures - and between old and new ways of being - is breaking down into a worldwide fusion not known before.
  • Investigate how through the patterns of social backlash consciousness is remaking itself, with results both creative and chaotic.
  • Learn how to move towards new ways of being that encompass the genius of previous stages of development.

Complexity Capability

Professionals across all domains are looking for tools, practices, and new creative ways to responsive to this new world of unprecedented and accelerating complexity. The old rules do not apply, while the new rules are yet to be handed down.

Integral Practitioners engage complexity challenges within professional practice through distinct and hybrid practitioner frames such as: Consultant, Coach, Teacher, Facilitator, Entrepreneur, Social Artist, Healer, Change Maker, Transformative Leader, Activist, Counselor, Somatic Practitioner.

There are patterns that all complex challenges share. A comprehensive, integral approach is needed - allowing us to perceive patterns and engage challenges as a whole. In this program, we will explore the key elements of the landscape of the current complexity crisis by seeing and understanding complexity across multiple domains of professional practice.

Complexity Capability allows individuals to choreograph the dance between inner and outer complexity, in service of aligning our capabilities with what the world needs and finding “the simplicity on the far side of complexity.” We can learn to transform the complexity within ourselves as well as the complexity outside us.

The challenge is to go beyond merely coping with complexity: What is required is having capacities for seeing and understanding complexity as well as working with and transforming complexity. Effectively thriving on complexity is not merely a matter of having the right theories in mind, nor is it a matter of learning a set of practices that are sure to work. Complexity Capability enables a dynamic blending of theory and practice into a potent force for change in the world. This program supports participants to learn how practice can inform theory, and how theory can reframe practices.

These five capabilities together constitute Complexity Capability:

  • Negative Capability
  • Imaginal Capability
  • Perspectival Capability
  • Autopoetic Capability
  • Collaborative Capability

How Integral Practitioner Capabilities are Developed in this Certificate Program

"The future must enter us, long before it happens." - Rilke
Integral practitioners foster the development of individuals, teams, and organizations through facilitating their transformative learning. As well, Integral Practitioners are transformative learners themselves. In this program, integral practitioner capabilities are developed through the principles and practices of transformative learning. Each principle is grounded in a practice and each practice is driven home through learning activities that cultivate specific capabilities.

The curriculum includes a rich mix of perspectives, theories, methods, and methodologies. Perspectives and theories are about what and why. Methods and methodologies are about how. Methodologies are ways of combining and synthesizing methods, techniques, and practices that bring forth distinct worlds.

Utilizing the Power of Transformative Learning

Transformative learning entails shifts in perspective, perceptual lenses, core beliefs, schemas, mental models and mindsets. Such perceptual shifts enable individuals and systems to inhabit new, more complex and emergent landscapes. The program is designed around embodied learning activities that focus on transformations of deep-seated mindsets and emotional dispositions.

Students come away with more than new knowledge and skills; they come away with a new sense of self and of their own potentials. Transformative learning enables the self-organizing processes that support the emergent discovery and self-management intrinsic to integral practice.

Precisely designed learning activities can liberate and restore experience. This enables fresh perceptions that can be carried forward into creative action. Transformative learning is increasingly practiced within multiple domains and levels. Distinct approaches to transformative learning praxis have emerged within local communities of practice.

Cohort and Community

Transformative Learning is both an individual and collective process that has played a powerful role in the emergence of culture. Meridian University’s Center for Transformative Learning draws on the University’s 25 years of experience in facilitating an education that transforms.

No one can change the world alone, and the creation of a learning community is one of the core elements of transformative education. In this program, participants are integrated into a cohort of others with diverse personal and professional backgrounds. Sharing commitments to personal and global transformation while engaging in collaborative work creates a joyous sense of shared adventure. This can be the basis for life-long friendships and productive connection with professional colleagues.

Integral Practitioner Convergence - Berlin, May 2017
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