Deep Democracy Institute

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Impact Through Awareness


November 27 2017 - December 2 2017


Dr. Ellen Schupbach, Dr. Max Schupbach

Deep Democracy Leadership, Large-Group Facilitation and Coaching


Deep Democracy, developed by Arnold Mindell, is a whole-system, holographic paradigm that links individual development, team development, and world changes in one cohesive theory. It unifies elements of indigenous cosmologies, modern physics, and complexity theory, as well as cutting-edge psychological research and perennial wisdoms in the world religions. The framework can be used to work on personal and professional development, team development, organizational development, and universal world changes. Depending on your context, it naturally shows the interdependence/connection between these processes at any given moment.


Deep Democracy assumes that your personal “life myth” process, our term for a deeper essential direction in your life, is intricately linked to the organizing principle behind world changes, and that the experiences we have in organizations, teams, relationships, and in our inner lives are symmetrical, local expressions of larger universal processes.


Process Work, another term for Deep Democracy, has a vast array of tools that assist in bringing these hidden structures to the forefront, allowing creative, often surprising solutions to spring out of complications.


In this six-day workshop, we will give an overview of the theoretical approach, and demonstrate skills that you can use for your own development, work, coaching with individuals, and facilitating groups and communities in diverse settings. It is also serving as an introduction to our two-year training program, starting in 2018.


Day 1Life-Myth: (Re-)Discover an individual, essential pattern, or core gift, that finds expressions through you in diverse forms. This skill can be used to work on personal - and professional - development issues and as an universal  approach to coaching individuals. It is a key to understanding inner conflicts and finding congruent strength in the face of adversities.


Day 2Deep Democracy Relationships: Discover marginalized information behind all relationship processes, and learn how to use them to make relationships more meaningful, richer, and achieve more unity.


Days 3 and 4Large-Group Facilitation, Conflict Resolution, and Leadership: We demonstrate and practice large-group facilitation. Deep Democracy was developed to work with highly conflicted groups that don’t agree on ground rules, or even dialogue sometimes. Our large-group-facilitation model "follows process" and is adaptable to working in very diverse settings. Please visit our website for examples of large-group facilitations in governments, corporations, spiritual communities, slums, public spaces, prisons, etc.

Day 4 will have a special focus on how to bring your learning of facilitation, conflict resolution, and personal work in an impactful personal-leadership style.


Day 5–Health and Our Bodies: Learn how body experiences and personal-development experiences (mind/body) are symmetrical, and how Deep Democracy’s work with your symptoms and health (including nutrition and exercise) can deepen and enrich your life.


Day 6–Your Work as a Meditation: Our last day focuses on your personal style, your  "song", created out of your own learning from your insights of this week, tools you learned, and experiences in our ad-hoc community of co-learners, assisting you on "singing it" in the time to come.





Ellen Schupbach PhD, Dip PW, is executive director of the Deep Democracy Institute. She coaches individuals internationally, and studies and teaches Process Work and Deep Democracy in a large variety of locations and cultures throughout the globe. Her particular focus is on assisting individuals and groups to bring their deepest hopes and inspirations into the reality of their everyday lives. Ellen wrote her PhD thesis on comparative elements of awareness practice as a Deep Democracy facilitator and a Buddhist meditator.


Max Schupbach PhD, Dip PW, CPF, is president of the Deep Democracy Institute. He is a co-founder of the Process Work and Deep Democracy movement and co-founded many of its international institutes and training programs.

He coaches leaders across industries, governments, and spiritual communities, and consults a wide variety of organizations worldwide. His work is featured in many national TV and press programs that you can find on our website.


Ellen and Max are co-founders of the Deep Democracy Institute, a think tank, consulting group and training-institute, with sister organizations in the USA, Africa, Ukraine, Europe, Russia, and the Middle East. The Deep Democracy Institute focuses on bringing the parallel worlds of personal growth and psychology, spiritual directions and religion, social and environmental justice, and science, politics, and business into one world across the globe. Ellen and Max migrate between prolonged stays in a small village on the Oregon Coast, and in Deep Democracy learning communities across the globe.


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600 $


Wongsanit Ashram, Thailand


November 27 2017 10:00 AM
December 2 2017 01:00 PM


Wongsanit Ashram, Thailand
Bang Pla Kot, Ongkharak District, Nakhon Nayok 26120, Thailand


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