Partnership Practices: Creative, Real-Life Solutions in an Ethos of Partnership


Zuzana Žilková is committed to helping people be better human beings to each other. She’s been working in pro-social behavior change since 2010 after completing her Masters of Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and being the first Associate Director of Public Initiatives for the Heroic Imagination Project. Her consulting work has focused on serving efforts that seek to decrease behaviors on the spectrum of cruelty to violence by bringing knowledge and know-how of pro-social antidotes.

Workshop Starting July 29 – Strong Kindness: Practicing Skillful Responses to Dominating Behavior

Realign the interpersonal dynamics of your conversations when confronted with dominating behavior.

The Center for Partnership Studies is pleased to bring you Strong Kindness: Practicing Skillful Responses to Dominating Behavior, an online workshop. Join Zuzana Žilková in four live online sessions July 29, Aug 5, 12, and 19, 2017, 10 am – 12 pm Pacific.

Strong Kindness: Practicing Skillful Responses to Dominating Behavior 
with Zuzana Žilková 
4 Saturdays: July 29, August 5, 12, 19
10am-noon Pacific
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Register by July 22 and save $35 with code “partnership”

Is your kindness taken for weakness? How can you get others to stop behaviors that are controlling, manipulative, or dominating – without adopting those behaviors yourself? This 4-session workshop is packed with skills and concepts to help you confidently engage in interpersonal encounters with dominating approaches, while remaining firmly in an ethos of partnership.

Many of us want to lead with kindness and want all our relationships to be based in care and equality. But what happens when we encounter others who use manipulation, control, coercion, and domination to try to accomplish their goals? Those of us who care deeply about not harming others can find it extremely difficult to confidently ask others to stop their controlling or dominating behaviors, and we too-often find ourselves emerging from these interactions feeling put down, hurt, ashamed or just plain ineffective.

At their worst, unskilled interactions with dominating approaches can even undermine our faith in using empathy and caring as our guiding stars.

This workshop is for you:

  • If you err on the side of being kind…
  • If you’ve been in interactions where you felt you had to armor up, emotionally disengage, wear a ‘mask’, or just couldn’t be your full caring self because others
  •  were setting a hostile interaction…
  • If you want to learn to be effective in situations where you formerly felt shut down or not heard because you didn’t want to use and perpetuate the same tactics you didn’t like being used against you…

In this course, developed especially for those that lead with their care, empathy, and kindness, Zuzana Žilková will guide you through her Strong Kindness framework to awaken new insights and introduce skills to help our values realign the interpersonal dynamics of conversations when we’re confronted with dominating behavior.

This engaging and practice-based 4-session workshop will guide you to think anew about these interactions and find your sweet spot where you can feel effective without using ‘power over’ tactics yourself.

 You’ll experience:

• 4 interactive online sessions full of new thinking, conversation and activities
• an online discussion space to continue the dialogue between sessions
• activities to integrate what you’re learning into how you live
• a community of like-minded people to connect and practice with

Whether the behaviors you’re encountering are within the realm of work, family, romantic relationships or elsewhere, you’ll learn reframes and tools that will be immediately useful to help shift interactions toward partnership and help you live more fully from your heart.

Each session incorporates new practical concepts, thoughtful conversation, and well-crafted exercises to help you more deeply integrate these new ways of being into your life. You’ll apply what you’re learning immediately and carry it with you into future interactions.

Join us in a community of carers as we unlock understandings and skills to let our kindness shine through even in the face of strong winds. Together we’ll learn the best and most promising practices to begin to fulfill the promise of kindness: that if you’re kind they’ll be kind too.

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Ann Amberg, M.C.S., is the Assistant Director of the Leadership & Learning Programs for the Center for Partnership Studies. Since 2002, she has guided adult leaders and K-12 teachers in a program of cosmology and consciousness based on the work of evolutionary philosopher Brian Swimme and cultural historian Thomas Berry. She founded the program “What Does the Universe Do?” in 2012 to integrate partnership, feminine and indigenous ways of knowing with deep imagery to illuminate simple daily soul-based practices that serve to align us with the biodynamic patterns of life. Ann has completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies: Integral Ecology and her Masters in Contemporary Spirituality. She is an artist and lives on beautiful Whidbey Island, WA where gardens, hummingbirds and creative people thrive.

Webinar August 23 – Practicing Partnership with the Earth

The invitation is fascination…listening and acting in partnership with the voice of the earth

The Center for Partnership Studies is delighted to be teaming with applied transformational ecology consultant Ann Amberg, M.C.S. on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 for this special event.

Introduction to Practicing Partnership with the Earth
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

11am-noon Pacific

Your $20 suggested donation supports the work of Partnership leaders. To opt out, use the code ‘enjoy’ when you register

Each of us in our uniqueness has a vital role to play in the evolution of a new human-earth partnership based on care, reciprocity and respect. In this time of radical change, loss and uncertainty, an informed and committed relationship with the earth grounds our action. Nature is available to engage with us in unexpected ways!

Learn about the upcoming 5-session workshop starting September 13 that will introduce 10 simple practices to jump-start our connection with our own true nature and with the natural world as a living subject in all of her wild and intelligent magnificence. Nature is extending to us now an invitation we can’t refuse: a cultural imperative to constrain our impact on life systems and allow ourselves to be reshaped at our leading edge as we act in partnership with the voice of the earth.

Workshop starting September 13 – Practicing Partnership with the Earth

Everyday practices to align with what life does in the context of earth as family, economy, culture and home.

The Center for Partnership Studies is delighted to be teaming with applied transformational ecology consultant Ann Amberg, M.C.S. starting Wednesday, September 13, 2017 for this special in-depth workshop.

Practicing Partnership with the Earth
5 Wednesdays: Sept. 13, 20, 27, October 11, 18, 2017

10am-noon Pacific

Register by Sept. 7 for a $30 tuition discount with code ‘comp’

Over the course of five interactive sessions, we will utilize systems-based concepts and experiential practices to explore our “true nature” —the human potential of a thriving partnership system that takes nature seriously— and dive into the heart and soul of an emerging human-earth alliance. Drawing from the work of Riane Eisler, climate change scientists and evolutionary philosophers, we’ll deepen our felt sense of “a resurgent partnership consciousness” within our local ecological community. Guided by self-designed practices that align with nature’s shays of knowing, we’ll assess where we are on the domination-partnership continuum in the context of earth as family, economy, culture and home. We are embedded in an evolving  sacred ecology; we can learn to work in synergy with life systems to release outmoded domination systems and nurture our birthright as planetary humans.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • Ten primary life dynamics that shape who we are every day
  • Simple embodied practices to align and co-evolve with these patterns
  • The links between climate change and earth as primary economy
  • How nature’s (our) radiance is disguised as money
  • The role of grief in healing the earth-human relationship
  • How our capacity for care is mirrored in our relationship to the earth as mother

Contact Ann Amberg for more information.


Riane Eisler, JD, is President of the Center for Partnership Studies and internationally known as a systems scientist, attorney working for the human rights of women and children, and author of The Chalice and the Blade and The Real Wealth of Nations.

Conversations with Riane Eisler: Leadership for a Life-Sustaining World

“Inspiring conversation, so grounded and elevating with Riane; I felt a sense of community of those wishing to shift the paradigm.” – Webinar participant

In this popular webinar, acclaimed cultural historian and futurist Riane Eisler hosts a dynamic dialogue about how you can take a stand for a new story of human possibility and become a leader in the movement to a more peaceful, equitable, and sustainable world.

Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice & the Blade and The Real Wealth of Nations, illuminates the outdated dynamics of gender and power undermining our well-being and economic prosperity. She responded to questions about what role you can play in the shift to more caring and sustainable social systems that support the relationships that matter most to us all – equitable and empowering relationships with our families, our communities, and our natural environment.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How are outdated systems of gender and power still guiding our economic policies?
  • How can we recognize and change these patterns?
  • What would an economy that recognizes the value of the life-sustaining work of care still mainly performed by women look like?
  • How would a caring economy put an end to the systematic impoverishment of women and children and generate greater economic prosperity for everyone, not just the 1%?
  • What can you do to support these essential changes?

The complete July, 2015 90-minute webinar recording can be purchased for $25.

Contact for purchasing and download information.

2016 Conversations with Riane: live webinar TBA.