Webinar Series 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.

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

10am-noon Pacific
$25 per session

Register for individual sessions (in the registration form, use the drop-down menu to choose your dates). To attend all 5 sessions, please register individually for each session. Register and pay for all five sessions by Sept. 7 for a $25 earlybird refund.

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 ways 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.

See http://cpsstudiesprod.wpengine.com/featured/pe/ for individual session topics.

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.


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 – 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.

Find out more at www.zuzanazilkova.com/courses