Peer-to-peer learning for system leaders

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Sanctuary's are carefully curated spaces where you can:



With a group who understand what you're talking about.

You will receive practical advice, ideas and feedback on a specific challenge you are facing and learn from challenges and answers of others.   


Which can clarify and enrich your work; learn new tools, frameworks & techniques from peers who've actually used them. 


With like-minded peers and leave with a diverse network of systems change practitioners that will last long after the program has ended.

Taking part will feel inspiring, supportive and fun.   

It was great having the folks from New Zealand, and other Canadians, Americans. Having that diverse set of people was an immensely valuable experience. The facilitation was done well, the technology worked, and the design was useful.
— Participant, In the Thick of It, Cohort 1


The Systems Sisterhood 

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Whats the deal? 

The Systems Sisterhood is a place to find camaraderie and support for women working in systems change who are in a 'life transition'.  

Transitions might include: leaving a big project or an organization you've been leading or starting a new leadership role; taking time out to look after children, or relatives; going through change at home; moving into elderhood; or simply feeling called to dig deeper into your sense of purpose.

This will be a place for a collective inquiry about the challenges and possibilities that emerge for women systems leaders. Themes we've spotted include dealing with power, negotiating family balance, emerging wisdom and new leadership styles. 

We will: dig into big questions about life priorities; share practices to support embracing the unknown and emergence; and reflect on how we navigate big changes in our work and lives. 

This will be an inter-generational program that allows for mentoring from those at different stages of life.  We will dedicate one of the four groups in the cohort to explore women and wisdom.

You will leave with an international network of amazing women working in your field to lean on, for whatever comes next. 

Who is this for? 

The Sisterhood is open to women of all ages and who are in life transition and who have been, or are beginning to work in, systems change. We are looking for an international, inter-generational cohort and particularly welcome applicants who have been disadvantaged by our current systems. We encourages applications from diverse backgrounds and we welcome women and trans women of all ages and identities to apply.

Objectives for the sessions:

  • Create space to reflect on and make sense of our experiences
  • Facilitate collective inquiry and peer learning
  • Build deep friendship with others and realize you are not alone
  • Discover and share practices to work with emergence, the unknown and wisdom
  • Learn about and strengthen new leadership practices

What will it involve? 

  • The cohort will begin in June 2018 through to December 2018

  • Each peer session session will be 1.5 hours long

  • Commitment to a total of 7 peer sessions and individual reflective practice

  • Connection to responsive and personalized coaching

  • We will convene peer learning circles virtually via Zoom

  • Specific, dates and times will be chosen based on who is in the group

What will happen on the calls? 

Each session will involve small group gatherings of up to 6 people with a different person sharing a challenge each month, followed by peer-to-peer coaching.

We will be joined by guest speakers and practitioners who have helped us personally through our own transitions, to support you in spirit, mind and body. We will also build in time for new topics to emerge and be explored together as they arise.



Our special guests

Guests speakers for this group include Tanya Birl Torres of So Humanity in New York, who will share her practice around 'embodying change'. She has taken her years of experience as a Broadway performer and melded it with her love and passion for social justice. With a deep and grounded sense of presence she now teaches yoga, meditation and how to embody change in yourself.   

Vanessa Reid of The Living Wholeness Institute will also be joining us to share her depth of spiritual, reflective, body and awareness practices. Vanessa has extensive experience working with transitions, personal and systemic transformation and the natural cycles of life - from the mess and excitement of creating new systems and initiatives to the practices of Conscious Closure and the Wild Life of Dying. She has worked across Europe, the Middle East and North America.

 Tany Birl, So Humanity 

Tany Birl, So Humanity 

 Vanessa Reid, The Living Wholeness Institute 

Vanessa Reid, The Living Wholeness Institute 

The groups will be co-facilitated by Tatiana and Rachel.

For more information on our framing and the guiding inquiry check out our blog here:



The Sisterhood is $1000 USD

If the Sisterhood feels like exactly what you need right now, but the cost gets in the way of applying, please contact us directly explaining why you want to join and, why the price is an issue. 


Here we (Co-founders of the Sisterhood Tatiana and Rachel) share why we launched this program and what it will involve.

Tanya will be a guest speaker on The Sisterhood. Here she talks about embodying change and offers some insights into how we might do this to move through personal transitions.


In the thick of it 

My Peer Input session was a highlight - it came at a time when I was second-guessing my approach to, and gut feelings about, collaboration for systems change. The support, practical advice and reassurance provided by a group of informed and experienced peers was invaluable for setting my on a solid course towards playing an impactful role in leading a systems change initiative.
— Participant, Cohort 1
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Who is this for?

It is open to people who have been leading a systems change initiative for at least two years. We seeking a diverse, international cohort, who are working on different systems and challenges from public services, to poverty, to climate change, members of professions and beyond.

We especially welcome those who have been disadvantaged by our current systems and welcome applications from people all over the world. We will work out time zones as to fit our cohort.

What will it involve? 

  • Our programs are hosted virtually via Zoom 
  • The second program will be run monthly from September- March 2018/2019 
  • Each session is 1.5 hours long
  • Participants are required to commit to all 7 sessions in order to take part

What will happen on the calls?

Each session will involve small group gatherings of up to 6 people with a different person sharing a challenge each month, followed by peer-to-peer coaching.

Using the principles of Open Space, we will also build in time for new topics to emerge and be explored together as they arise. The groups will be facilitated by either Tatiana or Rachel.


There will be a slide scale for different types of organization. 

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Who is this for?

Embed It is for people trying to embed systemic practice within their organization.

This may be grant makers, or not-for-profit organizations who are convinced a systemic strategy is necessary, but are just not sure how to get there.

Our in-house Systems Sanctuary Program is designed with this unique challenge in mind. It will embed systems thinking and doing within your organization for the long term and leave you with powerful systems leaders you can reply on, who feel supported and strengthened in their work.

What does it involve? 

We work with the key systems leaders within your ecosystem, in any location, over a three year period.

We create an independent space for them to meet, connect and support one another to strengthen and improve their practice.

We do this in two ways, by hosting :

  • A supportive peer-learning platform, built specifically for your organization.

We facilitate an in-house peer coaching program. Your in-house Cohort will meet virtually, in groups of up to 6, on a monthly basis via Zoom, for 1.5 hours.

We use a combination of peer-learning, coaching and collaborative sense-making to support systems leaders to find their own solutions.

Participants share the challenges they’re grappling with, make sense together and with the support of facilitators, use this knowledge to inform strategic decision making.

They bring their progress back to the group, so we continue to learn about what works and what doesn’t, as they experiment with systemic interventions.

Our communities build a sense of trust and become the support network your systems leaders can rely on, as they navigate this work.

A package of bespoke training modules designed to train your staff on the systemic challenges they face in real time   

We know that the theory and frameworks of systems change work are inaccessible and confusing.

We use our combined 25 years experience of working on systemic challenges, to help your systems leaders to navigate the landscape. We share clear building blocks for systemic interventions, meeting participants where they are at, to help them take the next wise step strategically.

Our research has also unearthed a series of unique skills that are crucial for success of systems leaders in this work. This often neglected part of systems leadership work is illuminated in detail and put front and center of our training program too.

We host six sessions annually based on your bespoke needs.

What happens at each training session?

We bring our Cohorts together virtually, for tailored deep dive training delivered by our team or invited guests. Training is interactive and includes, peer reflection and workshop sessions exploring how this knowledge applies to real time challenges.

What is it like working with you?

Working with us always feels open, honest and compassionate. We pride ourselves on our ability to listen deeply, to empower leaders to find solutions from their own experience, and on turning these insights clear strategy .



You have realized that the system is failing us.

It's just not set up to support people and/or nature to flourish. You are committed, for your own reasons, to doing something about it.

Changing things takes a portfolio of solutions, not just one program and you’ve been experimenting with which work best for some time.

You see the interconnection between the people already in the system. You see where the power is currently held. You can also see the outliers with the good ideas whose voice is not being heard and you see their potential, even if they don’t.

Your role is to facilitate connection. You bring people together, illuminating the way things work now, highlighting potential solutions. You create space for people to ‘wake up’. You bridge worlds. You connect communities, you build coalitions, you build capacity, you teach, you incubate and support and lobby.

And then, just when it all starts to kind of work you walk away and do it all over again somewhere else. Because it’s not just a job to you, it’s who you are.

We call people like you 'systems leaders' and The Systems Sanctuary has been created to support you. 



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IN THE THICK OF IT  |  February 2018 – July 2018

                                            |  September 2018 – April 2019

                      SYSTEMS SISTERHOOD | June 2018- December 2018 




Immersive peer-coaching experiences for a growing community of pioneers experimenting with systemic solutions to systemic social and environmental problems.

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