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.   


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 

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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. 



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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