The Touchstone programs draw on nearly a century’s worth of combined experience, delivering programs and practices that have given thousands of leaders deep insight into the inner landscape of their leadership—the foundation for courageous and authentic leadership in work and life.

What to expect

Touchstone programs are highly experiential by design. They take place over six months, combining in-person retreats, interim practice opportunities and virtual / online coaching between sessions. The interim period between gatherings serves as a real-time training opportunity, allowing participants to test new behaviors and practices with the support of a faculty coach. In all retreats we work in whole-group, small-group and individual settings, and participants meet with the same cohort of executives in each of the retreats. The programs are led by faculty with extensive organizational and corporate experience.

Learning Approach

While the Trusted Leaders and Trusted Spaces programs focus on different aspects of leadership, both share an emphasis on experiential learning and offer the following:

  • Personal reflection including journaling, exercise, dialogue, personalized inter-session assignments and readings
  • Coaching conversations with faculty to deepen session explorations, clarify priorities or explore leadership issues
  • Opportunities to practice in a safe and supportive retreat environment with new directions and refined approaches to persistent leadership challenges
  • Real-time assignments in which participants can actively engage in creating safe spaces in their sphere of leadership through practical interim assignments. Participants can test new approaches, set up small-scale experiments and share results with the cohort.
  • Honest, supportive and skilled guidance to help leaders inspire authentic engagement in the workplace
Trusted Leaders

The Trusted Leaders program focuses on building individual trust through practices that deepen awareness and cultivate mastery in the midst of complexity and opportunity.

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Trusted Spaces

The Trusted Spaces program concentrates on developing settings that build trust across organizations, supporting authentic and committed participation and innovation.

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Note for Both Touchstone Programs

To receive the full benefit of these programs, participants are expected to join all retreats and monthly coaching opportunities.

Schedule:
Each retreat begins at 9:00 a.m. on Day 1. Each retreat concludes with lunch at noon on Day 3.
Eligible participants:
Those with positions of organizational responsibility (C-suite, vice presidents, directors) who desire to tap their personal and organizational potential and naturally find deep value in employee growth, retention, satisfaction, and creativity.
Group size:
15-20 people

Program Fees for Trusted Leaders

The following fees cover tuition for the Trusted Leaders retreat series, which includes two retreats and individual coaching sessions.

Tuition:
$5400 US per person.

Lodging & Meals:
Cost of lodging and meals are the responsibility of participants. Special rates for Authentic and Contemporary rooms at Le Monastère are sent upon program enrollment.

Arrival at Le Monastère:
Participants should plan on arriving on the evening of April 28 for the first retreat. The retreat will begin at 9 am on April 29 and will end with lunch on May 1.

Travel:
Costs of travel are the participants’ responsibility.

Additional Nights:
If participants need an additional night after the retreat, it is the responsibility of the participant to secure accommodation.

Venue for Trusted Leaders

A haven of peace in the heart of the city, Le Monastère des Augustines is part of the historic Hotel-Dieu de Québec monastery, one of the most important classified heritage sites within Old Québec—itself a world heritage site. Respectfully restored, the original buildings blend harmoniously with the new construction's contemporary architecture.

A member of Healing Hotels of the World, Le Monastère is the site of the first hospital in America north of Mexico. It has been devoted to healing, learning, silence and spirituality for nearly 400 years. The facility is secular and was conceived and developed with a sustainable approach and was given by the Augustinian sisters as a legacy through an innovative business model. Le Monastère features a hotel with 32 boutique-style modern rooms, restored from former nun's cells; organic, local food; a beautiful retreat hall, a spa, a museum; and a boutique showcasing local artisanal products.

Proceeds earned by the facility are reinvested to give respite to those who take care of others, including professionals from the healthcare and social service system, volunteers and family caregivers.

Address:
77, rue des Remparts, Québec (Québec) G1R 0C3 Canada

Phone:
844-694-1639

Website:
monastere.ca/en

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Program Fees for Trusted Spaces

The following fees cover the entire program, including both retreats.

Tuition:
$5400 per person. Because of the nature of this program, participants are encouraged to bring colleagues. Price for 3 members of the same team is $5200 per person.

Lodging & Meals:
Thanks to our partnership with the Fetzer Institute, they have generously covered the costs for all lodging, meals, and Kalamazoo airport pick up/return transportation services.

Arrival at Seasons:
Participants should plan on arriving at the Fetzer Institute the evening of February 10 for the first retreat. The retreat will begin at 9 am on February 11 and end with lunch on February 13.

Travel:
Costs of travel are the participants’ responsibility.

Additional Nights:
If participants need an additional night after the retreat, it is the responsibility of the participant to secure a room off-site; rooms at the Fetzer Institute will not be available.

Venue for Trusted Leaders

A haven of peace in the heart of the city, Le Monastère des Augustines is part of the historic Hotel-Dieu de Québec monastery, one of the most important classified heritage sites within Old Québec—itself a world heritage site. Respectfully restored, the original buildings blend harmoniously with the new construction's contemporary architecture.

A member of Healing Hotels of the World, Le Monastère is the site of the first hospital in America north of Mexico. It has been devoted to healing, learning, silence and spirituality for nearly 400 years. The facility is secular and was conceived and developed with a sustainable approach and was given by the Augustinian sisters as a legacy through an innovative business model. Le Monastère features a hotel with 32 boutique-style modern rooms, restored from former nun's cells; organic, local food; a beautiful retreat hall, a spa, a museum; and a boutique showcasing local artisanal products.

Proceeds earned by the facility are reinvested to give respite to those who take care of others, including professionals from the healthcare and social service system, volunteers and family caregivers.

Address:
77, rue des Remparts, Québec (Québec) G1R 0C3 Canada

Phone:
844-694-1639

Website:
monastere.ca/en

Le Monastere des AugustinesLe Monastere des Augustines

Program Fees for Trusted Spaces

The following fees cover the entire program, including both retreats.

Tuition:
$5400 per person. Because of the nature of this program, participants are encouraged to bring colleagues. Price for 3 members of the same team is $5200 per person.

Lodging & Meals:
Thanks to our partnership with the Fetzer Institute, they have generously covered the costs for all lodging, meals, and Kalamazoo airport pick up/return transportation services.

Arrival at Seasons:
Participants should plan on arriving at the Fetzer Institute the evening of February 10 for the first retreat. The retreat will begin at 9 am on February 11 and end with lunch on February 13.

Travel:
Costs of travel are the participants’ responsibility.

Additional Nights:
If participants need an additional night after the retreat, it is the responsibility of the participant to secure a room off-site; rooms at the Fetzer Institute will not be available.

Venue for Trusted Spaces

Events at Seasons, the Fetzer Institute's meeting facility, are convened in partnership with nonprofits, public agencies, universities, and other foundations and are by invitation only. These gatherings reflect the programmatic priorities of the Institute and are consistent with its mission and values.

Seasons is a meeting facility where guests come together in dialogue to identify strategies, create solutions, and develop community. Architecturally designed as a place for retreat and renewal as well as a space for community and conversation, the facility offers many opportunities for inward reflection and outward engagement.

Seasons includes a meeting house, 24 individual lodging units, a group dining room, a shared living room and other informal gathering spaces. The structures that comprise Seasons were designed with materials from the Great Lakes basin and with as little impact on the surrounding woods as possible.

Address:
9292 West KL Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Phone:
269-375-2000

Website:
fetzer.org

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