Arawana Hayashi brings her extensive background in the performing arts and in contemplative practice into leadership training in the arena of organizational and social change.
Arawana began studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism with the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa in 1974 and has been named an acharya (senior teacher) in the Shambhala Buddhist organization by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She was Teacher in Residence at Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont and remains on the teaching staff of the Mukpo Institute, a residential study and practice program at Karme Choling. She teaches courses on Buddhism, Shambhala Art and Shambhala Training, a secular meditation program for developing the human potential for awakened confidence. http://www.shambhala.org
Arawana is a co-founder of the Presencing Institute where she teaches the Presencing Foundation course with Otto Scharmer and Beth Jandernoa. She is also developing the Social Presencing Theater wing of the Presencing Institute.
Since 2000 she has been on the Creative Process faculty of ALIA’s Shambhala Institute for Authentic Leadership in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has presented programs with Peter Senge, Peter Block, Bill Joiner, Julio Olalla, Mark Gerzon and Michael Jones She is on the faculty of the Certificate Program in Authentic Leadership at Naropa University in Boulder, CO.
Arawana’s workshop in creative process, The Art of Making a True Move, has been presented in educational institutions, meditation centers, and organizational settings in the U.S. and Canada. In this workshop Ms. Hayashi invites individuals and groups to discover their natural creativity as she guides them through a gentle, non-judgmental process of paying attention to their own physicality and to their environment.