Clearing the Lens: The Practice of Personal Leadership | Namchak


9:30 am

Clearing the Lens: The Practice of Personal Leadership

Berkeley, CA

The Namchak Foundation is pleased to offer this workshop in partnership with our friends at the Academy for the Love of Learning®. The Academy is focused on re-imagining and enlivening a shared understanding of learning as Engaged Awareness in Action (SM). We are especially excited about the way the Academy’s work highlights and enriches community, known as “Sangha” in Tibetan Buddhist practice.

We invite you to join us in exploring the ways we can cultivate awareness within ourselves and grow as we engage with those around us, ultimately living happier and more meaningful lives.

The workshop will be led by Aaron Stern, president and founder of the Academy, and Marianne Murray, a member of the core faculty at the Academy. They will be joined by the Namchak Foundation’s founder Lama Tsomo who will share Tibetan Buddhist meditation practices during the workshop.

What you will experience in this workshop:

  • Contemplative practices for individual and group learning.

  • Awareness of unconscious patterns of thought and behavior, exploring how changing these patterns can reveal the possiblity of greater choice.

  • Creative forms for personal and shared reflection.

  • Insight into personal approaches and beliefs about the roles of leading, teaching and supporting.

Event Details

June 7 | 9:30am – 6pm

June 8 | 9:30am – 4:30pm; evening session from 6pm - 8pm 

June 9 | 9:30am - 12pm


International House

2299 Piedmont Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94720

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$185 general admission

$100 for first time students

$100 for students and seniors 65+

Our intention is to make this workshop accessible to all. If the program costs present a financial barrier, please contact Stipends to help offset the cost of childcare are also available.


About the Teachers

Aaron Stern, president and founder of the Academy for the Love of Learning®, is a musician, teacher, and internationally recognized consultant on learning. As the Academy’s creative and educational leader, Stern designs and directs the Academy’s core curriculum and faculty, guides program development, and offers select trainings. Stern works throughout the United States and other parts of the world, and serves as a member of the Board and Fellow of the Mind & Life Institute, co-founded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Marianne Murray is a member of the core faculty at the Academy for the Love of Learning® and has been involved with the development of the core curriculum. She has a PhD in Transformative Learning from California Institute of Integral Studies, as well as MAs in Transpersonal Psychology and Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy.

Lama Tsomo is an American lama, author, and co-founder of the Namchak Foundation and Namchak Retreat Ranch. Under the tutelage of Tulku Sangak Rinpoche, international holder of the Namchak lineage, Lama Tsomo has held spiritual retreats in the U.S. and abroad. Today, she is dedicated to sharing the teachings of the Namchak lineage with Western students, bringing greater happiness and meaning to life through meditation practice and community.

About the Academy for the Love of Learning®

The Academy for the Love of Learning’s mission involves re-imagining and enlivening a shared understanding of learning as engaged awareness, or Awareness in Action – a life practice that is fundamental and essential to the well-being of people of all ages, and to our collective future. We are motivated by the simple powers of innate curiosity and the natural human urge to learn, transform and know. At the Academy, we design, facilitate, and test learning methodologies

and practices, and create transformational learning opportunities for a diverse range of people and contexts, ranging from public schools to senior care communities, for-profit companies to contemplative organizations and artist collectives.