A Meeting of the Genders
February 1-3, 2019
For the past three years, WisdomWomen has held property-wide female-only Visionary Gatherings at Esalen. This year, for the first time, we invite men to join us for a deep dive into the unknown.
WisdomWomen has been cultivating and experimenting with innovative ways of being in community that are of service to a new world vision. Up until now, we have been incubating in a container of feminine wisdom. We are ready to integrate masculine energy into our process.
We will invite men to hold space for the feminine, and for them to be held by it — while we ask women to lead us towards the next evolutionary stage of collaboration. Through an emergent process of discovery we will experiment with ways to harness our collective wisdom.
We will meet both in co-ed groups, and separately as men and women. Through rituals, movement practices, and themed group explorations, we will engage the paradigms and archetypes that have long withheld our true selves, and our world, from blossoming into fullness.
Questions the men will explore:
- What is men’s role in bringing forward the feminine principle? What is the feminine principle?
- How can men champion and stand behind and alongside women in their leadership and visioning capacities?
- What is the work that men need to do together and within themselves at this time to show up in their fullness?
Questions the women will explore:
- How can we trust our feminine wisdom to guide the container while staying strong within ourselves and with one another?
- How do we become whole within ourselves so that we can collaborate across the gender spectrum without placing blame on men or giving over our power to them?
- How can we deepen in sisterhood to support each other in bringing forward our visions and ideas in co-creative and emergent ways?
Visionary Gatherings are a gateway experience for continued radical co-creation as a community. Through our year-round virtual and in-person gatherings and platforms, we will nurture the possibilities we birth together.
WisdomWomen invites participants into this gathering through an application process to ensure a diverse and co-creative experience. Your application will be reviewed within 14 days of submission. Once you have been accepted, you will receive confirmation and the code for registration.
Girls & Young Women
We invite girls ages 7+ to attend with their mothers, so they can contribute their wisdom to the vision of our future world through this forum. Girls under 15 can receive a reduced price for admission. Mention in your application if you plan to bring your daughter to receive additional information. The deadline to register youth is January 5th.
Esalen is a place of pilgrimage, grounded in a wildly alive environment—the spectacular, unparalleled, convergence of mountains and water that is the Big Sur coastline. Learn more about Esalen, accommodations and pricing information here. View photos of the grounds and last year’s gathering here.
The role of conveners is to ensure every participant is a co-author of the experience.
Michelle Stransky, Founder of WisdomWomen, believes that it is time for women to bring their deep wisdom forward into co-creating the life-affirming world we know is possible. Michelle was the conference director at Wisdom 2.0, where she played an intimate role in birthing an international movement around the intersections of wisdom, business and technology. A former management consultant and executive coach, she is now committed to using her gifts and skills to bring the vision of a new paradigm into form. Michelle is a convener, producer and collaborator. One of her greatest joys is in being a connector and so it is a great honor for her to be a weaver of the WisdomWomen web.
Tom Callanan is a philanthropic advisor, trainer for Search Inside Yourself, and founder of Wisdom Funders’ Network. He recently founded a program for men called “Cocktales: Stories From the Masculine Edge.” He is a co-author of ‘The Power of Collective Wisdom’. Tom creates group experiences that tap into a collective field and way of knowing that catalyzes profound personal insight, healing and transformation. He is a counselor in private practice in Santa Cruz, CA. More about Tom.