Dialogic Methods: Resources for Strengthening Community

Dialogue is a mindfulness/awareness practice of mutual deep listening and exchange that unfolds through conversation to reveal collective insight. It allows participants to examine how thought can construct reality and also may create separation between self and other, themes central to the Shambhala teachings. Dialogue is especially helpful when there are strong differences of opinion, high emotional energy, and uncertainty or ambiguity about the future.

A Shambhala Introduction to Dialogue

Dialogue as Collective Skillful Means

Bringing the process to the path

For further training, consultation, or information on dialogic methods, you may contact the following specialists (available for free online consultation; limited availability for in-person workshops; fees and expenses negotiable):

dian marie hosking (Europe): dianmarie@mac.com

David Rome (North America): hastyrome@gmail.com

Are you experienced in dialogic methods and willing to offer your expertise to the community? Please contact us so we can learn more about you and explore how you might be able to help. In your message, please include a brief overview of your experience, geographical region, general availability, usual fees (if any), and contact information. Thank you!

Body Movement for Zoom Meetings

Loosen up and bring joy to your Zoom meetings with Dr. Dean Nelson’s simple set of body movements. We discovered that expressing ourselves through movement really helped in getting to know each other, relaxing, and building trust. For those of us training in Theory U, its transformational framework uses movement as a core methodology in the “Presencing” phase of tapping into collective wisdom. Dean’s body movements also function as a gentle and playful introduction to the embodied aspects of presencing.

Video: Body Movement for Zoom Meetings


Social Presencing Exercises for Community Meetings

Liz Korabek-Emerson is trained in Social Presencing and is offering the attached Theory U-related exercises that she has used for her Brunswick, Maine sangha. Liz is happy to consult with you if you would like to explore them – clicking on her name below will connect you via email. In Liz’s own words:

“I created these exercises from listening to what I heard from sangha members and leaning into what I sensed could help, drawing on my experience with dharma art, social presencing and embodied leadership. While they were specific to the gatherings for which they were created, I share them with the hope that they can serve as a model of how to apply our embodied practices to our community life and inspire others to create what is needed for their own sangha. In my view the sangha has become the primary teacher for our time. And it is a good one.”   Contact:  Liz Korabek-Emerson

SPT Exercises for Community Meetings