Over the past 12 years, through over twenty-four programs delivered on three continents, GTC has developed into one of the most powerful, awakening, and mature learning journeys available today. GTC graduates are extraordinary professionals of all ages, from diverse backgrounds and from many parts of the world. They share a common desire.... to transform themselves, their organizations, communities and our human consciousness, motivated by a vision of a more beautiful, equitable and sustainable future for all.
When you join one of our programs, you will meet other individuals who are awakening to new versions of self, relationship, systems, conception, innovation and the spirit of love for the whole. You will complete GTC with more awareness, aliveness, and vision for your own role in bringing about positive evolution for planetary life. And you will leave with the practical knowledge, skills and a community of support, to help make your vision a reality.
Hear what GTC students and faculty have to say in this short video:
Community of Practice
Join with a deep and intimate community of practice, diverse like minded people who support, evolve and create together.
Dive into a profound journey of personal transformation to a greater vision, compassion, freedom, and engagement.
Theory and Practice
Learn ground-breaking theories and practices of individual and collective transformative change.
Incubator of What’s Next
Engage in the emergence of what is next for you in your life, leadership and creativity. Discover, experiment, and enact your future.
Learn the dynamics of collective awakening and evolution, as your cohort engages in an intimate proces of self-awareness and action.
Embodiment and Application
Become more fully embodied with deep awareness and wisdom and learn to bring these depths in your work in the world.
GTC (Generating Transformative Change) has received worldwide acclaim from both graduates and leadership professionals for its unique combination of concepts and practices. Our faculty bring decades of experience in education, psychology, business, leadership and adult development. Participants range in age from their 20's to 60's and attend from all over the world, exchanging ideas, learning from experience and sharing deep commonalities and wisdom.
According to research measures, most graduates leave our program leading, being, embodying and acting on average from one to two later stages of development than when they started. These later stages combine steady mindfulness of inner states, natural ability to see from multiple perspectives, altruism, new levels of creativity, and greater authenticity. These new ways of thinking and seeing allow participants to move through their personal and professional lives with fresh eyes and greater ease, while remaining in integrity with what is kind, just and true.
The GTC curriculum incorporates a many-faceted approach to learning, including leading cognitive theory, experiential learning and supported experiments in new ways of being and affecting transformation. The curriculum is designed with awareness of the ‘interior’ dimensions, including intention, worldview, purpose, vision, values, and cultural norms. The curriculum also addresses ‘exterior’ or visible dimensions, such as behaviors, organizational structures, systems, and processes.
What’s Possible for You in GTC:
Natural release into a larger sense of your Self and your capacities
Experience in leading powerful processes for transforming collective consciousness
Improved skill in conflict resolution, coaching and change management through an understanding of the leading researched-based framework on adult levels of development and evolution
Greater personal presence expressed in life and work
Transforming deeply held worldviews, assumptions, values, and long-standing habits
Deeper, more authentic, and powerful communication, personally and professionally
Greater ability to collaborate and develop connections and community
Increased capacity to understand and shift perspectives, improving your ability to influence others towards positive change
Greater trust in internal wisdom and guidance for decision-making and problem-solving
Increased creativity and innovative thinking in life and work
Access to a global collaborative community of transformative leaders
What Experts Say about GTC
I’ve met a lot of your graduates and know folks that are in your programs and they report not only transformation in an abstract sense but they have new abilities, they can interact with people differently, they have a different orientation and experience of themselves and their role in the world in terms of finding that inspiration that comes from source when you’re open to [what] some people call the enlightened state, but it’s really just recognizing who you are and being open to the guidance that comes from what we call source or spirit.
The core teachers at GTC, are among the most skilled, mindful and dedicated teachers that I know. Their program has profound implications for training a cadre of people who are integrally informed, deeply aware of themselves, culturally attuned, and committed to transformational action in the world. The program is geared towards professional adults and provides an optimal collaborative learning environment. Moreover, GTC regularly invites top-tier guest faculty to their program. I highly recommend GTC to any professionals who wish to expand their horizons and learn in a supportive and intellectually challenging environment.
Cook-Greuter & Associates
In my global survey of generative change agent development programs, I have found so far very few programs that address as thoroughly and effectively the development needs of change agents as GTC does. I am particularly impressed by the attention given to the participants' selection process to ensure that the program is a good fit for them at this time in their life, and by the way a number of leading-edge integral approaches are woven together to make them relevant for each individual. The international and sectorial mix of the participants as well as faculty's willingness to evolve the design over time are also factors that account for the high quality of this action-learning experience.
Core Leadership Development
GTC is an innovative, multifaceted approach to individual and collective expansion and transformation. It consists of a 9-month intensive development program, including four residential retreats. As you progress through the program, you take on greater leadership and responsibility for the process. Each cohort has a maximum of 16 members, and meets in retreat four times over the course of the program.
Self-inquiry: Deep questions, facilitated throughout the program, designed to reveal the structure of our experience and our internal wisdom.
Community of practice: Dialog and exploration of experience between participants that deepens the understanding and application of the learning.
Reflection and coaching: Use of powerful questions and reflective inquiry by facilitators helps participants to examine their structure of interpretation, allowing a more consistent positive impact and improved communications and strategy.
Cognitive study: Gain knowledge and practice in theories and research of Wilber, Torbert, Kegan, Cook-Greuter, Senge, Scharmer, Robertson, O’Fallon and others. Learn proven leading edge approaches for powerfully intervening in complex systems
Action Learning Projects: Advance yourself in your particular area of interest through actual experiments in between retreats.
Your learning begins before the first intensive with reading on some of the basic conceptual underpinnings of the program. At this time you also will take the STAGES Assessment to help you assess your current stage in development.
Between the four intensive retreats, you will be assigned reading and you will develop specific action research experiments related to your personal and leadership area of interests. You will discuss concepts and receive support from your cohort on-line. You'll meet with other members of your cohort for peer coaching and collaboration on collective leadership experiments. You will also write a short paper to bring your individual learning back to one another in the cohort, thus maximizing the collective intelligence, expertise and experience.The learning is comprised of conceptual and experiential content, and is grounded in applicability.
After completion of the leadership intensive, you will become part of the ongoing GTC graduate community, which is a vibrant community of leaders and practitioners worldwide, and your cohort may elect to continue to practice and work together. Many past cohorts have designed follow on retreats and projects and have stayed in touch for years. In addition to self-created and organized inter and intra cohort projects, graduates may participate in community events in person or on-line. As a graduate you will be eligible to join advanced graduate programs, can re-take GTC at a reduced tuition rate, and you may apply to be an alumni mentor for another cohort. Mentors both retake the program and support new participants.
GTC retreats will take place at the Whidbey Institute, a retreat center on Whidbey Island, a short ferry ride from Mulkiteo, WA, an hour from Seattle/Tacoma International Airport. The Whidbey Institute is "a home for ongoing inquiry, learning, and transformation in response to the unprecedented challenges of our time—environmental, technological, social, moral, spiritual—and the call for a human response commensurate with our responsibility." It based on over a 100 acres of beautiful forested wildlife refuge and has a storied and deep history of transformative work.
Meet the Faculty for GTC North America
Abigail Lynam PhD has twenty years of experience in transformative learning and leadership development in higher education. Her doctorate is in adult development and social and ecological change leadership development. Abigail taught in a variety of contexts including graduate and undergraduate programs, online and intensive experiential programs, and internationally in India, Ethiopia, Hong Kong and Mexico.
Thomas McConkie is an author, public speaker, and active voice in the conversation on the role of religion in the 21st century. He has been practicing mindfulness and other styles of meditation for almost 20 years and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Geoff Fitch MA is a founding partner of Pacific Integral. Geoff is a coach, trainer, and facilitator of transformative growth in individuals and organizations. He has been studying and practicing diverse approaches to cultivating higher human potentials for twenty years, He also has twenty years experience in leadership in business.
Terri O'Fallon PhD is a specialist in transformative learning and change in human systems and in distance learning. Terri has over 25 years of experience working with many different kinds of human systems, including business, community, educational and political. Her specialty is the design and implementation of the core developmental trajectory and span of human systems.
Please note attendance at all four retreats is required for participation. All sessions begin at 9:30 am on the first day and end on 1:30 pm the last day. Retreat programs are intensive, with required evening activities. Please plan on being at the retreat center and free to participate for the entire retreat.
Time commitment apart from the retreats: Please allow for up to 4 hours per week for program related time including reading, contributing to the online learning space and participating in individual and group activities.
Your tuition will be based on availability of discounted seats and/or the time your application is received. (See below for what is required to hold a tuition rate.)
$7,200 – one of the first 7 seats - register now and complete your application in three weeks to reserve
$7,700 – before Sept 15
$8,000 – until registration closes
$9,000 – discounts available for 2 or more individuals
GTC Graduate rate
$4,500 - limited availability
Young Leader rate
$4,500 - one seat per cohort, preference given to leaders under 30 years old.
Payment plans available. See application for details.
All materials and instruction
High faculty/participant ratio with maximum 16 participants per cohort
Individual and cohort inter-session activities and online engagement
One coaching session between each retreat with a member of the faculty
STAGES developmental assessment, a highly reliable and effective measure of leadership and personal development, a value of $400. STAGES debriefing offered during the first intersession coaching session, a value of $250.
Tuition does not include airfare or other travel costs, accommodations or meals for each of the four program retreats. Room and meals costs vary based on housing selection, and generally range between $350 - $650 per session.
Consider having your organization sponsor your participation. GTC is accepted by many organizations as an external training program. We can work with your organization to fulfill any review and approval requirements. Start by downloading the business-friendly executive summary.
All four retreats will be held at the beautiful Whidbey Institute retreat center on Whidbey Island, a short ferry ride from Mulkiteo, WA, an hour from Seattle/Tacoma International Airport. Your stay at the Whidbey Institute provides you with everything you need, including semi-private accommodations, delicious local organic meals and snacks, and use of the retreat facility grounds including sanctuary, labyrinth, hiking trails and gardens.
Reserve your place & start your Application
Get started on your application today to reserve your seat and price in the upcoming program. Enrollment will be limited to no more than 16 participants per cohort. Here's what to expect during the application process:
Reserve your place by clicking on the button above that will lead you to our registration site. You will be asked to provide your contact information and non-refundable $75 registration fee that will hold your place in the cohort at the lowest available rate. (10 minutes)
Complete your application. In order to keep your tuition at the currently available rate, you will need to complete your application within two weeks. After you reserve your place, you will have the opportunity to review and accept application details and agreements, then download and complete your personal statement of intent in order to complete your application. (1 - 2 hours.)
Have your application interview. After receiving your application, a member of faculty will contact you to schedule a collaborative application interview. This is to answer your questions, for faculty to get to know you and to determine if the fit is mutually beneficial. (1 hour.)
Finalize your registration. Upon acceptance of your application: A $425 deposit (non-refundable non-transferable) is required within 1 week of acceptance to keep the tuition rate. At this time you will also choose and set up your payment plan. After that you will receive a welcome email, an invitation to take the STAGES Assessment, and pre-program materials.
Please let us know how we can support your exploration of what is next for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much time will this demand of me between sessions?
This simple answer is that you can plan up to 4 hours per week. The inter-session period is a time to apply the learning through practice, daily inquiry, and field projects. You will have additional learning, through reading and online study, online community connections, coaching conversations, and cohort conference calls.
A critical success factor for the inter-sessions is to connect the learning to your present life and work challenges and opportunities. The more you can connect the learning to what you are doing outside the program, the easier and more supportive the program will be.
I am already in or considering a graduate program. Is this compatible?
Participants often consider GTC when they are in or considering a graduate program. We have had participants in the program while they are completing Masters or Ph.D. programs. Often the draw to GTC is a desire to complement a more academic program with something that involves more applied, embodied learning. GTC is quite compatible and complementary to graduate academic programs.
What if I don't consider myself a leader?
While we often use the word, 'Leadership' to describe the GTC program, doing so is not without its perils. Leadership is a word that means different things to different people and can touch on personal experiences that are not always positive. Needless to say, a review of the meaning of leadership exposes a rich territory that certainly includes people who make an impact who don't consider themselves to be a leader, but who in the eyes of others have exercised great leadership. We invite you to consider your own impulse to make a difference and to express yourself as an impulse towards your own personal kind of leadership and to view your feelings about the word as an opportunity for reflection.
Is this a personal or professional development program?
It is both. We believe that our personal development and professional development are inseparable. When invoking leadership, we are bringing all of who we are as people, which includes our inner capacities and character, as well as our understanding and skills we bring to our work in the world. Many participants attend GTC to further their professional work and have their employers sponsor their participation. At the same time, the program is deeply personal and participants should anticipate a greater level of intimacy and inner exploration than they find in a typical professional development program.
Where do participants come from?
Previous cohorts have included participants from: The United States, Canada, Ethiopia, Kosovo, Palestine, New Zealand, England, Mexico, Germany, Jamaica, Suriname, and South Africa.
More questions? Please email us and we will be happy to answer your questions.