Environmental Leadership for Resilient Organizations: Theories and Tools for Change — Hosted by SFU Faculty of Environment

November 24 & 25, 2016; 9:00am – 4:30pm
Wosk Centre for Dialogue – Room 470
580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory


What do we need to understand about ourselves and others to cultivate resilient organizations, capable of responding to today’s ecological realities? What are the tools and resources needed to lead meaningful change processes?

Using a foundation of current and emerging research into the psychological dimensions of environmental leadership and engagement, this course provides conceptual frameworks, practical tools and real-world examples that enable participants to:

Identify systemic and psychological barriers to change.
Craft effective messages and engagement tactics.
Convene conversations and collaborate across differences.
Learn from practitioners and inspiring case studies
Cultivate the personal capacities needed to be responsive and effective pro-environmental leaders.

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From the Archives…

Curious about what I’ve offered in the past? Check out the list below.

Vision Board Workshops for Women
Bring your powerful, heart-centered New Year’s intentions to life!

Why work with vision boards?
“Through the vision board process, I was able to uncover forgotten values and motivations. I came away feeling a renewed sense of inspiration and passion to pursue a truly meaningful personal path.”

“Olive is incredibly skilled at creating the types of spaces that nurture creativity and renewal. I left feeling more deeply on fire about my part in our collective work for a better world.”

Each workshop involves: 
a short, guided meditation, gentle recommendations for approaching the visioning collage process, as well as opportunities for personal and group reflection.

Dates & Times:
Saturday, January 12 — Due to the high level of interest, I’m organizing a third session in the afternoon. Contact me if you’re interested!

Sunday, January 13  3:00pm – 6:00pm (THIS WORKSHOPS IS FULL!)

Tuesday, January 15 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Workshops are held at my home in East Vancouver, near Victoria Drive and East Georgia. Details will be sent to those who register!

Cost: $35 – $45 sliding scale

Sessions Include:
  • All materials needed for collage-making
  • Wholesome baking and cups of herbal tea
  • A maximum of 8 participants
  • Options for a follow up vision board implementation/discovery coaching session
Follow up coaching sessions at a special rate!
Dig deeper into the meaning of your vision board, turn your intention into actions and dance with the other wisdom that shows up! Select this option, when you register, to receive the special package rate.


Renew, Re-energize and Reconnect to Life
with Olive Dempsey and Jackie Larkin
Royal Roads, Victoria, BC
Jan 19 & 20, 2013

“The workshop changed my life, inspired me, filled me and
pushed me where I needed to go.”

Engage heart, mind and spirit in the task of deepening and repairing our connections to ourselves, our human community and all planetary life.

Within a safe and transformative group process, open to your place within nature, and share witness to a full range of feelings about the challenges facing our troubled world.

Through dialogue, ritual, and contemplation, experienced facilitators invite you to speak your truths and find creativity for bringing your gifts into the service of life.

The Work That Reconnects is a pioneering form of group work developed by eco-philosopher Joanna Macy. It has helped many thousands around the globe find insight, solidarity, and courage to act.

Register through Royal Roads Continuing Education
Cost: $185.
For more information or scholarship inquiries:
Jackie Larkin, jlarkin(at) or Olive Dempsey olive(at)


The Heart of Sustainability: Deepening Our Commitment to a Sustainable World (New)

Feb. 16 – Mar. 15, 2012
UBC Continuing Studies

What drives and sustains our own pursuit of sustainability?

… In this searching and reflective course, we consider deeper values, principles and connections with nature and each other that inspire us to seek change. This course provides an opportunity to connect deeply with your motivations for creating a better world while empowering you to engage in meaningful conversations in your personal and professional life. Guest speakers, readings, case studies, experiential exercises and reflective practices provide the tools and techniques you can use to nourish and strengthen your ability to make a difference in your community and workplace.

Register here


Movement for Growth and Change: Step it UP!
Feb. 27 – Apr. 17, 2011
Yoga on 7th, Vancouver, BC

What if you could activate your full capacity in the world, build your self awareness , connect with your community … AND learn to dance at the same time? You can!

Explore this unique mix of mindful awareness practices, experiential and latin dance inspired learning for personal and social transformation. More…

Reconnecting to Life
Oct. 30 – 31, 2010
Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC

An experiential workshop, based in the work of Joanna Macy, Reconnecting to Life is a powerful tool for deepening our connections to ourselves, our human community and our planet.

The Work that Reconnects includes contemplation, dialogue, ritual, and more to helps us navigate the painful ecological, social and economic injustices of our times.  More…

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