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Apr 30 May 4 2018
Monday 30th Apr to Friday 4th May 2018

Leading with Grace & Resilience


Leading with Grace & Resilience is a programme for women business leaders, change makers, senior executives and social entrepreneurs, who are committed to bringing about a new paradigm of leadership.

This will involve leaving behind out-moded business models and integrating the qualities of what we call the ‘deep feminine’ with the ’deep masculine’ to create more humane corporate cultures and businesses that have a positive impact in the world. This whole person integral approach will support your nourishing in all areas of your life.


We know shifting beliefs, altering paradigms and adopting new behaviours requires an ongoing effort that is best supported by a structure to sustain the active practice. We have designed this programme in stages to give you the flexibility to participate in The Foundation programme as a stand-alone programme or continue on your development journey with coaching support and guidance, completing with the Consolidation stage.


Stage 01

The Foundation: 4-day residential programme

April 30th – May 4th 2018

Full Registration: £2,250 +VAT

Single room supplement: £250


Stage 02

Consolidation: Building momentum

June – November 2018



What the price includes: 

Stage 01

  • A welcome evening supper and opening circle
  • The 4-day programme in luxury accommodation in rural Somerset
  • Sumptuous and nutritious meals provided by the 42acres chefs
  • Morning exercise and guided meditation
  • Course materials and resources
  • A Leading with Grace and ResilienceTM course workbook
  • Your personal journal
  • (Massage – an optional extra available upon upon request)

Stage 02

  • 6 x 1-hour coaching sessions over the course of 6 months to support you in embedding and sustaining your learnings


Contact info / email for booking Practitioner(s): For programme registration or questions about the programme, please contact Elsie Bryant at elsie@theflourishinitiative.com


Practitioners: Karen DownesScilla Elworthy PHD

Karen Downes – Founder The Flourish Initiative

In her 30-year career Karen has built successful companies and supported civil society organisations to transform entrenched cultural norms, advised business leaders and led development programmes around the world. As a single mother, Karen co-founded and built an $8.5m alternative healthcare enterprise. A kitchen table top to global business success story, whose products and programmes touched the lives of thousands of women in five countries. She has authored 6 books selling over 1/2 million copies. In 1999 she was a finalist in the Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year Award.

As a social change agent Karen worked for years at grassroots level to end the subjugation and marginalisation of women in India and Bangladesh. In 2001 Karen moved to London and since worked as a consultant and led leadership development programmes in global corporations such as BHP Billiton, BP, Talisman and Unilever. She brings an unparalleled breadth of experience in bridging the diversity gap and confronting the issues we are dealing with in today’s world to transform the current ways of working in organisations and enterprise. She is the founder of the FLOURISH initiative, and co-founder of FemmeQ a global social impact movement. Karen is a serious road cyclist, a source of her resilience, inspiration and mastery in teaching others in how to breakthrough constraints and barriers to fufil their potential.





Scilla Elworthy PHD – Founder of the Oxford Research Group

Scilla is a three times Nobel Peace Prize nominee for her work as Founder of the Oxford Research Group to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics, work which included a series of meetings between Chinese, Russian and Western Nuclear scientists and military. She founded Peace Direct in 2002 to fund, promote and learn from local peace-builders in conflict areas.

Scilla was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2003 and was advisor to Peter Gabriel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson in setting up the Elders.

Scilla co-founded Rising Women Rising World in 2013 and FemmeQ in 2016 to establish the qualities of feminine intelligence for women and men as essential to use in building a safer world.

Her TED talk on nonviolence has been viewed by 1.1m people. Her most recent books Pioneering the Possible: Awakened leadership for a world that works and The Business Plan for Peace: Building a World Without War have received critical acclaim from experts in the field. She advises the leadership of selected international corporations as well and students and young entrepreneurs.

Scilla is a mother, stepmother and grandmother and loves messing about in her garden near Oxford in the UK