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Discernment: Deepening Your Capacity for Decision-Making

  • Still Harbor 666 Dorchester Ave Boston, MA, 02127 United States (map)

How can ancient traditions of discernment bring depth and a sense of unhurried presence into the midst of contemporary life? How can individuals, teams, and organizations appropriate discernment practices for daily life? How can corporate discernment be practiced in the midst of an individualistic culture?

There is a rich history of discernment processes and practices that come from the Quaker tradition. Join Margaret Benefiel, PhD as she expertly guides you through learning and practice of both individual and collective discernment processes from the Quaker tradition and offers you valuable insight and advice on bringing such processes into your life, work, and leadership. This will be an experiential workshop, in which participants’ own decision-making experiences will serve as the basis for reflection and discernment.

We offer this program on a sliding scale of $50-$150:
    •    Help cover our material and food costs: $50.
    •    Help cover all of our costs: $100.
    •    Cover the cost of the workshop and help another participant: $150
A limited number of full scholarships are available. Please contact for information.

Lunch included.

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Facilitator Bio


Margaret Benefiel, Ph.D., Executive Officer of Executive Soul, LLC, offers consulting, coaching, and spiritual direction for leaders and organizations. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Andover Newton Theological School in Boston and a visiting lecturer at All Hallows College in Dublin, Ireland. For the 2003–2004 academic year, she held the O'Donnell Chair of Spirituality at the Milltown Institute in Dublin.

Dr. Benefiel has served as Chair of the Academy of Management's Management, Spirituality, and Religion Group and has also served in various leadership roles in Spiritual Directors International. Over 1,000 executives, managers, and other leaders have participated in her seminars and courses.

She is the author of Soul at Work (Seabury, 2005) and The Soul of a Leader (Crossroad, 2008), and co-editor of The Soul of Supervision (Morehouse, 2010). Dr. Benefiel has also written for Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, The Leadership Quarterly, Management Communication Quarterly, Managerial Finance, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Organization, Personal Excellence, America, Presence, The Way, Studies in Spirituality, Radical Grace, and Faith at Work.

She is a member of Beacon Hill Friends Meeting in Boston and lives in Boston with her husband. She enjoys hiking, cycling, reading novels, and scuba diving in her free time.

Earlier Event: February 24
February Community Night
Later Event: March 5
Spiritual Directors Group