Reflection, Connection, and Mindfulness


Most meetings are so crammed that little attention is given to reflecting: on our work, relationships, hopes, or deepest purposes. A growing body of evidence tells us that reflective practices in meetings can greatly improve group communication and effectiveness.

Especially when time is precious, so, in fact, is reflection; effective practice can provide interruptions to dysfunctional communication patterns, enhance clarity, and foster new connections between people and ideas - in any meeting situation. In situations of decision-making, reflection allows a group to tap into its deepest purposes, avoid groupthink, limit mistakes, get creative, and maximize impact. This workshop offers a wide variety of techniques that will allow you to make even a crammed meeting feel spacious and connected.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the neurobiology of reflection and the deep purposes of reflection for work in groups.
  • Learn how to lead activities that support connection to self and others in service of a shared purpose.
  • Gather a wide variety of techniques that will allow you to make even a crammed meeting feel spacious and connected.
  • Use reflective and artistic exercises that tap into a group’s creative resource.


As a result of this workshop, you will be equipped to:

  • Connect a group more deeply to the purpose of their meetings, to themselves, and to their creative capacity.
  • Tap into the more creative, more intuitive parts of one’s intelligences.
  • Lead reflective exercises before, during, and after a meeting to help build creativity, eagerness to listen, and empathy.Avoid groupthink, impulse towards conflict, and distractedness in a group setting.
  • Equip groups to make decisions more collaboratively, thoughtfully, and for maximal impact.

Who might participate:

  • Nonprofit leaders looking to inspire creativity as they guide their organizations through a process of planning or transition
  • Executives facilitating meetings that are crammed full of agenda items, reports, and interruptions
  • Family therapists wanting to avoid reactionary outbursts and aggressive behavior from their clients during sessions
  • Resident assistants and directors developing new tools to enhance their programming and help them deal with resident conflicts 

For more information, reach out to or 617-923-1216 ext. 10.

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Reflection, Preparation and Purpose, Interpersonal Skills, Small Group Exercises, Neuropsychology Research


Opened me up to a new way of thinking and a new way of opening up conversation.