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Freeing the Soul of Leadership
Mary Waskowiak, RSM
and Alfred DePew, MA


July 7-9, 2017
Begins Friday at 4:00 pm
Ends Sunday at 1:00 pm


$495 overnight / $400 commuter
Registration Deadline: June 23, 2017

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.

Because coaching conversations often bring a leader back to her/his reflective or spiritual practice, it helps to broaden the scope and vocabulary of coaching to include contemplative states of listening, being, and discernment. This Coaching Intensive will probe the overlap of coaching and spiritual direction, two unique doorways to the Soul that sometimes open to common sacred ground. Seasoned as well as new coaches will gain new insights, tools, and skills from the Western contemplative tradition, which they can bring to contemporary coaching.



Mary Waskowiak, RSM is a Sister of Mercy and the Director of Spirituality and Leadership Services at Mercy Center, Burlingame CA.  Mary’s background includes teaching, spiritual direction, supervision, leadership development, facilitation and coaching. 

Mary served 16 years in elected leadership for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, including three years in the presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).  She has facilitated and given workshops in the U.S. and 12 countries worldwide


Alfred DePew, MA is a Professional Certified Coach and serves on the faculty of the Center for Right Relationship, which trains OD and HR professionals, managers, clergy, directors of non-profits, family therapists, and community organizers in relationship systems coaching.

He is a graduate of the Center Quest School of Spiritual Direction and maintains a private practice in facilitation, leadership development, professional supervision, dream work, and spiritual direction in Vancouver, BC.



Video: SDI Learns from... Alfred DePew and Sr. Mary Waskowiak



Video: Leadership is not a style; it's a way of being



Visit Alfred DePew's website for information, articles and links to his blogs and published books.



Overnight registration includes:

  •  Single bedrooms; dormitory-style bathrooms; kitchenette on each floor
  •  Locally-sourced fresh produce, soups, salad, vegetarian and meat entrees
  •  Guests are welcome to bring foods to supplement our meal service
  •  We cannot provide all-vegan or special dietary menus


Please read all of the following information:

  •  We accept MasterCard and Visa, USA and Canada only
  •  Please select either Overnight or Commuter registration
  •  Mercy Sisters and Associates select the RSM-BurlAssoc rate
  •  An account is optional—credit card data is not stored

Or call (650) 340-7454 for further information.



Please read our cancellation and refund policy.