Power of Reconciliation 2011

Clinton, Washington
Friday, December 02, 2011

Power of Reconciliation Introductory Workshop
Healing & Transformation Between Women and Men

Whidbey Institute
December 2 - 4, 2011
Whidbey Island, Washington 

The Power of Reconciliation creates a rare forum for women and men to jointly confront gender injustice and unravel the insidious knots of cultural conditioning and oppression relating to gender and sexuality. In this unique context the ‘undiscussables’ of gender are confronted unflinchingly as participants plumb the depths of their experiences and move beyond habitual ways of relating to discover new forms of healing and authentic intimacy between the sexes.

Key to our methodology is the direct application of spiritual teachings and contemplative practices drawn from a rich spectrum of spiritual and religious traditions. This makes the work effective in a wide range of religions and cultures and it invokes a higher, universal wisdom that both empowers and protects the sometimes delicate and sometimes volatile healing process. The Power of Reconciliation model has proven effective not only in the United States and other affluent Western countries, but also in more challenging cultures where gender oppression is severe, such as India and South Africa.

Who is it for? 

The Power of Reconciliation is appropriate for adults of all ages, sexual orientations, faith traditions, race, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Mental health professionals, clergy, students, singles and couples encouraged to attend. 

How does it work? 
The Power of Reconciliation creates a forum for buildling trust and compassionate communication through a skillful combination of interactive exercises, contemplative practices, and group process. Participants plumb the depths of their own experiences, and move beyond habitual ways of relating to discover new pathways of healing, mutual respect, and authenticity between women and men.

Watch an introductory video:

“I was deeply moved and changed, and am profoundly grateful for the experience. I see more about how I re-enact dysfunctional gender scenarios, despite my conscious commitment to change. The Satyana vision is unique and uniquely valuable to the world.”
–Peter Rutter, MD, Jungian psychiatrist, author of Sex in the Forbidden Zone

"Pioneering, passionate... on the cutting edge. This is crucial work." 
–Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism

“An extraordinary contribution to fostering gender reconciliation...”
–Angeles Arrien, author of the Four-Fold Way

Workshop Schedule

Our first session will begin promptly at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 2nd, and we will end by 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 4th.

On Friday and Saturday, we will meet for three sessions (morning, afternoon, and evening) beginning at 9 a.m. each day. There will be long break after lunch for personal time to spend, as you need – e.g. exercise, sleep, read, reflect. Sunday we will meet for two sessions, morning and early afternoon.

Each day will be full of interactive and engaging activities, including movement, dialogue, singing, reflection, and conversation. An optional offering on Saturday and Sunday mornings will be yoga, followed by silent meditation before breakfast.

Registration Details

The registration includes the program, materials, meals, and lodging for the retreat.

Early Registration: $395 until November 1st
Standard Registration: $455
$60 reduction available if lodging not needed.

Meals and Lodging

Meals are vegetarian, made from organic ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible, eliciting such comments as:

"The food is beyond fabulous"
"Christyn's food was so good I'm still thinking about it,"
"I've never tasted love before and every meal was infused with it."

Please indicate your dietary sensitivities when registering. Meals served will begin with lunch on December 2 and complete with lunch on December 4.  

You will be well-cared for while you are at the Whidbey Institute; home will be in one of the houses or cabins. Lodging on Friday and Saturday night are included in your registration.  

If you wish to arrive early or extend your stay, you may add an additional night of lodging for $65/night when registering. Meals are unfortunately not available for early arrivals or extended stays; kitchens are available for use in both of the lodging houses for preparing one's own food.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Registration can be completed with a $150 deposit.  If, after paying the course fee you find it necessary to cancel, a full refund minus a $50 fee will be given if notice is received at least one month prior to the event.  If notice of cancellation is received between two weeks and one month prior, a 50% refund of the full course fee will be given.  For cancellations received less than two weeks prior to the event, no refund can be given. 


William Keepin, Ph.D. and Cynthia Brix, M.A., M.Div are directors of the Satyana Institute and founders of its Power of Reconciliation International project, which has convened 65 gatherings on five continents for healing and reconciliation between women and men over the past 19 years. They recently completed training of 33 professional facilitators in Power of Reconciliation in South Africa, and they are currently launching new trainings in Kenya, India and the United States. Will and Cynthia are authors of Divine Duality: the Power of Reconciliation between Women and Men (Hohm Press, 2007) and Women Healing Women: A Model of Hope for Oppressed Women Everywhere (Hohm Press, 2009). Will and Cynthia are adjunct faculty at Holy Names University, and are launching a new training in Power of Reconciliation for seasoned professionals in North America, to begin in January 2012.

Will Keepin is a physicist and retreat leader in interfaith spirituality with a background in environmental science and transpersonal psychology. He is co-author of Song of the Earth: The Emerging Synthesis of Spiritual and Scientific Worldviews (Permanent Publications, UK, 2011). He was a whistleblower on nuclear science policy (recounted in Cultural Creatives, P. Ray and S. Anderson, Harmony Books, 2000), and presented his research on global warming in testimonies to the U.S. House of Representatives and the parliaments of several countries.  Will is a Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation, certified facilitator of Holotropic Breathwork, and he leads interspiritual retreats in South Africa, India, and North America.

Cynthia Brix is an interfaith minister and spiritual director with a background in wellness and gerontology. She was formerly a campus minister at the University of Colorado, and she co-chaired the Race Relations Committee in Muncie, Indiana. Cynthia co-founded the Women’s Spiritual Mastery project, which convenes gatherings to bring leading women spiritual masters together with women seekers across the faith traditions, and produced a conference DVD in 2009, Cultivating Women’s Spiritual Mastery. A long-time student of Eknath Easwaran, Cynthia has led meditation workshops and taught courses on women mystics.

This program is a collaboration between
Satyana Institute and the Whidbey Institute

The Satyana Institute is a non-profit service and training organization. Our mission is to support individuals, communities, and organizations to combine inner work of the heart with outer service in the world. The name satyana comes from two sanskrit roots: sat, which means truth or being, and also refers to action aligned or suffused with spirit; and yana, which means vehicle. So "satyana" means a vehicle for action infused with the grace of spirit

Among 70 secluded historic acres of forest on Whidbey Island, The Whidbey Institute facilitates programs and events that inspire practical and lasting changes in the areas of: Leadership Transformation, Community Vitality, and Sustainable Action. The Whidbey Institute is a place where people connect deeply to the natural world and to each other, renew their life energy, and engage in deep conversation and learning to imagine and create an abundant, sustainable and life-affirming future

Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • You may complete your registration with a $150 deposit.  Balances are due two weeks before the program begins. 

    If paying by check, send payment, made out to The Whidbey Institute, to:

    The Whidbey Institute
    Attn: Registration
    PO Box 57
    Clinton, WA  98236
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