About Our Firm

What does the term Bhavana mean, and how does it describe your service?

Bhāvanā, pronounced “bhah-vuh-nah” (video/audio clip), is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning “to seed,” or “to cultivate”— derived from “Bhava” which means “being, a state of body or mind.” The Buddha himself chose the word Bhāvanā to describe a process of cultivation: the development of particular mental qualities such as imagination and awareness directed toward intentional change.

At Bhavana Learning Group, we engage clients in a process of their own “becoming” a commitment, which involves “learning and unlearning.” We view our work as grounded in practices and commitment to discovery and evolution. We support learners in cultivating their awareness and seeding intentional change as they develop conscious leadership. See “Our Philosophy for more detail.

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What makes Bhavana Learning Group distinct from other coaching firms?

We design learning that cultivate being by deepening a commitment to listening as the foundation for developing Conscious Leaders. Our work integrates leadership research, Western learning models, and Eastern wisdom practices. Our goal deepens the clarity that precedes and enhances one’s knowledge and performance to expand leadership.

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How do you work with clients? What is the typical time commitment for a coaching agreement?

We work via video web services. Between calls, we communicate through email, within our Learning Community on Slack, and during our weekly Practice Field. Our clients typically commit to a one-year customized developmental program based on Our 12 PRACTICES to expand conscious leadership and cultivate a coaching mindset. Our primary role is that of learning partner in a shared commitment for your growth and development.

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About Our Learning

How is mentoring different from coaching?

  • Coaching cultivates action toward specific developmental goals to expand views and clarify decision-making that can enhance performance, general satisfaction, or direction.
  • Mentoring focuses on integration by clarifying learning capacity and perspectives to discover and integrate your own untapped wisdom.

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What is generative language?

As humans, we can adopt a relationship to language as representative, analytical and/or generative. We can describe reality (representative), understand reality (analytical) or create reality (generative). Our view of, or relationship to, language shapes our awareness, agency, and action. Generative Language adopts an open-oriented view of language that that view possibilities, it can:

  • Generate action to create change that can enhance performance
  • Generates trust to create connection that can enhance collaboration
  • Generates possibility to reveal impact that can enhance creative-awareness

Download our ebook on the basics of a couple of Speech-ACT that access generative properties.

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What is “deep” listening?

Deep or Authentic Listening includes two elements. 1) Being whole: includes self-discovery that increases and integrates awareness to reveal the emerging wholes. 2) Being generative: views the self as a co-creator from an interdependent awareness.

We develop a presence for being open, to receive concerns, as well as to perceive experiences or situations with a non-reactive awareness. The result of authentic listening is a radical openness characterized by the capacity to be with others fully in any situation. Download our White Paper, Commitment of Listening.

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What do you mean by “unlearning”?

Unlearning involves breaking down the origins of our thoughts, attitudes, behaviors, feelings, and biases.

  • An inquiry into unlearning cultivates a first-person inquiry to question, examine, and distinguish concealed assumptions that form our relationships with concepts and views.
  • Over a period, such an inquiry ultimately results in the experience of releasing, letting go or altering the relationship to any concept or view.
  • As it progresses, the unlearning process cultivates an openness for something new to emerge, to be distinguished and realized, and then to be integrated into one’s being.
  • We employ deep listening practices to expand our unlearning capacity.

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Does your work involve diversity and culture?

At Bhavana Learning Group, we employ anti-racist, reflective, practices and invite evolutionary thinking. Many “anti-racist” practices build the foundation for evolutionary thinking that integrates accountability and inclusion with justice and sustainability. This work can be the most challenging, as it includes revealing our blindspots to expand systemic awareness. This involves practices for unlearning our worldviews.

Through our methods and practices, we work to reveal and unlearn systemic bias by questioning and examining contextual awareness and worldviews. Our work is grounded in mutual learning and ontological humility, based on interdependent awareness. These posts detail the importance of equity and dignity, as well as our view on mutual learning in our white paper: A Pedagogical Inquiry: Challenges in Unlearning Systemic Bias.

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About Our Methods