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Mindful Presence Series – Fall 2023

September 27, 2023 - October 18, 2023

$25.00 – $150.00
“There’s no greater gift to ourselves and those we are privileged to lead and work with than self-care;
adding mindful presence increases self-care to a whole nother level.” 
– Wendy Sims-Moten, First 5 Santa Barbara County

4 sessions: Wednesdays, September 27 – October 18
3:00-5:00 PM, in-person at Leading From Within

Ken Saxon and Jennifer Reitz are offering this four-session program series “Mindful Presence” at the LFW office located in the beautiful Riviera Business Park in Santa Barbara, and you are invited to join them for the journey. We’ve been through so much challenge and disruption over the past few years. As a leader and person, might this be a good time to reconnect with and prioritize yourself? Might investing in the qualities of your own presence help you to better support all those who rely on you – at work and elsewhere?

What is this “Mindful Presence” program?

This program will support participants to lead their lives and their work with greater intentionality and presence, and to explore practices to cultivate themselves and their leadership. In and between these four sessions, participants will engage in:

  • practices that cultivate mindfulness, including different types of meditation and embodied practice
  • mindful communications, including cultivating presence and listening skills
  • exploration on relevant themes fundamental to presence
  • design (or re-design) of practices that can can help one live and lead with greater intentionality
  • inspiration from peers also committed to growing in self-awareness and intentionality

Mindfulness, embodied practice and self-reflection support leaders to bring their most vibrant and effective presence to the many challenges inherent in leadership roles, and to guide their careers and their lives with greater intentionality and sustainability. As our mind is, our life becomes – so it is critical for each of us to attend to the qualities of our mind.

Who is this program for?

This Mindful Presence program is intended for nonprofit, philanthropic and other social sector professionals and volunteers.

Commitment, Registration, & Cost

Please register for this Mindful Presence Series with the intention to participate in all (or at least 3) of the sessions and between sessions. Your full engagement is required to achieve the benefits of the program. The program cost is $150, and scholarships are available if needed. This is an ongoing leadership development opportunity, which we advocate be supported as professional development wherever possible.

Purchase tickets below. Spaces are limited!

About Our Facilitators

Ken Saxon is Board Chair of Leading From Within (LFW), a facilitator in LFW’s Courage to Lead program, and he was the founding instructor for LFW’s Emerging Leaders program. In 2021, Ken completed the Training in Mindfulness Facilitation program of the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.  He launched this Mindful Presence program in late 2021, and loves co-teaching it with LFW board member Jennifer Reitz..


Jennifer Reitz is a Master Somatic coach, trainer and organizational consultant with over 20 years experience in leadership, team development, organizational change, and strategic planning – as well as a Leading From Within board member. She works with leaders and organizations to increase their personal and professional satisfaction and effectiveness by bringing their actions into alignment with their deepest commitments and goals.


If you have any questions about this program offering, please be in touch with Ken at


September 27, 2023
October 18, 2023
$25.00 – $150.00
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LFW Convening Space
2050 Alameda Padre Serra Suite 202
Santa Barbara, 93103
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