Working Sabbatical

Design your own part-time sabbatical and join in with others.

Explore where you are in your own story, what’s changing and what’s next for you, in a format that includes regular touch points and guides to help you get out of the sabbatical what you want to.

A sabbatical is a period of reflection, exploration, redefinition and renewal that may correspond with transitional periods in adult life.

The “working” in this “working sabbatical” makes the experience inclusive of other responsibilities from which you cannot and should not remove yourself during this period of time.

Your working sabbatical will take on its own design, with consultative support from faculty guides Fred Jones and Diana Renner.

In this sabbatical, you‘ll be learning alongside others taking their own journeys. Shared program elements will be the focus of the eight, 2-hour live virtual sessions. Consider registering only if you can imagine a minimum average of eight hours per week in what this format calls “sabbatical mode.” 

Benefits:

Meet Your Coaches

Learn from highly experienced facilitators

Diana Renner

Diana Renner is Co-founder of the Uncharted Leadership Institute and a collaborator with Fred and his colleagues at Cultivating Leadership. She is the co-author of two books translated in over fifteen languages, Not Knowing: the art of turning uncertainty into opportunity, awarded “Management Book of the Year Award” in the U.K. and Not Doing: the art of effortless action. Diana enjoys creative writing and exploring the intersection of arts and adult learning and development. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Fred Jones

Fred Jones is a colleague with Cultivating Leadership and a collaborator with Diana and her colleagues at Uncharted Leadership. He also is the founder of a confab called Meanwhile, from which he engages adults about how they are getting on with the rest of their lives. He is a certified Designing Your Life coach, and lives in Austin, TX (USA), where he makes connections between local issues and larger patterns, is ready to convene spaces that connect people and possibilities, and supports people in vital projects that they take on.

This 7-month experience has three phases. The first, shorter phase enables you to become organised for the core sabbatical experience. The middle phase includes whatever distinct elements you set out wanting to be a part of the main sabbatical. The last phase looks backwards for insights and forwards to how you want to live and work next—including how you might build sabbatical-like elements into your life in a daily, weekly, monthly or seasonal cadence. There are eight (8) 2-hour group sessions during the seven months of the sabbatical, each with advance and follow up activity. Additionally, there is an individual consultation to help you design your custom sabbatical experience. You’ll have two guides along the way, Fred Jones and Diana Renner. Optional individual coaching may be added to the middle phase; the possibilities for this will be shown during the first, getting-organised phase; coaching also may be added to the last phase, as you re-integrate.

Your working sabbatical will take on its own design, with consultative support from guides Fred Jones and Diana Renner. You‘ll be learning alongside others taking their own journeys. Shared program elements in the live virtual sessions will include ways to take a fresh look at what you offer to the world and in what form; and also the habits, routines and rituals that guide you through everyday life. You’ll begin by finding yourself in the through-line of your own story, and end, facing forward into the horizon you define as “next.” The main texts include Diana’s co-authored booksNot Doing: The art of effortless action; and Not Knowing: The art of turning uncertainty into opportunity. They are part of each person examining their relationship with busyness and uncertainty, as well as how they measure current reality against expectations held for what their lives would be like. Additionally, Designing Your Life and Designing Your Work Life, by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, provide the spirit of design thinking and assumptions about how to way-find through life that will be present in this experience. Note: Books are not provided in the course fee.

  • You may be tired and burned-out.
  • You may be bored or restless.
  • You may have a spark of something else that you want to pursue, but are unsure of what to do with it. Or something else…. More broadly, you may sense that you have some catching up to do with yourself.
  • You may sense that the habits and patterns of your life, including how you work and rest, how you connect with others and make your own way, aren’t working as they once did or seem unsustainable going forward.
  • You may sense that the deeper vitality that energizes your engagement with the world needs renewal or more focus or something else that isn’t obvious right now.
  • You may simply be sitting with questions, even (so far) unspeakable ones about what’s next, given the constraints that you face when considering options.

This sabbatical is designed for up to ten adults who have enough life experience and are willing to connect virtually with others. No one is too old, though you may be too young. You may be tired and burned-out. You may be bored or restless. You may have a spark of something else that you want to pursue, but are unsure of what to do with it. Or something else. 

The below questionnaire is part of the registration and will help you declare your interest and readiness. Here are the main questions:

  1. What have you noticed recently about your relationship to being busy and productive, having ambition and striving for success, and also your desire for self-improvement? How is any or all of this going for you these days?
  2. What makes creating time and space for a “working sabbatical” important at this point in your life?
  3. What might make it difficult for you to engage in this growth circle, including the eight (8) scheduled sessions, and the minimum 20% (roughly, an average of eight hours per week) time for you to use in fulfillment of your sabbatical design?
  4. What do you already imagine being a part of your personalised sabbatical experience?

Your registration is considered pending until reviewed and accepted by the faculty. The fees, due upon acceptance, for this working sabbatical are in USD.

The standard fee is US$2600, and we invite those willing and able to register for the higher fee of US$3200 to contribute to scholarships for those who cannot pay the full fee. There is an opportunity to let us know you would like to be considered for a scholarship in the application. Apply now

All registrations will be considered pending until reviewed and accepted by the faculty.

The cancellation policy is as follows: Payment is fully refundable prior to 1 September 2021 less a 13% processing fee. It is not refundable thereafter. If the course is under-enrolled and the program is cancelled, all registrants will receive a full refund. 

The “Getting Ready” Phase includes designing your own working sabbatical in light of where you are in your life now:

  • Saturday 9 October 2021, 3-5 p.m. US/CT.
  • Saturday 30 October 2021, 3-5 p.m. US/CT.

Note: An individual consultation on sabbatical design will be scheduled with each person during mid-late November.

The “Exploring” Phase includes reconsideration of what you contribute in the world and the habits, practices, routines and rituals by which you live your life:

  • Saturday 4 December 2021, 3-5 p.m. US/CT
  • Saturday 22 January 2022, 3-5 p.m. US/CT
  • Saturday 12 February 2022, 3-5 p.m. US/CT
  • Saturday 5 March 2022, 3-5 p.m. US/CT

The “Next” Phase includes  redefining your horizon and stepping forward into it more fully:

  • Saturday 26 March 2022, 3-5 p.m. US/CT
  • Saturday 16 April 2022, 3-5 p.m. US/CT

Note: The United States changes time on 7 November 2021 and 13 March 2022.

At A Glance

Program format

This 7-month experience has three phases.

  • The first phase enables you to become organized for the core sabbatical experience.
  • The middle phase includes whatever distinct elements you set out wanting to be a part of the main sabbatical.
  • The last phase looks backwards for insights and forwards to how you want to live and work next—including how you might build sabbatical-like elements into your life in a daily, weekly, monthly or seasonal cadence.

There are eight (8) 2-hour group sessions during the seven months of the sabbatical, each with advance and follow-up activity.

Additionally, there is an individual consultation to help you design your custom sabbatical experience.

Fees

The standard fee is US$2600, and we invite those willing and able to register for the higher fee of US$3200.

Dates & Times

The “Getting Ready” Phase:

  • Saturday 9 October 2021, 3-5 p.m. US/CT.
  • Saturday 30 October 2021, 3-5 p.m. US/CT.


The “Exploring” Phase
:

  • Saturday 4 December 2021, 3-5 p.m. US/CT
  • Saturday 22 January 2022, 3-5 p.m. US/CT
  • Saturday 12 February 2022, 3-5 p.m. US/CT
  • Saturday 5 March 2022, 3-5 p.m. US/CT


The “Next” Phase
:

  • Saturday 26 March 2022, 3-5 p.m. US/CT
  • Saturday 16 April 2022, 3-5 p.m. US/CT

Note: The United States changes time on 7 November 2021 and 13 March 2022.