Renaissance Business Associates Renaissance Business Associates
Renaissance Business Associates Renaissance Business Associates

Coming into your own



Coming Into Your Own is a personal leadership development program for women who are interested in engaging in a process of reflection, exploration and regeneration.

Many women find that in the process of striving to succeed at work they have developed only part of who they are while leaving vital aspects of themselves behind.  In the midst of substantial achievement women often report feeling empty, burned out or invisible.  Over the past 20 years we have found ways to help women access their reservoir of presence and to bring forward a fuller expression of themselves.  We guide women in the journey towards understanding the relationship between inner dynamics and work/life challenges. 

Our approach deliberately works with the whole individual – the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimensions of each woman - to encourage the deeper introspection that we think is critical for our time. We combine the attention of one-on-one relationship with small group work and the transforming power of the circle.
We focus on each woman’s individual journey, uncovering how she has navigated her life, and what her struggles and successes have been. We work together to identify current and emerging challenges, and support each woman in her aspirations and development. It is our hope that this work will contribute to addressing the fragmentation in the world, the barrenness in many of our workplaces, and the urge to live in a way that responds to the deep stresses of this era.

The design, experimental and research phases of these programmes were funded by the Fetzer Institute (U.S.A.), and the remarkable results in the participants’ lives have been tracked over five years. Examples of organizations that have sent participants to the CIYO include Old Mutual, Hewlett-Packard, BP, the World Bank Group, United Way, Shell, Intel, Boeing, and the University of Michigan. Many women have chosen to attend as individuals.

“… to set out boldly in our work is to make a pilgrimage of our labors, to understand that the consummation of work lies not only in what we have done, but who we have become while accomplishing the task.”

- David Whyte, Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity

“Now I become myself.
 It has taken time, many years and places.
 I have been dissolved and shaken,
 Worn other people’s faces…”

  - May Sarton



In this programme we will focus on each woman’s individual journey and help you discover where you are in your current life cycle.

Together we will:

  • identify the ages and stages unique to women’s lives
  • understand the different archetypal dimensions of yourself
  • deal with some of the barriers that stop you from being fully yourself
  • begin to strengthen your undeveloped capabilities
  • use a symbols process to see your current situation from different archetypal perspectives and reshape it to release the potential that you see emerging

We will work experientially using a four- quarter model together with story and imaginative exercises, to access the whole self.  We will use short presentations, small and large group dialogues, video, journaling and a symbols process representing different aspects of your current lives, such as work, relationships and family.

Designed by The Ashland Institute, USA

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