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Social Presencing Theater

Date & time
Saturday, September 28, 2024 –
Sunday, September 29, 2024
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Arawana Hayashi




Presencing Institute


Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Room 110: Salon Stanford Family

Wheel chair accessible


Social Presencing Theater


Drawing on the arts and contemplative traditions, Social Presencing Theater brings to the surface a clearer sense of the relationships, hidden dynamics, and emerging possibilities inherent in a team, organization or larger system.

It allows co-creators in a given system to gain insight into the current situation, seeing potential opportunities for change. It sets the ground for creative collective action.

"Theater" here denotes an empty stage or a blank canvas where the different aspects and roles of the system can be embodied. In that space, the roles can interact in fresh and creative ways to reveal emerging possibilities hidden in the system. It is "the art of making a true move."

What this program will provide

Social Presencing Theater is a series of embodiment practices that develop capacity for awareness-based engagement in social and organizational transformation (grounded in Theory U framework).

Participants will learn the basic Social Presencing Theater practices which invite:

  • Experiencing the wisdom of embodied presence
  • Seeing and sensing the larger systems in which we live and work
  • Cultivating our social field of relationship in family, teams, organisations and communities
  • Building action confidence to create new solutions.

Guest Facilitator

Portrait image of social presencing theatre practitioner Arawana Hayashi.

Arawana Hayashi

Arawana heads the creation of Social Presencing Theater (SPT) for the Presencing Institute. Working with Otto Scharmer and colleagues, she brings her background in the arts, meditation, and social justice to creating “social presencing” that makes visible both current reality and emerging future possibilities for individuals and groups.

Learn more here and here.

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