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New! Inspiring Emerging Vision: An Inward Journey in the Mountains of Montana 

Facilitated by Jackie Stevenson (Spirit of Leadership)
& Herb Stevenson (Cleveland Consulting Group)
September 12-16th 2016

Blacktail Ranch, Wolf Creek, Montana, USA


Prepare to make a positive difference in your life

and the lives of others.


Surrounded by the majestic Montana wilderness, the living system of nature, free-spirited horses and the collective wisdom of community, you can expand your capacity to inspire your visions to emerge.

  • Build Generative Community: Supporting Your Vision
  • Create Relationship within Living Systems: Clarifying Your Vision
  • Discover Your Authentic Presence In Nature: Engaging Your Vision
  • Experience Emergent Awareness: Listening to Your Vision
  • Meet Your Emergent Future: Bringing Your Vision Home

Join the adventure listening intuitively from within, engaging in generative dialogue, learning from the interconnectivity of nature, opening to a future that wants to emerge for yourself and your organizations and being there to greet it.


Program Overview

Discovering the spirit of the wild we regain the passion of our wild-at-heart human spirit. Exploring the majestic wilderness around us and within us we discover more of the beauty and majesty of humanity.

In indigenous culture the wilderness is called “the place where life begins.” The wilderness embodies and reveals insights to help us move beyond our habitual thought, limiting perceptions, and behavior patterns. It is the place where fear of the future and a deeper lived experience of authenticity and presencing exists.

As we experience nature, an increased awareness to our own inner world of personal existence expands to a new form of connection to our self, others, and the environment surrounding us. 

Experiences in the wilderness challenge us sufficiently to disorient what is familiar and to enable breakthrough thinking. Nature in this sense is the ultimate teacher of living systems. As part of that living system, we can learn to see beyond individual parts to the beauty, patterns, and complexity of the whole.

Engaging SoL Principles

We will draw from and incorporate SoL principles - one of which is aligning with nature - as well as practices and learning tools developed by Peter Senge, Arawana Hayashi, Otto Scharmer. 


Who Should Attend

  • People who are committed to making a positive difference in their lives and in the lives of others by inspiring emerging vision
  • Leaders seeking to expand their personal mastery through developing inner resources and expanding their relational skills
  • Professionals from corporate business, nonprofit organizations, government agencies or educational institutions across a diverse range of industries, roles, and backgrounds
  • People interested in immersing in and learning from the living system of nature

In This Program You Will

  • Enter the wilderness within ourselves and within the majesty of Montana to explore your personal leadership, strengthen your vision, build a community of purpose
  • Deepen your capacity to operate through awareness, attention, and intention, and create internal commitment for inspired performance, and an emergent future that benefits all
  • Create competencies together that we cannot create alone 
  • Strengthen awareness of your authentic presence and its impact your life by exploring your human and ecological identity within the larger system of nature

Engaging the Collective

Integrating daily practices of meditation, reflection, journaling, movement and stillness, we will rebalance our inner world to be more in harmony with our outer world. Through community wisdom gatherings, alone time, coaching, and dialogue circles we will explore our inner self from deep within. We will grant ourselves permission to relax, revitalize, and have fun.



Inquiring of ourselves and each other we will challenge ourselves to ask,” What is my/our calling and purpose? How can we live with meaning and balance?" We will surface the questions that we don’t yet know to ask and bring forth our visions.


Preparing ourselves to make a positive difference with the wisdom of the collective as a guide by reconnecting with our inner knowing, our primal instincts, and our natural compassion.

Engaging With Horses


Learning to live in harmonious community, as horses have lived in herds for 60 million years, is to experience the energy of holism. Horses have thrived by:

  • Accessing the innate and sensed collective wisdom of the herd
  • Developing individual strengths and collective leadership
  • Living in harmony with each other and the environment
  • Being present while moving toward the best possible future

Observing and interacting with horses in their herd and natural setting provides a lived experience for you to develop authentic presence, deepen the quality of the inner place from which you operate, and expand your capacity to be more congruent, consistent, and successful in your actions.

In the quiet presence of horses, we can learn to listen deeply to ourselves and to others - responding to our world more courageously, compassionately and consciously. Horses offer us the opportunity to learn to communicate effectively through body language, emotional intelligence and common "sense"-ability. We learn to pay more attention to non-verbal communication and to our relationship to “herds” through physical, social and relational space.


About Blacktail Ranch 

Your home for the program, Blacktail Ranch, is comfortable guest ranch located on 8,000 acres of wilderness in the heart of the Rocky Mountains at the base of the continental divide.  You will be surrounded by mountains, fields and forest with a pristine river running through and a herd of horses running free. The land is sacred and rich in archeological sites including an extensive five-mile bear cave system dating back to the last ice age, an ancient sun wheel, and medicine wheel that will inform our quest for answers. 

The Ranch can accommodate
25 guests who will be the exclusive guests for the entire stay. Accommodations include single and shared individual cabins, a common house to be shared by several people, and a main lodge comprised of individual and shared rooms. Once you register for the program you will be contacted to arrange lodging. Lodging is first come first served. 

Lodging and Transportation

Room rates vary from $175 to $225 per night depending on single or double occupancy, cabin or ranch house, and include three healthy meals daily. You may choose to rent a car or transportation can be arranged for you from Great Falls airport at a cost of $100 each way. The ranch is approximately 75 minutes away from the airport.


Meet Retreat Facilitators & Guides, Jackie and Herb Stevenson

Jackie Stevenson is the founder of the Spirit of Leadership. Using nature inspired principles, she works with executives and executive teams to discover their shared desired for generative dialogue and a relational field. She is adjunct faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Social of Applied Social Sciences and the Weatherhead School of Management Executive Education program. Jackie is on the post graduate faculty of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.

Herb Stevenson
is the founder of the global Cleveland Consulting Group where he specializes in coaching C-executives and C-teams.
 He is the founder of Natural Passages, a natured based men’s program that goes to the woods to rediscover how to be centered in a chaotic world. Herb is on the post graduate faculty of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.

Past Participants Include:

Cleveland Clinic, VitaMix, Erikson Manufacturing, Cleveland Public School System, Case Western Reserve University, and others. 

Cost of Attendance

For SoL North America Members (save $300.00)

Business: $4295*
Non-profit: $3995*

For Non-Members

Business: $4595*

Non-profit: $4295*

*Excludes lodging & transportation. See Lodging and Transportation Section above.


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