Social Art of Leadership and Systems Transformation

(A Social Presencing Theatre in-person foundation workshop)

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there..” 
— Rumi

Context & Invitation:


All around us, we are seeing rapid institutional failures to address global sustainability challenges. In the midst of it, we find ourselves stuck, helpless and overwhelmed. Often, feeling imprisoned by the very system, that we created or joined, to follow our hearts and make this world a better place.

If you are like me, longing to create well-being for your self, family, organisation and the community you are part of,  this might be your creative space. We invite you to engage in non-verbal, contemplative art based practices to explore:

  • How do we co-create healthy organisations, ecosystems or communities? What is my role as a leader to enable that?
  • How do I transform my current stuck patterns into creative possibilities?
  • How do I develop inner resilience in midst of outer chaos?
  • How do I reclaim and nourish the artist (creative energy) within me?
  • What might be my next “true move” that would unleash my highest potential & generate well-being for all?

Our Approach


Unlike most workshops on similar topics that tend to be more cognitive and conversational, we would engage in non-verbal, mindfulness & movement based practices called Social Presencing Theatre (SPT).

SPT is a methodology, developed under the leadership of Arawana Hayashi from Presencing Institute, for understanding current reality and exploring emerging future possibilities. Drawing on the arts and contemplative traditions, SPT brings body-based, experiential learning into individual, organizational and social change efforts. It quickly generates information about patterns and relationships that are “stuck” in a system, and offers methods for prototyping emerging futures that promote the wellbeing of all stakeholders in a system. Grounding in Theory-U, SPT provides an alternate to analytical frameworks for profound systems change & future scenario building.

This is not “theater” in the conventional sense, but uses simple body postures and movements to dissolve limiting concepts, to communicate directly, to access intuition, and to make visible both current reality, and the deeper – often invisible – leverage points for creating profound change.

Who is invited?

  • Leaders or top-teams, working across business, government or development sectors, wanting to influence their organisation/ systems to create sustainable impact. You may come as whole team to work on your future scenarios in the studio
  • Social entrepreneurs, seeking insights for scaling or sustaining their work beyond current paradigm
  • Professionals, facilitators or artists who are in-transition, wondering how can they create larger influence
  • Anyone longing for inner resilience and alignment to their true purpose

Dates: 7-9 Oct 2022 (2.5 days)

3 days non-residential workshop followed by zoom call after 3-6 months for strengthening practice and application

Program Fee- Rs 25,000 + 18% GST

(Scholarship are available for Non-Profits, Independent Artists and Students on case-to-case basis)

Venue: YASHADA, Aundh, Pune, India

Registration: Pls register here–

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Core Faculty:

Manish Srivastava is a life coach, a facilitator and an artist. He is a Senior Teacher and Co-Director of Social Presencing Theatre (SPT) with Presencing Institute. 

Manish works with leaders across Business, Government, UN and Civil Society sectors to co-design social innovation labs. He integrates poetry, contemplative art and systems thinking to help leaders collectively sense, own and transform the societal divides. His work on “Systems Transformation through Social Art” has featured at the Inner Development Goal (IDG) Summit in 2022, PI Global Forum 2021 and Conflict Transformation Summit in 2020. 

Manish has published in two books that offer a poetic pathway to resilience and healing. Poems from his books have been translated into Hebrew and Spanish for reading in over twenty poetry dialogue circles by leading institutions and civil society movements worldwide. Read more about Manish’s work and profile here:


Sonali Gera is an Internationally Certified Coach and a Leadership Facilitator, a leading consultant on Diversity, an expert on POSH and a Global HR practitioner. She also works in the space of Women Leadership. She has held several leadership roles in India and USA during her corporate career of nearly two decades with MNCs like Tata Motors, Capgemini, Mercedes etc.

Sonali brings in different methodologies while facilitating workshops like Somatic Experiencing, Non-violent Communication (NVC), yoga, mindfulness and more. She coaches leaders in more than 35 countries.

Sonali is a passionate teacher and has taken Guest Lectures at leading B-Schools like MDI (Gurgaon), TISS (Mumbai). Read more about Sonali’s work and profile here: