Arawana Hayashi brings her extensive background in the performing arts and in contemplative practice into leadership training in the arena of organizational and social change.
Ms. Hayashi began studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism with the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa in 1974 and has been named an acharya (senior teacher) in the Shambhala Buddhist organization by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She was Teacher in Residence at Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont and remains on the teaching staff of the Mukpo Institute, a residential study and practice program at Karme Choling. She teaches courses on Buddhism, Shambhala Art and Shambhala Training, a secular meditation program for developing the human potential for awakened confidence. http://www.shambhala.org
Arawana is a co-founder of the Presencing Institute where she teaches the Presencing Foundation course with Otto Scharmer and Beth Jandernoa. She is also developing the Social Presencing Theater wing of the Presencing Institute.
ALIA (Shambhala Summer Institute)
Since 2000 she has been on the Creative Process faculty of ALIA’s Shambhala Institute for Authentic Leadership in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has presented programs with Peter Senge, Peter Block, Bill Joiner, Julio Olalla, Mark Gerzon and Michael Jones She is on the faculty of the Certificate Program in Authentic Leadership at Naropa University in Boulder, CO.
The Art of Making a True Move
Arawana’s workshop in creative process, The Art of Making a True Move, has been presented in educational institutions, meditation centers, and organizational settings in the U.S. and Canada. In this workshop Ms. Hayashi invites individuals and groups to discover their natural creativity as she guides them through a gentle, non-judgmental process of paying attention to their own physicality and to their environment.
Ms. Hayashi is a dancer, choreographer, and movement teacher with roots in Asian and Western arts. She began her dance training in classical ballet, culminating in studies with Nina Fonaroff in New York, and later trained at the Merce Cunningham Studio. She danced with Jamie Cunningham and Dancers in the early 1970’s and continues to appear in performances with Mr. Cunningham in “From the Horse’s Mouth.” She was on the faculty of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, the Massachusetts College of Art, and was Co-Director of the Dance Program of Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.
Throughout her career she has been involved in interdisciplinary, ensemble improvisation. She founded the Jo Ha Kyu Performance Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1981, and was its artistic director for nineteen years. The company performed both contemporary dance forms and bugaku, Japanese Court Dance. Ms. Hayashi has received choreography grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the LEF Foundation. She is a student of Suenobu Togi, formerly of the Japanese Imperial Household Agency Music Department in Tokyo. She is one of the foremost performers of bugaku today. She has also co-created outdoor community performances celebrating sacred spaces in both urban and rural environments.