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Search Inside Yourself for Environmental Activists

Based on neuroscience and recommended by hundreds of thousands around the world, Search Inside Yourself offers tools and practices for resilience, effective leadership, interpersonal communication and mental well being. This is the first public offering of SIY customized exclusively for those working or volunteering in environmentalism and conservation.

Everyday you are serving the needs of our fragile planet. The interactive and transformational SIY program shares practical mindfulness, emotional intelligence and self-compassion tools, enabling you to support yourself and build your influential skills so that you can do what’s needed to protect life on earth. This program is made to be accessible to all environmental activists, regardless of means. If you don’t see a workable ticket price, a sliding scale is available on the event page.

  • September 9 - 10 | 9:00am - 5:00pm PDT

Exact venue TBD

Bay Area, California
Find the time in your locationProgram Language: English

By Participating You Will:

  • Develop your emotional intelligence skills
  • Build healthy habits to support your mental well-being
  • Identify your personal motivations and determine how they can support you to accomplish your goals
  • Explore how to navigate difficult interactions with more ease
  • Strengthen your interpersonal skills, like empathy with supportive boundaries
  • Cultivate your capacity to be a compassionate and effective leader and influencer
  • Learn practical stress-management techniques
  • Find inspiration from earth and like-minded activists
  • Connect with a global community
SIY Online Attendees

Program Journey

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2 Live In-Person Sessions

Begin with a two-day live, interactive program where you'll learn from facilitators, engage in experiential-based learning and connect with a global community.

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28-Day Challenge

The live program is followed by an online learning period where you'll receive daily practices to help you integrate what you learned at the live sessions.

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Capstone Webinar

Reconnect with fellow participants, share your experience and gain additional tools to continue to apply your learnings.

Adaptive Resilience Participants

Dates don’t work for you? Check out our calendar of upcoming programs.

What Participants Say

"I learned skills that are very easy to incorporate into my personal AND professional life. I also gained confidence in myself as a person, taking pride in who I am."

"During SIY, I learned so much about myself, about others, and about leadership. I feel this fire inside me that has been bubbling up but out of focus. I feel clarity now."

"I had a great experience with thoughtful & skilled leaders and insightful participants. Connected with many wonderful individuals in the breakouts. Also learned about some potentially transformative practices to bring to my thinking, work and life."

"I found it a positive roadmap to internal discovery with tips and tricks that are applicable to many aspects of life."

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Meet Your Teachers

SIYLI’s amazing teaching community is expansive, global and diverse, representing a wide-range of industries and backgrounds. Our programs are taught by our highly qualified Certified Teachers, all of whom have attended our rigorous teacher training program.

Meg Levie

Meg is an executive coach and ordained Zen priest who helps high-performance leaders and teams work with greater clarity, purpose, and impact. Meg began teaching the SIY program in 2011 at Google and joined SIYLI soon after its founding in 2012. As a member of the leadership team, she helped grow the organization and most recently served as VP of Teacher Development. She has designed and led extended SIY teacher trainings as well as multiple internal train-the-trainer programs at Google and SAP, facilitating scaling of the SIY program to thousands of people worldwide. Meg began practicing Zen in 1991, and in 1994 left a doctoral program in English literature to devote herself full-time to monastic practice. She received ordination as a Zen priest in 2003 through the San Francisco Zen Center and authorization to teach in 2007. Currently Meg leads programs internationally, from Shanghai and Tokyo to San Francisco, London, and Sydney. She enjoys working with leaders and teams from companies ranging from growth to Fortune 500. She is certified as an executive coach from New Ventures West in San Francisco and holds an AB with honors from Stanford University and an MA from the University of Texas at Austin. She loves exploring new cities and taking long walks in the hills near San Francisco.

Val Tan

With a background steeped in ancient traditions, and a lifetime of practicing mindfulness to support her modern (ultra busy) mind to perform in the modern life—Val is fiercely committed to helping visionary leaders and their teams navigate transformations, build a thriving culture, and create meaningful impact. Val grew up in a traditional family temple in Singapore, where meditation was a mandatory practice. “I had to sit up straight and try to be still and quiet for what feels like forever. But my mind _never_ shut up.” As a young adult, Val learnt to adapt this practice to help her cope with the stresses of the hyper-competitive environment in Asia. Today, Val runs a global modern practice, [M Meditation](https://www.m-meditation.com/). At M, mindfulness and meditation is never about sitting straight, being still, or asking your mind to shut up. Instead, Val teaches in an accessible and approachable manner—through science and storytelling; and makes sure that everything you learn can be applied #IRL (in-real-life). As such, M went on to become a strategic partner for organizational wellness initiatives with companies such as Amazon, Expedia, Airbnb, WeWork, and more. Val is also a [5th generation spiritual advisor and success strategist](http://www.taynval.com/) for frontier companies around the world seeking to actualize their next-level purpose and potential. She’s helped hundreds of executives, investors, coaches, doctors, and founders embody and set in motion their legacies—with clear-eyed vision, upleveled leadership, and a deep sense of purpose. Val graduated magna cum laude from the Singapore Management University whilst running 2 businesses and completing a student-exchange program at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In 2010, Val left her award-winning advertising and media career to travel the world by bicycle on a [documentary project to inspire dreams](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=539OJypQxag&list=PLSPeXMv49hV3sZerE6bpNTiaQuzwod2cG). 5 years, 3 continents, hundreds of media appearances including 2 TEDx talks later—Val splits her time between Seattle and Singapore, where she enjoys long walks, reinventing her grandmother’s recipes, and seeking out good matcha with her work and life partner, Tay.

While we do our best to let you know who your teachers will be ahead of time, teachers are subject to change.

SIYLI’s online programs provide a unique experience

SIY online was specifically designed and optimized to create a powerful, experiential and interactive online experience. This program takes full advantage of the digital format and includes multiple ways for you to engage with the content and connect with fellow participants, reinforcing what you learn.

"If you are looking for a virtual delivery program that will raise the bar in leadership and emotional intelligence for your people, I can't recommend the online SIY program enough!"

"It was a 5 star experience, thank you for letting us feel so connected even though we were virtually together."

"We saw the same positive impact as the in-person programs in the dimensions of empathy, collaboration, resilience, stress and attention."

Frequently Asked Questions

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Refund Policy

As we recognize that flexibility is important during this time, you can receive a full refund (minus Humanitix processing fees) if requested before 1 day prior to the program start. You may also transfer your ticket to another person anytime before the program starts. Contact SIYLI to give us the name and email of the attendee taking your place.

Refunds and transfers are not available after the start of the first session.

Unfortunately, registrations are not transferable between programs and we are unable to provide credit for future programs.

Conference Organizer shall not be held responsible for any delay or failure in performance of its obligations hereunder to the extent such delay or failure is caused by fire, flood, strike, civil, governmental or military authority, acts of God, acts of terrorism, acts of war, epidemics, the availability of the Venue or other similar causes beyond its reasonable control and without the fault or negligence of Conference Organizer or its subcontractors. For one or more of such reasons, Conference Organizer may postpone, reschedule or cancel the event without liability on the part of Conference Organizer. In the event Conference cannot be held or is postponed pursuant to this section, Conference Organizer shall not be liable to attendee for any damages, costs, or losses incurred, such as transportation costs, accommodations costs, or financial losses. Conference Organizer will review refund and/or fee transfer requests, submitted in writing, for approval on a situational basis.