Deepen your practice. Engage with the World. Explore how Engage will impact your life.

At the Engage mindful leadership program, you’ll develop the knowledge, tools and leadership capacities to bring the benefits of mindfulness-based emotional intelligence (EI) to your workplace or community. You’ll learn from SIYLI’s experience bringing mindfulness and EI to such organizations as Google and SAP, and then craft your own plan to take action.

Experience deep personal development, shift the dynamics of your team and help your organization thrive. Engage.

Announcing our 2017 programs!

We’re happy to share that Engage will be offered twice in 2017! Please see below for the locations and session dates.

San Fransisco

San Francisco, CA, USA

Session 1: June 21 – 25
Session 2: September 27 – October 1
Apply Now to San Francisco

Sydney, Australia

Session 1: July 19 – 23
Session 2: November 1 – 5
Apply Now to Sydney

The May 1st application deadline for San Francisco is fast approaching!

Want to know more? Join us on April 26th for our Engage Informational Webinar.

The Engage program has been one of the best things I’ve done in my career.

What is Engage?

For leaders looking to bring the benefits of mindfulness and emotional intelligence to workplaces and organizations, Engage is a five-month intensive program in mindful leadership.


Deepen your understanding of emotional intelligence, mindfulness and neuroscience. Learn directly from the world’s leading experts in these fields. Integrate learnings into your personal and professional life.


Learn practical tools to bring to your workplace or organization that decrease stress, increase resilience, improve collaboration and enhance well-being. Explore how to lead with more wisdom, skill and compassion. Learn how to share these tools and practices with others.

Personal Growth

Embark on a learning journey that takes you deeper in your own practice. Reflect on how you embody mindfulness and emotional intelligence practices and the influence you have on others through your presence. Receive peer coaching focused on growth and transformation.


Join a global community of like-minded and warm-hearted individuals from all walks of life. Support one another to learn, transform and change the world. 

This program has the most elite program designers, workshop facilitators, and experiential-mindfulness teachers that I’ve ever had in my 20 year career….I’ve been given tools to bring to the executives I coach to help change their lives. And when we do that, we change the world.

Engage Teachers

Participants are incredibly fortunately to be led by SIYLI’s top leaders and teachers, who have taught our programs for eight years and have a had a direct hand in creating Engage.

Marc Lesser

Marc Lesser

Marc is the Co-founder and CEO of SIYLI. He's also a Zen priest and the author of Less: Accomplish More by Doing Less. Prior to founding SIYLI, Marc was the Director of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.

Lori Schwanbeck

Lori Schwanbeck

Co-founder of Mindfulness Therapy Associates in San Francisco, Lori works as a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, coach and trainer, bringing pragmatic experience from the business world and a passion for creating lives of meaning, engagement and optimal performance to her clients. She has taught for SIYLI internationally to a range of organizations, including Google, Tennis Australia, AP Plasman and Rotman School of Business.

Peter Bonanno

Peter Bonanno

Peter is a social entrepreneur, learning designer and longtime practitioner of mindfulness and tai chi. Motivated by passions for learning, mindfulness and innovation, he has founded and worked at multiple socially minded startups. He has also taught and spoken about mindfulness at businesses, schools, nonprofits and for TEDx.

Engage Guest Faculty

Engage participants will learn from a world-class guest faculty who are globally recognized leaders in their fields of expertise.

What’s more, our faculty are also seasoned mindfulness practitioners with a wealth of practical experience. They will help you develop your personal mindfulness practice and offer effective mindfulness-based exercises to use throughout your day. Below is a list of guest faculty that will teach for either the San Francisco program, the Sydney program, or both.

Dan Goleman

Dan Goleman

world-renowned author, psychologist and science journalist

Dan Siegel

Dan Siegel

best-selling author, pioneering scientist and executive director of the Mindsight Institute

Wendy Palmer

Wendy Palmer

leadership coach who incorporates the principles of Aikido and embodiment

Richie Davidson

Richie Davidson

world-renowned neuroscientist

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Chade-Meng Tan

Google’s world-famous Jolly Good Fellow and author of "Search Inside Yourself"

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Yingzhao Liu

director of user experience design at LinkedIn and a Zen temple resident

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Norman Fisher

author of "Training in Compassing" and Zen teacher

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Rick Hanson

author of "Hardwiring Happiness"

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Joan Halifax

meditation teacher, anthropologist, author and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care

James Doty

James Doty

founder and director of The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford

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Peter Bostelmann

director of SAP Global Mindfulness Practice

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Phoenix Soleil

trainer in communication, racial justice, personal development, theater improvisation and play

Cliff Saron

Cliff Saron

neuroscientist and leading scholar of the tangible effects of meditation

Kelly Werner

Kelly Werner

psychologist, meditation instructor, neuroscientist and game creator

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Mario Galarreta

neuroscientist, filmmaker, storyteller, learning & development specialist at Google

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Bill Duane

superintendent of well-being and sustainable performance learning at Google, well-being expert, meditation teacher and engineering executive

This program has changed how I view the world. It’s changed the perspective, the lens and way in which I interact with people.

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