Social Presencing Theater



with Arawana Hayashi


San Candido, Dolomites, Italy


Applying “presencing” and Theory U, Social Presencing Theater is an innovative social art form co-developed by Arawana Hayashi for the Presencing Institute ( MIT Boston, US ) that draws upon a body-based, intuitive knowledge of oneself and others.


This workshop provides training in embodiment and Social Presencing Theater as they apply to leadership and change work.


Workshop participants engage in individual mindfulness of body practices and in practices that increase awareness of the “social body”. By heightening their sense of inter-personal connection, participants are better able to access creativity, facilitate groups and provide effective and compassionate leadership.


The use of non-verbal techniques to inquire into “stuck” situations in one’s personal and organizational life lead to surprising insights and possibilities. Social Presencing Theater heightens sensitivity to current experience, brings attention to shifts in the social or contextual field, and is a method for prototyping seeds of the future.


Arawana Hayashi’s pioneering work as a choreographer, performer and educator is deeply sourced in collaborative improvisation. She currently heads the creation of Social Presencing Theater (SPT) for the Presencing Institute. Working with Otto Scharmer and colleagues at the Presencing Institute, she brings her background in the arts, meditation and social justice to creating “social presencing” that makes visible both current reality and emerging future possibilities.


Her dance career ranges from directing an interracial street dance company formed by the Boston Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs in the aftermath of the 1968 murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, to being one of the foremost performers of Japanese Court Dance, bugaku, in the US. She has been Co-Director of the Dance Program at Naropa University, Boulder, CO; and founder-director of two contemporary dance companies in Cambridge. MA. She continues to perform in a multi-disciplinary performance ensemble, originating out of Naropa University and the ALIA Institute, where she currently teaches in leadership programs.


Arawana is an acharya (senior teacher) in Shambhala – a global network of meditation centers dedicated to applying mindfulness to “creating enlightened society.” She teaches both meditation and art based on bringing out the basic goodness of individuals, of relationships and of society.



Sunday 22.09.2019 6:00PM check-in & dinner

Monday 23.09.2019 9:00AM to 5:00PM

Tuesday 24.09.2019 9:00AM to 5:00PM



Hotel Sole Paradiso

San Candido, Dolomites, Italy


Seminar Fee: 350€


If you have any questions please contact

Tel: +39 347 93 63 889