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Core Leadership California for Educators

Connect. Collaborate. Discover.


What is CLCA-Ed?

In 2010, we launched a transformational student leadership program, now called Core Leadership California (CLCA), that provides high school students with the time, space, and support to explore their identities, learn how to make values-driven decisions, develop high-performance habits, and build generative relationships with themselves, others, and the natural world.

This two-week residential program teaches the skills that students need to build cultures characterized by five core values--safety, respect, inclusion, belonging, and trust–-which depend upon practices that require intention, attention, and an attitude of curiosity and awareness.

Over the past eight years, we have trained more than 150 students from fourteen countries, and provided more than $250K in financial aid for 53% of our graduates.  Please see the CLCA website for more information. 

Based on this well-established pedagogy, Core Leadership for Educators (CLCA-Ed) is a week-long program for adults who work at the intersection of social justice, identity development, mindfulness, civic engagement, citizenship education, and leadership development.


Why is it important for me to attend?

Adults dedicated to developing authentic young leaders often lack access to true peers and mentors, and thus are perpetually at risk of feeling isolated. Like their students, they need the time, space, and support to explore identity, intimacy, independence, interdependence, and impulse control.

Eight years of directing CLCA taught us:

  • Transformational youth leadership education requires teachers who are talented, trained, and well-supported.  
  • Identity exploration is at the heart of authentic leadership development.
  • The “brave space” required for this work is learner-centered, experiential, and grounded in mindfulness and habitual prosocial emotional responsiveness.

We built CLCA-Ed for adults because we know that real change begins on the inside, and authentic growth requires access to a diverse and supportive network of allies.  CLCA-Ed is designed such that our curated group of participants can explore their own identities, develop their inner capacities and skills as leaders, rest, and reflect.


Where does CLCA-Ed take place?

CLCA-Ed takes place on the upper division campus of the Stevenson School, a selective co-educational boarding and day school, located about a half-mile uphill from “the greatest meeting of land and sea in the world” in Pebble Beach, CA. Stevenson School surveys a dramatic sweep of California’s Central Coast--two  hours south of San Francisco and five hours north of Los Angeles. Participants gather in traditional classrooms and hike along the spectacular Monterey Bay. Our goal is for you to have time to connect, collaborate, rest, exercise, and reflect.

Location: Stevenson School - 3152 Forest Lake Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953


How will I learn and grow?

In both pairs and larger groups, you will develop shared vocabulary and frameworks and you will collaborate with peers to develop your inner capacities and skills as a teacher, leader, and mentor. The classroom extends into the landscape: wherever you find yourself, you will practice foundational attention and awareness skills, and practice refined speaking and listening while living and learning in a values-driven, learner-centered environment. In addition, you will participate in a guided period of silent meditation. These learning opportunities challenge each participant differently, and our team is well prepared to help you meet each one as well as you can, such that you leave CLCA-Ed feeling happy, victorious, inspired, connected, and renewed.

Our Team

Paul Buckley

Program Assistant

Jeremy Heath

Program Assistant

Alexandrina Nikolova

Program Assistant

Find out more about program tuition, accommodations, transportation and policies.


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Core Leadership - Stevenson School
A unique opportunity:
  • Refine your inner capacities and skills as an authentic leader and mentor.
  • Walk on Carmel beach, play in the ocean, hike along the Pacific coast, rest, and reflect.
  • Build a valuable network of professionals from around the world to support you as you build brave spaces, mentor and educate youth leaders, and lead meaningful and sustainable social and institutional change.

"Know yourself so you can know others…"  -Paul Buckley

"Integrity, deep respect, community..."  -Debra Kelliher, MA

"Transformational..."  -Erika Hairston

"This program heals hearts, stimulates minds, sets destinies in motion..."  -Tiffany De Martin

"Each programmatic element spoke to my core, calling me to go deep...
-Paula Whatley Matabane, Ph.D.

"Deeply integrated approach and transformational learning environment..." -Valerie Brown

"Fill our minds so that our souls can speak..." -Jada K. Hebra

"Acknowledge and harness the power of intersectionality..."  -Mashadi Matabane

"Inspiring, empowering, life changing..." -Nanci and Bill Perocchi

"This leadership program gave me the tools to find myself as a leader."  -Aliah Hicks

"..helped me grow tremendously as a leader and a person." -Jeremy Heath

"I discovered who I am and found my purpose..." -Monique

"CLCA is a leadership program par excellence...innovative, inspirational, values-driven, rigorous, beautiful, life-changing..." -Rev. Amani Legagneur

"It was a brave space that allowed us to be vulnerable..." -Kamsi

"This has been such a profound and powerful week for me…" -John McVeigh

"I highly recommend the program!" -Reggie Breland

"I loved the outdoor education component, as well as the connection to nature". -Ben Bruce

"Finding my true north and intention in all facets of my life is the only way to practice effective leadership…" -Bo Buller

"CLCA-Ed has been so beneficial not only as an educator but also as a fellow human being..." -Isabella Hill

2020 Program Dates:

July 13 - 17, 2020 


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Key Information


Who can attend?
  • Mid-career educators and professionals who work with students at the intersection of social justice, identity development, mindfulness, civic engagement, citizenship education, and leadership development. This includes coaches, chaplains, deans of students, deans of equity and inclusion, admissions officers, deans of health and well-being, counselors, and classroom teachers.
  • Any adult committed to working with youth who is interested in developing the inner capacities and skills of leadership
  • Senior administrators, provosts, deans, division heads, and heads of school who want to lead change in a values-driven culture.
  • Most participants are hand-selected and invited to attend. That said, we welcome your inquiry if you meet the above criteria.
    Please email us with your resume and cover letter at:



If paid by February 1
  • $3500 - single room w/shared bath

If paid after February 1
  • $3750 - single room w/shared bath

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.



We are here to help. Reach us at:

Alana Puryear
Program Director
Ph: 831-250-5479

A program designed for the Stevenson School by Mindful Warrior© 2019.