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Study Group


Greetings Fellows! Below you will find information on how to prepare for Holding Space for Transformation taking place at Lone Rock Retreat in Bailey, Colorado. Additionally, please review Pahara’s health and safety protocols for in-person gatherings during your time at Lone Rock Retreat:



Understand best practices in moderating text-based discussions for diverse audiences

Practice moderating text-based discussions, receive coaching, and learn more about the Pahara-style of moderating

Experience a Pahara seminar-like experience with additional Pahara Fellows

Understand tools and strategies to center, ground, and source one’s resilience when holding space for others



Participation in this program consists of a required two-hour virtual session and a five-day in-person session at Lone Rock Retreat in Colorado. Attendance at both the virtual session and the in-person experience are required to take part in the program. An additional hour-long small group coaching call is also offered; this coaching call is highly encouraged, but not required.

Please hold the following dates on your calendar:


Monday, June 10, 2024

12:00pm - 2:00pm PT / 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST

(highly encouraged, not required):

  • Option 1: Thursday, July 11th, 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET

  • Option 2: Wednesday, July 31st, 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

  • Option 3: Wednesday, July 31st, 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET

You will only attend ONE small group coaching call from the options above. However, the date/time of this call will be determined by the reading you are assigned to moderate. Reading assignments will be shared in June. For now, please hold all three dates/times on your calendar. 

Please note: While attending Holding Space for Transformation can be, for some, the beginning of a conversation about moderating for Pahara programming, we encourage participation in this offering to support your moderation practice in your context and do not guarantee placement or further follow-up regarding moderating for Pahara.


The agenda for this program is rigorous. Review the following schedule outline below and consider whether this program fits your needs: 

Tuesday through Thursday, programming starts at ~9:00am with rowing. Moderated readings begin at ~9:45am.​​

There will be between three to five reading blocks per day, with 5-minute breaks between blocks. There will be an hour lunch break each day.


will conclude around 4:00pm.



Lone Rock Retreat

64797 US HWY 285

Bailey, CO 80421

In-Person Session

Start: Monday, August 19, 2024, 5:00pm, Reception & Dinner

End: Friday, August 23, 2024, 12:00pm, Lunch (to go)


Prior to the seminar, please direct all logistical questions to our team at

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    Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis and, while they are not required for entry into the Fellowship, they are critical to our ability to identify exceptional leaders from across the education ecosystem. Ideally, a nominator knows enough about the leader’s work to share their thoughts on why they would be an excellent choice for the Fellowship. Each nominee is notified and invited to submit an application for consideration. We believe that a broad, diverse coalition is needed to reimagine the role and manner of education in society. While the Fellowship is open to all education leaders who meet our selection criteria, we are particularly seeking to identify innovative leaders of nonprofit schools and from organizations serving nonprofit schools, and leaders bringing perspectives from across the political spectrum. We are sensitive to the ways sponsorship practices can disadvantage women and Black, Indigenous and leaders of color who are less likely to have sponsors. When thinking of incredible changemakers to bring to our attention, we encourage nominators to consider leaders from within and outside of their close circles.
    Leaders who meet our program criteria are welcome to apply to the Fellowship, with or without a nomination. The application is an essential and required part of the process, and allows candidates to share information about their work and leadership, alignment with our selection criteria, and how they most hope to benefit from participation in this powerful development experience. For applicants advancing beyond this stage, this information serves as rich background information on which to base deep, reflective dialogue during interviews taking place during candidate consideration. While the Fellowship is open to all education leaders who meet our selection criteria, we are particularly seeking to identify innovative leaders of nonprofit schools and from organizations serving nonprofit schools, and leaders bringing perspectives from across the political spectrum.
    During this stage, we seek to understand candidates’ motivations and challenges, learn more about their background and leadership journey, and determine candidates’ willingness and ability to negotiate the multiple domains of difference that contribute to the tapestry of Pahara cohorts. Candidates participate in a 90-minute virtual interview with a Pahara Fellow or a member of Pahara staff via Zoom. This conversation also provides candidates an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the Fellowship. The interview is followed by referencing carried out by our team. This includes reviewing feedback provided by the three references named by the candidate, and checking for potential conflicts of interest amongst candidates being selected into the same cohort. We may also reach out to Fellows in our community who are familiar with a candidate’s work to understand the full scope of their leadership. Given the degree of openness and vulnerability expected in this phase of our process, information shared with us by candidates or in the reference process is held with the highest degree of confidentiality.
    Once we have identified a pool of values-driven leaders who have demonstrated readiness throughout the selection process, we begin the careful, complex process of curating cohorts. We aim for cohorts that are inclusive of the breadth of our humanity across multiple domains of difference, including socioeconomic background, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, religious affiliation, and political ideology. Cohorts are also distinctive in their inclusion of leaders from various organization models, multiple sectors in education, different geographic regions, and various leadership roles. This careful cohort curation is critical, as the cohort is the container within which the personal and professional transformation Pahara is most known for occurs. Cohort dialogue is confidential and both professional and personal in nature. We seek to foster an environment that celebrates the lived experiences of all of our Fellows.
    We strongly believe curating a myriad of perspectives in each group is a vital component of the program’s value and impact on participants. We receive many more nominations and applications than we have available seats in each cohort, and because of this level of demand, we are sometimes unable to select leaders who meet our selection criteria. When a candidate meets the selection criteria but is not placed, we encourage them to opt-in to be considered for a future cohort, which can take time. It is not uncommon for a Pahara Fellowship candidate to be considered for a few years before being selected or released.
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