Foundations of Purpose

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Program Information


"Now and again, it is necessary to seclude yourself among deep mountains and hidden valleys to restore your link to the source of life."  –Morehei Ueshiba (Founder, Aikido)

Every leader – no matter how competent and outwardly successful – reaches a challenging point where he or she must pause and take stock of what matters most in life. Some may realize their external life has come with a steep inner price – perhaps the loss of connection to something vital. Some may feel stuck in a story too small for the person they sense they can become. Others face complex leadership challenges that require the cultivation of their own deeper capacities. 

Foundations of Purpose uses a range of practices that support participants to explore and navigate this critical leadership threshold, and to reconnect with what poet David Whyte calls “your own truth at the centre of the image you were born with.” Tapping into their own deep creative intelligence and exploring profound personal questions will enable participants to clarify the next steps on their journey. The process will bring a renewed sense of meaning and purpose to participants’ work of leading and making change in these turbulent times.

What does the program offer?

  • Learn and practice the arts of deep listening, expanded awareness and skillful inquiry
  • Engage imagination and exploration of the natural world to track the threads of the deeper story that calls you to the next phase of your leadership journey
  • Explore the real world applications of models of human development and the emerging science of human potential
  • Generate new insight and possibilities using techniques drawn from the creative, expressive and somatic arts
  • Develop sustaining practices to align your actions and decisions with your singular purpose and internal commitments; quickly connect with and move from your most centered and skillful presence; and cultivate your own wholeness

Who should register?

Foundations of Purpose is designed for those who yearn to bring their deepest and most creative potential to their work, and who aspire to make a unique contribution to the world. The program will have a particular relevance for seasoned leaders and influencers who find themselves in transition, holding profound questions, or perhaps standing at a critical crossroads or developmental threshold. 

Those who find themselves at the ‘edge’ of the stories that have sustained, defined, and empowered them will feel at home here. The program is not a good fit – and may be profoundly destabilizing – for those who want everything in their life and work to stay just the way it is.

"My experience in Foundations of Purpose was very profound for my leadership and personal development. I found deep and nuanced exploration of purpose to be rich with insights, challenges, and affirming moments ... I know this program is just a starting point, but I feel energized and excited to keep exploring these themes with new tools and a new community for support." –Meghan Durieux, TELUS Spark

About Banff Centre Leadership Programs

Banff Centre Leadership programs integrate the power of the arts, the wisdom of Indigenous practice, and the extraordinary beauty of Banff National Park to prepare and empower the next generation of leaders.

Programs help participants bring creative and reflective approaches to a rapidly changing world, and connect leaders with others who share their commitment to positive change in Indigenous communities, businesses, non-profit organizations, cultural institutions, and government.


What's Included

AccommodationRead MoreClose

All Leadership participants who choose the Accommodation and Meal Package are provided private rooms with ensuite washrooms in one of our two onsite hotels, the Professional Development Centre or Lloyd Hall. Room upgrades may be available upon request at an additional cost.

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All of your meals from the start to the end of your program are included; most of your meals will be at Vistas Dining Room, but there may be some special dining events scheduled as well.  Please also feel free to visit the Maclab BistroLe CaféThree Ravens Restaurant and Wine Bar, but note that these outlets are not included in your meal plan, and thus will be at additional cost.

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The Paul D. Fleck Library & Archives is located on the second floor of the Kinnear Centre, and provides access to great books, media, and work space.

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The Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre is located in the lower floor of the Sally Borden Building, and provides all guests with access to our swimming pool, hot tub, steam room, climbing gym, fitness centre, spin studio, and gymnasium. Massage and physiotherapy appointments may also be booked ahead of time.

Fees & Financial Assistance

$3 400.00
Meals & Accommodation Package
$1 048.00

Additional nights' accommodation may be available; please contact us for details.

The above fees do not include applicable taxes, such as GST, the Alberta Tourism Levy, and the Tourism Improvement Fee as needed.

Group Savings

Enroll four members of your organization or community in a program and your fifth member will receive a free tuition. Special restrictions may apply.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance may be available to subsidize some of the costs to attend your program.

Funding opportunities

Call our toll-free number for more details at 1.888.255.6327

How to Apply

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre.

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