emergent dialogue

Module 1

Interbeing & Field Intelligence

Starting Wednesday, September 27, 2023

>> Registration open until Wednesday, October 4 <<
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Die zentralen Seminareinheiten dieses Programm werden von Thomas Steininger und Elizabeth Debold auf Englisch gehalten. Wir bieten aber auch deutschsprachige Übungsgruppen an, um Emergent Dialogue auf Deutsch zu üben.

The capacity to sense and to embody living interbeing is the foundation of emergent dialogue. In this essential module, you are given the opportunity to develop your capacities for sensing into the aliveness of interbeing and to recognize its intelligence. You will learn what are the gateways to interbeing and how to shift your center of gravity to align with the intelligence of the field.

The Module meets every Wednesday for three months from September 27 to December 13. We alternate between whole group sessions led by Thomas Steininger and Elizabeth Debold and small practice group sessions led by experienced Catalysts of emergent dialogue.

What is
emergent dialogue?

emergent dialogue

empowers you to participate in a new culture of creative togetherness. Through this collective practice, you become an agent of emergence, discovering how to make yourself available to what wants to become known between us. Neither simply a method nor a technique, emergent dialogue takes the most fundamental human activity—speaking with each other—and transforms it into a powerful shared space of curiosity, reverence, meaningfulness, and potential.

emergent dialogue

brings to life a Co-Conscious We. It takes us beyond interpersonal relationship into the dimension of interbeing where co-consciousness and co-intelligence thrive as a new way of being together.

Our Approach

The only way to learn emergent dialogue is through practice. You cannot learn it by studying or thinking about the concepts only; dialogue is something that you have to do. Yet, “doing” here is more than speaking together; it’s a matter of sensing, presencing, letting go, choosing, and being available to the emergent edge of what happens between us.

During the three months of the program, you will have many opportunities for practice. We combine ongoing instruction and exercises in each teaching session, and twice monthly small practice groups will allow you to explore and develop what you have learned.

Transmission & Initiation. The first, and most important, element in learning emergent dialogue is an experiential recognition of this living space between us. Establishing this through transmission is essential. It is an initiation into collective presencing.

Experience & Exploration. Practice starts with perception training: developing the sensing “muscles” to perceive the subtle, embodied connectivity of the living intersubjective field. Again, this is not a concept or an idea, but depends on the palpable experience of this field and the sensitivity to recognize it. From here, we inquire together into the nature of this space of interbeing, and in the process, it and we develop a new way of being human together.

Understanding. In addition to exploring and inquiring together, we will also provide content for the mind to place the practice of emergent dialogue in a larger context. This includes philosophy, history, developmental psychology, and cultural evolution.

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What will you learn?

We begin with learning how to sense into interbeing, which opens a deep coherence in the relational field. A living, collective presence arises between us. Realizing that this is not just a personal experience, you can discover dimensions of being and knowing beyond the individual without losing your sovereignty. With practice, you will learn how to become available to the intelligence of the field between us.

Together, in active participation in the large and small sessions, we will explore and practice:

How to move from "me" to "we" and perceive the field

A depth of presence that is not just a fleeting experience

How to embody radical openness

Grounding yourself in wholeness

How to hold a position of not knowing

Trust in the more subtle dimensions of togetherness

How wholeness becomes a different starting point for engaging with difference and diversity

And you will share all of this in the company of curious, high-spirited fellow humans.

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Our Guides

Tom Steininger


Elizabeth Debold


Our Team of Catalysts (more to come)

Faculty of the event

I am managing editor of evolve Magazine, a translator, author and facilitator of emergent dialogue. I have studied Zen Buddhism with various teachers, engaged in hospice work and have nearly 20 years’ experience working with We Space and emergent dialogue. Currently, I am writing a book about a poetic art of living that will be published later this year.


A living systems strategist, Carri combines wisdom traditions with ecosystem principles to nurture regenerative cultures in conscious organizations and multi-sector collaboratives. Her holistic approach to evolutionary work rewires individuals and organizations to actively participate in shaping conditions that allow us all to flourish in a complex world.

Faculty of the event

After a long trifold path through the arenas of small business start-ups, collective spiritual practices, and developing physical communities, my paths began to merge 30 years ago into the world of collaborative technologies.  That journey ultimately landed me in the realm of intersubjective practices five years ago. Thanks to the new world that opened, the context that most drives me now is, “How do we create–From the We– the localized human-scale economies that will absolutely work… for the we, and the planet?”

Faculty of the event

The question of how environmental protection and social change can go hand in hand with actively lived modern spirituality has occupied me since my youth. Professionally, I am committed to living climate protection. In addition, I am inspired by the vitality of the field of consciousness between us and the desire for deep human togetherness. For the past 15 years, the co-conscious and co-creative thinking and working in emergent dialogues have been the engine of my work for a new culture between human beings and for the world.

Faculty of the event

It is such a joy to have been workng with this dedicated team and other members since 2009. Although I am a naturopath by profession, I am involved in facilitating different Co-Conscious We-space and emergent dialogue programs at emerge bewusstseinskultur e.V. and One World in Dialogue and am part of the support team of evolve Magazine’s salon work.


As a cultural anthropologist, I’m fascinated by exploring how collectives find purpose and create togetherness. In the past ten years, emergent dialogue became to me a life practice in this discovery. Being a member of the editorial team of evolve Magazine, I established and co-lead with my colleagues a network of almost 30 evolve salons in the German speaking countries where we take deep dives into the evolution of culture and consciousness, based on the magazine topics.

The Program

The two Teaching Sessions each month will be held on Wednesdays from 17:00-19:00 Central European Time. For the time in your location, see World Time Buddy.

For those who cannot join on Wednesdays, there will be a "replay session" at 14:00 CET / 8:00 EST on the Sunday following each main session.

The small group practice sessions will held twice a month in the weeks when there isn’t a Teaching Session and will be scheduled by each group so that they are at a time convenient to the group members. These sessions will be about 75 minutes long.

Recordings of the Teaching Sessions will be made available to course participants, but watching them does not substitute for attending the sessions, which are interactive and experiential.

You will also have access to an online forum for all participants and for each practice group so that you can share insights and connect in between the teaching sessions and practice groups.

What we do in each session:

Each 2-hour Zoom teaching session will begin with an approximately 45-minute exploration of one aspect of the practice. This exploration will be led by Thomas Steininger and Elizabeth Debold. You are invited to take part in this inquiry during the session.

This opening is followed by small group exercises (for about 30 minutes) designed to give you experience with these different aspects of emergent dialogue. Finally, the last part of each session invites you to continue the inquiry in the whole group.

The teaching team will also bring in relevant concepts to help you to understand the process you are in. They will also take questions, discuss implications, and provide context about emergent dialogue–and offer guidelines for the small group work that will happen the next week.

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emergent dialogue module 1

Teaching Session:
September 27, 2023

We start by breaking the ice and getting to know each other. In this first session, you will meet the teaching and catalyst team as well as meet your companions on this journey. You will have the opportunity to make connections with others who want to explore and work with this new dimension of relatedness.

Perceiving the Field
Teaching Session:
October 4, 2023

Can we sense something beyond individual experience? We will open our collective awareness to the space between us. Stretching our perception beyond the usual attention to our inner experience, you are invited to sense into the shared, intersubjective space.

Practice Group Session:
October 11, 2023
Radical Openness & Not Knowing
Teaching Session:
October 18, 2023

How does meditation help to cultivate sensing beyond mind? The practice of meditation is a foundational practice for emergent dialogue. Learning to sit in openness, letting go of the mind’s need to be right and secure, enable us to enter conversation from a place of wholeness and nonseparation.

Practice Group Session:
October 25, 2023
Interbeing & Transindividuation
Teaching Session:
November 1, 2023

What if the experience of this shared space is more than just an experience? Human cultures have developed from pre-individuation to individuation and now to transindividuation. The recognition of the living presence in the space between us shows us a new direction for our development. We will explore this experientially and discover how interbeing calls us to be even more deeply individuated.

Practice Group Session:
November 8, 2023
The Fourfold
Teaching Session:
November 15, 2023

How do we orient ourselves to wholeness? We introduce the Heideggerian Fourfold as a way of stepping beyond the limitations of our separateness to embrace the living moment in its fullness. To participate in the collective intelligence of interbeing, we can learn to open ourselves to the uniquely human capacities of presencing these four dimensions.

Practice Group Session:
November 22, 2023
Intuiting Wholeness

Teaching Session:
November 29, 2023

How do glimpses of the whole provide direction?​ We will explore how to cultivate an intuition that arises from the space between. When we shift what we identify with as “self,” a channel opens to a deeper sense of what needs to happen. Allowing the dialogue to be what it is, and not fixing it or bringing a rigid agenda, allows wholeness to do its work of synergy.

Practice Group Session:
Deember 6, 2023
Wrap Up
Final Session:
December 13, 2023

What are your questions? What are the implications of this living field of intelligence? In our final session, we invite you to ask any open questions that you have about this practice.

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We commit to you...

To offer 7 2-hour Zoom video-conference sessions, co-led by Thomas Steininger and Elizabeth Debold that combine both guidance on and practice in emergent dialogue

To provide 5 60- to 75-minute small group practice sessions to support learning the practice, facilitated by practitioners with experience in emergent dialogue

To make available video recordings from the Zoom Teaching Sessions (small group meetings are not recorded)

To provide supplemental readings and recordings to support your understanding of emergent dialogue

To provide forums for participants to share ideas and explore the practice on the Communiverse, our practitioner community

You commit to all of us...

To show up and give your full presence to the twice-monthly Teaching Sessions

To join in twice-monthly group practice sessions and let go into the practice itself

To bring your curiosity and sense of adventure to learning this emergent practice

Registering & Contributing

Our aim is to bring this process of emergent dialogue to as many human beings who would benefit from its potential as possible. We recognize how urgent it is to discover new ways of sense-making together and to unleash a deeper creativity to respond to the crises we are in as a species. This emergent capacity for intersubjective dialogue belongs to humanity, not to us. We want to make it available as widely as possible so that money is not an obstacle to anyone who sincerely wants to take part.  

We offer all of our programs in the spirit of the gift economy—or, in German, a Geschenkkreislauf—where we offer what we have learned and you respond with a gift, usually a financial contribution. However, we have come to realize that, for some programs and this program in particular, we cannot simply offer it for free and ask for contributions. Too many who sign up for free end up not having a commitment to the program, which makes the practice groups unstable and hurts the learning environment. So, we are asking for a specific contribution when you register.

To help us cover our costs and be able to continue our work, we ask you to contribute 300 euros. That amounts to 25 euros per session.

If you cannot afford this contribution–due to being a student, getting hit by inflation, having a fixed income, living in a country where this is far too expensive–then please be in touch with us. Or if you need to pay in installments, say of 100 euros per month, we can arrange this.

We also invite you, if you are able, to make a contribution of 500 euros as a Benefactor. Your contribution will help provide scholarships to those who cannot afford to contribute financially and are eager to learn. AND…

AGAIN, IF YOU TRULY WANT TO COMMIT TO THE PROGRAM, AND NEED A FEE REDUCTION OR PAYMENT PLAN, PLEASE BE IN TOUCH. We have scholarships and will not turn away any motivated person who happens to have financial limitations or who lives in a part of the world where this is far too expensive.

Plus, you get 6-months FREE access to the Communiverse,
our practitioner community space


You enable us to offer our programs

€300(VAT Included)

  • 14-hours of teaching sessions

  • 6 practice group meetings

  • Recordings & other materials

  • 6-months FREE access to the Communiverse

Thank you for helping us cover our costs so we can offer these programs.

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Your generosity supports others

€500(VAT Included)

  • 14-hours of teaching sessions

  • 6 practice group meetings

  • Recordings & other materials

  • 6-months FREE access to the Communiverse

Thank you for your generosity and for supporting others to take part.

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All 3 Modules

Sign up for all 3 modules and save €100

€700(VAT Included)

  • Full access to Modules 1, 2, & 3

  • ALL practice group meetings

  • Recordings & other materials

  • 12-months FREE access to the Communiverse

Thank you for signing up in advanced to all 3 modules.

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