“In my heart, I’m seeking a simple oneness with the moment.
With the in-breath and with the out-breath, the dance of life.
There is work to do for the world and none of us can do it alone.”
New Collaborations, Powerful Conversations:
Toke Møller on the Road by Lynn Hartley
Based in Silkeborg, Denmark, Toke Møller specializes in designing and hosting gatherings
for learning, dialogue, and practice in the areas of entrepreneurship, team and network
building, sustainable leadership, educational renewal, and social responsibility.
His work has taken him all over Europe, Israel, Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom, Canada,
the United States, Mexico, Australia and Brazil
For the past three years, Toke has also made an annual migration to Halifax, where he has
co-led a Shambhala Institute module on “Convening Strategic Conversations” with
Marianne Knuth. The module has explored how gatherings can be organized around
meaningful questions in a way that enhances a group’s capacity for inquiry, dialogue, and
Toke’s Institute connections have led to collaborative projects in distant parts of the
world. For example, in 2003 Toke attended an Institute plenary on Healing Conflict,
which highlighted stories of violence and reconciliation in countries such as South Africa,
Sri Lanka, Thailand, Rwanda, Israel, and Palestine. Toke recalls, “I was touched by
the stories and conversations – it was one of the most meaningful plenaries I’ve ever been
to.” Towards the end of the week, Toke made a connection with one of the plenary speakers
and his future collaborator – an Israeli named Yitzhak Mendelson. “We talked about
how the work of reconciliation needs to happen everywhere, not just in the Middle East.
We’ve forgotten how to really be together.”
Out of the Summer Program a collaboration was born, involving Yitzhak, a Palestinian
named Zoughbi Zoubghbi, and an American named Whit Jones. This team had a vision
of working with trauma and breaking the cycle of conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
Toke was invited by the group to design a process to best support a meaningful conversation.
In October 2004, this project, called the Centre for Individual Recovery and
Reconciliation (see www.cirr.org), successfully brought together a group of Israeli and
Palestinians for a three-day gathering.
Toke comments, “This is one example of how connections born at the Institute create
something in the world. It is about taking leadership and compassion into practice. It is
also about allowing humanity to surface, even in the midst of great personal pain. ”
Another such project was initiated by Phil Cass, who is engaged in creating a culture of
dialogue across the city of Columbus, Ohio. This is one of the projects that will be a focus
in the Global Village Square.
The focus of Toke’s work is about finding new ways to bring people together in a deeper
way. Or as Toke says, “Ways to be really here, focus the energy, and speak from a different
Throughout his work, Toke is exploring some of his own critical questions. He reflects,
“How can we lead with clarity, strength, and courage? I’m discovering that both warrior-
ship and midwife skills are needed. I’m discovering the art of inviting male and female energies.
One moment leading, the next following. One moment a teacher, one moment a student.
Male and female converging and becoming one.
“In my heart, I’m seeking a simple oneness with the moment. With the in-breath and with the
out-breath, the dance of life. There is work to do in the world and none of us can do it alone.”
This year, Toke will be returning to the Summer Program to co-lead, with Barbara Bash and
Bob Wing, the module “Circle, Brush & Sword – Hosting Conversations as a Martial Art.”
Through the warrior arts of brush calligraphy and Aikido, the module will focus on creating
and holding conversational spaces where learning and insight can flourish, and where complex problems can be resolved.