Zachary Towne-Smith (RYT 500hr) is a passionate connector. His innate creativity, flexible perspective, and quick smile make him a natural leader, inspiring participation and thoughtful consensus in the wide array of groups he works with. He has dedicated his life to the study and development of intercultural relations and the facilitation of innovative solutions for sustainable well-being.
His Cum Laude B.A. from Harvard College led him to explore issues of privilege and work for justice from his hometown of Philadelphia to the Guatemala City garbage dump. This work has taken him throughout the Americas engaging diverse stakeholders in strategic planning through the development of creative and critical thinking in fields such as education, public health, business, creative industries, and entrepreneurship.
He expresses his own creativity through music, photography, and capoeira bringing insights from these arts into his facilitation and mediation. In 2006 he co-founded the Guatemalan non-profit Imagitlán.
Together with this multi-disciplinary group he led the development of the Holistic Action Planning for Innovation (HAPI) methodology and has implemented it in many diverse contexts ranging from economic to cultural development, resulting in stakeholder-owned solutions to shared challenges.
He believes that interpersonal relationships and creativity are the keys to sustainable innovation, and brings a unique skill set to his work with individuals and groups in settings ranging from corporate board rooms to dirt-floored rural schools. His multi-cultural and multi-lingual fluency are valuable assets as groups develop and maintain creative environments of respect and trust.
Watch his TedX talk here.
Upcoming with zach ...
On the magical island of Bali, every breath is sacred, every moment can be breathtaking. We wake with the sun, we merge with the sounds of nature, we immerse ourselves in the ancient teachings of Yoga to reveal the wisdom that lies within. As we meditate on the elements of mountains, then coast, we allow the natural flow to re-synchronize our spirits to the rhythms of this wild earth.
Early Bird: $300 off tuition!
At Kula Collective we believe in You. We’d like to support your growth into an even more creative and effective facilitator. This is why we are inviting you to join us for this intensive hands on experience that will re-inspire your leadership and re-kindle your confidence. Come learn to learn, and practice facilitating others to do the same.
Check out Zach's BLOG Posts here!
"As we enter our fourth year working together as Kula Collective, we are more inspired than ever by our vision of “an awakening of spiritual consciousness, supported by a thriving community founded in integrity, with abundance and freedom for all.”
"How can we ensure that our Yoga Teacher Trainings are constantly improving to ensure that anyone who has a certification has the potential to create these transformative experiences our world is so desperately in need of? How can we avoid people turning away from Yoga because of a negative experience with a teacher who doesn’t meet our standards of excellence?"