Leadership for International Internships

How do we grow into conscious leaders and peacemakers? This is a 3-day training that teaches skills and techniques that can be used to balance ourselves when we are facing difficult situations. As we deepen our character we may want to look beyond the issues in front of us and see what they truly reflect. Leadership skills are taught with the focus being on how to maintain and live from our center, no matter what is going on around us. The training prepares students to go on international internships. The training is usually held in a retreat setting and is required for all going on service internships.

This class is offered every June or on an as-needed basis.


La Veta, Colorado
This class takes place in a retreat setting. You need to arrive the evening of June 24th.


June 25, 26, 27, 2011


$400. Must pre-register. This price includes meals and housing.

Directions and Accommodations

Detailed directions to the Adagio Conference Center and accommodation information.

Kunming, China: Summer, 2011


July 13-August 13


This trip will arrive in Kunming City, which is the ethnic part of China. You will have a few days of becoming familiar with the city. Your hosts will be Chinese University students who speak English and will be accompanying you on the service project in the rural village. Doing Tia Chi in the mornings in the city park, listening and watching the many dancers and singers that frequent the park and shopping. Going to Stone Forest for a day of hiking. Then travel to a beautiful Yi Village, in the mountains, 3 hours south of Kunming. Here you will stay in the village for 7 days and work on a water restoration project along with the village members and Chinese University Students. Half of your day will be spend on building with the water restoration project and the second half of the day will be spend teaching the children of the village. Then you will return to Kunming for a day of rest, and fly to Zhongdian, the Tibetan part of China. In this old town the Tibetans dance at night in square, you will visit monasteries and Tibetan villages. We even know of a fairly secret Tibetan women’s nunnery, which we will visit. Then you will travel to Tiger Leaping Gorge (1 ½ hours) and then to Lijiang, an old city with minority Naxi people for one afternoon. Then you will fly back to Kunming and then back to the US


Cost is $3950, which includes service project in rural village and travel while in China and the Leadership Class. We do have some scholarship monies this year. You are responsible for getting yourself to Los Angeles.


To register please mail tuition to:
41 Verano Loop, Santa Fe, NM 87508.
Please include your name, address, e-mail and phone number.

For more information: 505-466-8385 or Kareycolleen@aol.com

About the Facilitator

Karey Thorne

Karey Thorne

Karey Thorne is a therapist and educator who conducts workshops in the United States, Europe and Asia. For the past 15 years she has taught peace studies classes at the high school and college level, and conducts international service internships with students, in Cambodia, China, and Kenya. As head of PeaceJam New Mexico she organized 6 international peace conferences, in which Nobel Peace Laureates met with youth. She has been in private practice as a therapist for 19 years. In all of her work she incorporates a spiritual perspective, which is the core of her approach to peace and transformation in the world. She is Executive Director of Heart to Hands, a non-profit that works with developing transformational leaders for the future through education and service to others. www.hearttohands.org. She has a BA in Political Science and Asian Studies from the University of Puget Sound, and an MA in Counseling from Southwestern College and is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist.