Legacy and Dialogue

Sharing Our Stories, Conversing Across the Generations


Bob Halperin, Steve Seeche

August 20-25, 2017
Sunday-Friday, 5 nights

$560 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


Program Description

All human beings want to feel that their lives have mattered, that their existence leaves a positive imprint on the lives of their family and others they have touched. In this workshop, you will define and articulate your legacy through the ancient tradition of writing an ethical will, which will open up a rich, meaningful dialogue between you and those you love.

Through a series of personal assessments, exercises, journaling, and facilitated conversations, you will explore:

  • What values, experiences, and stories are important to you
  • How your most challenging experiences have shaped your life
  • What choices you want to make as an individual or as part of a couple, given what you propose to say to your children, grandchildren, and other loved ones
  • Tools to facilitate memorable conversations with your family.

This weekend you will open doors to vulnerability, courage, and authenticity. You will experience the profound value of learning to ask questions with genuine curiosity instead of defaulting to typical conversational practices of advocating and persuading.

You deserve to reflect on what life has taught you, and to be intentional about the legacy you leave to the not-yet born children of your children’s children, who will thank you for embarking on this journey.

Faculty Bio

Bob Halperin

Bob Halperin is a research affiliate at MIT‰’s Center for Collective Intelligence, where he previously served as executive director. He is also president of Alumni Forum Services, a company that brings Harvard alumni and other executives together for confidential discussions of important business and personal issues.

Bob received an ethical will from his grandfather, has written legacy letters to his children, and has led multiple workshops and retreats on the theme of moving from success to significance, asking how we go about the daunting task of sharing our non-material and non-financial ‰assets‰ with loved ones and how our thoughts about legacy inform the choices we make about how we live today.

Honored as an Eisenhower Fellow in 2002, Bob brings more than two decades of executive education and senior management experience to his work, including leadership roles at Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Harvard Business School, Babson College, and MIT Sloan School of Management.

Steve Seeche

Steve Seeche is chairman of the board of Mediators Beyond Borders, an international organization that builds local skills for peace and promotes mediation worldwide.

After his 30-year career consulting with venture-backed, technology startups, and meditation training at Harvard Law School, Steve now divides his time between international peace building, nonprofit board service, mediation, and other forms of dispute resolution.

He has served on several boards, including the New England Association for Conflict Resolution, and he has had a long-term interest in dialogue, nonjudgmental conversation, and mindfulness.

In his consulting, nonprofit board service, and teaching, he continually asks: how can we turn from judgment to curiosity as we seek to connect with and learn from others? He draws on his expertise in facilitating conversations about life‰’s meaning, sharing our legacies, and communicating with and learning from the generations who will inherit from us and succeed us as leaders.

Why Attend

  • Create an ethical will of inspiration, life lessons, and values—for your children and future generations—that comes from your heart and years of life experience.

  • Deepen your relationship with those you love by learning how to have meaningful, open conversations about life’s most significant treasures.

  • Give yourself much-deserved time and space to reflect on your life and experiment with how put your legacy into words.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.


Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
From $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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