Khali Young - About Me
Khali, what’s your AFN 2017 Workshop?
Embodiment, Connection & Difficult Conversations
If you had a totem animal what would it be (native to your country)?
Torny Frogmouth. I find these birds hold an amazing ancient quality and stillness.
What cultural activity are you looking forward to trying at the AFN conference?
I'm hoping to get more connected to indigenous spirituality and wisdom. I think I'm more interested in the social context and narrative around the cultural activities I see on the program than the activities themselves.
What is your take on 'sacred communication'?
I see 'sacred communication' as communication that has us sharing our authentic selves, in all our shadow and light, in a space that holds and welcomes us in our differences such that each of us is transformed in some way by the meeting. It is communication from the body and heart as well as the head. It is communication that comes from deep listening to ourselves, each other and the universe. I think this form of communication is incredibly important in this day and age and I invest a lot of my time and energy into it.
What’s something that might be surprising about you? Or your workshop?
Hmm... I think it's surprising that I'm running a workshop on embodiment when my background is actually in computer engineering and mathematics and I largely work in corporates. I believe I bring a pretty diverse background, including this and more things that gives me a rich set of perspectives to offer. I want to pass as much depth and richness as I can.
What's the funniest facilitation moment you have ever had?
As part of the relational meditation practice, 'circling', I facilitate, I have had many. One time in a circle we were outside at the top of a hill. We spontaneously decided to roll down the hill and ended up finishing our circle at the bottom of the hill. That was fun :-) I have had water thrown at me. I've had spontaneous pillow fights and dance-offs. There's so much play and fun to be had from a place of authentic presence and connection!
What pearl of wisdom can you offer beginner facilitators?
I think that facilitation ultimately comes from presence. If we are present to ourselves, individuals in a group and the group as a whole, and that we can speak what seems truth to us from this place, but with humility, then we will facilitate powerfully. To me this is the crux of facilitation.
With love, Khali
Khali Young works as a coach, stewarding transformational change within organisations and leaders. He specialises in Agile, Lean, Integral and Embodied coaching and facilitation approaches. He started his career as a technologist and has
played many roles within a project delivery ecosystem, finally settling into coaching and consulting. Khali also runs Authentic Sydney, facilitating community and teaching the skills of authentic communication and embodied presence, particularly via a relational meditation practice,‘circling’. Khali has had a keen interest in spiritually and
personal transformation for over 20 years.