Ann Linnea

Ann Linnea is a writer and educator with decades of experience serving the art of dialogue in a fascinating range of settings. Whether guiding a wilderness quest or presenting a workshop to business leaders, Ann embodies the stewardship of wild things which has characterized her life and work. She began her writing career in Utah, authoring hiking and skiing guides as U.S. Forest Service naturalist in the 1970’s. In 1991, Ann co-authored the award-winning Teaching Kids to Love the Earth. In 1992, she became the first woman to circumnavigate Lake Superior by sea kayak (an 1,800 mile journey). Deep Water Passage, A Spiritual Journey at Mid-Life, describes her extraordinary physical courage and even more extraordinary spiritual trial and transformation. In 2002 she worked with a local environmental education organization to publish A Journey Through the Maxwelton Watershed. In 2010 she co-authored The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair with Christina Baldwin as a legacy contribution to two decades of pioneering circle work. Also published in 2010, is her full color Keepers of the Trees—A Guide to Re-Greening North America, the result of decades of devotion to making natural history accessible through fascinating stories. Ann has a B.S. in Botany with honors from Iowa State University; an M.A.T. in Education from the University of Idaho; and Elementary certification from Utah State University. She has been a Wilderness First Responder since 1997. Ann has worked with numerous healthcare and education institutions, non-profits, and religious communities. She lives on an island near Seattle, WA where she enjoys gardening, hiking, swimming, and local activism. She is a mother and the wilderness grandmother to Jaden and Sasha.

Why Circle is the Core Group Process for Emerging Participatory Leadership

We are in charge of how we meet together. Chairs and tables do not have to be bolted to the floor in long rows facing a speaker's platform. The voice of upper management is not the only voice with...