Abigail is faculty for Pacific Integral’s Generating Transformative Change program and Fielding Graduate University’s PhD program in Human and Organizational Development. She is an adult development coach, practitioner and scholar who delights in opportunities to support the unfolding of human consciousness in individuals, groups, and systems. Abigail’s scholarship and practice aims to integrate the interior dimensions of human knowledge and experience (culture, worldviews, psychology, wisdom traditions, etc.) with personal, interpersonal, social, and ecological change efforts. Towards that end, she works with tools and technologies for transformative change including STAGES, Theory U, shadow work, polarity management, social change innovation technologies, awareness practices, somatic embodiment, and nature connection.
My dear friend, Mary Pitt (1980–2017), asked me if I would hold a space of presence for her as she worked through the final stages of her life. She lovingly called the process that emerged between us “death coaching.” She inspired and encouraged me to share this experience with others.
Whether any of us expect to die a physical death anytime soon, we are all constantly negotiating different aspects of death and dying; dying to a former relationship, a career, dying to former beliefs or a former sense of self.
I could summarize the intent of this work with the potent words of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas: “Come into being as you pass away.”
Geoff Fitch is a coach, trainer, and facilitator of growth in individuals and organizations, and a creator of international transformative learning programs. He is a co-founder with Terri O’Fallon of Pacific Integral, where was instrumental in the development of the acclaimed Generating Transformative Change program, which has been delivered on three continents and in its 29th cohort. Geoff participated in the original STAGES research and worked closely participants over long-term engagements supporting their development and refining an embodied experience and understanding of the developmental spectrum and how support individuals and groups to navigate it.
Geoff has researched and developed novel approaches to individual and collective growth, and has designed and facilitated dozens of residential learning retreats. He has been exploring diverse approaches to cultivating higher human potentials for over 25 years, including somatic and transpersonal psychology, mindfulness, innovation and creativity, leadership, integral theory, and collective intelligence. Geoff also has over 30 years experience in leadership in business. He is trained in Core Energetics, a somatic psychology approach for healing and growth. He holds a master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and B.S. in Computer Science, magna cum laude, from Boston University, and has additional studies jazz music, philosophy, and management.
Dr. Lynn Fuentes has pursued a path of personal and spiritual growth for many years in conjunction with a varied career as a lawyer, mediator, journalist, and university professor and administrator. She has been a devoted student of integral theory since 1993 and lives the philosophy as a daily practice.
Previously, Lynn designed and taught integrally inspired courses in conflict management, chronic illness, writing, and adult psychology at Prescott College and at DePaul University, where she also founded and directed the Chronic Illness Initiative, a unique program to help chronically ill students obtain a college education. Dr. Fuentes also served for many years on the board of the Solve ME/CFS Initiative.
Currently, Lynn and her husband own and manage their company, Transformation Teaching, LLC, which offers personal and spiritual growth coaching and courses in adult development, life planning and chronic illness management.
Lynn received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, her M.A. from Prescott College, her J.D. from George Washington University, and her Ph.D. from the Union Institute and University. She lives in Sedona, AZ.
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