Four-Fold Way

Program Overview

The Four-Fold Way™ Program is an educational experience that demonstrates how to “walk the mystical path with practical feet.” It is designed to increase our respect for nature and each other, and enhance our ability to work cooperatively and creatively in teams. The program inspires “spirit in action” using the cross-cultural components of leadership and communication skills, creative problem-solving, health care, and education. The Four-Fold Way™ Program emphasizes four major principles that integrate ancient cultural wisdoms into contemporary life.

The Way of the Warrior or Leaderis to show up, or choose to be present.
Being present allows us to access the human resources of power, presence, and communication. We express the way of the Leader through appropriate action, good timing, and clear communication. Components of leadership include:

  • Four universal taboos and values
  • Six universal aspects of success

The Way of the Healer or Caretaker is to pay attention to what has heart and meaning.
Paying attention opens us to the human resources of love, gratitude, acknowledgment, and validation. We express the way of the Healer through our attitudes and actions that maintain personal health and support the welfare of our environment. Components of healing include:

  • Four universal addictions
  • Eight universals sustaining health and well-being

The Way of the Visionary or Creative Problem Solver is to tell the truth without blame or judgment.
Truthfulness, authenticity, and integrity are keys to developing our vision and intuition. We express the way of the Visionary through personal creativity, goals, plans, and our ability to bring our life dreams and visions into the world. Components of vision include:

  • International formula for negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Six steps to creative problem-solving

The Way of the Teacher or Counselor is to be open to outcome, not attached to outcome.
Openness and non-attachment help us recover the human resources of wisdom and objectivity. We express the way of the Teacher through our constructive communication and informational skills. Components of wisdom include:

  • Six ways to access our own guidance and wisdom
  • Seven essential skills for working with any group

Optimum health is expressed in most cultures as a balance in all four areas: Leading, Healing, Visioning, and Teaching. Cross-culturally these four areas reflect the four human resources of Power, Love, Vision, and Wisdom. Most of us tend to over-express one area, while leaving the others underdeveloped. It is important to understand that these four ways are universal and available to all humankind, regardless of context, culture, structure, and practice. The Four-Fold Way™ Program is structured to develop all four areas with equal emphasis to support optimum health, both individually and collectively, in our family, workplace, and communities.

The Four-Fold Way™ Program was researched, created, and synthesized by cultural anthropologist Angeles Arrien, Ph.D. The program is designed to fit a variety of formats, which accommodate time and location needs. It is currently being used in medical, academic, and corporate environments.

Introductory Evenings for our 2014 programs!

The Four-Fold Way® educational programs are designed to increase your respect for nature, each other, and enhance your ability to work collaboratively in your family and profession. The programs provide time-honored tools, practices, and skills that develop and strengthen leadership, teambuilding, and communication skills. By using the four universal principles and archetypes listed below, participants learn how to be more effective both personally and professionally.

Show up and choose to be present

Pay attention to what has heart and meaning

Tell the truth without blame or judgment

Be open to outcome, not attached to outcome

Four-Fold Way Free Introductory Evenings

  • Wed. Nov. 13, 2013
  • Wed. Dec. 4, 2013–CANCELLED!
  • Wed. Jan. 22, 2014
  • Tues. Feb. 11, 2014

Location: Angeles’ Teaching Room, Sausalito, CA, from 6:30-7:30pm

You are invited to attend a free introductory evening to hear Angeles speak about the Four-Fold Way® programs for 2014 programs. These free intro evenings are open to all new and old participants, so please bring your friends, colleagues, or family members who might be interested in learning more about the Four-Fold Way® programs, to see where we are located and meet Angeles. Attendance at one of these sessions is suggested to begin the Foundation Four-weekend programs.
Please call for information and a map to the Teaching Room: 415-331-5050.

Note: if you are not able to join us for an Intro evening and wish to sign up for our 2013 classes, call the office at 415-331-5050, and we will answer any questions!