Mastery Foundation

The Mastery Foundation, a non-profit, volunteer, interfaith organization founded in 1983 to empower individuals and communities in their ministries, in the reconciliation and healing of divisions, and in creating new conversations and possibilities for the future. The Mastery Foundation grew out of a series of conversations in the late 1970s and early 1980s among Christian and Jewish clergy who had experienced a personal transformation when they participated in The est Training. Their interest was in finding a way to make that kind of transformation widely available to others in religious ministry and to the institutions of religion. The Mastery Foundation continues to this day to work toward peace and reconcilation in places where religious differences are a source of conflict, including Northern Ireland and Israel.

Originally developed in partnership with Peter Block and Werner Erhard, the Mastery Foundation delivers peace and reconciliation Intensives in Ireland and Israel with the purpose of producing breakthroughs for participants in their relationship to the past, to the future, and to what is possible for their communities and their lives.

In May 2010, the Mastery Foundation held its 12th Ireland Intensive for community leaders at work healing divisions, building communities, and reconciling divisions in their society. It was a diverse group of 29 men and women: Protestants and Catholics, ex-combatants, members of the police service, educators, religious leaders, youth workers, and professional facilitators. As always, the closing celebration was a magical evening of song, stories, poetry, and good humor that left everyone present to the possibility of a reconciled world.

In July 2011, the Mastery Foundation traveled to Israel to offer the first Developmental Intensive in the Middle East. The course was an important milestone in their work in Israel. The first Mastery Foundation trip to Israel was in 2002, after sponsors of their work in Ireland asked to have the work brought to the Middle East. After several years of inviting Arab and Jewish community leaders in Israel to participate in the Ireland Intensive and offering community based programs for organizations and groups in Israel, they had a sufficient understanding of the culture and a sufficient foundation of relationships to proceed and launch working with those committed to peace in Israel.


Werner Erhard

"Werner Erhard is a teacher, consultant, and the creator of one of the most influential technologies of the last 30 years, the technology of transformation. This technology has been the basis for two widely popular and effective educational programs, The est Training and The Landmark Forum, as well as a successful corporate consulting business and several other enterprises and organizations. In 1983, Werner Erhard accepted the request of the newly formed Mastery Foundation to consult in the creation of a transformational program for those who minister and serve others. Since then, he has continued to donate his expertise and services to the Mastery Foundation, at times developing new program material and leading courses." -From The Mastery Foundation Website


The School for Leadership

In 2006, The Mastery Foundation inaugurated its newly formed School for Leadership. Working from a research paper of which he was one of the authors, Werner Erhard proposed a new model of integrity as a state or condition of being whole, complete, unbroken, unimpaired, sound, perfect condition. Rather than tying integrity to moral values and ethics, this model asserts a link between integrity (honoring your word), workability, and performance, saying that as integrity in individuals or groups declines, so does performance. In other words, "Without integrity, nothing works."


Origins and Early History of The Mastery Foundation

The Mastery Foundation grew out of a series of conversations in the late 1970s and early 1980s among Christian and Jewish clergy who had experienced a personal transformation when they participated in The est Training. The group requested that Werner Erhard develop a program designed specifically for this constituency, and Werner Erhard agreed. As part of the design work, Werner requested that the Mastery Foundation enlist experts on clergy development and practice who could represent the Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish faiths.

The first workshop – Making a Difference: A Course for Those Who Minister – was held in 1984 for 60 participants. Since that time, the Mastery Foundation has offered the Making a Difference Course more than 160 times for more than 3000 lay and ordained participants in the United States, Kenya, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Read More



Report on July 2011 Israel Intensive

Ireland Initiative Results

March 2011 Report on work with community and religious leaders in Israel and Palestine

The Mastery Foundation School for Leadership

Mastery Foundation School for Leadership Inaugural Conference

August 2010 Israeli – Palestinian Workshop

Ireland Initiative

Israel Initiative

Peace & Reconciliation

Empowering Those Who Minister

Community Empowerment

New Conversations that Lead to New Possibilities

Outcomes and Results

Mastery Foundation - Who We Are

Board of Trustees

Contribute Your Time and Talent

Empowering Those Committed to Building Inclusive Communities

Origins and Early History of The Mastery Foundation

Werner Erhard and The Mastery Foundation

Werner Erhard: A Shot Heard Round The World


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