Three Streams

The Three Streams of Cardoner

There are three main streams that inform and contribute to the mission of the Cardoner Institute.  They are:


  • Jesuit and Ignatian Traditions

    Drawing on the tradition of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola, the Cardoner Institute explores leadership as a vocational practice; "a way of proceeding" that seeks to realize the end for which we were created, and that works to effect personal and communal transformation.  The Ignatian approach to leadership is holistic and integrated, exacting but adaptable, reflective, ongoing, practical, and ordered to something greater.  It seeks to form people of competence, conscience and compassionate commitment. 


  • Psychosynthesis

    Founded in 1911 by the Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli, Psychosynthesis is a contemplative psychology with an emphasis on meaning and purpose.  It is a comprehensive approach to human development that draws upon both Eastern and Western traditions.  By employing practical techniques, Psychosynthesis consciously attempts to cooperate with the natural tendency in each of us to synthesize the various aspects of our lives at ever more inclusive levels of dynamic harmony and organization.  It provides an inclusive and ever-growing framework designed to support the individual, groups, and the planet in their process of unfolding


  • Karma Yoga

    As the ancient Indian model of moral development, Karma Yoga includes elements of both the transformational and servant leadership approaches.  Rooted in the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita, "the yoga of action" cultivates a duty-orientation that arises from a sustained connection to one's true self, an interior freedom capable of acting without attachment to outcomes, and an equanimity that is the ground of one's leadership and the fruit of one's contemplative practice.  

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