Interview with Dan Mahle

Dan pushes his own boundaries in body, heart and mind. He's helping others do the same through workshops, consulting and his new blog at wholeheartedmasculine.org.

~~Q: Who are you? Introduce yourself as you would at a dinner party.

 

A: My name's Dan Mahle and I'm a program coordinator, group facilitator, and occasional writer- splitting my time between Columbia City and Whidbey Island. I like hearing stories about what lights people up and makes them come alive. I enjoy finding new ways to lean into healthy vulnerability and push my own boundaries in order to better leverage my skills and passions to service the world.

 
Q: What is your background? How does it differ from what you are doing now?

A: I got my BA in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College in Richmond, IN- a small liberal arts Quaker school in the heart of a very conservative part of the country. My background is in youth leadership development, community based art for social transformation, and environmental and social justice work. I am passionate about bringing people together- across many lines of difference- to engage in tough conversatons and transformative experiences. I love to dive deep into topics of leadership, environment, new masculinity, gender equity, team-building, embodiment, and creativity.

 
Q: What are you working on right now?

A: I'm getting ready to kick off an evening workshop at Impact Hub on March 11th, called Democracy School: From Corporate Control to Community-Based Power. I'm also preparing to host the 4th Annual Thriving Communities Conference at the Whidbey Institute.

 
Q: Why did you join Impact Hub?

A: I joined because I love the community feel and I appreciate all of the opportunites for connection and cross-pollination. Also, as the sole Whidbey Institute staff representative based in Seattle, it's nice to have an "office" to call home.

 
Q: How do you make money?

A: My main gig is with the Whidbey Intitute, where I provide leadership to our major annual programs, including Salish Sea Bioneers, Thriving Communities, and Cascadia Climate Collaborative. I also run workshops around the topics of gender equity and new masculinity, and I'm moving toward launching a small life and leadership coaching practice.

 
Q: What is something that really excites you right now (a trend, life development, time of year, food, etc.)?

A: I'm excited that, after about 10 years of living mostly in my head, I'm finally learning to reconnect with my heart and my body. The upside, I can finally cry again; the downside, there's so much to cry about when we really let ourselves feel. Haha, dang.

 
Q: You have $10M to spend in the next year, and you can’t spend it on you, your friends or your family. How do you spend it?

A: Give it to the young activists and organizers in Ferguson, and across the country, so they can build the movement. That's where the deep work is being done to heal the heart of humanity.

 
Q: What’s on the horizon for you (a new project, career path, personal development)?

A: My latest project is a blog called WholeheartedMasculine.org. It's dedicated to the rise of wholehearted men, asking the question: What does it mean to be a wholehearted man in the world today? I'm offering new workshops on gender equity and new masculinity in the Seattle area. I'm also moving toward launching a small life and leadership coaching practice, which will support leaders on their unique life path, through focused empathetic listening, clarity cultivation, and purpose-oriented strategy. (Be in touch if you're interested in being one of my first clients!).

 
Q: Where do you usually hang out when you are at Impact Hub? How often are you here?

A: I hang out on the 2nd floor, most of the time. They have good snacks :)

 

Q: What is something we don’t know? (Either about you, or something else)

A: I moved to Seattle, WA in 2009 to serve as an Americorps member- flew out with 2 suitcases and a few bucks. At the time, I'd never been to the city before and I didn't know anyone!

 
Q: Give us your top three Seattle gems!

A: 1. Central Co-op- that place rocks!

     2. Elliot Bay Bookstore- great place to hang out.

     3. Sunlight Cafe- awesome, small-town feel

 

 

Contact Dan at dan@whidbeyinstitute.org .