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“Summer Davos” in China

September 5 to 16, 2014 – It was nice to be back in China, this time in Beijing for the Young Global Leader (YGL) Summit and Tianjin for the World Economic Forum on East Asia. I co-led a workshop on “Holistic Leadership” with Geoff Davis, and participated in a variety of working sessions. We visited the Longquan Monastery in Beijing and spent time with the monks. In 2010, during the YGL Summit in Tanzania, Geoff and I initiated the “Protect The Asset” module for the YGL Summits–an intentional effort to encourage Young Global Leaders to take care of themselves as they transform the world. Now, in addition to intense working sessions, we dedicate time for people to do yoga, martial arts, run, play golf or whatever they like to decompress. Early one morning I taught yoga on a private section of the Great Wall of China. That was rather surreal!

After the Summit, I had the immense pleasure of traveling with a small group–on a private jet–to Japan. The destination (Nara and Kyoto), AND the journey (flying in extreme luxury), was an experience to remember. We visited the Todai-ji Temple in Nara and dined on food Zen Buddhist monks eat at Kanga-An in Kyoto. The entire trip was incredible–from teaching yoga on a private section of The Great Wall of China to learning about the new wave of Buddhism from an esteemed Master. Check out the pictures.

Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at Young Global Leaders Summit in Beijing, China – September 2014
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at Longquan Monastery as part of the Young Global Leaders Summit in Beijing, China – September 2014
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy teaching yoga to global leaders on a private section of The Great Wall of China as part of the Young Global Leaders Summit in Beijing, China – September 2014
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy teaching yoga to global leaders on a private section of The Great Wall of China as part of the Young Global Leaders Summit in Beijing, China – September 2014
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy and other leaders jumping for joy on a private section of The Great Wall of China as part of the Young Global Leaders Summit in Beijing, China – September 2014
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy on a private jet ride from China to Japan after the Young Global Leaders Summit in Beijing, China – September 2014
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy on a private jet ride from China to Japan after the Young Global Leaders Summit in Beijing, China – September 2014
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at the Todai-ji Temple in Nara, Japan after the Young Global Leaders Summit in Beijing, China – September 2014
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at the Todai-ji Temple in Nara, Japan after the Young Global Leaders Summit in Beijing, China – September 2014
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy enjoying food Zen Buddhist monks eat at Kanga-An in Kyoto, Japan after the Young Global Leaders Summit in Beijing, China – September 2014