“In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists.”

– Eric Hoffer

Open-Focus is the overall umbrella for the advanced developmental work offered by Dan Petersen.

The essence of Open-Focus is a commitment to the awakening of higher human potential. From an integral coaching perspective, practices for personal development become the foundation for professional development. In other words, we cannot move effectively with what we are not seeing clearly.  If our subjective perception is clouded by overwhelm, contraction, busyness, or distracted by mistaken agendas, conditioned habits, past successes or failures, then we cannot see clearly and miss opportunities as they open and pass by.  So to operate at a higher level, one must see differently.  Practices for personal development address this expanded and clearer seeing and listening.

The promise of Open-Focus is: As a person awakens to and begins to embody their emerging capacities, new perspectives open. Previously unnoticed connections and possibilities can now be addressed. In this new space of seeing and listening, work and life bloom with potential and rich meaning. 



These are the concepts that wrap around the quote, “The most difficult thing a person will do is be themselves”.

  • Keeping curiosity alive is the driving force of evolution

  • This is the business of the evolution of human consciousness

  • Moving fluidly between the I & the We

  • The wisdom that boredom is good

  • Knowing the body never lies

  • The drive for belonging

  • The cycle of Fit in / Stand Out / Harmonize

  • Trust in self

  • Granting people permission


  • ...an intense, safe opportunity for me to learn where I was attached to limiting parts of my life story.

  •   I am successfully using tools and techniques that I learned in the retreat to continue that process as other challenges arise.

  • My key insights from this session are: Knowing myself, my journey and my future possibilities.

  • ...pivotal in my change journey, this workshop has the potential to facilitate personal growth.



Depending on the needs of the individual or team, Dan calls upon a number of associates to assist in the project. These are experts in their fields. Some of the areas of expertise are:

  • Advanced Financial Planning

  • Somatic Experiencing

  • Visionary Questing

  • Mediation

  • Non-violent Communication