We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 Byron Fellowship.

The 2017 Program will take place from Sunday, July 30th to Friday, August 4th at Warren Wilson College near Asheville, North Carolina.

Byron Fellowship is a transformational experience and a community of generative leaders co-creating a flourishing world.

Our Vision

Our vision is to achieve a renaissance in the health of human and natural communities.

Our Fellows

Emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, making a difference around the world.

Our Mentors

A collection of academic teachers, active practitioners, and community leaders.

Fellow Reflections

Riding the Uncertainty Wave

By Sunghee Tark (2015 Byron Fellow) My summer before Byron was like a calm sky before a storm. I was calm on the outside, but I was nervous, insecure and vulnerable on the inside. I was about to start my last year of college and had just returned from studying abroad...
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Vision and Vulnerability: Reflections of a 2015 Byron Fellow

Realizing the importance of carrying my vision is definitely the most important thing that I took away from Byron. Byron shifted my focus and way of being from discouragement, back to my original vision…

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This is It—It has Started

It is irrational to dream. A vision must move through ‘what-ifs’ and worries if it is to become tangible. When envisioning, a leap must be taken, a leap past rationality and into a firm faith that a different future is possible. This leap starts with me. With my way of being…

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An Ongoing Story

As I sat on the plane flying over the east coast of America on my way back to England in the Summer of 2014, I was on a high. I had just spent a week at the Byron Fellowship, where I met inspirational people from all over the world and shared life-changing experiences. I felt like I was surfing the “Byron wave”. The world was my oyster and nothing could stand in my way.

Then life happened…

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From Fear to Freedom on the Path of No Return

The valley I returned to is the city of St. Louis in the wake of Ferguson, with its coldly warring factions of shouts and silence seemingly as opposed to each other as fire and water. My own sense of change is fleeting at the best of times. But those dreams that took flight at Byron flutter back to visit me when I need them the most…

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A Transformed State of Being: Reflections on the Byron Experience

I knew that there was something magical about the Byron Fellowship from my very first evening as a mentor five years ago. I drove in from Louisville, and had another commitment that afternoon, so I arrived after dark. The participants were gathered around a picnic table a few hundred feet away from the cabins, introducing one another by the flickering light of a campfire. As I listened around the table, it became obvious that these were some of the most remarkable young people I had encountered in my nearly 30 years of experience as a teacher and mentor…

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Reflections on the Byron Fellowship, 5 Years Later

I was on the cusp of finishing an Associates Degree in Design Technology as a non-traditional student. I was co-parenting my young son with my ex-wife. I was living in a small home that I had built myself of earth, straw bales, and salvaged materials, and I had begun transitioning professions from driving nails to drawing floor plans. I was on the fence about what to do after finishing my Associates Degree. Sometimes, I wanted to continue on in academia, study architecture “for real”, and pursue obtaining my architectural license. Other times, I thought about returning to former employers and work that did not really satisfy me but was safe.

Hopefully Byron would help me find the answer that I so greatly desired….

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The Power of a Renewed Mind

by Jasmine Hamilton (2014 Byron Fellow)  The culture of Byron, which I experienced as imagination, enthusiasm and openness, encouraged me to freely share some of my aspirations and challenges as a scientist. I remember sharing my struggles with accepting the current...
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A Journey of Self-Discovery

by David Ward (2014 Byron Fellow) As I stood by the pick-up point at Indianapolis airport, my mind was buzzing with nerves and apprehensions. Questions existed that had no answers; why was I there? what was I about to do? why was I doing it? I wanted answers and...
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What is Byron Fellowship? A Personal Description and Invitation to Apply

by Anamaria Aristizabal   What is Byron Fellowship? It is a journey to envision. Collectively, participants and mentors put our minds together to understand the complex systems that need to be shifted. We increase our capacity to see wholes, and have an integral...
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Back to the Garden: A New Asceticism

Fred Bahnson, Director of the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University School of Divinity  and author of Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food & Faith, participated at the Byron Program in Aschville, this past August...
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Byron Fellowship Reflections: Seven Weeks Out

by Brian McCaster (2014 Byron Fellow) Once upon a time, there was a man with a smile. Every day the man smiled at the world, and every day it smiled back with love and blessings abundant. Until one day, the man's smile left his face and touched his heart. And, then it...
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Byron Fellowship Reflections: Unlocking Potential

by Imaan Taghavi (2014 Byron Fellow) Going into Byron, I was unclear as to what to expect. Preoccupied with so much else in my life I was having a hard time trying to understand what I had read a past fellow describe as "interconnected flourishing." I did, however,...
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News & Announcements

Berekuso Library Project

Grace Amponsah, a 2016 Byron fellow, is working to help improve educational achievement within the community of Berekuso. With like-minded colleagues she is raising money to create a space where children can freely access textbooks that their parents cannot afford or will not prioritize buying.

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Byron Alumni Recognized in Kazakhstan

Byron alumni Parkhat Yussupjanov was recently recognized in his home country of Kazakhstan when he was awarded a medal – 25 years of Kazakhstan’s Independence – on decree of the Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev

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Help Alleviate Energy Poverty by Supporting Bright Books

Amy O’Shea, 2011 Byron Fellowship alumni, recently founded a startup called Bright Books which aims to alleviate energy poverty through social enterprise. Amy is seeking your support for Bright Books' Indiegogo Generosity Campaign. Bright Books sells high-quality,...
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Cooking for Standing Rock

Byron alumni Anna Nicole Powell has set herself the ambitious goal of providing a meal to the Indigenous brothers and sisters at Standing Rock, N.D.  She will make the pilgrimage over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and do what she loves the most, cook for people...
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Upcoming Music Concert with Harry Pickens

Harry Pickens, a mentor of the Byron Fellowship will be one of the many highlights at the upcoming Festival Week of Prophetic Ministry at the School of Divinity, Wake Forest University. The festival is aimed at promoting and practicing the prophetic spirit of the...
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Riding the Uncertainty Wave

By Sunghee Tark (2015 Byron Fellow) My summer before Byron was like a calm sky before a storm. I was calm on the outside, but I was nervous, insecure and vulnerable on the inside. I was about to start my last year of college and had just returned from studying abroad...
Read More

Vision and Vulnerability: Reflections of a 2015 Byron Fellow

Realizing the importance of carrying my vision is definitely the most important thing that I took away from Byron. Byron shifted my focus and way of being from discouragement, back to my original vision…

Read More

This is It—It has Started

It is irrational to dream. A vision must move through ‘what-ifs’ and worries if it is to become tangible. When envisioning, a leap must be taken, a leap past rationality and into a firm faith that a different future is possible. This leap starts with me. With my way of being…

Read More

An Ongoing Story

As I sat on the plane flying over the east coast of America on my way back to England in the Summer of 2014, I was on a high. I had just spent a week at the Byron Fellowship, where I met inspirational people from all over the world and shared life-changing experiences. I felt like I was surfing the “Byron wave”. The world was my oyster and nothing could stand in my way.

Then life happened…

Read More

From Fear to Freedom on the Path of No Return

The valley I returned to is the city of St. Louis in the wake of Ferguson, with its coldly warring factions of shouts and silence seemingly as opposed to each other as fire and water. My own sense of change is fleeting at the best of times. But those dreams that took flight at Byron flutter back to visit me when I need them the most…

Read More

Engineering in a Sacred World: A New Blog Bridging Engineering and Spirituality

Byron Alumna Julia Thompson recently launched a blog to explore spirituality in engineering. She hopes to create a space for the community of spiritually-minded engineers to connect, and to allow those who are questioning the role of their spirituality in the engineering culture a space to discern.

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Apply for the January 2016 Re:Generate Fellowship!

The Re: Generate fellowship is a holistic leadership development program for young, North American faith leaders. The 4 day fellowship provides an opportunity for those pursuing food justice, sustainable agriculture, climate change, and ecological resilience through their vocation to explore and deepen the inner resources needed to sustain their work. Applications for the 2016 course themed, Leading in a New Narrative: My Story, Earth’s Story, God’s Story, which runs from January 11-14 are now open.

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A Transformed State of Being: Reflections on the Byron Experience

I knew that there was something magical about the Byron Fellowship from my very first evening as a mentor five years ago. I drove in from Louisville, and had another commitment that afternoon, so I arrived after dark. The participants were gathered around a picnic table a few hundred feet away from the cabins, introducing one another by the flickering light of a campfire. As I listened around the table, it became obvious that these were some of the most remarkable young people I had encountered in my nearly 30 years of experience as a teacher and mentor…

Read More