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George Leonard

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George Burr Leonard
BornAugust 9, 1923
DiedJanuary 6, 2010(2010-01-06) (aged 86)
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina
Occupation(s)teacher, writer
Years active1953–2010
Known forHuman Potential Movement, Integral Transformative Practice, Aikido
SpouseAnnie Styron Leonard

George Burr Leonard (August 9, 1923 – January 6, 2010) was an American writer, editor, and educator who wrote extensively about education and human potential. He served as President Emeritus of the Esalen Institute, past-president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, co-founder of Integral Transformative Practice International,[1] and an editor of Look Magazine. He was a United States Army Air Corps pilot, and held a fifth-degree black belt in aikido.[1] Typical of his philosophy, life's work, and the times (1960s), Leonard stated: "Western civilization has been a 2,000 year long exercise in robbing people of the present. People are now learning the powerful joys that hide in the narrow place of the hourglass, the eternal moment. Here is their golden learning: to see - really see - spring flowers; to feel - really feel - the grace of love."[need quotation to verify]

Leonard co-founded the Aikido of Tamalpais dojo, originally in Mill Valley, now in Corte Madera, California. He also developed the Leonard Energy Training (LET) practice for centering mind, body, and spirit.[2] Leonard died at his home in Mill Valley, California on January 6, 2010, after a long illness, survived by his wife and three daughters. He was 86 years old.[3]


  • The Decline of the American Male (1958) ASIN B000JWGFBW
  • Shoulder the Sky (1959) ASIN B000HLSI5Q
  • Education and Ecstasy (1968) ISBN 978-1-55643-005-3
  • The Man & Woman Thing, and Other Provocations (1970) ASIN B0006DY0R0
  • The Transformation (1972) ISBN 978-0-87477-169-5
  • The Silent Pulse (1978) ISBN 978-1-4236-0122-7
  • The End of Sex (1983) ISBN 978-0-09-152830-0
  • Walking on the Edge of the World (1988) ISBN 978-0-395-48311-4
  • Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment (1992) ISBN 978-0-452-26756-5
  • The Life We Are Given (1995) ISBN 978-0-87477-853-3
  • The Way of Aikido: Life Lessons from an American Sensei (2000) ISBN 978-0-452-27972-8
  • The Ultimate Athlete (2001) ISBN 978-1-55643-349-8


  1. ^ a b "Leonard's ITP Page" Archived 2010-04-17 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Stone, J., Meyer R. Aikido in America, Frog Books (1995) ISBN 978-1-883319-27-4 p. 215, 240
  3. ^ Jones, Carolyn (January 7, 2010) "Human potential pioneer George Leonard dies", San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 10, 2012.