Welcome to the Institute for the Advancement of Service
The goal of all service is to support the emergence of one another’s highest potential. We bring our best selves to our service when we attend to our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. We balance our care of self with our work in the world and our care of others.
Founded in 1980 and incorporated as an educational and spiritual organization, the is located in the metropolitan Washington, DC area – in Alexandria, VA – where we offer a series of web-based courses and study programs. focuses on the dynamic relationship between soul development, service, and leadership. The foundation of the Institute’s teachings and practices is based upon co-founder Susan S. Trout:
- Born to Serve: The Evolution of the Soul Through Service, with a Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (1997)
- The Awakened Leader: Leadership as a Classroom of the Soul (2005), and
- The Clarion Call: Leadership and Group Life in the Aquarian Era (2009)