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It is from the treasury of our own gifts that we find fulfillment and joy in giving.  

Susan S. Trout,
Born to Serve  

The Institute Shifts Its Mission and Organizational Structure

For the past 35 years, the Institute for the Advancement of Service (IAS) has offered onsite classes, workshops, trainings, and retreats in soul development, service, leadership, and organizational design, based on the teachings of The Soul and Service Trilogy by Susan Trout. These teachings are collectively known as The Clarion Way. In 2008, the Institute further expanded its offerings to include web-based study programs in The Clarion Way.


In March 2014, the Institute sold the elegant building in Old Town Alexandria where we had been located for the last 20 years. In the next several months, a new structure and focus for our mission gradually emerged. We have restructured the Institute and its mission by developing a more extensive selection of website courses and study programs and by offering outreach activities off-site in the metropolitan DC area and beyond. This mission allows our volunteer staff and faculty members to continue to do their Institute work from home. We have rented a virtual headquarters office at a company in Old Town Alexandria.  This type of office is popular for small businesses and is becoming the wave of the future.  If needed, we can rent space elsewhere for a particular event.

Susan, who continues to serve as Board President and Director of The Clarion Way Programs, has moved to a home in Alexandria. The Institute's phone number (703-706-5333), mailing address (P.O. Box 320245, Alexandria, VA, 22320-4245), and email ( remain the same.

We are thrilled and newly energized by our new structure and by the knowledge that this shift in our mission will allow us to most effectively fulfill the Institute's destiny: to serve, at this critical time in our planet's history, those individuals and groups - worldwide - who are seeking a way to be and serve in the world with courage, perseverance, and inspiration.

... As awakened leaders and groups, we can transform our organizations and communities so that they truly support their members and those they serve. We harvest the good from where we have been and welcome change as new models unfold. We call on the wisdom of the universe to help us with the practical application of that knowledge. We deepen our collective understanding of what wants to emerge in the world. Taking a step through the Aquarian doorway, we move out of the personal into the collective and out of duality into wholeness. We choose to articulate a new template for the evolution of soul-inspired leadership and group consciousness.


TheClarionWayAbout The Clarion Way

The foundation of IAS teachings and practices derives from
The Soul and Service Trilogy, known as The Clarion Way . The Clarion Way website courses and study programs are offered online. The Trilogy consists of three books by Susan S. Trout, PhD: Born to Serve: The Evolution of the Soul Through Service with a Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama; The Awakened Leader: Leadership as a Classroom of the Soul; and The Clarion Call: Leadership and Group Life in the Aquarian Era. Three Roses Press publishes all Institute books and materials. IAS was founded in 1980 as a non-profit 501c(3) organization.   

Vision of the Institute for the Advancement of Service
To be a globally aware service organization that fosters soul development through its study, practice, and teaching of a holographic model of leadership and group life.



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