Facilitator(s) Allison Priestman and Stephen Tame
Date: 04/11/2017 - 30/06/2018
About this event
A short course in Group Facilitation
This course, which has run successfully for the last three years, is for anyone who wants to learn more about groups, how they function, and how to facilitate them.
Grace and Chaos: opposite poles, yet both crucial for successful group process.
Grace – the gracefulness of a well-functioning group or good group facilitation, effortlessly yielding to reality. Joanna Macy describes what she calls group synergy: ‘It is like grace, because it brings an increase of power beyond one’s own capacity as a separate entity’.
Mythologically, Chaos is the primal state from which the world is created. Groups need to go down into chaos in order to pass a certain point in their alchemical journey; so group leaders need the courage and grace to allow chaos to happen, and to model openness to chaos, openness to not knowing, for the rest of the group.
We will learn about groups by being one: holding an open space for the group to do what it needs to do, and using theory in a creative and accessible way to make sense of our experience. You will have opportunities to practice and develop facilitation skills by ‘taking the wheel’ of the group for a while.
Cost £1100, concessions available