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Transformative Group Collaboration Workshop Set for December

NCDD member Rosa Zubizarreta sent us word of a workshop she’ll be leading called DiaPraxis: Transformational Approaches to Creative and Effective Group Collaboration. The workshop will be held from December 7 – 9, 2007 at the Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center, Craryville, NY. This work offers an experiential introduction to new and powerful approaches in the field of practical group creativity. If you already have good listening skills — whether from Focusing, or NVC, or peer counseling, or community mediation practice — you will learn how those skills can be used to help practical, task-oriented groups work together with greater synergy, wholeness, and spirit. If you are already an experienced group facilitator, you will learn how to “manage less” and help the group accomplish more.

This work is grounded in Dynamic Facilitation, a transformational approach to group collaboration developed by Jim Rough. It also includes insights from Gene Gendlin’s Focusing work, and from Jeff Conklin’s Dialogue Mapping. Rosa Zubizarreta brings training and experience in organization development, focusing, social change, and diversity to her work with groups. The cost is a sliding-scale fee of $300 – $500 includes two nights lodging and meals, starting with dinner on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday. The workshop will begin at 4 pm on Friday, and end at 2pm on Sunday. $150 deposit due by Nov 16.

To register: e-mail Beatrice Blake at beatriceblake@earthlink.net. Learn more about Diapraxis at www.diapraxis.com/materials.html and about Dynamic Facilitation at www.dynamicfacilitation.com. To learn about the retreat center, visit Pumpkin Hollow’s website is www.pumpkinhollow.org.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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