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Authentic Celebration: The Path to Collective Wisdom

£ 625.00
Course fees include simple accommodation, all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions.
The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon and includes four nights private accommodation and all vegetarian meals from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure.

With Lizandra Barbuto, John Croft and Satish Kumar

Authenticity is a source of creativity. It is the impetus to action that must arise from each person and not be externally imposed, it is about becoming true to one’s own self.  Authenticity is the degree to which one is faithful to their personality, spirit, or character, despite external pressures.  The conscious self is seen as coming to terms with being fully in a material world and with encountering external forces, pressures, and influences which are very different from, and other than, itself.
When we speak of celebration what do we really mean?  The origin of the word “celebrate” comes from the Latin celebratus which meant “much-frequented, kept solemn” or “famous”.  It comes from the past participle of celebrare which meant to “assemble in order to honor,” also “to publish” or “to sing the praises of”.  Celebration thus comes from celebratio which was “a numerous assembly”, “to make visible, in order to see” and from celebramus meaning “to make popular”.   It comes from the deepest listening, and the ability to recognise and acknowledge the deepest truths about each of us, in profoundest gratitude.
This workshop in “Authentic Celebration: The Path to Collective Wisdom”,  from the founders of Dragon Dreaming, the powerful technique of catalysing collective action, will assist any participant who is interested in finding their own path to true wisdom, in liberating their deepest authenticity.
You will discover that the road to collective wisdom lies through the heart of true celebration.  You will learn how to celebrate and recognise yourself, through the body, and through your reflections.  You will come to recognise “the other” and the world, understanding the feedback processes of authentic celebration and how to find it in your personal and collective projects.
No experience or knowledge of Dragon Dreaming is required as these tools are transferable to all projects.

Who is it for

This workshop is for anyone who seeks to become more effective in personal or professional projects, and find ways of moving beyond burn-out or exhaustion in their lives or their work.

 You will learn:

  • The deeper meaning of celebration.
  • Feedback process, such as those found in each stage of Dragon Dreaming.
  • The tools to manage the authentic celebration process
  • How to truly celebrate yourself and others.


Read the blog: An Introduction To Authentic Celebration here


John Croft

John Croft is an international trainer and consultant, who for 40 years has worked in the field of ecologically sustainable community education and community economic development, in London, Paris, Geneva, and in Africa,Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Australia with a wide range of organisations.  He has also worked in Universities around the world, speaking at conferences, and running workshops and training programs.  He is co-founder of the Gaia Foundation of Australia and co-developer of the internationally recognised Dragon Dreaming methods of Consensual Participatory Strategic Planning for community-based projects and organisations now used in 37 countries around the world in many different settings and organisations.

Lizandra Barbuto

Lizandra Barbuto is a Brazilian international trainer, expert in Neuroscience, Human Development and Integral Sustainability, and in Integrative Psychotherapy, in a practice that supports the search for identity and awareness through bodily movement, mental and emotional presencing and authentic freedom. She is also a facilitator of the Guide Way of Nature. She is researcher on collective wisdom, Lizandra is currently completing Master´s degree through Gaia University, in this field.  She believes that life is a gift and by taking care of our own we can enjoy this gift in the best possible way; a way that this is only possible as we become aware of ourselves and our true place in the world. John and Lizandra work together in different sustainable projects and in personal development for 3 years

Satish Kumar satish kumar  - Holistic Living & Sustainability Courses

Satish is a former monk and long-term peace and environment activist. He has been quietly setting the Global Agenda for change for over 50 years. He was just nine when he left his family home to join the wandering Jains and 18 when he decided he could achieve more back in the world, campaigning for land reform in India and working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality. In 1973 Satish settled in the United Kingdom taking up the post of editor of Resurgence magazine, a position he has held ever since, making him the UK’s longest-serving editor of the same magazine. During this time, he has been the guiding spirit behind a number of now internationally respected ecological and educational ventures including Schumacher College.


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Residential accommodation for "Changing the Frame"  is at Higher Close, a 20 minute walk from Schumacher College. All meals will be provided at the college.

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  1. What does a bursary mean to you?
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