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Creative Facilitation in a Time of Environmental Emergency 2021

Key Info: 
  • Consider the environmental crisis in incontrovertible terms, so that you can respond to objectors in your journey as a wild facilitator/consultant or creative catalyst
  • Illustrate the dangers of climate change, drawing on the UNEP Report (November 2019)
  • Explore systemic methods including systemic mapping, embodied coaching, 4D mapping, eco constellations and Theory U

With Jenny Mackewn and Robert Poynton. Others to be confirmed

£ 795.00
Course fees include all vegetarian meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions as well as simple, private accommodation with shared bathroom from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure.

This course explains the predicament that the earth is in and offers us some of the practical means to collectively meet the challenge, including:

• A vivid, evocative consideration of the environmental crisis and the implicit dangers
• An introduction to systemic thought and practice, as a powerful interconnected approach to fight climate change
• Examples of bio mimicry that illustrate what nature can teach us about saving the planet
• A range of complex and creative facilitation and catalyst skills
• An exploration of how and when to use these exciting skills with existing and new client groups, organisations or communities – in order to foster adaptation and resilience

In more detail, the course uses active and participative methods throughout to:

• Build a welcoming and creative learning community – in which you can feel safe and yet stretched to reach to the stars
• Explain the environmental crisis in incontrovertible terms, so that you can respond to participants who pose questions or objections Illustrate the dangers of climate change, drawing on UN Report (November 2019) and Bendell (2018)
• Introduce the 4 primary ways of knowing
• Explore systemic methods that emphasize the interconnectedness of all things; e.g. systemic mapping, embodied coaching, 4-d mapping, eco constellations, Theory U 
• Investigate concepts of adaption, resilience, and restorative processes
• Illustrate different methods of nature-connected facilitation including Earth wisdom teachings, Joanna Macey’s Work that Reconnects
• Integrate the power of story, ceremony and ritual
• Work with the energies of song, rhythm and music
• Discover our capacity to do improv
• Undertake an in-depth exploration of how to use these techniques in group/teams/communities/where we live and work already, as well as in the new groups/teams/ communities who will need our support and help

Our aim is to make sure that the time you spend with us is deep yet joyful, practical yet spiritual, while giving you a chance to further develop your professional skills and make new friends with whom to collaborate in the immediate future.  
By the end of the course you will have participated in, learnt or practiced the following facilitation methodologies: 

active, experiential, participative techniques; building a creative learning community; public explanation; dealing with questions systemic explorations such as eco constellations, 4-D mapping or social presencing theatre or Theory U, small group case clinic explorations, nature connected facilitation, Joanna Macey’s Work that Reconnects, resilience, ritual and ceremony, story, working with group energy, improv etc

And you will have begun to envisage how and where to apply these methodologies in your working and personal life and the wider field.

*The Booking Deadline gives us an accurate idea of course participant numbers at approximately 6 weeks before the course is due to run, at which point we confirm the course, add additional time for people to book on or cancel the course. We encourage people to register early for courses as places are limited.

With Jenny Mackewn and Robert Poynton. Others to be confirmed
Jenny Mackewn

Jenny Mackewn

Jenny Mackewn is a Creative Catalyst who designs and leads innovative learning programmes and co-creative events.  She has recently initiated a Masters programme in Transformative Organisational Development (for Middlesex University): A leadership programme in Co-creating the Future (at Schumacher College) and a Focused Training in Constellations and Systemic Embodied Coaching (with ICF Accreditation).  She is developing a set of programmes in Holistic Business Development and Leadership for the Earth for Schumacher College and the Dartington Estate.

Robert Poynton

Robert Poynton

Robert Poynton is an Associate Fellow of the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. He designs and facilitates workshops, programs, retreats and events. He lives in Spain, is a co-founder of On Your Feet— a consultancy based in Portland, Oregon, and he is the author of Do Improvise. He lives off grid - literally and metaphorically. The remote, hilltop house is off the electricity grid, so is solar powered and the small Spanish town where it is located is well off the beaten track for anyone but rock climbers or bird watchers.

He is a designer of learning experiences. Like ‘The Creative Tapas Experiment' or ‘The Oxford Praxis Forum Reading Retreats'. Rob believes in playing around with things (and people) rather than trying to control them and is fascinated by the power of place and the absurdity of human attempts to control ourselves, other people and things around us.

His most recent book is entitled “Do – Pause” and many of his friends regard his entire career as one long pause.

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Applications are viewed on a case-by-case basis and we are unable to enter into discussions on any decisions. We generally have many more applications for bursaries than we have funding available. We can only offer one bursary per person per year and priority is given to those who have not attended the college or received a bursary before. To help us support as many people as possible, please only apply if you would be unable to attend the course without a bursary.

How to apply for a bursary

NB: Please do not pay your deposit for the course yet. Any applications received where a deposit has been paid will be rejected and the deposit refunded.

Six weeks before the course is due to start all bursary applications will be considered and responded to.  If successful you will be required to accept our Bursary Terms and Conditions.

Please answer the following:

  1. What does a bursary mean to you?
  2. How will your attendance on this course benefit the wider community?
  3. If your financial situation justifies you applying for a bursary, how much are you able to contribute towards attending this course?

Please be prepared to supply an appropriate reference in support of your application.