An 8 Day Group Facilitation Training
|14/03/2019 – 16/02/2020
Unstone Grange, Unstone Derbyshire
|28/03/2019 – 29/03/2020
Unstone Grange, Unstone Derbyshire
Some of Stephen’s previous Training Courses:
Grace and Chaos
Group Facilitation Training
Nov 2017 – June 2018
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. We have produced a full course leaflet with more information.
Here’s Allison saying more about the course:
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.
Website: Grace and Chaos Course
2017: November 4/5
2018: January 20/21, April 14/15, June 16/17
Cost: £1100, concessions available
Wild Therapy Training 2018
Bringing therapy into the wild, and wildness into therapy
March 2018 – January 2019
Stephen Tame & Jayne Johnson
Three residentials in Derbyshire and Lancashire, and one weekend in Bristol
March 2018 – January 2019 Cost: £1850
An exploration and celebration of therapy’s wildness: its capacity to transcend the limitations we place on our creativity and connectedness.
Working outdoors in comparatively undomesticated settings encourages us to bring the other-than-human and more-than human – animals, birds, plants, trees, hills, rivers, winds, dreams, ghosts, spirits – into the therapeutic process. Spending time ‘in nature’, as we say, can help us appreciate that we are never anywhere else, always inhabiting and encountering our own nature.
In living, working and creating community together, and meeting other species in the outdoors, we may come to a stronger recognition of the interdependence of all beings: moving from a more hardened, human-centric view to a softer recognition of the value of all that lives. Bringing these experiences back indoors, we discover how they change our therapeutic work, moving us to work in a less constrained and habit-bound style when we are in the therapy room, as much as when we are outside.
Wild Therapy supports the spontaneous and the unknown, trusting what arises of its own accord. It celebrates embodiment as a central aspect of our existence, moving back and forth between the training room and the spacious, elemental vessel of earth and sky, inviting us to transform fear based, defensive practice into contact based, adventurous practice: enriching both our therapy work, and life on earth. This year course gives you the opportunity to work with and learn from wildness as it manifests in the client-therapist relationship.
We’ll start off in March at ‘base camp’, Unstone Grange: www.unstonegrange.co.uk , a shabby, comfortable residential centre in a beautiful part of Derbyshire.
We then move to wild and wonderful Roeburndale: www.middlewood.org.uk in May (the study centre) and September (the camping barn, shown in the cover photo), and complete at an urban setting for the final weekend in January 2019.
The sequence will take us into increasingly wild environments, and finally into the city to explore how the journey has changed your relationship with familiar domestication, and how you can use Wild Therapy in your work. Throughout the course we will be working solo, in pairs and threes, and in the whole group. The central structure, repeated with variations, will be to go into the outdoors; to encounter the other-than-human; and to come back into the group to share and process our experiences. At least once on the course there will be a whole day spent outdoors on your own.
The nucleus of this group will be five or so people who have recently completed the two-year Embodied-Relational Therapy training, and there will be no more than twelve members in the group in total.
Dates: 5 nights at Unstone Grange: March 15th – 20th 2018, then 5 nights at Middlewood Study Centre in Roeburndale: May 10-15th, then 5 nights at the camping barn in Roeburndale: September 13th-18th, and a non residential weekend in Bristol: 266th-27th Jan 2019.