TRANSFORMING INCLUSION: FACILITATING POWER, IDENTITY & DIFFERENCE
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About the event
“A life-changing & life-affirming, soul-opening adventure”
Diversity and inclusion are not add-ons to change making. We need to transform ourselves and our spaces so that certain life experiences and needs are no longer centered as ‘the dominant norm’ in ways that create ‘otherness’. Until we do this, our efforts will fail to meaningfully prevent harm to people and planet. Only by supporting agile, interdependent and radically inclusive relationships can we move towards the kind of world we long for.
WHAT IS THE COURSE?
This course is for anyone who is seeking to transform how they think, feel and embody the practice of inclusion. Through experiential learning, we will bring awareness to the dynamics of power, identity and difference to understand the relationship between the personal and the systemic. You will leave with new skills, embodied experience and greater confidence to apply this learning to group settings - enhancing your ability to create meaningful change.
The programme is comprised of a seven day residential course in a beautiful natural setting with practical experience applying the learning (both during our time together and afterwards).
WHO IS IT FOR?
This course is for you if…
- You want to support deeply rooted change in your groups, communities, workplaces and society
- You want to learn how to transform inclusion and bring power, privilege and identity work into your workplace or communities
- You are new to facilitation or have an existing facilitation practice and want to deepen its transformative potential
- You have a hunch that how we work, relate and communicate with one another is essential for addressing the social and environmental crises
- You are aware that social and environmental issues are not separate and want to increase your understanding of how they relate and intersect. In fact, you may often feel uneasy, for example, in spaces that address environmental issues without acknowledging power dynamics, identity, difference and systemic issues.
We have found that people from a wide variety of professional backgrounds join our facilitation programmes and all of them find creative ways of applying the learning to their work, activism and personal lives.
WHAT CAN YOU DO AFTER THE COURSE IS FINISHED?
It’s up to you! We intend that this course will inspire you to work for a more caring and connected world, and provide you with sufficient training, confidence and creativity to pursue courses of action and projects that are both life-affirming and genuinely transformative. Our intention is that you will leave this course feeling equipped and empowered to expand your existing work with new ideas, practices and approaches. Above all, we hope that you will be empowered to embody and create something profoundly different.
“Exploring power relations, effective communication, inclusive facilitation techniques and community living in connection with nature and ourselves”
The nature of power dynamics. We have inherited socially constructed ideas of who we are through identity categories (gender, race, ability, class, physical appearance, sexuality…) and built a world of division around them. Until we have profoundly considered and unpicked the vast, historic and deeply rooted power dynamics, which have been embedded in us by our cultures, we will only recreate them in all our relationships and groups, and we won’t even see that we’re doing so. This is a vital truth for any facilitator to realise and continually work with. And when we do begin to engage with this work, intensely challenging as it is, it can hugely enrich and revolutionise the way we live, work and create together. If we can learn to welcome difference, then the beautiful world our hearts yearn for is within our reach.
Linking the personal to the systemic. Understanding that what we each think, create and do is embedded in the systems we are part of. We will learn how to become more conscious of this, ‘see’ the systemic elements that this reveals and engage with the whole system (rather than at just the personal level).
Transforming inclusion. This includes:
- Initial revealing and learning about power, identity and difference, in us personally and in our local and global systems
- Learning how to hear and respond to all lived experiences, when they are different to our own, and when it is hard to hear, with the understanding that this is vital to seeing the whole picture and roots of the change we want to see.
- Continual processes of proactively enquiring, hearing and responding to who and how others are impacted by and experience our actions, choices, decisions, spaces, and activities.
- Decolonising ourselves and our spaces.
Facilitation skills. The art of facilitation helps groups to move towards their purpose by means of group members’ own uniqueness and existing skills and knowledge. Good facilitation is the kindling of creativity, a deep listening to what is felt and needed and an inclusion of all voices for a stronger, richer whole. On this course, we will explore how we can all create group spaces where meaningful collaboration and contact can occur, where we can meet conflict and difference well, and where we can seek to meet some of the challenges of the many social and ecological crises we face.
Previous course participants have said that they have come away from the course with:
- “How to include and make spaces as inclusive and accessible as possible”
- “Facilitation structures, frameworks and tools that can be used in a variety of contexts”
- “A greatly increased awareness of the diverse contexts through which people arrive together and my role as facilitator to enable engagement accordingly”
- “The need to strive to include more voices while appreciating inherent power dynamics”
- “Ways of acknowledging and catering for difference without creating division”
- “Experience of creating a safe enough container for groups”
- “An awareness of peoples on the margins and making the spaces more inclusive”
- “Expanded awareness of multiple social truths, power structures, systemic issues and marginalisation, with skills to support planning and implementing a session which causes less harm to others”
- “Learning in a very deep and experiential way, rather than a theoretical way, all the complex ways in which power shows up in our systems, and how to create more interconnectedness”
- “Addressing challenging dynamics shaped by power, difference and oppression, with open dialogue and trust in discomfort”
- “Tools to support and listen to others better (e.g. my friends/colleagues/family)”
- “How to communicate compassionately and inclusively”
- “More courage to get on with it with more support and allies”
- “A desire to ground more of my facilitation through nature connection as a wealth of powerful experiential practices”
- “A deeper knowing of what it takes to support real feedback loops and group process, limiting the continuing harm to people with marginalised experiences and identities”
This is the impact of our transforming inclusion course in 2021…
- 95% of participants developed skills and techniques to develop their facilitation
- 90% of participants felt supported to bring a power and privilege lens to their life & work
- 90% of participants deepened their own connection to the web of life
- 90% of participants gained an increased awareness of their relationship to systemic issues
“An experiential exploration of ways of creating personal and systemic change that we need to create regenerative, fair and just communities”“Transformative. Learning through experiencing facilitation and opening ourselves up… A completely different approach to training.”
The course runs as a seven day intensive in the beautiful natural setting of Hawkwood College grounds (10.30am start on Monday 5th September and 5pm finish on Sunday 11th September). For the duration of the residential, we will all be camping in a beautiful meadow beside an ancient spring (you provide your own tent and bedding). Camper vans are permitted too!
We will set up a temporary village in the ‘outdoor classroom’ with access to woodland, biodynamic ponds, firepit, compost toilet, outdoor kitchen, roundhouse and much more. The course fee includes all teaching, as well as all dinners and breakfasts (you bring your own packed lunches and there is also a reasonably priced catering option on some days).
After our time together, you will be invited to facilitate two group practices or taster sessions for people within your personal or professional community. This provides experience in a real life context, and is an opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice. This will be followed by a final evening online zoom call to reflect and debrief together afterwards.
- Monday 5th September (10.30am) to Sunday 11th September (5pm) - Seven Day Residential at Hawkwood College
- Monday 28th November (7 - 9pm) - Online Debrief and Closing Session
The course will support the development of a peer learning network amongst participants. You will receive inspiration, encouragement and support through a buddy system, learning groups, and a wider learning community that we co-create together.
There may be a preparatory online zoom call prior to the beginning of the course.
“I feel that a lot of my self-doubt has lifted and I’m ready to give it a go - previously I was too scared to facilitate. Now I have a framework and tools I can use and I feel infinitely more confident.”
“Immersive, transformative connection. Breaking down power structures and addressing disconnection - or starting too!”
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We don't want price to exclude anyone. If the course fee is unaffordable for you, please do get in touch. We’d really like to hear what would be possible for you and may very well be able dramatically to reduce the fee if you’d otherwise not be able to attend. That is why we are offering a number of bursary places. Please click here to apply for one of these places.
We are offering this course on a donation basis if you are a person of colour in acknowledgment of the impact of racialisation. If this applies to you, we ask that you pay a £500 deposit that will be returned to you at the start of the course. At the end, you can then decide if you would like to make a voluntary donation.
We are currently offering a limited number of early bird places with significant savings on the full course fee of £1,500. These might become fully booked at any time. We offer these early birds at a highly discounted rate as this helps us to plan in advance more effectively and gives us more security to pay deposits. If you would like to help fund bursary places (entirely optional), you are welcome to pay the full rate and then the difference will help support those who would otherwise not be able to pay the full fee.
In the event that this course is cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, you will receive a full refund (minus a £20 booking fee that we are not able to claim back!).