‘Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning’ Creative Facilitation and Teacher Training Residential Intensive at Crystal Waters EcoVillage.
Created, Hosted and Facilitated by Robin Clayfield.
Book now, as a result of reading this post and receive a $50 discount on the course fee.
The course will be held at Crystal Waters in SE Q’ld and will be the only one in Australian for the year as Robin will be overseas offering ‘Dynamic Groups’ in many countries through UK and Europe during the Australian winter. Later in the year she’ll be in India for the International Permaculture Convergence.
She wasn’t planning to do this course in her home country at all this year but due to many requests and interest, dates have been booked. When she works in her home community of Crystal Waters she gets to bring all her resources and employ the very best cooks who use local and organic produce. They are always the best. If you’d like to use the payment plan system you are welcome to book in now and begin paying so it’s all covered by the time the course starts or just pay a $300 deposit to hold your place.
Recently Robin was asked to facilitate a three hour session for a new arm of a training college. Her brief was to support them to come up with an Intention, a Mission Statement and do some Visioning. When considering the difference between a Mission Statement and a Vision Statement Robin felt a definition could be useful and found she could refer to a chapter in her upcoming book that she’d already written to guide her planning.
Here’s the definitions:- Group Purpose – A Groups Purpose is it’s intention or reason for existing.
A Mission Statement – Frames up the purpose or intention of the group, business or organisation into a summary of core purpose, aims, values and focus as a way to channel the groups actions, define it’s goals and guide decision making. It says what the group is, what it does, why it exists, and how it does what it does,.including reference to core values. It can name it’s primary participants, products and services and it’s location. It is designed to inspire all who read it beyond and also including the members of the group.
A Vision Statement – Describes in visual and graphic language the desired destination of the group, business or organisation. It declares objectives, encourages alignment with the groups goals and paints a picture of the future while inspiring and giving direction to members. It says where the group is going, it’s dream for the future and what it wants to become in a living document that is revisited and revised periodically. It’s usually an internal communication.
The outcome of the planning session with the college was fruitful and included an awareness that for any planning to proceed a shared understanding about the values underpinning the organisation was pivotal. This was approached by asking everyone, in their own quiet space, to write down all the vales they felt were ‘Core’ to the new organisation. One value per slip of paper. Each value was then grouped with others that were the same and placed in the centre. Agreement was sought using a ‘Hand Gauge’ Process and before too long it was clear which Values were important to all in the group and which still needed some thought, clarification or discussion. A lot was achieved in three hours though much more time is needed with any strategic planning to really set a solid foundation upon which to grow and thrive and kind of organisation.
Stay tuned for an e-book to be released soon on ‘Shared Understandings, Visions and Dynamic Group Foundational Planning’.
It’s almost time for the 31st Woodford Folk Festival in SE Qld which takes place over the Christmas/New Year period. Robin and her team are busy harvesting bamboo, making giant sculptured petals, collecting resources, materials and objects from nature and generally preparing to create and construct ‘The Sacred Union Labyrinth’ for the fourth year running.
The Labyrinth has become an integral and much loved destination at the festival where people can walk it anytime or attend one of the four Ceremonies which feature a five piece band and a six person Ceremony team. Directly after each Ceremony ‘Djuelu the Village Scribe’ (Rob Clark) will be present to write meaningful words on parchment to commemorate people’s Labyrinth walk. At other times ‘Tinkerbell’ will provide music to walk to and there will most likely be some Pop Up chiors. Come join the fun, delight and sacred adventure.
Times for the Ceremonies are:-
Tuesday 27th – 10am to 11.30am Wednesday 28th – 7.30pm to 9pm Friday 30th – 7.30pm to 9pm Sunday 1st January – 2pm to 3.30pm
An exciting and full three month tour for Robin and her ‘Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning’ Courses is planned for May, June and July of 2017 covering six countries with additional courses, workshops and presentations planned including a Weekend Women’s Workshop in Switzerland.
First stop will be The Sustainability Centre in East Meon, Hampshire, where Robin offered her Dynamic Groups course last year with Looby Macnamara and was one of five facilitators running a five day Social Permaculture course. Here’s the link to the course that’s on from 15th to 20th May http://www.sustainability-centre.org/dynamic-groups-course.html
Having done a one day Creative Facilitation workshop for Permacultura Mediterranea and being invited back to Mallorca, Robin will be offering the full six day Dynamic Groups course from 28th May to 2nd June.
Then onto Italy followed by Switzerland, then possibly Germany and Slovenia but those two aren’t confirmed yet. All is still in the organising stages so please stay tuned and email firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest.
In March 2008 Robin initiated an innovative completion process for the ‘Future Visions’ session on the final day of the APC9 (Australasian Permaculture Convergence. Sydney), having been invited to facilitate the three hour session. Her now infamous ‘Jumping’ Process has been the completion for all four APC’s since and has been introduced to the IPC (International Permaculture Convergence) in Cuba and last year in UK.
At APC13 in WA in October Robin led the ‘Jumping’ on the final day and along with many others also had a turn jumping off the stage. Erin Young and Robin held hands and jumped together into a future of supporting each other to achieve success in Robin’s business in such a way that it creates an income for both Erin and Robin and also for Erin to support Robin to get her next book out there in the world.
The process has started and they recently spent a day brainstorming and planning Robin’s business using Sociocracy as a model to map all the aspects of the business. Yes, Sociocracy can be used for planning in this way as well as to Govern a large corporation or organisation. You are invited to watch this space for collaborations, outcomes, strategies, invitations and offerings.
Our next e-newsletter and series of blogs will feature an article on ‘Jumping’ and also more on Sociocracy.
We had a wonderful, creative and productive residential course for six days in the last week of August. People from all walks of life attended and a highlight was having a few people participate who had been wanting to do the course for several years and had finally made the time to come.
Here’s some of the comments in the feedback forms “I loved the richness and diversity of content in Robin’s course. Everyday overflowing with an abundance of creative processes and opportunities for practising skills in a safe environment.” Clare Hopkins. Artist and Art Therapist.
“Supportive and inclusive of all learners and levels of experience. Fantastic planning and coordination. Space held with beauty, ease and grace.”
“Feeling safe and supported. Excellent facilitation. Creative, spontaneous, yet seamless and highly professional. Practical and hands-on.”
“Robin holds a beautiful nurturing space for creative learning and is generous with her sharing. A fantastic experience.” Tracey Smith
Dates for the next one at Crystal Waters, South East Qld are 16th to 21st October 2017.