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Travelling with a Creative Facilitators Resource Toolbox

A creative teachers and facilitators toolbox obviously gets shrunk to a minimum when flying, catching a bus or train, car pooling or cycling to a venue for work.

Robin regularly flies around Australia or overseas to offer her Dynamic Groups course and can’t take her usual van load of resources, library books and instruments that she supplies for her course when she’s offering them within driving distance of her home.

Group Agreements amongst the ‘Many Baskets’ process with some of the A4 Charts

So what are the essential things she would pack with a 30kg luggage limit which also needs to include clothes and personal items?

  • 1 x 24 pack of coloured felt pens (ask participants to bring some too)
  • 2 x Red, blue, green. orange, light blue, pink, purple. brown Chisel Point Markers (and ask organiser to supply some as well but they often can’t supply this diversity of colours)
  • A calligraphy pen (for writing on certificates)
  • A DVD marking pen
  • 2 x Pieces of ‘Sticky Carpet’ (1200cm x 1800cm) if you work with this kind of stick on material as a medium for attaching visual material
  • 30cm Velcro hooks (for Sticky Carpet)
  • Packs and sets of facilitation resources like card games, sticky carpet mind map sets, partner cards, role play instructions etc
  • Small variety of ‘Sticky Notes’/’Post It’ Notes (and ask organiser for more)
  • 6 x light weight puppets, your favourite ones (ask participants and organiser to bring some too)
  • 12 x small hand held, light weight percussion instruments (ask participants to bring some too)
  • 1 set of juggling balls (ask participants to bring a set each or ask the organiser to supply 3 x tennis balls per person)
  • Several sheets of coloured card board of different colours (ask organisers to supply a diversity of colours and several sheets of each)
  • 1 x small pack of Plasticine (ask organiser to supply some clay for modelling and/or Plasticine. Take a recipe for play dough just in case and ask for some flour, food colouring and salt)
  • 1 x strip of ‘Blue Tack’ (ask organiser for more)
  • Small quantity drawing pins (ask organiser for more)
  • 1 pair scissors (ask organiser to supply several)
  • 1 lightweight rope or string (ask for a couple more solid ropes from organisers)
  • 2 large Bulldog clips (plus ask for at least 4 or 6 more)
  • 1 small pack of coloured chalk (ask organisers for some coloured pavement chalk)
  • A few sheets of A4 paper (ask for a whole ream from organisers)
  • USB’s with Hand-outs notes and key info
  • Computer and power lead
  • IPod (ask for an IPod player to be provided)
  • Hard copy of each Hand-out notes you want done (and ask about photocopying in advance)
  • 1 x large table cloth (ask organisers to bring several if possible, sarongs, sheets etc)
  • 3 or 4 special relevant books if there is room (Favourites are a ‘Mind Map’ book by Tony Buzzan, ‘Serious Creativity’ by Edward de Bono, ‘Learn Faster Now’ by Jeff Hodges and ‘Grounding Vision- Empowering Culture’ by Robina McCurdy. Even taking this many is an extravagant)

    Robin Clayfield Stall by Steve Swaine

  • 1 copy of each of my books, cards games and products
  • Business cards and promo material
  • Posters, charts and display info

Note: In some situations it can be realistic to send a box of resources forward before the course or pay for excess baggage on an airline (not so for some like Singapore Airlines and not really possible if travelling to more then 1 or 2 countries with different weight restrictions for each transport option). Always good to check well in advance and to budget that in.

There’s also a whole list of things to ask the organisers to supply too. Email Robin if you’d like this list.

Now, is there any room left for those clothes, shoes, towel etc??? Hummmm!

UK Dynamic Groups Course at The Sustainability Centre

Robin will visit England for the third time in May and be back at the Sustainability Centre near Petersfield in Hampshire. She visited there in August 2015 offering her ‘Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning’ course with Looby Macnamara as the organiser and special guest facilitator.

Social Permacxulture, Robin Clayfield, Starhawk
Facilitating a Session on the Social permaculture Course UK

A week later she joined Starhawk, Looby, Robina McCurdy and Peter Cow to offer a five day Social Permaculture workshop. It was a fabulous trip and wonderful experience as part of the pre IPC (International Permaculture Convergence) Course schedule.

She also taught an ‘Advanced Permaculture Creative Teachers Facilitation Course’ at Redfields Community with Skye back in 1998 and she’s very happy to return to UK again, this time as part of a seven country ‘Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning’ tour.

The Sustainability Centre education team are hosting her this time and it promises to be a great course. Many thanks to Suz for her great organising.

The dates are 15th to 2oth May

Click here to see the website page

or click here to see the FaceBook event invite or help by inviting friends to the event.

Awesome Quote from Declan in Germany

Robin’s and her upcoming course in Germany, hosted by Declan Kennedy, Heidi Winkler and the Education Team at Lebensgarten Steyerberg Ecovillage has received this honouring quote from Declan.

“We are really fortunate to be able to host Robin Clayfield’s ‘Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning’ Course for the first time in Germany. She is co-author of ‘Teaching Permaculture Creatively,’ which was hugely influential on the pathway for permaculture teachers in the UK and globally. This course promises to be full to the brim of creativity and empowerment. We look forward to seeing you on the course.”
Declan Kennedy – Lebensgarten Steyerberg Ecovillage, Germany

Course Dates are 9th to 15th June.

Click here to see the course details of the event

or Click here to see their website

Bruns Ecovillage ‘Village Development Program’ is Dynamic

by Erin Young

Bruns EcoVillage Facilitation Team

The Brus Ecovillage ‘Village Development Program’ (VDP) guides 120 people through Ecovillage design education for five weekends over 12 months.  As part of the facilitation team currently bringing this potent curriculum to an enthusiastic group of future Ecovillage residents, it has not only felt natural but also very necessary to utilise ‘Dynamic Groups’ processes to support the content to be fully conveyed and received.

Small group work is an effective way to navigate a group of this size to support the intention for robust individual and group engagement.  Grouping processes have been essential, energising, and connective.  The group is invited to mill about each other, sharing smiles and recognition, having them bopping to fun lively music in the background.  They are invited to connect “five right thumbs” to which the group excitingly scurries to create.  They ’are back to milling about as the next instruction comes through.  “Connect three right elbows”.  After a few rounds of getting into the groove, the final configuration is invited: “Connect four left feet”.  Knowing we would need groups of eight, the groups would then fuse with one other group to create their collective for the next exercise.  This process is invaluable when placed amongst sessions of high content transfer (especially after a PowerPoint presentation): the movement and interaction are energising and allow a graceful connectivity amongst future community co-residents.

Sociograms have also been effective for helping everyone explore the make-up of the VDP group.  For a group this size, we’re located with adequate space to move around while exploratory questions are issued to collectively grasp the dynamics of the individuals who make-up the whole.  On a marked-out scale of 1 to 10 (least to most) covering approximately 10m in length, questions are posed and the people map themselves in 3D : “Place yourself according to how much community experience you’ve had”, “How far have you come today?”, “How many people do you know in this group?”.  Everyone can observe the clusters in responses, getting a feel for the ‘lay of the land’ in the human landscape.  Once again, the dynamic of the whole group moving around each other has been vital in group connectivity.

We’ve even taken dynamic processes into the facilitation team’s evaluation of our role in facilitating the weekends.  As the team lives in various locations around the Northern Rivers and South East Queensland, we work with a spreadsheet set-up with Edward de Bono’s ‘6 Hats’ to thoroughly and creatively explore how we’ve performed and what can be tweaked for next time.  Six columns are colourfully headed-up according to each of the 6 Hats.  The rows are labelled in relevance to the aspects of our facilitation role: content, presentation style, equipment and resources, teamwork, and facilities.  Each of the facilitators then fills-in the matrix on their own spreadsheet tab with feedback, providing space for different perspectives and provoking creative ideas.  We all have an opportunity to see what each facilitator has offered, allowing a thorough harvesting of the diverse group’s insights and innovation.  

Working with the VDP group at this scale is a first for me and has very much helped me develop a deeper appreciation for my dynamic process toolkit. Calling on the diversity of simple yet powerful processes that can be scaled up and down according to the group size has helped me be a more fun, engaging and effective facilitator, while bringing-out the same qualities in the group experience.  I can’t think of any other way to do it for everyone to be in fulfilment and enjoyment with the experience.  

New Patreon Support Platform for Robin and Dynamic Groups

Robin and her ‘Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning’ team are excitedly preparing to launch a Patreon Page at the beginning of May. The aim is to invite and gather support from everyone globally who appreciates and uses the ‘Dynamic Groups’ methodology or who would welcome the tools, ideas, confidence and processes that Robin’s gathered and developed in 25 years of wisdom gathering while training hundreds, probably thousands, of teachers, facilitators and group leaders. 

Robin Clayfield Teaching Permaculture Creatively
Robin Facilitating in UK 2015

The support will fund assistance for Robin to finish writing a series of five books on the subject and several e-books and mini books plus audio and pod casts, webinars and creative resources. 

Fantastic rewards will be offered for those who become Patrons. They will receive the first book in e-book chapters, written as complete mini books as they become available and many interesting and diverse offerings. The more support there is the quicker the books will become available. Likewise, the more support there is the more Robin will be able to pay Erin Young to assist with development and communication and Rob Clark to work on the graphics and design for the books.

The hugest reward for Robin and all who applaud her work will be the completion and distribution of the books to the benefit of thousands of people globally and hopefully a positive and creative shift in education, facilitation and training globally. 

Stay tuned for the launch and express interest to robin by email on robin@earthcare.com.au

‘Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning Course’ in Oz in October

DATE CLAIMER – 16th to 21st October 2017.

‘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.

Robin’s Signature Process, a Group Handshake.

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.

 

Here’s the Link to the poster for more information

 

 

or visit the Dynamic Groups Web Site