Opportunities to Learn
The International Intensive workshop is an opportunity to learn. It does not claim to be a complete, systematic training in constellation work. Participants become members of an international learning community, where everyone learns and teaches in his or her own way.
The International Intensive Workshop 2013 offers four formal training opportunities:
- Morning “Field-Movement”
- Morning Workshops
- Afternoon Work Groups
- Evening programme
There are always opportunities to engage in informal conversation and exchange with other participants and faculty.
Morning ‘Field Movement’
Each morning will begin with Arawana Hayashi. Arawana is a dancer/choreographer and a meditation teacher. Her very special movement developments turn attention to "the field" out of which groundedness, presence and creativity emerges. She calls it "The Art of Making a True Move."
Arawana also works with Otto Scharmer`s ‘Theory U’, as a model for social and organizational change. Her approach shifts attention from the content of the communication to other important but often neglected sources of insight – rhythm, spatial arrangements, composition in time, choice making process, energetic qualities. A true move, she says, is the powerful expression that emerges moment by moment from a space in which self and the world are communicating.
For the second part of the morning participants will be free to choose between four or five different workshops led by faculty members, who teach about their special themes and experiences. The workshops may include opportunities for supervision and theory. In addition these morning workshops are an opportunity to experience faculty who may not be in your afternoon group.
We are offering again this year a special workshop on Fundamentals of Theory and Practice. The Fundamentals Workshop requires attendance by members every morning – unlike the other morning workshops.
Friday morning there will be workshops offered by very experienced participants who are invited by the faculty to introduce special themes of their work.
These groups are an opportunity to:
- work on personal issues
- experience being a representative
- develop skills and
- observe experienced facilitators at work.
To work effectively in this way, each group needs an opportunity to develop trust and an open atmosphere. For this reason participants will stay in the same afternoon Work Group for the whole week. Each group will work with four or five different faculty members during the week. Please be aware that no group will work with all faculty members.
There are three different kinds of afternoon work groups. The difference between them is primarily the style of learning offered. Participants choose which style of learning they prefer. Some very advanced learners prefer to learn in the experiential mode.
Afternoon Experiential Groups
The afternoon experiential learning groups are the option of choice for those participants who prefer to learn by observing faculty at work. The afternoon groups are an opportunity to learn by working on personal issues, being a representative in another participant’s constellation, and by discussing the work with faculty and participants. The faculty will lead all constellations in these experiential groups.
Afternoon Practice Groups
The purpose of the practice groups is to give more experienced participants an opportunity to lead constellations, make mistakes, give and get feedback in a safe learning environment. For this reason, people choosing this option agree to the following conditions:
- Participants in practice groups are confident that they can facilitate constellations constructively and safely, even if imperfectly
- Participants are willing to explore personal issues under the leadership of other participants.
- Facilitators are present as resource, but other participants lead the constellations. Faculty will intervene only if they believe it to be in the interests of the client.
- Participants are confident that they can accept constructive criticism with an open mind and offer it to others with honesty and kindness.
Afternoon Learning Circle
The Learning Circle is intended for advanced practitioners and trainers. It is open to participants with extensive knowledge and experience in leading and teaching this approach. The programme director must approve participation in the learning circle.
No explicit teaching is offered in the Learning Circle. It provides a safe space for very experienced participants to work on personal issues and to exchange experiences with colleagues, at a shared level of experience.
All participants are free to offer or organise workshops on relevant themes of their choosing during the evening programme. In the past participants demonstrating their specialty have led exciting and powerful evening groups. These have ranged from discussion groups, to watching DVDs about the work, to group singing and dancing and the constellation clown.