Various 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 2014 offers four formal training opportunities:
- Morning Talks
- Morning Workshops
- Afternoon Work Groups
- Evening programme
There are always opportunities to engage in informal conversation and exchange with other participants and faculty.
Five mornings will begin with a talk on different subjects on new scientific results relating to constellations by different experts: Albrecht Mahr, Jane Peterson and Sarah Peyton, a special guest to talk about advances in neuroscience.
One morning will be a special singing activity.
For the second part of the morning participants will be free to choose between five or six different workshops led by faculty members, who teach about themes they are particularly interested in. One workshop will always be on Fundamentals of Theory and Practice - taught by different faculty members.
All 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.
Thursday morning there will be workshops offered by very experienced participants.
These groups are an opportunity to
- work on personal issues
- experience being a representative
- develop skills
- 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. This afternoon groups are an opportunity to learn by working on personal issues, being a representative 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 a 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 Trainer Group
The Trainer Group is only for participants running their own institute and long term experienced trainers. It is open to participants with extensive knowledge and experience in leading and teaching this approach. The programme director must approve participation.
No explicit teaching is offered. 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.
Participants at the Intensive bring with them a wealth of talents, skills, experience and expertise in a wide variety of areas. We are constantly amazed at the amount of knowledge there is in the collective field. We welcome all this richness with gratitude. We just ask that you share freely as far as you feel able and willing, and that you undertake not to charge other participants for any individual or group sessions you may choose to offer. We also ask that you do not offer healing, bodywork or other sessions during the morning and afternoon timetabled part of the Intensive.
All participants are free to offer or organise workshops on relevant themes of their choosing during the evening programme. In previous years 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.