20th – 24th November 2017
£500 – £260 sliding scale
We are living in times of cultural chaos. Increasing levels of uncertainty are leading many of us to feel utterly overwhelmed and helpless about our ability to make a difference in the world.
When we think of Brexit, Trump, Charlottesville and a more general rise of the far Right, escalating refugee/hospitality crises, mounting inequalities, devastating public sector cuts, eco-systemic collapse, runaway climate change and plummeting levels of mental and physical health – the challenges we face can seem insurmountable. No matter what we do, it never seems enough. Whilst our tender and fiery hearts long for love; yearning for connection, compassion, and care, all around us things seem to be falling apart.
This cultural emergency calls for new levels of personal and cultural resilience.
We must learn to co-create group cultures that enable us to work with emergence to respond creatively to uncertainty and to reclaim our power in the face of disenfranchisement. In this way, together, we can transform this cultural emergency into a mass cultural emergence, where compassion, care and connection become a part of our everyday way of being and empower us with the self-awareness and resilience to more and more work in solidarity with those most marginalised and oppressed by our current culture.
What will this immersive workshop involve?
In this five day non-residential workshop we will bring to life a group culture which offers a ‘below the brain’ experience of what it’s like to initiate the cultural repair and regeneration our world is longing for through us, as well as a conscious understanding of how to do this in your groups and communities. Together we will explore:
- What do we mean by ‘emergence’?
- Why is emergence important to look at in our groups and communities at this particular historical moment?
- What challenges do we face in working with emergence?
- What skills and practices might help us relate with emergence in a good way?
- What can history teach us about responding to emergence?
- What do we mean by ‘culture’?
- How can we co-create a culture that supports us all to collaborate most effectively?
Full circle: culture repair across all levels of scale
We will look at culture repair at all levels of scale, from our own personal culture and patterns of being through to the global, systemic and species-level context. We will share tools, processes and different ways of being, thinking and seeing that enable breakthroughs to occur, inviting what may previously have seemed impossible to become possible.
Collaboration: the role of connection and self and collective care
At the heart of this workshop is an inquiry into the role connection and (self and collective) care play in cultivating a transformative collaborative group culture. What group structures and practices allow us to relax our nervous system, drop our defenses and open to deep connection with ourselves, others and the natural world to unleash our inherently regenerative, creative and transformative state of being in the world?
Bristol boasts a pioneering, diverse and eclectic community of social change agents – ranging from social and environmental activists, permaculturalists and social entrepreneurs through to artists, musicians, performers and movement, massage and and other wellbeing practitioners.
This Cultural Emergence experience offers a supportive space to experiment and innovate through an emergent process of cross-fertilization amongst Bristol’s plurality of approaches, voices and skills.
This training is being delivered in partnership with CoResist, an arts-education-activism collective based at Hamilton House. CoResist create and programme transformative workshops, performance work and educational projects for systemic social change. Their Bristol-based network offers opportunities to develop new initiatives and participants are invited to explore how to collaborate with CoResist to take further action and deepen learning with Bristol and beyond.
– Engaging our heads, hearts and hands as well as inviting our connection to a wider field of wisdom and possibility;
– Exploring theoretical frameworks, maps and practices of change;
– Experiential, embodied and ‘below the brain’ inquiries grounded in systems thinking and feeling;
– Inquiring as a whole group, small groups, pairs and on our own.
The course will unleash and build on participants’ and the event team’s distinct, rich and diverse voices, skills, creativity and life experiences – bringing a vitality and spontaneity to the workshop.
Cultural Emergence is a new body of work drawing inspiration from the US 8 Shields Institute and the UK Social Permaculture network, focussing on learning from effective earth based cultures around the word, and exploring how to use those patterns to regenerate our culture and society.
We give deep thanks for all the teachings and lineages this workshop has benefitted from, including; The Work that Reconnects; Process Work; Transition movement, Ecodharma, Movement of Being; body-based psychotherapy; Movement in Relationship; Social Alchemy; Shadow Work; NVC (non-violent communication); 8 Shields; Social Permaculture; and Cultural Emergence.
Who is this workshop for?
Anyone who longs to support their group, community, organisation or network to unleash its creative genius and cross-fertilize their ideas and skills with other change-makers across Bristol – and beyond.
This workshop is primarily for those involved in Bristol communities – and their friends and allies. If you feel drawn to this process but do not live in Bristol – or have clear connections with Bristol communities, then please email email@example.com to explore your participation with us and/or to let us know if you would like us to bring Cultural Emergence to your community, area, project or group.
£500 – £260 sliding scale – paying in instalments is also possible.
We don’t want lack of funds to prevent anyone from participating hence a sliding scale and an option to pay in instalments. If this still feels inaccessible for you please do be in touch to explore other options with us. We are offering this sliding scale in the trust that participants will contribute as generously as they can. We are committed to financial transparency and will share the workshop’s finances with participants.
This workshop will be facilitated by Claire Milne, Transition Network’s Inner Transition Coordinator, Peter Cow a People Permaculture trainer who coordinated the UK Art of Mentoring 2017, and works with the 8 Shields Institute, and Madelanne Rust-D’Eye, creator of Body-Informed Leadership, body-based psychotherapist, trauma therapist and Culture Repair Group Facilitator.
Book your place
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