What is our Collaboration Skills Course all about?
material for this course is in part, derived from many years spent
living in and building communities, and from our inspiration from the
European ecovillages we made extensive visits to in 2018.
it is also an innovative synthesis of many transformational models from
both science and the arts. For example: a central idea is that
(instead of the typical situation where we experience relationship
difficulties as unbearably painful, and consequently separate), if
conceptually understand the value of collaboration and connection,
apply both conscious intentions together with a new set of
to navigate a way through inter-relational challenges and diversity
then we can reach a place where understanding, repair, learning and
the real joy of connection can be achieved in incrementally expanding
we, on this path, as a by-product, heal any old wounds, without
making that the focus
see this as an evolutionary journey for humankind, not that our
struggles to date are any kind of failing.
to why should we do any of this? Why collaborate, as opposed to doing
our own thing? For this we draw from neuroscience, and in particular
Stephen Porges' Polyvagal theory. Repeatedly participants tell us
that they find Porges' theory to be the missing link in their
understanding. We have most of us been trying to learn and transform
the way we manage our life, but without a guiding map or vision. This
framework provides both
that vision, and the tools to make the journey, from where we are, to
where we want to go.
use a mixture of presentation methods involving PowerPoint imagery and
diagrams to explain the core principles, lively group
discussion of the issues, and practical exercises to discover and
cement new skills. The feedback we get from running this course
numerous times last year is that the exercises are where the
practices become really truly understood and embodied. We don't
just talk about conflict and decision making, we solve conflicts and
this is the first time we have offered this course in the South
Island, our networks are not yet well established here, and anything
you can do to spread the word will greatly help to make the course events possible.
look forward to meeting you!