Nodo Group association presents:


5th International Working Conference

13 -16 JUNE 2019


The tradition of Group Relations Conferences ( and has generated extraordinary ideas and intuitions regarding unconscious collective thought processes, images, emotions, anxieties, defensive responses and the impact these reactions have on a system to “stay on task”. It is our responsibility to explore and create structures which nurture wellbeing and vitality in the systems we live in.

Our proposal is to offer a Group Relations Conference where traditional methods, internationally practiced for over sixty years, will focus on the dimension of the body and of energy as well as on their sustainable relationship with the environment.



The primary task of this conference is to offer participants the opportunity to explore how awareness of resources, energy and creative collaboration can introduce wellbeing into the organizations to which they belong. The challenge of this work is to extend the field of attention to the unconscious as it manifests itself at the level both of the body and of the matter.

Interdependence and relatedness, essential for any kind of systemic thinking, will also be explored during the events that facilitate learning through contact with individual and group energy and our relationship with nature and other resources.


The conference is a temporary organisation shaped by the collaboration of the participants and of the staff. Learning is experiential and based on the study of the here and now. Residence is required: it is part of the learning as well as the observation of the web of relationships developed in the course of the conference’s events. This method requires self-reflection and encourages a free spirit of research and thinking


The conference is directed at individuals, from all walks of life, who are interested in understanding groups, organisational dimensions and the evolutionary level found in the social contexts in which we live.

Specifically it is directed at those who would like to sustain existing resources in a better and ecological way and to bring new thoughts and wellbeing into the organisations where they operate. 

Climate change is an unavoidable reality threatening the equilibrium of the globe which requires to be faced with attentive eyes turned both to the world we live in as well as to an inner world often moved by acquired habits and unchallenged assumptions. In all social groups and in organisations, both corporations and institutions, the present crisis which covers an interconnected web of causes, from the financial to the environmental, calls for a change of direction. By activating new creative processes, it is possible to shift from a point of view based on unlimited expansion to one based on the reality of conscious use of limited resources.   

The experience of the conference will allow participants, in the roles of leader and follower, to learn and reflect upon these themes and the possibility of creative collaboration towards the realisation of a common task.

ECW is a work in progress and a fertile field of research in the field of Group Relations Conferences: we recommend, if you have already participated, to enroll in this fifth edition to deepen learning and develop the ability to apply it in the context of your life.


Franca Fubini: director
Psychotherapist, group analyst, organisational consultant; senior fellow, University College London (UCL); lecturer at the universities of Rome, Aquila and Perugia; Staff member of Group Relations Conferences; Amerta Movement teacher; co-founder of the Association; former chair of the Gordon Lawrence Foundation; member of the scientific committee and board member of Il Nodo Group (Turin); member of OPUS (London) and of ISPSO.

Alfredo Veneziale associate director 
Organisational Consultant and Project Manager, Social Dreaming Host, Balint Group leader and Large Group consultant. Has been on staff of Group Relations Conferences in Italy. Degree in Communication Studies, Master in Human Resources. Member of Il NODO Group and former trustee of the Gordon Lawrence Foundation (UK).

Maria Pia Conte: administrator
Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, member of Italian Psychoanalytic Society and of International Psychoanalytical Association, guest member of the British Psychoanalytic Society. Member of Il NODO Group, Torino and OPUS, London.

Elena Giannotti: administrator 
Dancer, choreographer, assistant choreographer, company teacher and dramaturg. Visiting lecturer in Academic and dance professional contexts. Co-curator of Racconti di Altre danze festival in Livorno. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Tuina Massage Practitioner and certified teacher FISTQ, Qi Gong and meditation practitioner and teacher. Social Dreaming Host.

Maria Pia Conte
Franca Fubini 

Tim Jones:
Singer, storyteller and voice teacher; visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths, Chichester and Plymouth Universities; public workshop programme, The Nature of Sound; registered Amerta Movement Practitioner and teacher; qualified Craniosacral practitioner; member of the Ridhwan School following the Diamond Approach; researching methodology for the use of “Songworlds” within a clinical context in collaboration with CSPP (Pescara).

Luca Mingarelli 
Chairman Foundation Rosa dei Venti. Social entrepreneur, Psychotherapist (ECP,WCP). Director of Therapeutic Community for adolescents, Organizations consultant. Faculty of Psychosomatics. Chairman Il NODO Group. OPUS member. Creator and co-director of innovative GR events such as “Energy Cocreation and wellbeing in organizations” and “Learning from Action”. Basketball coach. Member of the Order of Journalists. 





Board and lodging are included. At the time of registration a down payment of € 180 (VAT included) is required. The balance is due by June, 5th 2019. 

EARLY BIRD before April, 20th € 780 + 22% VAT 
REGULAR after April, 20th   € 880 + 22% VAT 

REDUCED for members of the sponsoring organisations 

EARLY BIRD before April, 20th € 700 + 22% VAT 
REGULAR after April, 20th  € 800 + 22% VAT

GROUPS of min 3 people enrolling together 

EARLY BIRD before April,20th € 600 + 22% VAT 
REGULAR after April, 20th € 700 + 22% VAT 
A few bursaries of 480 € + VAT  are available. Applications should be received by April 2019, via THIS FORM


S. Giovanni Battista is a convent dating from 1610, is found at the entrance into Celleno Vecchio, an ancient Medieval village at the junction of three regions: Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany.
According to the ancient Greek historian Dionysus d’Alicarnasso, Celleno Vecchio was founded by Italo, a descendant of Enotro, in memory of his daughter Cilenia.  

In Greek mythology, Celleno was one of the three harpies, daughters of Electra and Thaumas, and the town’s official crest depicts the figure of a harpy. The ex-convent has 50 beds in single, double and triple rooms. Most rooms have private bathrooms. It is located near many interesting sites, surrounded by orchards, cloisters and woodland.


Celleno is located to the east of Lake Bolsena, halfway between Orvieto, Orte and Viterbo (each one reachable by train). The nearest airport is Rome Fiumicino.  

From Rome to Viterbo
Car: Highway A1 / E35 / E45 from via Salaria.  
Train: from Roma Ostiense to Viterbo Porta Romana  
Bus: from Rome / Saxa Rubra to Viterbo Porta Romana  

For those who reach Celleno from Viterbo:  The transfer from Viterbo Porta Romana to Celleno is organized by the Convent, at the expense of the participant, upon request. 

For those who reach Celleno from Orvieto: 
Bus: from Orvieto Railway Station to Celleno 

The transfer from Orvieto Railway Station to Celleno can be organized by the Convent, at the expense of the participant, upon request.
LANGUAGE: English and Italian

The working conference begins at 12:30 pm, Thursday 13th June and ends at 2:00 pm, Sunday 16th June.
from 10:30 am to 1200 pm, Thursday 13th June.

Agenzia Mosaico - Via San Secondo 31 - 10128 Torino tel. +39 011 5681238
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ECW 2019 is organized by Nodo Group with sponsorship Hope of the Amazon, Innova, WorkLab, Metanoia Institute, COIRAG, Tavistock and Portman NHS, Finod  


All Dates

  • From 2019-06-13 00:00 to 2019-06-16 00:00