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ECW 2023 – Group Relations Conference
ECW 2023 – GROUP RELATIONS CONFERENCE
From 2 to 4 June 2023 – Casa del Sacro Cuore, Possagno (TV) Venice Italy
The Energy, Creative Collaboration and Wellbeing (ECW) conferences over the last 14 years have evolved a design incorporating events of traditional Group Relations along with a somatic understanding of the body in movement (movement as being), sound and an awareness of the environment within which life unfolds, an ecological approach inviting sensuous participation. The unifying principle of conferences is that both mind and body inform the dynamics of the here and now. ECW proposes that in the awareness of the body and its needs one becomes available to connect to the earth, its resources, and the underlying interdependence of the whole. Today, more than ever, in a post-pandemic climate, with wars and climatic crisis, it is fundamental to rediscover the dimension of the body, the relationship with nature.
THE PRIMARY TASK
The twentieth century study of physics and contemporary sciences have shown “that the world appears as an interconnected web of relationships whose parts can be defined through their connection to the whole ” (F. Capra, P. L. Luisi 2014); isolated parts can only exist in relation to their context. Such discovery joins the spiritual knowledge about interdependence, present in many traditions around the world, belonging to humanity and dating back centuries.
The primary task of this conference is to explore how awareness of resources, energy and creative collaboration can introduce wellbeing in their life and work.
The challenge of the work is to extend the field of attention to the unconscious as it manifests itself by observing the language of bodies in space, of energy fields, of nature, of context and patterns that connect the parts.
Interdependence and relatedness, essential for any kind of systemic thinking, is explored during the events. Learning is facilitated by accessing individual, small and large group energy and through awareness of the relationships that develop. ECW relates to social context/culture and to nature and the human place within nature. What is nature telling us, what are we telling nature and can the dialogue of human and non-human nature bring blossoming for both?
In present times of climate crisis these fundamental relationships ask for our attention; they will be a focus for the conference.
WHO IS THIS CONFERENCE FOR?
This conference is for people from all walks of life, who are interested in understanding groups, organizational dynamics and systems thinking in the social contexts in which we live. Specifically, it is for those who want to explore how to use existing resources in a more sustainable and ecological way and who would like to bring new ideas about wellbeing into their life and work.
Climate crisis is an unavoidable reality threatening the equilibrium of the globe. In all social groups and in organizations, both corporations and institutions, by activating new creative processes, it is possible to shift from a point of view based on unrealistically 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 realization 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 eighth edition to deepen learning and develop the ability to apply it in the context of your life.
Deepening Integration Group (DIG)
There are a maximum of 4 places reserved for the DIG: this pathway deepens your understanding of the processes that develop in the GRC and develops your competence in knowing how to recognize and manage them.
The DIG is for those who have already attended at least two GRCs and who are interested in further developing this type of learning and then applying it in professional life. A specific program for the DIG is designed to combine the experience with space for reflecting on the experience.
The conference is a temporary organization shaped by the collaboration of the participants and of the staff. 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 action-research and thinking.
TIME & DATES
The Working Conference starts at 12.30 on Friday June 2 and ends at 14.00 on Sunday June 4 REGISTRATION: From 11.30 to 12.15 on Friday, June 2.
DIG – Deepening Training Group starts at 19.00 on Thursday June 1
REGISTRATION DIG: From 18.30 to 19.00 on Thursday June 1
Luca Mingarelli, Director
Chairman Foundation Rosa dei Venti. Social entrepreneur, Psychotherapist (ECP, WCP). Director of Therapeutic Community for adolescents, Organizations consultant. Faculty of Psychosomatics. Past president of Il NODO Group. OPUS member. Creator and co-director of innovative GR events such as “ECW” and “LfA”. Basketball coach. Member of the Order of Journalists. Loves to sing.
Rachel Kelly, Associate Director
Group Relations and Organisational Development Consultant at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations and has extensive experience of Leicester conferences and international Group Relations conferences. She is a Member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique since 2006. She’s interested in exploring relatedness by studying the unconscious and conscious awareness through journeys into embodiment, sensation, perception, the imagination, mind/body/spirit and oneness.
Marco Valerio, Administrator
Scientific researcher on the placebo effect, organizational consultant, physiotherapist, and manager of projects supporting small and medium enterprises in the African continent. Marco administered the last online edition of ECW and has been involved in group relations conferences in Europe, Asia, and Australia. He is passionate about the unfolding of body-mind connections, in all their forms.
CONSULTANTS WILL BE CHOSEN BY:
Singer, storyteller and voice teacher; 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).
Psychotherapist, group analyst, organizational consultant; Staff member of Group Relations Conferences; Amerta Movement teacher; co- founder of the Association socialdreaming. it; formerly Chair of the Gordon Lawrence Foundation, is now Chair of Social Dreaming International Network; member of OPUS (London) and of ISPSO.
Nadia Greenspan (she, her, hers) is a performing improviser, an acting instructor and a psychological dramaturg. As a psychotherapist in private practice, she specializes in working with people in creative and expressive arts. Born in the Soviet Union, she is a proud Ukrainian and a recovering Jew. Nadia is certified AKRI consultant and a Co-Creator of Group Relations international.
REGISTRATION AND FEES
In this economic crisis that has affected us all, we have decided to reduce our participation fees and thus make our own contribution. The basic tuition plan contributes to the possibility of awarding bursaries to those who are interested and have fewer financial resources. The fee includes overnight stays and full board from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 June 2023
EARLY BIRD Before May, 15th
BASIC ENROLMENT PLAN
550 € + IVA = 671 €
for members of the collaborating organizations
for groups of at least 2 people who register together
480 € + IVA = 585,60 €
DEEPENING INTEGRATION GROUP
620 € + IVA = 756,40 €
After May, 15th
BASIC ENROLMENT PLAN
650 € + IVA = 793 €
per membri di una organizzazione sponsor
per gruppi di almeno 2 persone che si iscrivono insieme
580 € + IVA = 707,60 €
DEEPENING INTEGRATION GROUP
720 € + IVA = 878,40 €
Additional individual benefits: further reduced participation fees are provided based on specific income situations – Applications must be received by the 15th of march to the email address email@example.com
If you’re going through a period of intense emotion eg bereavement, we recommend you postpone your attendance.
The paid booking fee is refundable (minus administrative and management costs) only in the event of cancellation of the event and/or impediments to participation due to COVID-19 restrictions and/or international travel regulations.
HOW TO REACH THE PLACE
How to reach Possagno. Possagno is 30 KM from Bassano, which is the nearest train station (a shuttle service will be arranged on request). The property is located near the airports of Treviso (Ryanair) and Venice respectively 1 hour and 1.30 by car.
The location. From the geographical point of view Possagno is surrounded by mountains to the north and south, while in the other two directions it opens to the villages of Cavaso del Tomba and Paderno del Grappa. It is a small cluster of houses surrounded by greenery in which stands the Temple of Canova, placed high above the rest of the village, and the imposing complex of the Cavanis Institute of Possagno.
The property. The House of the Sacred Heart, of the Congregation of the Schools of Charity – ISTITUTO CAVANIS, is located on the top of Col Draga (600 meters above sea level), at the foot of the massif mount Grappa. The entire structure, recently renovated and brought up to standard, allows for a comfortable stay.
ANTI-COVID SECURITY MEASURES
The House of sacred heart of Possagno offers large indoor and outdoor spaces, double rooms and/or single rooms, large dining room and work space. Social distancing and all anti Covid-19 security procedures are guaranteed (if needed).
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