Il Nodo Group association presents:


6th International Working Conference




The tradition of Group Relations Conferences (tavinstitute.org and grouprelations.com) 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, to acknowledge and welcome our response-ability.

Our proposal is to offer a Group Relations Conference where the systemic nature of its methodology, internationally practiced for ver sixty years, is developed through an integrated approach to he individual and her/his sustainable and lively relationships ith the environment. The issues of authority, leadership, role nd organization - traditionally the focus of a Group Relations onference - will be studied within this wider angle of vision.


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 offer participants the opportunity to explore how awareness of resources, energy and creative collaboration can introduce wellbeing in the organizations 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 and 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 change these fundamental relationships ask for our attention; they will be a focus for the conference.


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 socialdreaming.it; 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.

Luca Mingarelli, Associate Director 
Chairman Foundation Rosa dei Venti. Social entrepreneur, Psychotherapist (ECP, WCP). Director of Therapeutic Community for adolescents, Organizations consultant. Faculty of Psychosomatics. Treasurer 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.


Maria Pia Conte
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
Dancer, choreographer and assistant choreographer, company teacher and dramaturg. 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.


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).

Alfredo Veneziale
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 of Social Dreaming International Network.


ECW is financed exclusively through the participation fees, without any financial support from sponsors. Fees are differentiated in order to allow the participation of the greatest number of people. The Basic Enrolment Plan contribute to the possibility of assigning bursaries to those who are interested but have fewer economic resources.

Board and lodging are included. At the time of registration a non-refundable down payment of € 180 (VAT included) is required, the balance is to be paid by April 30th. In case of cancellation after April 30th, the 50% of the full fee will be refunded.

EARLY BIRD before April, 10th € 780 + 22% VAT 
REGULAR after April, 10th   € 880 + 22% VAT 

REDUCED for members of the sponsoring organisations 

EARLY BIRD before April, 18th € 700 + 22% VAT 
REGULAR after April, 10th  € 800 + 22% VAT

GROUPS of min 3 people enrolling together 

EARLY BIRD before April,18th € 600 + 22% VAT 
REGULAR after April, 10th € 700 + 22% VAT 
A few bursaries of 380 € + VAT  are available. Applications should be received by April 10th 2020, 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 www.trenitalia.com  
Bus > from Rome / Saxa Rubra to Viterbo Porta Romana www.cotralspa.it  

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 www.cotralspa.it 

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 4th June and ends at 2:00 pm, Sunday 7th June.
from 10:30 am to 1200 pm, Thursday 4th June.

Agenzia Mosaico - Via San Secondo 31 - 10128 Torino tel. +39 011 5681238
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IL NODO Group is a scientific-cultural no profit association of professionals founded in Turin in the nineties. It has carried out study, training and consultancy activities in collaboration with the Tavistock&Portman NHS Trust of London and other national and international scientific institutions. After a few years operating as a consortium, IL NODO Group has moved back to its original mission as a scientifically-oriented multidisciplinary centre with competences in health and social care, in the corporate world, in education, in the social cooperation and civil service. The association IL NODO Group is the main sponsor of the Italian residential Group Relations Conference “Authority, Leadership and Innovation” (ALI) that takes place every year since 1998.


The A. K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems (AKRI) is the educational, not-for-profit organization for Group Relations in the United States. The Institute’s educational mission is the study of how unconscious thoughts and feelings significantly impact our lives when we are in groups—from family to workplace to nation.

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International Working Conference

ECW 2021

Energy, Creative Collaboration and Wellbeing in Organizations

04 - 07 June 2021  |  Ex-Convent S. Giovanni Battista - Celleno, Viterbo, Italy


Franca Fubini, Luga Mingarelli

Maria Pia Conte, Elena Giannotti, Tim Jones, Alfredo Veneziale


Agenzia Mosaico: Tel. +39 011 568 1238 | Mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nodo Group Association, with the sponsorship of
LFA 2020 partners


23rd International Group Relations Conference in Italy



Crisis of institutional containers and identity despair


due to the covid-19 emergency

Registration is subject to the operating restrictions


The Conference is a temporary organization that aims to explore and learn from experiencing conscious and unconscious processes as they manifest themselves in the “here-and-now” of group dynamics. The intention is to generate new ways of thinking and learning and to reappraise our knowledge and values; we have the opportunity to experience ourselves in multiple and diverse roles. Assistance is provided to achieve real and sustainable change in interpreting the way we interpret the different roles in our organizations and lives, with a particular focus on roles calling for an exercise of authority and leadership.


The organization of the Conference and the activities proposed to participants generate experiential learning opportunities. This means learning through lived experiences of group and organizational processes, which promotes reflective skills and encourages a spirit of inquiry. Participants and staff can critically examine different experiences, work behaviors and ways of interpreting the roles of leaders or followers.
This type of training has no therapeutic intent and can sometimes be stressful. For this reason it is recommended that people who are experiencing emotional stress or difficulty in their personal lives postpone their participation to next edition.


To learn through experience about the conscious and unconscious aspects of authority and leadership that will enable us to explore and understand the process that begins with the recognition of subjection and progresses towards the possibility of becoming a subject by actively addressing personal choices and collective decisions.


A consultant will take up the role of interpreter.
Dear Participants,

as the previous editions of ALI, the 23rd Italian group relations conference sponsored by Il Nodo Group will take place in Grado in the gulf of Trieste. ALI 2020 will last one day more than usual. It will take place from Wednesday March the 25.03 to Sunday 29.03.2020. The conference is designed as a residential workshop in which the learning is experiential. No lectures, nor round tables: groups and inter-group dynamics, brainstorming, dialogues and discussion.

In 2019 ALI (main theme: Neither peace nor war) begun a series of conferences focused on the processes that have been shaping the western and eastern cultures after the first and the second world wars. The title of this edition comes from the themes that emerged from the previous editions.

What does it mean to be a ‘subject’ in times of collapse of boundaries and identities? How does one ‘become a subject’ and how is this related to ‘subjection’? How does it influence the processes of role taking and the exercise of authority, leadership and followership?
ALI 2020 is designed to allow experiential exploration of these issues.

The turning point of the present cultures is the ultra-liberalism, the crisis of socialism and communism, the turbo-capitalism and the super-consumerism. The so-called ‘globalization’ has accelerated the liquefaction of collective and personal identities that guaranteed social stability. The ensuing processes, far from opening a phase of unlimited liberation, have been building the post-modern horizon as an era of open issues that are difficult to be solved and
even difficult to be thought of. The reaction to the sudden expansion of geopolitical borders has surely brought about new exciting opportunities and challenges, but also a deep and new malaise and discomfort.

The political life, as we had experienced after the WW II, has changed. During the last three decades we have seen the increasing power of boundary-less multinational companies, always bigger and bigger, as well as the expansion of ‘social media’ that have promoted the artificial intelligence and radically transformed our daily life. With the creation and diffusion of virtual reality, the relationship between imagination and real reality are obfuscated and blurred. The traditional concepts of ‘container’ need to be reconsidered and updated. The same is true for the idea of democracy in times where leaders can (and do) connect directly to their potential voters while representativity (actually the heart of the idea of democracy) collapses and is bypassed by populist shortcuts.

At the core of human life there are more and more paradoxes that cannot be solved in a quick way. The illusion of getting rid of these existential paradoxes is perhaps one of the reasons of the present crisis. One of them is the relationship that knots together subjection and subjectivity:
the awareness of being subjected to something or to someone’s else influence and the work that needs to be done in order to free ourselves from outer and inner limitations.

The questions that we are proposing to the participants of ALI 2020 relate directly to the implication of these basic processes to our organizational lives. The focus is on the intertwining of conscious and unconscious psychic phenomena, on the puzzling and inextricable combination of reasoning and fantasies that influences the individuals’ inner life and the group functioning.

Looking forward to working with you on all this, we send our best wishes

Giovanni Foresti, Director
Yossi Triest, Associate Director


Taking part in Group Relations Conference can be particularly useful for those who work in business organizations, public services and not-for-profit organizations, for those who are interested in understanding and managing organizations and group dynamics within complex situations and want to enhance their competence and effectiveness in dealing with them.

All organizational processes include an emotional, irrational and unconscious dimension. When this component is not recognized and managed, the system’s effectiveness decreases or comes to a halt, therefore implying both an emotional and financial cost for the organization itself. Participation in the Conference allows you to observe, recognize and manage this dimension, essential for the functioning of each system and organization.

For this reason the Conference can be particularly effective when two or more members from the same organization register, especially in the case or prospect of prominent changes, crises, mergers, takes-overs, etc. Therefore, if more people from the same organization participate, each will benefit from a discount.


The Conference has an increased duration compared to previous editions: it starts at 11.00 am on 25 March 2020 and ends at 16.30 on 29 March. The reception and registration of the participants are organized from 10.00 to 10.50 on 25 March.
Participants are required to comply with the entire Conference program, which is residential because cohabitation is an integral part of learning.


To imagine humans at first as isolated beings, rather than embedded in a social matrix, is a rooted and still present tendency in western culture. The Group Relations Conference ALI 2020 offers the participant the opportunity to experience connections between individual, group and organization, and the boundaries of time, space and task.

The experience allows us to observe in action conscious and unconscious dynamics of competition and cooperation, the nature of authority experienced through different roles and the reciprocal influence that each of us has on others.

The focus on Subjectivity and Subjection directs the participant's attention to the dynamics that characterize the individuals in relationship and within the institutional containers in which they find themselves in this particular historical phase of the organizations and to the meaning of acquiring a sufficiently stable identity that allows you to feel that you are the author of your choices.



Giovanni Foresti
M.D. and psychiatrist, he is training and supervising analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society (SPI) and the IPA, associate member of OPUS, London, and member of the scientific committee of Il Nodo Group, Turin. He teaches at School of Psychiatry, Milano-Bicocca University, and at the Department of Psychology of the Catholic University. He woks as supervisor and organizational consultant in several institutions.

Josef (Yossy) Triest
Associate Director
Training Psychoanalyst (IPS; IPA), Clinical Psychologist and Supervisor, Organizational Consultant; Former president of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society (IPS); Supervisor and teacher, the Israel Psychoanalytical Institute; Tel-Aviv Psychotherapy School; Lecturer, Tel Aviv University; Co-Director, The Center for Research of the Psychoanalytic Systemic Approach (CROPSA); Co-founder, Triest-Sarig Clinic; Member, OFEK; Israel.

Daniela Cabibbe
Mathematician. Management experience in the Board of commercial multinational companies she has worked in Italy, Europe, USA and India and today she is a business consultant in innovation, performance improvements and organizational change projects. Six Sigma Black Belt professional in the management of complex and functional projects, in Lean Management, and she is auditor in quality certifications. Member of OPUS, London, she is member of Il Nodo Group and Treasurer of Mito & Realtà Association.

Isabella Colombi
Associate Administrator
Degree in biological sciences. She attended the training school of the Italian Group Analytical Society. Counselor, she deals with issues related to work and organizational life as a Human Resources Director in a Milanese company. She is a member of the social cooperative Solidare and of Il Nodo Group.


Claudio Cassardo
Clinical Psychologist, Head of Simple Unit (UOS) Psychological Support for Hospital Patient, United Hospitals San Paolo and San Carlo (Milan); Ordinary member of the Italian Society of Psychoanalysis and Full Member of the International Psychoanalytic Association; Partner of Il Nodo Group; Clinical Psychology Supervisor at the prisons of Milan (Opera, Bollate, San Vittore, Beccaria); Lecturer at Milan Psychotherapy Schools (Sipre, IIPG, Area G).

Carla Cremonese
Psychiatrist, psychotherapist, Head of Mental Illness Prevention Service (15-24 years), Psychiatric Clinic of Padua. Adjunct professor at School of Psychiatry, Padua University. Board member of Italian Psychiatric Association- Veneto section. Member of Il Nodo Group, Torino. She works in various institutional contexts as supervisor and trainer.

Franca Fubini
Psychotherapist, group analyst, supervisor and organizational consultant. She has been working both for the public and the private sectors. Senior fellow at University College London (UCL). Lecturer at the University of Rome, L’Aquila, Perugia. Chairwoman of Social Dreaming international Network, has designed and directed the first edition of the one year training for hosting Social Dreaming programs. Board Member and vice Chair of il Nodo Group. Member of OPUS (London) and ISPSO

Matilde Hernandez
MD, Psychiatrist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist trained at the Tavistock Clinic, London where she was member of the Consulting to Institutions Workshop. Works with groups in private practice and with the College of Physicians in Madrid. Consultant to health and educational institutions. Has been staff member of many Tavistock Group Relations Conferences in Italy and internationally. Visiting tutor at numerous universities including the Autonoma,
Complutense, CEU in Madrid and ENI in Milan. Directed the Professional Development Workshops Programme for ISPSO when it was held in Toledo, Spain and in Rome. Associate Editor Journal of Organizational and Social Dynamics. Honorary Member of Il Nodo Group.

Francesco Noseda
Psychologist, psychotherapist, IFPS psychoanalyst, Partner of Il Nodo Group, SIPRe Member; expert in group psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychodrama and psychoanalysis with adolescents. Co-founder of the Parma branch of the SIPRe Institute, he teaches group psychotherapy and psychodrama and family psychotherapy. He works as a psychotherapist in Milan and Como. Supervisor of various residential communities in Lombardy.

Fabrizio Pavone
M.D., Consultant psychiatrist on the Psychiatric ward of the San Matteo Polyclinic in Pavia. Psychoanalyst SPI / IPA. Adjunct Professor, University of Pavia, Faculty of Medicine: School of Neurology-Psychiatry; Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Group and Family Psychotherapy. He has also been teaching and supervising in the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Art Therapy master’s) for the last ten years.

Antonio Sama
Academic and organisational consultant whose approaches are rooted in the traditions of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. He holds a Bsc in History of Contemporary Political Philosophy and a MA in Advanced Organisational Consultation. He is a graduate from the Tavistock Institute AOC programme and a Professional Partner of the Institute. Antonio’s research, academic and professional interests include the role of system psychodynamics in Higher Education, cross-boundary collaborations and whole system change processes in the third sector and community systems, complexity theories and action research applied to organisational and community systems. Antonio holds roles in Italian and UK HEIs.

Giovanni Scibilia
He is a founding member of MORE, a company specializing in consumer insight and marketing consultancy, a subsidiary of Kantar Group for Italy. He deals with market segmentation, branding and positioning at national and international level. Previously CEO of Added Value Italy, he was professor of Theories and Techniques of Image Promotion at the University of Bergamo. Of philosophical education, he studied in Pavia and Strasbourg and was editor of aut aut, Oltrecorrente, Filmcritica.

Hagit Shachar-Paraira
(MSW) Organizational and Group Consultant in the business, public and 3rd sector; Teaches at the Program in Organizational Consultation & Development, A Psychoanalytic-Systemic Approach (POCD), Co-leader of the UJA's Collaborative Laboratory for social innovation (CoLab); PHD student for Gender Studies, Bar Ilan University; Member of Ofek.

Mark Stein
Professor of Leadership and Management at the University of Leicester, UK. Previously Mark has been a Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London, a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Brunel University, and a Researcher and Consultant at the Tavistock Institute.

Biancarosa Volpe
Psychotherapist psychologist, Head of the UOSD of Hospital Psychology in the University Hospital of Padua, adjunct professor for about 30 years at the Department of General Psychology and at the specialization school in Cardiovascular Apparatus diseases of University in Padua. High formation school in Social dreaming. Training and counsulting expert on organizational dynamics, in the field of health and social-health services. Member of the Board of the Node Group.


Isabella Negri
MA (Political Science), is an experienced interpreter and translator in the humanities and in training settings. She has been part of numerous editions of GR conferences in Italy and abroad both as a staff member and as a participant. OPUS member.


The fee includes participation to the Conference plus full board and lodging for the event duration.
Registration is considered valid upon receipt of the application form duly signed and accompanied by the confirmation of the payment of the booking fee of € 420 VAT included. In the case of nonattendance the deposit will not be refunded.

The payment of balance must be provided at the latest on 06.03.2020

Fee Single occupancy Double occupancy
EARLY BIRD until 16.1.2020 1.400 + VAT (1.708 €) 1.350 + VAT (1.647 €)
REGULAR after 16.1.2020 1.600 + VAT (1.952 €) 1.550 + VAT (1.891 €)

Single, twin or triple rooms are available at the hotel subject to availability. Request for any additional
nights must be submitted by participants via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone to the n. +39 (0)431
83550 and the payment due will be settled directly to the hotel upon check-out.

Like all group relations seminars, ALI 2020 is a limited-capacity organization. In the last editions those
who registered at the end of the established period didn’t participate. If you are interested please fill in the
online registration form as soon as possible on www.ilnodogroup.it/en.
Participation in the event allows you to obtain 39 ECM formative credits.
Last registration date: 18.3.2020


In order to facilitate participation, some partial bursaries and other economic solutions will be provided (discounts for students and people coming from the same institution).


For two members from the same organization there will be a 100€ discount each. For three or more there will be a discount of 120€ each. Anyone wishing to use them must apply to the Administrator: Daniela Cabibbe and Isabella Colombi, completing the online form available on the website www.ilnodogroup.it at the latest on the 1st of February.


Any cancellation notice received after 6 March 2020 will result in the cancellation of charges as indicated below (unless the motivation is serious to communicate to the Administrators):

Until 6.3.20 420 €
7.3.2020 - 18.03.2020 60% of entire fee
After 18.03.2020 fees cannot be reimbursed

For further details or questions, please contact the Administrators:
Daniela Cabibbe and Isabella Colombi at the email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


span style="background-color: transparent;">Grand Hotel Astoria is located in Grado about 25 minutes drive from the airport or train station. Participants who arrive by car are allowed to drive the limited traffic zone set up in the historic center of the island of Grado. Thanks to the recent restructuring of Trieste Airport (TRS), a 25-minute drive from Grado, and the construction of the new Trieste Airport Intermodal Center, the hotel is easily accessible for those arriving by train or plane. Possibility of personalized and collective transfers from Trieste Airport. If interested, please contact well in advance the Hotel:
Grand Hotel Astoria Largo San Grisogono, 3 34073 Grado (GO) 
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