ECW 2018

Nodo Group association presents:


4th International Working Conference 

14 -17 JUNE 2018


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 energetic resources and creative collaboration can introduce wellbeing into the organisations 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.



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 aim of the programme is not therapeutic.

The design of the working conference articulates the traditional events of Group Relations Conferences (Plenary, Large Group, Social Dreaming Matrix, Institutional Event, Review and Application Groups) with events which explore the language of the arts and of the moving body in the space.


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 unavoidable reality threatening the equilibrium of the globe which requires to be faced with attentive eyes turned both to the world we live in and 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.


Franca Fubini: codirector
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; 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: codirector
President of the non-profit organisation Rosa dei Venti; Psychotherapist (ECP); Director of a Therapeutic Community; Trainer and Consultant for non-profit organisations and businesses; Professor of Psychosomatics in free National and International universities; dedicated researcher into body intelligence and oral traditions; President of Il Nodo Group; member of OPUS (London); staff member GRC in Italy since 2008; creator of Energy, Co-Creation and Wellbeing 2011.

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

Franca Fubini
Luca Mingarelli
Maria Pia Conte
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; qualifi ed Craniosacral practitioner; member of the Ridhwan School following the Diamond Approach; developing methodology for the use of “Songworlds” within a clinical context, a three year training in collaboration with CSPP (Pescara). 


€ 780 + VAT for those who register before April, 15th 2018  

€ 880 + VAT for registrations received after that date

Board and lodging are included. At the time of registration a down payment of € 150 + VAT is required. The balance is due by May, 25th 2018.
  • 10% for members of the sponsoring organisations.
  • 5% for participants from abroad.
  • VAT will not be applied to participants who are not supported by any organization, nor to people under 28 years of age

A few bursaries will be available. Applications should be received by May, 5th 2018, 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.
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.

At the time of pre-registration we will provide each participant with personalised directions for reaching the conference site.  We will try to organise meeting points that will allow the synergetic use of public transport, taxi services and the vehicles of the cooperative that manages the ex-convent.

LANGUAGE: English and Italian

The working conference begins at 12:30 pm, Thursday 14th June and ends at 2:00 pm, Sunday 17th June.
from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm, Thursday 14th June.
Agenzia Mosaico - Via San Secondo 31 - 10128 Torino tel. +39 011 5681238
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ECW 2018 is organized by Nodo Group with sponsorship Hope of the Amazon, Innova, Tavistock Consulting, TConsult Socioanalytic Practice, WorkLab, Metanoia Institute (Finlandia).  

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