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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