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Ken Nelson, David Ronka & Lesli Lang with Liz Korabek-Emerson & Jim White

Creating the Conditions for Transformation in Your Groups, Trainings, and Retreats

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    Living, breathing … workshops?

    A transformational workshop breathes. It’s alive – a collection of complex, interconnected parts in motion. Just as cutting off airflow stunts a living being, impeding any aspect of a workshop suppresses its vital pulse. But what does it mean to approach workshops as living systems?

    Imagine gathering a group in a cold, windowless room. You open with an agenda packed with factual lectures that allows no open sharing. Folks fidget under fluorescent lights, eager for fresh air and human connection. Eyes glaze over and any content becomes white noise.

    Now envision that same group seated outdoors under sunshine and trees. You begin with an icebreaker inviting real stories and lighthearted laughs. Feel the energy shift as participants relax into themselves and each other. A living workshop opens up.

    Like organisms, workshops thrive only when every element works in harmony – the physical space, format, activities, and facilitation intertwining like body, mind and spirit. Tend carefully to these, creating conditions that nourish authentic relating.

    What emerges can surpass individual growth, activating a collective intelligence with untold potential. But disrupt even one part – skimp on safety or overload content – and the system falters. Tune in to this intricate balance. Let each choice flow from an ethic of care.

    This perspective changes workshops. You learn to discuss arrangements right up front – preferring circles to rows, seeking both quiet reflection and engagement. Trauma-informed practices help every voice feel valued. And agendas get structured around participant sharing, saving lectures for when energy dips.

    Ideally, the rewards can, with rooms crackling with self-discovered epiphanies and strangers bonding like old friends.

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    What is Designing & Leading Life-Changing Workshops about?

    Designing & Leading Life-Changing Workshops (2022) offers insight into how to design and facilitate deeply meaningful workshops that can lead to transformation and positive change. By understanding group dynamics and creating the right conditions, you can guide participants on a journey of self-discovery, vulnerability, courage, and inspiration to unlock individual and collective potential.

    Who should read Designing & Leading Life-Changing Workshops?

    • Workshop leaders, corporate trainers or retreat facilitators looking to up their skills
    • Educators or coaches looking to facilitate breakthroughs or boost engagement
    • All those wanting to facilitate transformational encounters or events

    About the Author

    Ken Nelson specializes in mind-body workshops and leadership training, incorporating practices like yoga and qigong.

    David Ronka offers coaching and training services, leveraging his varied background in engineering, music, and education.

    Lesli Lang, with experience in creative production and expressive arts, assists others in personal authenticity and expression. 

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