You can’t get a more down-to-earth, basic raw material than clay! It is fundamental to life on earth, both in its elemental simplicity and in its advanced technological applications. It is extraordinarily versatile, and in our increasingly digital and virtual working environments, it’s haptic qualities can help us to get in touch with and open up to the essence of things. Getting our hands dirty during the workshop, in a sustained encounter with this ubiquitous material, will help us to feel our way to new forms of understanding of ourselves as coaches and of our connection to the client relationship. ‘Thinking through making’ creates possibilities for breakthrough and for new gestalts to take shape. As well as using clay as a medium of enquiry, we shall be making use of film in this workshop, to support our creative and reflective process. The tangible nature of this emergent process with clay and film, supports participation and shared discovery.
Structure & Ethos
The day will be structured around experiments with clay, dialogue and coaching practice, as well as filmed facilitation.
The morning will focus on responding to the material in an embodied way from a more personal perspective, moving on to exploring ways clay can facilitate in-depth dialogue with an other. During the afternoon the focus will shift to using clay creatively in group settings, as a precursor to verbal expression, to materialize complex or unconscious processes. We will have moments of reflection throughout the day, to capture insights and to make links to our coaching practice and ourselves as coaches.
Short, playful activities will be interspersed throughout the day to revive and stimulate our creative energies!
Who should attend
Coaches, Consultants and Facilitators of all levels of experience
Those who place value on creativity in coaching practice.
Those wishing to learn more about working emergently.
Those who want insights into themselves as intervenors in client systems.
- Insights into yourself and your practice as a coach
- Experience of working with 'emergence'
- Insights in to the importance of 'embodiment' in coaching
- Applying ‘thinking through making’ principles to coaching, consultancy and facilitation
- Personal, hands-on experience of 'clay as consultant' - an assistant in relational awareness and dialogue
- Opportunity to develop new resources for coaching practice
Price & Refund policy
The workshop fee is £375 (ex VAT) per person, which will include lunch and refreshments, as well as use of all clay and film resources. In order to keep prices affordable, we do not offer refunds on cancelled places. It might be possible to transfer your place to another person you nominate, with sufficient notice. In exceptional circumstances we will consider offering you a place on another meus programme within 6 months of the date of your original booking.
Leading the programme
Christine Stevens PhD
Christine is a ceramic artist and Gestalt psychotherapist. She is the Director of Clay Studio Nottingham and the Editor of the British Gestalt Journal. An international workshop facilitator, supervisor and trainer, she is also a faculty member of the Doctoral programmes at Metanoia Institute, London. She has a special interest in creative expression as a means of personal and professional development.
Ty Francis PhD & Jon Riley