Monthly Archives: January 2014

2014 Facilitation Workshop


Thursday 27th March  2014
9.30am– 4.30pm CERES Van Raay Centre
(CERES Community Environment Park, Brunswick East)

“The question we most commonly ask is the ‘what’ question – what shall I do? When the conversation goes a bit deeper and we ask the ‘how’ questions – what skills do I need to accomplish my task or goal? Occasionally we go a bit deeper and ask the ‘why’ question – for what purpose and to what ends do I seek to accomplish this goal? But seldom, if ever, do we ask the ‘who’ question – who is the self that I bring to this work? How does the quality of my selfhood form – or deform – the way I relate to my work, my colleagues, my world?” (adapted from Parker J Palmer)

Do you bring the best of yourself to your work with groups? Facilitation is more than a set of techniques and skills it is our presence and our ‘being’ that defines who we are as facilitators. So what is it that we consistently bring to our work with groups? What aspects of our selves to we call on to be the ‘best that we can be’ in diverse and difficult circumstances?

This workshop is for people who work with groups and want to reflect more deeply on their facilitation practice. Our day together will involve a series of contemplative exercises, discussions and creative activities to explore the unique qualities and attributes we bring to our work as facilitators. The workshop program aims to focus your understanding of how you work best as a facilitator and enrich your approach to working effectively with groups. Come and join other facilitators in a process of reflection and peer learning. Cost for this workshop$220 (incl GST) includes lunch & morning tea.

For more information or to register email us via the contact page.



Celebrating Indigenous Tasmanian Culture


I grew up in 1960’s Tasmania where the myth had been populated that Indigeous Tasmanian culture had died with the passing of Truganini. This falsehood impoverished Tasmanians growing up as I did without knowledge or experience of the efforts to keep cultural konwledge and practices alive.

More recently I have been privileged to connect with some Indigenous Tasmanian artists and craftspeople who are reinvigorating and sharing their cultural practices in local communities and beyond.  One of these women is Lola Greeno who has been nominated by her peers as a Craft Australia Living Treasure. Lola is not only the second Tasmanian and third female recipient of this honour, but is also the first Indigenous craftsperson to be recognised through this program.  Collaborations is proud to be supporting a touring exhibition of Lola’s work in 2014.

My connection with Lola and other programs such as the luna tunapri shell project , through the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, have provided me with the opportunity to support the profile of Indigenous culture and it’s contribution to our identity, particularly as Tasmanians.  For me this is such an important part of our maturing as a nation, that we have an informed understanding of the full history of this place and celebrate the role of contemporary Indigenous culture in shaping who we all are and what connects us.

I invite you to build your own connections, to look at who you are and where you have come from with fresh eyes. Identity is a complex thing as that great philosopher Shrek acknowledged, “Onions have layers, Ogres have layers!” – we all do.

There is extraordinary potential for our understanding of ourselves and each other if we can integrate and facilitate reconciliation at a personal level in our lives.

Look our for Lola’s exhibition this year at a gallery near you.