Blend & Balance: Working with 'opposite' dynamics @ Blacktown, NSW

Date: 20-Oct-2020

Blacktown RSL, NSW- Tuesday, 20th October 2020 

    BLEND IT…is a workshop about a process of working with people, whether that’s with groups, families or individuals. And it’s about a process which balances humour with serious, the playful with the intense, challenge with support, questioning with acceptance, noisy with quiet, movement with stillness…

    These dynamics of opposite create an atmosphere of the unusual; of juxtaposition, of paradox, of contrast and comparison; which bring into sharp relief what is and what could be. The ‘softer’ and ‘lighter’ aspects of these dynamics create relationship and connection; and an openness to experience the new, the fresh, the adventurous; both within ourselves and with the world around us. When standing next to the more challenging aspects, they create readiness and receptivity in hearts and minds - the chance to review self and life and embrace fully what is, or to explore what might be. Sounds a bit fanciful- it’s also true.

    Explore the core elements of:

    • Engagement
    • Readiness
    • Receptivity
    • And to locate these within Individual and Group processes, both educative and therapeutic

    Explore enabling concepts of:

    • Juxtaposition
    • Paradox
    • Contrast
    • Comparison
    • Contradiction

    Within the above process experience strategies, suitable for individual, group and family interactions.

    When: Tuesday 20th October 2020 from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

    Where: 40 Second Ave, Blacktown NSW 2148

    Cost: The early bird booking is $275 registration occurs before 20th September 2020 (GST included). The fee for registrations after the 20th September is $330.00 (GST included). 

    To register: Register and complete payment below. A Tax Invoice will be emailed to you. The payment needs to be completed before the workshop occurs, for the registration to be fully confirmed.

    Facilitator: Peter Slattery

    Peter has worked with individuals, families and communities for over 30 years. He lives in Sydney, but works throughout Australia as well as Asia, Europe and North America. He has written 'Youth works’ and produced the training DVD 'Conversations with young people', and most recently the group work resource ‘THOUGHTPICS’. He strives constantly to find or develop new, exciting and ever more useful ways of helping people explore what troubles or inspires them. In this quest, he calls on anything that might be helpful; physical movement, theatre, storytelling, drawing, what might be called ‘humour’ and really, anything at all that might add something to this process. Peter says "what a totally challenging joy all of this is"!


    Feedback from previous workshops

    We collect feedback from participants at the conclusion of each workshop we facilitate. You can find summary data on our feedback page. Some of the feedback collected from 175 participants between 2012 and 2018 in Peter Slattery’s Groupwork and Young People workshop includes:

    "Pete is great – engaging – informative."

    "All of the content was important and relevant. I really enjoyed building confidence with group-based stuff."

    "There are activities that I can use straight away and I am looking forward to positively adapting the way I engage groups."

    "Excellent mix of hands on activities and learning backed up by theories about why it works."

    "I loved all of it – such a privilege to spend this time with you and learn from your knowledge and stories Pete."




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