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Bedfordshire International Systemic Summer School 2019

University of Bedfordshire

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 at 09:00 - Friday, 14 June 2019 at 16:30 (BST)

Bedfordshire International Systemic Summer School 2019

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Ticket Type Sales End Price * Fee Quantity
Systemic Summer School 18 Jun 2019 £450.00 £35.69
PDSP Applicants
For people who have already applied for the PDSP for Sept 2019
18 Jun 2019 £350.00 £27.89
PDSP Students
PDSP registered students only
18 Jun 2019 Free £0.00
PDSP Supervisors 18 Jun 2019 Free £0.00
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Bedfordshire International Systemic Summer School

Brathay Hall, Ambleside, Lake District, UK

12th - 14th June 2019


Guest Participants

Wanda Pillow

Imelda McCarthy

Amanda Middleton

Nora Bateson

Gail Simon

This is slow conferencing. It is a participatory event stretching over three days for people who want to reflect with others, have deep dialogue and walk and talk by the shores of Lake Windermere. It is a place for reflexive practitioners - especially those interested in systemic, social constructionist, dialogical, narrative, appreciative and collaborative ways of inquiring. This event is for people working across the many leafy and overlapping branches of systemic practice: organisational or team consultation, leadership, therapy, social work, education, coaching, social justice and community work. 

The Summer School reframes everyday reflexive practice as a form of collaborative action research. Of course, we are always reviewing what we do and imagining what else to try. This is the ethical backbone of systemic practice off which all else hangs. The Summer School provides a different space, one in which we can look again, as if for the first time, and see what we learn about our own practice, ourselves and each other. We do this through dialogue and connecting, using foreign and indigenous ways of knowing, through performance and play, and by just being in the stunning landscape of the English Lake District.


What is happening this year...

  • Performative reading of the play “Copenhagen” by Michael Frayn and discussion with Wanda Pillow about new materialism and indigenous knowledge practices  

  • A Warm Data Lab led by Nora Bateson 

  • Fireside discussions with Imelda McCarthy
  • Amanda Middleton on living intersectionality

  • Gail Simon on the systemic vision of Beatrix Potter
  • Workshops by supervisors and researchers on the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice  

  • Pop-up spaces for spontaneous dialogue  

  • Performative readings of one's own or other people's writings  

  • Symposium on the future of systemic training programmes  

  • A participatory art installation  

  • Early morning trip to Castlerigg Stone Circle  

  • Visit to Beatrix Potter's house
  • Canoeing  on Lake Windermere  

  • Early morning meditation  

  • The Summer School Dinner with fire   

  • and more...

Click here to see a video of Brathay Hall from the air...


Hosted by the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice at the University of Bedfordshire.

How to book

Please send a booking form - DOCX 39.6 KB whether you pay by BACS (no booking fee) or on Eventbrite (booking fee applies). Payment is required at the time of booking your place.

The fee includes attendance at the 3 day Summer School and includes lunches, refreshments and the conference dinner.


Accommodation is not included in the Summer School fee. There are a range of rooms available on site at Brathay Hall. Book by ringing them directly 015394 33041 and say you are booking for the Bedfordshire Spring School to get the special rate. There are also many hotels and bed and breakfasts in nearby Ambleside, a 10 - 15 minute walk from Brathay Hall. Have a look at Tripadvisor for reviews and recommendations in Ambleside. 


Do you have questions about Bedfordshire International Systemic Summer School 2019? Contact University of Bedfordshire

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Brathay Hall - Brathay Trust

LA22 Ambleside
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 at 09:00 - Friday, 14 June 2019 at 16:30 (BST)

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