San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A Writing Retreat for Reflexive Practitioners
with Dr Gail Simon
29th – 30th April 2017, Brathay Hall, The Lake District
For systemic practitioners of all professional persuasions!
WHY A WRITING RETREAT?
This may be the moment to just do it! Sometimes, I think one owes it to oneself - and others - to use writing to invite others in to what you do with what you feel, see and think, and how you move around in that extraordinary dialogical space we call systemic practice. Maybe you want to write something in particular. Perhaps you want to play, experiment with finding a voice, a nib, a style, a form. Maybe you just want a peaceful space in which others are also writing for you to start producing some words. This is the space for those activities.
In this retreat, I will share some ideas I have developed about writing as a relational activity, about what helps writers find a voice or style with which to write, about quality in writing and quality in the experience of writing.
There will be plenty of space for you to develop some of your writing. We will experiment with writing in different styles. And discuss how to get the heart of what matters.
WHO IS THIS RETREAT FOR?
This writing retreat is for relationally reflexive practitioners who want to write about their work or themselves in the first person as a practitioner. By the end of the retreat, I hope you will feel increased creativity, inspiration, engagement and a spirit of adventure.
The political and ethical issues facing practitioners writing about/from within their work create wonderful opportunties. I notice in my coaching of practice writers, we often explore narratives of what counts as an appropriate writing style and imagine more contextuallly appreciative audiences. It is amazing how much easier - and better - writing becomes once people feel free from unhelpful observers and are relating to a preferred audience.
GAIL SIMON - Writing Retreat Leader
My doctoral research was on Writing (as) Systemic Practice where I experimented with creative and ethical ways of writing from within practice coherent with systemic ways of speaking. Since then, I have led writing workshops within the systemic community and on masters and doctoral programmes. I have written and presented on practitioner writing at national and international conferences - for example, on writing as a form of inquiry, relational ethnography, writing as relationship, performative writing, reflexive and collaborative writing.
I lead, teach and supervise on the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice at the University of Bedfordshire. Writing and publishing offer fantastic opportunities to vocalise experience and get moving stories out there for tohers to access and learn from. I started up a small systemic publishing tent, Everything is Connected Press, and have co-edited two books on systemic research and systemic therapy. I qualified in systemic therapy in 1993 at KCC and my practice home is The Pink Practice, a queer systemic therapy practice in London.
WHERE IS THIS TAKING PLACE?
This retreat takes place at Brathay Hall in the English Lake District. It is in a wonderful location at the top of Lake Windermere it its own grounds leading down to the lake. It is very suited to reflective and creative writing. We have use of some high ceiling rooms in the main hall, the theatre and yurt just outside.There is accommodation on site. Most rooms have desks in them. Ambleside is a ten - fifteen minute walk away. It is a small town with plenty of places to eat, two private cinemas, two museums, many outdoor clothing shops and remains of a Roman Fort.
The cost of the two day retreat is £240 and includes lunches.
If you choose to book bed and breakfast on site, please book directly with Brathay Hall on 015394 33041. They have a range of accommodation from £45 to £120 a night. The building and grounds have limited accessibility. Please ring Brathay Hall for more information.
The nearest station is Windermere. You can get a bus or taxi to Brathay Hall from there. There is parking on site.
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Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice
The Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice at the Univeristy of Bedfordshire hosts a range of conferences and symposia for the broader relationally reflexive and systemic practice communities within the UK, across Europe and beyond! Recent events include the
- Bedfordshire International Systemic Spring School -
- Systemic Practice and Autism Conference -
- Festschrift for Dr Peter Lang -
- A Day of Celebration for Professor John Shotter -
- The Systemic Postgraduate Research Conference -