Next OPEN SEMINAR of the Italian School

First residential seminar 2017/2018: 8-10 december 2017, BRACCIANO (ROMA) in the extraordinary biofarm Borgo Paola


facilitated by Gill Emslie and Peter Ammann

Language: English, with translation into Italian


Power dynamics and conflict go hand in hand in every area of our lives. From the unconscious marginalization of parts of our own experience, to the way we engage in, win or loose battles with our partners, family members, colleagues, counterparts in other organisations, and even between organisations and countries, the dynamics of fear based competition undermine some of our best laid plans and longings.

Based on Dr. Arnold Mindell’s Processwork, with its multi-dimensional framework and philosophy of deep democracy, this trans-disciplinary approach has embodied learning and increased awareness at its heart. The approach values an individual or group’s explicit goals and intentions while recognizing the wisdom hidden within their implicit dynamics. Challenges, conflicts, failures and emerging disturbances are transformed into fuel for creative transformation and growth.

We will use our group dynamics, and the relationships within our group, as a laboratory to practice facilitating polarizations, conflicts and tension. As a seminar participant, you will be challenged to explore the outer edges of your awareness, the place where you become destabilized but also transformation emerges.

  • You will learn more about your tendencies to adapt to or dominate others
  • You will practice effective ways to speak truth in a variety of challenging contexts
  • You will discover hidden diversity within conflicts
  • You will access your deepest sources of power and remain aware and able to facilitate dynamics of conflict and power in the midst of the heat.

Topics include:

Deep Democracy: Inclusion of all diverse experiences, perspectives and voices

Process-oriented conflict transformation: Discovering the potential and creativity embedded within disturbance ; Facilitation of emotional and non-rational aspects of conflict

Rank and power awareness: Working with the complexities of power dynamics and marginalization; Giving and receiving feedback across hierarchies

Inner work: Awareness of own inner diversity, bias and prejudice when in a facilitation role; Discovering and employing one’s own unique style and power

Whether you are a beginning or a seasoned facilitator, whether you work in the family, in the classroom, in diverse, multicultural groups and communities or with large scale, multiple stakeholder processes, these methods will increase your skills and confidence, support your individual style and teach you to bring all of your resources, passion and creativity to the successful outcome of your facilitation practice.


Friday 8th December, 15-19
Saturday 9th December, 9,30-13 and 15-19
Sunday 10th December, 9,30-13


 Borgo Paola ,Bracciano (Roma)


Open Seminar: € 200
Membership Card of the Italian ProcessWork Association (2016/2017) – € 10
Food and Accomodation: more details soon!

To register to the open seminar, send us an email with a copy of the payment of 210€ on our bank account:

Associazione Arte del Processo
via XXV aprile 10, Castelfiorentino (FI)
IBAN: IT93Y0501802800000000239866
Contact us to register!