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Third Open Seminar 2017/2018:  June 22-26, 2018, NAPLES by the Fondazione Quartieri Spagnoli 

THE TAO OF LEADERSHIP AND ELDERSHIP: Inner Work Practice as a Crucial Facilitation Skill

Teachers: Bogna Szymkiewicz and Peter Ammann

seminar in English language with translation into Italian

A leader’s task is to understand, feel and express and support the direction where the group or organization wants to go in each particular moment. Nevertheless, people might get caught in hurtful conflicts, splinter into factions, burn out or fall into low moods if emerging processes are not facilitated. As facilitators, we need to expand our leadership by eldership: Embracing and being there for everybody, all parties and positions as well as for the universe and the planet. We need to welcome voices and information from all kinds of “realities” and follow the group’s processes including the phases people and groups naturally go through.

In this module we will learn:

  • how to take a stand and access our leadership qualities when needed
  • how to do inner work while facilitating groups, in the midst of the fire
  • how to listen to our bodies and connect to our deepest art – which brings us in contact with our life task and dreaming background

From there we will be able to perceive disturbances as stepping stones towards the greater goal and sustainable future.



Open Seminar: € 200
Membership Card of the Italian ProcessWork Association (2016/2017)  € 10

To register to the open seminar fill thr REGISTRATION FORM and 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:  IT08C0501802800000012398665

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Second Open Seminar 2017/2018: February 9-13, 2017, MILANO by the Fondazione Exodus

EXPLORING THE EMERGING SELF: Working on the Edge, Personal Power and Meta-position

facilitated by Bogna Symckievickz and Ana Rhodes

Language: English, with translation into Italian


In this module, we are going to explore an edge of our identity and learn how to use the potential that lies beyond it.
Our Self is a process. We create our identities based on some experiences, leaving out these that do not fit to an idea of who we are or who should be. Yet on the other side of the edge there is a lot of hidden treasure: the emerging diversity of the Self to be discovered.
We will also start to explore our ability to Lead with presence, which means putting one’s personal psychology – including feelings, moods and thoughts – to the service of all the others in the group. This compassionate attitude is one of the most important meta-skills a leader can exercise. Its presence or absence determines the atmosphere in the field.
Ultimately, facilitation of our inner and outer experiences is like a Dance. We aim to become fluid in our ability to bring out and move between many roles in a field. To acknowledges and honor the silent parts, welcome criticism, and be able to take our own side as well the others side. To understand when we become one-sided and invite others to fulfill the leadership/facilitation role. Thus, in this way we start to enter in to our own sense of the eldership. Developing a wider sense of Space and Time.
The Elder, the deepest part of us is seasoned by the pain of failure, the joys of success, anger in the face of injustice, guilt from having acted unjustly, the loss of close ones through death, and her own mini deaths. So gradually we become a container for the whole. We become increasingly transparent to the on-going process of life and are there for all of the parts.

We will focus on:
– Noticing and recognizing signals of an edge while working with individuals, couples and groups
– Learning specific techniques to work on an edge
– The relationship between our internal edge, the context and our relationship
– Internalized oppression and the Critic: the reintragration of History and personal Power
– Developing meta-position while going to an unknown territory beyond the edge
– Discovering personal power hidden in each experience over the edge
– Unfolding our leadership abilities that are waiting to be used in the world: Leading from deep within.



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

SISTEM DISTURBANCES AS AGENTS FOR CHANGE: Power Dynamics and the Art of Communication

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.