Small and / or Large Study Group Training

Review and Application Group Training





Window Spiral


Group relations conferences are experiential learning events in which participants learn from their experience while they study their own (individual and collective) behavior in the moment in small and large study group settings.


There are also a number of reflective events offered to help the participant make sense of their experience and to apply their learning to their organization back home.


Although specific learning is not prescribed, typically participants have learnings related to the following concepts: boundaries, authority, role, task, leadership, followership, group dynamics, representation, the unconscious, levels of analysis, voice and agency, patterns of behavior, etc.



January 28, 29 and 30, 2022

February 4 and 5, 2022

Networks of Desire 
A Group Relations Training Conference

We will explore the entanglement of desires and how authority power, and consent play out, what is given, taken, and resisted. 

A training conference is a group relations conference with the additional aim to provide training for consultants who use a group relations lens in their work and wish to develop that lens more, and who may wish to take up group relations staff roles in the future. The conference will be directed by Simon Western. 


Virtual for Members

April 1-3, 2022

Authority and Leadership in a Disrupted World


Save the date for this conference sponsored by GRI. More information will be available soon.


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In person

March 17-20, 2022

Boston, MA

Intersectionality, Justice & Spirit: Activating our Super Powers!

Save the date for the 11th Annual Power and Justice: Leadership for Change Group Relations Conference Series at Boston College. More information to follow soon. 


In Person

July 15-17, 2022

San Diego, CA

Leadership for Change



GRI is co-sponsoring the Leadership for Change Conference, a three-day grouprelations conference organized by the Leadership Studies Department at the University of San Diego. The conference is a course curriculum for students at the University and it is open to members of the community. René Molenkamp directs this conference.



March 25-27, 2022

Race Relations in America: Leadership, Organizational Dynamics and _____

GRI is co-sponsoring this three-day event that is designed to support leaders of varying backgrounds to engage in a dialogue on race relations across the boundaries of racial lines using group relations methodology that is informed by experiential learning. Past, present and future leaders will have an opportunity to explore their organizational experience with race relations in America, while forming a temporary organization.


In person

April 8-10, 2022

Carson, CA

Leadership and Creative Expression: Healing, Authority, Role and Task

Save the date for this group relations conference at California State University: Dominguez Hills. More information to follow soon. 

We offer group relations training and applied events on a regular basis.

Small and / or Large Study Group Training

An event in which participants are invited to take up the Small or Large Study Group consultant role and get feedback in public immediately after they have taken up that role.

This training is great practice for people who want to apply group-as-a-whole perspective in their work.

Review and Application Group Training

Gives some background and ideas about how to conduct an application group in conferences.


We occasionally organize or sponsor trainings related to group relations work, for example in Social Dreaming, or group facilitation.


In 2020, in collaboration with the A. K. Rice Institute, we offer a Director’s Training for people who are interested in directing group relations conferences.