We are simply trying to hold space for
people interested in group relations work.
We serve as a home for people who have experienced the power of group relations work, particularly in combination with spirituality and social justice. We want to nurture the GR network by offering a place to co-create as individuals and/or organizations. We are open to collaboration around group relations conferences and application events, writing, reflecting and meeting. We offer to stay connected with “the work” in various ways. We pay attention to where the energy takes us.
The programs we offer at this moment are listed in the activities section. As we are growing in numbers, we are beginning to create local (and virtual) communities that people may join to nurture “the work.”
Group Relations refers to a methodology that is used to understand authority, leadership and power, group, organizational and systems dynamics.
A group relations conference is the customary way of offering this methodology. In a group relations conference, which consists of experiential learning, staff members offer participants a combination of “here-and-now” events and reflective events.
In “here-and-now” events participants study what is going on in the moment, paying particular attention to unconscious dynamics and looking at the group-as-a-whole, rather than intrapersonal or interpersonal dynamics.
In reflective events, participants are invited to reflect on their experiences. It is not unusual that learning is transformational in terms of how participants look at themselves, their roles, groups, and organizations they are part of.
Attention to Social Justice, i.e. equal access to wealth, opportunities and privileges within a society, is inseparable from group relations work in which dynamics of power and privilege are often central. We actively encourage people from not for profit organizations to attend group relations conferences and we often support them financially.
Spirituality is simply the acknowledgment that
there is a “More”.
People may call that “More” energy, spirit, God, nature or have other indicators for it. All people and all things are part of a “system” that is beyond our comprehension. We believe that group relations work demonstrates that there is a “More.”