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Lapidus Scotland: Change – Loss – Grief — Healing

How to Facilitate Using the Literary Arts alongside Visual Art, Music and Movement

A Residential Workshop for Experienced Facilitators AND Potential Trainers of Reading, Writing and Storytelling for Wellbeing

2nd to 5th November 2017 Thursday from 5pm till Sunday 4pm at Whatton Lodge, East Lothian

Whatton lodge is located on Hill Road, Gullane and overlooks Gullane Bay and offers spectacular views over the Firth of Forth, quoted in the ‘Times’ ….”one of the finest views of the United Kingdom

Now come thoughts knocking my heart, of the high waves, clashing salt-crests, I am to cross again

from The Seafarer, translated from the Anglo-Saxon by Michael Alexander 


Join us for a Residential Weekend

Disruptive changes, losses and the resulting grief, and the yearning for healing and hope are the stuff of life. Yet, group facilitators find losses of group members one of the most challenging situations in groups. In this residential training workshop, registrants will be presented with, practice, discuss, and extend their comfort zone, competence and confidence when facing change in a words–for–wellbeing support group.
A further emphasis will be on the use of experiential processes when leading such groups. The use of the arts – literary, visual, music and movement will equip facilitators with these tools. Picture yourself not only skilfully guided by the leadership team but also surrounded by other experienced facilitators…all seeking to extend and deepen their skills in facilitating healing through reading, writing, and storytelling.

Advanced means that the registrant has attended a previous Lapidus Scotland basic facilitation workshop or residential; has led several reading and writing for wellbeing groups in past years; would like to train others; or has a diploma that includes attention to facilitation of groups.

This residential will include perspectives and tools for enriching both content and process of facilitation.  Projected topics include: 

How facilitators run their groups

Containment of difficult or emotional material

Balancing content and process

Building a repertoire of literary resources

Responses to personal disclosure

Ethical issues related to boundaries

Meeting challenging behaviours

Clarity about purpose and what is allowed

Co-leadership and consultation with colleagues

Giving feedback to oneself and to co-leaders

Moving groups to deeper considerations

Balancing diverse needs of individual members

Responding to offensive comments or prejudice

Diversity in its many variations: (age, race, country of origin, spiritual, sexual orientation, etc)


The residential will be a rich mixture of experiential and reflective processes. Practice, discernment of individual strengths, feedback, demonstration, and sharing of perspectives and resources will occur.

Limited Registration!! – Only 20 registrants can attend this experience. Register soon to ensure your slot.

Further details and booking: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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