Welcome to country
On the foreshore of Sydney Harbour, we will meet and acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we gather.
The ground on which we stand: Gathering together
The ground from which we come shapes us. Knowing and appreciating our individual and communal ground – the geographical, psychological, community and familial lands of our origin - will inspire this moment of meeting each other through acknowledging and sharing our personal and communal ground.
Session 1: The ground of our perceptions: Organising and being organised by the field
17:30 - 19:15
Theme: In acts of mutual influence, we are continuously shaping and being shaped by our experiential worlds. Our attitudes and beliefs – conscious and unconscious – inform our every engagement with ourselves and those around us --- including the physical world in which we live. We tend to act in ways that are aligned with our attitudes and beliefs: these are the drivers of our acts of We are interested in uncovering our perceptual ground and its impact.
Process: In the spirit of gathering together we will introduce ourselves in ways that reveal our attitudes and beliefs and help us know more the ground on which we stand.
Incorporates pre-Gathering activity 1: Perception
Welcome Social Event: Drinks and Canape's
19:15 - 21:00
Enjoy drinks and canapés whilst catching up with friends and colleagues by the beautiful Sydney harbour foreshore.
Saturday, 4 May, 2019
08:00 - 09:00
Opening: GANZ President and Council
Our time together: People, vision and program
Orientation to venue.
Session 2: Personal stories of transformation: Me and us – individual and community
09:15 - 12.30
Personal stories of transformation: Me and us – individual and community
Theme: We have all experienced moments of transformation. They may be moments of our own or ones we have facilitated or witnessed. In these moments of gold some alchemy is at work. Through personal story telling we will establish a shared ground to help us uncover a range of catalysts for transformation.
Process: Mingle to view poster gallery that depicts personal stories of transformation. Free-form conversations and large group sharing.
The treasures in our stories: Uncovering catalysts for transformation
Theme: Diversity, inequality and dialogue and their polarities of uniformity, equality and isolation reflect some “push and pull” catalysts for transformation. This list is not exhaustive, and this session will focus on eliciting other influences in our lived experience and emergent process that have acted and act as catalysts for transformation. We will focus on the what and how of these processes.
Process: Beginning with our personal experience we will review our posters to elicit the catalysts for transformation at work in our lives. Free-form conversations and a live-poster making process will be used to illustrate the catalysts identified and to extend the list suggested in the theme statement.
Incorporates pre-Gathering activity 2: Experience
Hospitality: Munch, mingle, meet and explore
Session 3: Grappling with dilemmas: Catalysts for delivering transformation on the ground
Grappling with dilemmas:
Theme: Delivering transformation on the ground often evokes resistance that reflects forces for change and sameness. Constraints to transformation are a universal phenomenon that have the capacity to generate endless dilemmas. This session will consider these dilemmas and how to work with them in specific areas of personal interest such as counselling, psychotherapy, social activism, research, GANZ and other organisations, community settings, politics and society etc.
Process: Self-organising discovery groups to explore specific dilemmas that operate to constrain meaningful change and catalysts for transformation in your areas of interest. Free-form conversations and feedback session.
Dinner and Party
Hospitality: Celebrating being together - dine, dance and play!
"Something I know how to do well, is to get therapists up dancing"... Rochelle Oshlack, renowned DJ will be sharing her grooves into the evening.
Sunday, 5 May, 2019
GANZ Council Space: Supporting our leaders – leading our community
08:30 - 09:30
A Council facilitated opportunity to clarify the relationships between the roles and responsibilities of Council and the needs of members and the broader community.
Session 4: Actions in the field: Engaging our interests
Actions in the field: Engaging our interests
Theme: Informed by the nature of constraints and resourced by a deeper understanding of catalysts for transformation this session will focus on areas of personal passion and our individual and collective desire to act. Intentions for action and support for acting will be identified with attention on how to transform constraining dilemmas in ourselves and others into meaningful action.
Process: Self-organising discovery groups and presentation of proposals for action in soap-box feedback session.
Incorporates pre-Gathering activity 3: Action
12:30 - 14:00
Hospitality: Munch, mingle, meet and network
Session 5: Every story is us – every action is ours: Going forward together
14:00 - 16:30
Theme: Each one of us is the individual expression of our communities and our communities express themselves through us. Development in any location is mutually beneficial development and suffering in any location is shared suffering. This session will review what has emerged in our conversations and identify how we might go forward together as agents for transformation.
Process: Whole group discussion and feedback on proposals, and potential mutual supports for action. Forming loose communities and sub-groups of interest and action.
Completions and Farewells
Idea: In action rather than words we hope to express in a collective movement our experience of being together, our arising understanding of the theme and our emerging intentions as a flash-mob dance.
Process: This expression of our Gathering would involve creating a choreography group that would work together to capture moments at our Gathering in movement. These moments in movement will be used as warm-ups and integration exercises across the Gathering, that will build into a whole to be practiced, expressed and filmed in the final session as an embodied and collective way to give expression to the experiences of gathering.