Conversations that matter

You will see in the schedule that we have made space for conversations that matter.

Since our earliest ancestors gathered in circles around the warmth of a fire, conversation has been a core process for discovering what we care about. It’s how we’ve always shared our knowledge, imagined our futures and created communities of commitment. The meanings we make in conversation and the coordinated action that emerges naturally from them help to shape our lives.

What questions do you have that you haven’t found an answer for? What thoughts do you have that haven’t yet been expressed? What itch do you have that has yet to be scratched? What are you challenged by? What experiences do you have to share? Is there someone that you would like to have a conversation with?

The most crucial conversation is the one that matters for you, for now, for right now. . . and that is where conversations that matter come in.

It is an opportunity for you to informally gather a group around a conversation that you want to have. You might invite one of the presenters to expand on their presentation, or you might invite some people to join you in a conversation that matters to you.

The space and time is there for you. You are invited to use it for conversations that matter.

The CHILL Workshop with Tessa Clarke

During the conference Tessa Clarke is offering an opportunity to CHILL Look for this in the programme. It will be offered on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Art of Breathing Workshop with Tessa Clarke

With the understanding that “Happiness is the birthright of every human being” (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar) and that our current rajasic (hectic) lifestyles are such as to challenge this on a daily basis; we acknowledge that creativity is an essential quality of well- being. We are all creative in some way or other, but our creative spark is often extinguished through stess, anxiety, fear of failure, crisis and the endless preoccupation with our daily ‘stuff’. As we get better able to relax and to spend more time in the NOW we will more often be surprised by our creative impulses.
The Art of Breathing Workshop vividly conveys practical wisdom to aid us in a more balanced lifestyle and offers useful tools to help meet the challenges of everyday life with a smile! How? Guided meditation, simple yet powerful yoga, knowledge of the mind- body- breath, breathing techniques & more…. Facilitators offer a relaxed & nurturing environment where participants are free to experience the healing nature of their true Self. Workshop participants will take away simple tools which can easily be fitted into a busy lifestyle, to help us live life to our full creative potential.

Tessa Clarke
As a qualified yoga teacher and facilitator with the Art of Living Foundation, Tessa has been working in the stress management and holistic health field for 7 years. Originally from the UK, her journey has taken her through her own personal experience of stress together with an exploration into the tools available to overcome it. With a professional background in food safety, training & consultancy; Tessa’s most exciting challenge has been to blend together the two areas of her life which she has been successfully enjoying for the last 3 years. Her passion to help people manage stress and live a more connected, joyful & creative life shines through with ease, humour and sensitivity in the Art of Breathing workshop.
The Art of Living Foundation is a charitable organisation which has been offering stress management and self development programmes around the globe for the last 30 years. The Vision of the organisation is to bring a smile to every face; shown most recently in Christchurch, where they have been offering free post- earthquake de- stress courses since October 2010 to help people overcome their trauma.
Link to website: http://www.artofliving.org/nz-en

Keys to Creativity [4hr workshop]

Keys to Creativity
Jonathan Milne and Alice Wilson Milne [New Zealand]

A key is a clever little device that enables us to walk through a wall. The problem is that different walls require different keys and they’re not all available from a locksmith.
In terms of creativity the big challenge is to find a way through the education ‘wall’. Unfortunately, as Ken Robinson says. “We are educating people out of their creative capacities.”
What can be done to make a difference? One of the most startling clues comes from a study led by Robert Root-Bernstein, a professor at Michigan State University. The team discovered that Nobel prize-winning scientists were about twenty times more likely to be strongly involved in the arts than other scientists.
The science-art link suggests a radical rethink of education. Do the arts contain something that is relevant to creativity in other fields? If the arts are closely connected with high-end innovation in science, what are we doing about it? Could there be something fundamentally transformative about certain arts practices?
Jonathan Milne and Alice Wilson Milne have been on the case for longer than most. Their experience with thousands of students leaves them no doubt that the potential of art is much bigger than the making of art itself.
The arts are central to understanding the creative process because they require a different approach to thinking. This workshop delivers an experience of ‘art thinking’ that is the key to creative change. It is relevant to any area in which creativity is important – education, self-development, science, business, innovation and of course the making of art.

The ‘take-aways’ include practice in:
• using senses differently
• awakening intuition
• crossing disciplinary boundaries (art to science etc)
• the basics of reflective learning
• group dynamics and creativity
• play as a creative tactic

All tools and materials provided.

Safety warning: the workshop is dangerous to established habits. Wear clothes suitable for an art session.

Facilitators: Jonathan Milne and Alice Wilson Milne

Jonathan Milne, author of GO! ‘The art of change’, managing director of The Learning Connexion  www.tlc.ac.nz
Alice Wilson Milne, course designer/inventor, practitioner of Appreciative Inquiry, author of ‘Two Wings to Fly’ (in press), co-director of The Learning Connexion.