Group Work

Groups and Workshops: 

 

One Wild and Precious Life Sunday 5th March 2-4pm

Free workshop. Part of the Edinburgh University Gather Festival and open to all. A lively workshop using images, objects and colour to explore the question, ‘what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?’ (M.Oliver). Come along and discover some tools for decision-making that may also unearth your deepest vision and values. Book via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/one-wild-and-precious-life-tickets-31537776338?aff=eventorg

 

Colour and Courage (one-off) Sunday 12th March 2-4pm

Free. Part of the Edinburgh University Gather Festival and open to all. An opportunity for those volunteering or in caring, helping and teaching professions to re-energise your working life. We will explore tricky encounters and refresh your courage and compassion towards yourself and others. This creative reflective practice workshop uses images and objects in search of focus, support and re-equipping. Book via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/colour-and-courage-tickets-31594940317?aff=eventorg

If you are interested in either of these workshops but they are fully booked, please email as further dates will be announced soon: reflectivespaces@yahoo.co.uk

 

Colour and Courage – A reflective practice group for people from a variety of working and caring backgrounds

Fridays: 3 March, 7 April, 26 May, 30 June 7.15 – 9.15pm St Philips Church, Logie Green Road, Canonmills, Edinburgh

Using a mixture of conversation and creative approaches here is an opportunity to re-energise vision for work, explore tricky encounters and refresh courage and compassion towards both yourself and those with whom you work. Open to people from a variety of backgrounds e.g. NHS and social workers, teachers, alternative therapists, charity workers, spiritual directors, clergy, volunteers, anyone in caring and helping roles or organisations etc. We will create the space between us using images, objects, action and ‘soulful seeing’ to go ‘behind the scenes, beneath the words’ in search of focus, support, and re-equipping.

The group will be between 3 and 6 people. Cost £30 per session with a commitment across these 4 dates, then the choice to stay or leave with new folk joining as space allows for another block of 4. Early bird rate £110 for 4 sessions if paid in full by 6th February. To aid the group process you are greatly encouraged to come to all dates. If you know at the time of booking that you need to miss one date you will not be charged for this, thereafter the commitment of £30 is to all dates. Please book by emailing reflectivespaces@yahoo.co.uk

 

Pithead Time for Pastors* – small group reflective practice open to all in ordained ministry

Thursdays 3 – 4.30pm 30 March, 27 April, 18 May (revised date), 29 June in north Edinburgh

British miners in the 1920s fought for what was termed ‘pit-head’ time – the right to wash off the grime of the work in the boss’s time, rather than take it home with them. Supervision is the equivalent for those who work at the coalface of personal distress, disease and fragmentation.” Hawkins & Shohet

As supervision – or reflective practice – this group will offer a mixture of conversation and creative approaches to support vocation, explore tricky encounters and re-energise vision. The option to use objects and images in our time can aid confidentiality in a group whose paths may cross in other contexts, being less reliant on story or detail. The group is open to Rectors, Ministers, Priests, Chaplains etc who work at the Coalface of ministry; I would encourage you to see this group as clearly part of work time and to seek expenses for the cost. Group of 3 or 4 people, £30 per session. You are greatly encouraged to come to all dates; we will contract around this at the first group. 4 sessions, then the choice to stay or leave with new people joining as space allows for another block of 4 dates. Early bird rate of £110 if paid in full by 2nd March. Please book by emailing reflectivespaces@yahoo.co.uk
(*with thanks to M.Bazely & R.Layzell for the use of their chapter title in Enriching Ministry ed. Paterson & Rose)

Elizabeth is a spiritual director, trainer and pastoral supervisor who also coordinates the adult learning programme for the Diocese of Edinburgh.
For general information see the supervision page

For enquiries regarding future groups please email reflectivespaces@yahoo.co.uk