Vermont Workshops take advantage of our beautiful Vermont location to create rigorous and lively learning experiences where participants can further develop skills in narrative approaches in collaboration with others, while savoring an environment offering panoramic views, good company, and outdoor splendors. Over the years, we have added Narrative Camp for those who can join us to experience shared living by the lake – taking full advantage of the restorative possibilities: kayaking, hiking, cycling, swimming, sharing meals, yoga by lakeside watching glorious sunsets and hanging out talking on lake-side verandas. We believe in learning by doing. And in building community.
Upcoming Workshops/Gatherings 2017-2018
This year will mark the 10th anniversary of Michael White’s death. It’s a time for reflection, as we trace some of Michael’s contributions to our practices and thinking including his careful attention to language, artful question-asking and respectful stance. As an alternative to our Vermont narrative gathering tradition, Reauthoring Teaching is joining Narrative Initiatives San Diego (NISD) to sponsor Building on the Legacy of Michael White: A decade of Narrative Developments on Coronado Island, San Diego (March 28-31, 2018). In honor of Michael’s legacy, we spread news about gatherings by Our Partners to honor Michael’s legacy.
A Narrative Gathering on Coronado Island, San Diego: March 28-31, 2018
In 2018, our yearly Vermont Workshops/Narrative Camp are going bi-coastal! Reauthoring Teaching is excited to partner with Narrative Initiatives San Diego (NISD) to offer a narrative gathering on Coronado Island, San Diego. Building on the legacy of Michael White: A decade of Narrative Developments will will look back and spring forward as we come together to reimagine narrative therapy. Details coming soon.
Re-membering Michael White: Saying Hullo Again: October 13, 2017
Reauthoring Teaching supports additional initiatives by Our Partners to honor Michael’s legacy.
Presenters: Jill Freedman, Gene Combs, and Narrative Therapy Initiative (NTI) Director Stephen Gaddis. Jill and Gene were close friends and colleagues with narrative therapy pioneer Michael White for many years, and Michael frequently visited them at their center in Evanston, Illinois for trainings. They will engage a rich day of learning and inspiration for participants focusing on an inspiring video of Michael doing his work. This 8th Annual NTI Fall Workshop is designed for people who have some familiarity with a narrative worldview, although all are welcome to attend.
Re-Membering Michael White: Saying Hullo Again
Friday, October 13, 2017, 8:30 am to 4 pm
Take Aways from 2017 Vermont Workshops & Narrative Camp
Thank you to all who participated in our June 2017 Vermont workshops and Narrative Camp. Together we shared learning experiences, replenished our spirits, made connections, and further built community. In addition to adding these events to our Past Workshops, we’ve updated What is Narrative Camp to include new photos and YouTube videos. Interested in reading a blog post by someone new to narrative training? Check out Jess’ reflections below on attending her first narrative practice workshop. Join us in reflecting on Take-aways! Add your refections. Contact us with your photos!
Reflections on Workshops & Narrative Camp 2017
Attending narrative camp in Vermont this summer was my first professional experience with narrative practices. Since being introduced to the tenants of narrative therapy, I’ve been trying to identify why I felt so completely different at a narrative workshop compared to other trainings in more “conventional” modalities. Not only did it feel different professionally, but I was able to be present in an unusually authentic way, personally. As a person with ample lived experience, I am generally afraid of being “found out” by colleagues, which is a fear that has only grown as my career progresses. I felt so different at the narrative workshop. The energy was different, the people were different. Most notably, I didn’t feel like an imposter and I didn’t feel hot shame smoldering in the background. As a clinician with lived experience, I always feel I need to subordinate one identity (professional) over another (sick person) in frameworks that focus on pathology. Either health wins or illness wins, but there is often not space for a more complex and nuanced narrative. Consequently, the sense of internal fragmentation with which I always contend becomes thicker and more alienating. The energy required to present well becomes an ever increasing tax demanded to inhabit professionalism, a tax I’m terrified I won’t be able to pay on any given week.
Check out our Guest Blog to continue reading Jess’ reflections!
What Are the Vermont Workshops Like?
Exercises – and conversation- take place on hillside overlooking Lake Champlain.
At lunchtime, there are beautiful places to explore.
Weather permitting, small groups do their exercises outside.
It’s lovely to see the groups that come together.
Who Comes to our Workshops?
Our workshops are appropriate for psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, counselors and other human service practitioners in work contexts that include independent practice as well as agency settings such as community mental health, parent-child centers, and hospital programs. Graduate students are also welcome.
We love to foster inter-generational and multi-cultural connections. There is so much to learn from each other!
Welcome to our Global Visitors!
What a thrill to share this experience with Workshop participants from Russia, South Korea, Spain and Australia, as well as from across the USA and Canada.
Thank you for coming to visit us from all around the world. We love sharing Vermont with you.
A special hello to our visitors from California–the LA PoMo group!
Narrative Camp 2016
Our gatherings offer exceptional opportunities for local consultation groups to spend concentrated, relaxed time together.
Thank you to all who participated in our June 2016 events! Visitors came from India, Russia, Belgium, as well as from across Canada and the USA. And…our workshop presenter, Maggie Carey, came from Australia! Maggie gave two memorable workshops, Responding to Trauma & Life’s Difficulties, and Live Interviews: Finding our Way in Narrative Conversations, which have become part of our library of Past Workshops. In addition, many of us stayed for the entire week in Lake Champlain Cottages for what has become affectionately called Narrative Camp.
Our exciting — and growing — online faculty also includes Maggie Carey, David Epston, SuEllen Hamkins, David Marsten, Laurie Markham, Lynne Rosen and Larry Zucker. Whenever possible, we professionally film our workshops as video contributions to our future online courses.
We are delighted to have found two ideal locations in Vermont.
All Souls Gathering
The All Souls Gathering in Shelburne, Vermont is a remarkable non-denominational project of environmental stewardship, “where spirit meets nature.”
Treleven Farm hosts our smaller training events on a working sheep farm nestled in the Champlain Valley of Vermont. This non-profit center is a learning and retreat collaborative that promotes stewardship, social action, reverence, and innovation.
All of our workshops make restorative magic out of our Vermont locale by bringing together nature, rigorous practice, good food and good company.
What Are People Saying About our Gatherings?
I especially enjoyed having lots of practice time with the permission and encouragement to stop, check in with each other, try again and play. How another training could measure up to this, I’m not sure. the place, people and format were perfect. This is just what I needed!
Extraordinary and delightful and dignifying conversations. And what a glorious location!
The gathering was wonderful, start to finish. It is especially heartening to see a bright and dedicated younger generation coming along.
A thoroughly delicious stay in the Vermont wonderland. I left the camp buzzing with new thoughts and passion for the work. Thank you for all you have given to us. A heart filled with gratitude.
Here is what people said after participating in a David Epston gathering followed by a masterclass:
I was needing a catalyst to mix into my thinking to propel me forward in my ability to ask therapeutic questions. This workshop dropped the catalyst into my brain and opened new doors of thinking and language.”
This location is magnificent. I loved seeing old friends and meeting new people, being reminded that narrative practice involves a distinct set of skills (in addition to a good attitude), and that these need to be practiced.”
I appreciated how “hands on” it was – the mix between seeing questions, witnessing a live interview and getting time to discuss and breakdown the intent behind asking questions. I appreciated that we were able to slow down the process of formulating questions, in a way I’d never done before.”
I loved how the workshop challenged my thinking about my work, getting me to ask new questions of myself and planted ideas about how to strengthen my use of narrative ideas.”
I especially appreciated discussion of how narrative therapy is not only cognitive but a “celebration of the heart and mind.”
Browse workshops we’ve held, or co-sponsored, in the past including: Lynne Rosen, David Pare & Ian Percy, Extending the histories of narrative practice: Creating space for emerging approaches; David Epston & Tom Carlson, Insider Witness Practices: Performing Hope & Beauty in Narrative Therapy; Maggie Carey, Responding to Trauma and Life’s Difficulties and Live Interviews; SuEllen Hamkins, Working with People Facing Severe and Persistent Problems; Larry Zucker, Escaping Blame: Helping Couples Develop Account-Ability; Maggie Carey, Refreshing the Spirit of the Work; David Epston, “Magic, Mischief and Imagination: Narrative Therapy on the Other Side of the Looking Glass; “David Epston, Masterclass; Responding to Abuse Within Families and Building Ethical Resistance (Rob Hall & Alison Newton); Extending Narrative Practice: Refreshing the Spirit of the Work (Gaye Stockell, Shona Russell & Peggy Sax).
Let us know your suggestions for additional training topics, presenters and guest visitors to Vermont.