Please note: Originally planned for Treleven Farm, Maggie Carey’s Live Interviews workshop quickly sold out. We have moved the location to All Souls in Shelburne, Vermont to make more room. If you were on the waiting list – or hadn’t yet gotten around to signing up – please register as soon as you can to ensure a spot!
Registration is open for Maggie Carey workshops in Vermont – and filling up fast!  Both workshops put ideas into practice through discussion, exercises, scaffolding questions and reviewing tapes and transcripts. In the tradition of Refreshing the Spirit of the Work, these gatherings make restorative magic out of our Vermont locale by bringing together nature, rigorous practice, good food and good company.

Responding to Trauma & Difficulties in People’s Lives

This two-day workshop with Maggie Carey (Monday June 13th to Tuesday June 14th, 2016 – All Souls Gathering, Shelburne, Vermont) will share some of the narrative practices that have been found useful as ways of working with people’s experiences of difficulty and trauma in their lives such as abuse or violence, intense loss, or being subjected to oppression or injustice. Trauma can have the effect of establishing a sense of vulnerability, hopelessness and a sense of being stuck in the past events and not able to ‘do’ life.  A Narrative approach offers many hopeful possibilities in these circumstances. It picks up on the ways in which people, even young children, have responded to what has been difficult or traumatic and this can give entry points to develop stories of personal agency rather than victimhood.     For this larger gathering, we’ve added a special rate for students and folks working for non-profit organizations.

Live Interviews: Finding Our Way in a Narrative Conversation

(Thursday, June 16 to Friday, June 17, 2016) – All Souls Gathering, Shelburne, Vermont): What does it look like in narrative practice to see problems as separate from persons, to take on a multi-storied approach, and to find openings to stories linking people to their know-how and skills? In this two-day gathering , Maggie Carey will work with a small group of narrative practitioners to explore- and participate in – a series of narrative interviews to explore examples of key narrative principles in action and practice specific skills to help navigate tricky dilemmas in our everyday work. For this smaller workshop, we have chosen to repeat a similar format from two years ago so that various participants will have the opportunity to be interviewed by Maggie. These interviews will then be used as a platform to talk about the ways that are possible to go in a narrative conversation, to respond to questions participants have of Maggie about why she went the way she did in each interview.

Narrative Camp

Over the years, this June gathering has earned the affectionate term, Narrative Camp. Join us for the entire week to take full advantage of the restorative possibilities: kayaking, hiking, cycling,  sharing meals, or simply hanging out talking on verandas overlooking Lake Champlain. Word is spreading! This year, a number consultation groups and individuals from around the world are coming.  We have already filled a number of cottage rentals on Lake Champlain and have atr least two more just waiting for occupants- just contact us asap if you’d like us to help match you to one of these options.