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Effective Collaboration


  • Gaswork Studio 27 Narroways Road Bristol, England, BS2 9XB United Kingdom (map)

A no nonsense approach to working effectively and happily with other humans. Learn practical skills for creating functional, resilient and enjoyable groups that get things done.

For anyone who ever left a meeting feeling drained, or wished they could be heard or watched their dream project fall apart because of impossible dynamics. For anyone worn out with dealing with difficult people, or tired of being that difficult person. There is another way. 

Course Structure 

2 full days of participatory activities, talks and discussions in a relaxed and informal environment. 

Come as a group and learn together. 

Learning Outcomes

Learn simple processes and effective skills that enable you to 

• Hold clear boundaries and frameworks that contain and define group life. 

• Communicate constructively and honestly. 

• Understand of consciously work with power dynamics.

• Use tools for decisive and inclusive meetings.

• Create connection and understanding between group members.

• Creatively and cohesively respond to disagreement.

• Balance collective responsibilities with personal needs.

• Welcome and work with diversity in all its forms. 

Sarah Pugh  Sarah Pugh has been teaching Permaculture in Bristol for 18 years. She was the Community Gardener at Easton Community Centre and has worked with various voluntary sector organisations, events and projects. She is a founder member of the Bristol Permaculture Group and set up and ran Transition Bristol in 2007. In 2010 she co-founded Shift Bristol. 

She has huge experience of positive and negative group dynamics and has spent the last two decades learning techniques and skills for working happily with others. She went to a lot of bad meetings before discovering (often the hard way) that there are easier ways. 

She has studied with Nick Osborne, Starhawk, Marina Sala and others. She teaches the Group Dynamics module on the Practical Sustainability Course and works with the directors, partners, tutors and student group throughout their year-long adventure. 

Staying in Bristol

The course is non-residential but we can connect you with lovely local permaculture group members offering free couch surfing or spare room accommodation from £10 per night. 

Please read our Terms and Conditions before you book. 

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