We think McCoCo 2010 is going to be very, very exciting and inspiring. The only way we can make this clear is by telling which workshops we know of that are already now on offer!! Community Development World Café Offered by Rudolf Giesselmann from Germany. read more What World Café is about A World Café during the first morning of Mc CoCo might be a good start for the whole group coming together. It supports connecting with yourself and the people around you. More importantly, it supports a collective awareness and creativity around what really matters for each person in this workshop. What World Café is about:To inspire other people by sharing and to be inspired by listening. This happens in small changing group and paper and pens are available. What World Café is not about: It is not about decision making. It is not about any advice. It is not about any preset theme or issue. It is about bringing together what really matters for everybody in McCoCo. This provides us with the ingredients for creating an amazing McCoCo together. Want to know more? Go to the World Café web site Special Co-Counselling workshops Back to Basics: CCI Co-Counselling in a nutshell. Offered by John Talbut read more This will be a practical workshop to refresh and remind ourselves of the essence of co-counselling: Keep it simple Client in charge No questions In the sessions we will explore: How we give free attention What the difference is between process and content The co-counselling client techniques How to remind the client of those techniques in normal or intensive contracts Extended Contract - Beyond the Fundamentals Offered by Richard Mills read more This is a further skills workshop: it is intended to help you develop ways of using some of the interventions that you already know, but in a new, or different, or 'extended' way. It nevertheless follows completely the CCI co-counselling method. It should help you grow your skills both as client and counsellor so that you get more benefit from sessions. The interventions will include some of the following: contradiction/exaggeration/repetition, role-play, nut-shelling, and direction-holding. Minimum numbers: 4, maximum: 45 Creating a Space and Focussing Offered by Grahame Jack read more Sometimes stuff can be overwhelming and it’s hard to figure out how best to use a session. Clearing a space is a simple technique to prioritise competing, overwhelming material in order to process more productively. Focussing is a way of avoiding dead end discussions, getting stuck in your head and going round in circles. Attention is redirected from the mind - theories, interpretations, speculations – to the bodily FELT SENSE. The client is encouraged to look inward and focus on the “felt sense”. Usually this is unclear or fuzzy but in trying to get a handle on that “ something ”, that unclear edge, will lead to shifts then loosening and moving forward. This workshop will explain the steps in clearing a space and focussing both for yourself and with a fellow co-counsellor. Co-Coaching Offered by Rachel Walmsley read more Create the life you want and support each other by using Co-Counselling that is inspired NeuroLingistic Programming - NLP to set Powerful Goals to develop Strategic Visioning to deal with barriers to creating what you want Create a life map Learn coaching skills and practice with others Grahame Jack reports about the GOAL SETTING WORKSHOP at McCOCO 2008 At McCoCo 2008 I hesitantly attended a goal setting workshop. I had some resistance to goal setting. I was surprised when the goal that emerged for me was to move house into Edinburgh. It felt big and challenging- where would I begin? It was only 6 out of 10 for urgency but it fitted with the lifestyle changes I wanted in retirement—more contact, closer connections, to be more available, to live life fully and to use my car less. So I went through the steps of target setting and arranged follow-up meetings with a fellow co-counsellor to check on progress/problems. The process began to gather a momentum of its own. I readied my home for the market and put it up for sale May 2009. It sold quickly and I moved out in July. I used the same process to search for a new home and found a fabulous apartment which is better than I could have imagined- come and visit and see what you think!. People say not much is more stressful than moving home but I used focussing regularly to check out what I really wanted and in setting goals and following my gut feelings the whole process was remarkably exciting and stress-free. So choose your workshops carefully at McCoCo . It might change your life and help you realise your dreams! Co-Maturing into Old Age Offered by Anne Denniss and JanPieter Hoogma read more This workshop is for people who would like to explore maturing into old age in a good and satisfying way. If we as a group see this as relevant we might ask ourselves questions like: What are the special needs of this age group that need to be met? For instance: Maintaining self esteem in an Ageist society? Creating emotional security with an aging body and mind? Developing social contacts for coping with loneliness? What might a co-maturing support network look like? Could a fundamentals course especially designed for people in their sixties be useful? If so, what might its content be? Co-Creation We are still in search of people who could offer this workshop and we have good hope! Otherwise we wouldn't have mentioned it here. read more The Co-Creation approach in Co-Counselling stresses the spiritual nature of human beings and is an extension for people who are interested in this. Promoting Co-Counselling Co-Coaching, Co-Creation and Co-Maturing as Templates for Promoting Co-Counselling Offered by JanPieter Hoogma from the Netherlands and Scotland read more During my thirty years of involvement I have seen co-counselling numbers go down and the co-counselling population ageing. Even in the alternative health world co-counselling is not taken seriously anymore: recently an alternative health festival in the Netherlands refused Co-Counselling the opportunity to present itself. I would like to start with sharing what the Open Source world taught me about community, networking, volunteers and professionalism. And how this is already applied in Co-Counselling… Designing Web Sites to Promote Co-Counselling Offered by Mark Burns, John Talbut and JanPieter Hoogma . read more Mark says “ 'I'd hope you'd find this workshop useful if you want to communicate with anyone about anything via the written word. My part of the workshop will contain some mini sessions on our individual histories and distresses around writing. I'll then talk a little about thinking about how to get people to visit your website in the first place and how to write for potential new co-counsellors. Then it's your go!'" John: “Making a web site clear and simple. I want us to try to imagine that we know nothing about co-counselling, we are not very computer confident, we might be using any browser and we happen upon a co-counselling home page. What will convey to us quickly and enticingly what co-counselling is, what we can get from it and what to do next?” JanPieter: “I think that a web site becomes more and more convincing when it radiates what it preaches: freshness, creativity, inspiration and community! This buzz and liveliness will only happen when the site is perceived as relevant by co-counsellors themselves, using it for airing events, sharing ideas and networking. Then its buzz and liveliness will radiate and attract new people to join in. This is the line I follow for the CoCoInfo web site. During this workshop and during McCoCo I will explore how we can increase the perceived relevance of CoCoInfo.” Other Special and Exciting Workshops Global Body Immersion Offered by Ian O’Sullivan read more Allow your body to move and be moved by music from around the globe.Let you body be supported by luscious swirling notes Be invigorated by firery percussive beats Release yourself into spontaneous movement Feel the joy and fun of connecting with fellow dancers Come to a point of completeness A space to be as you are, all is welcome here. Look forward to seeing you at McCoCo. Love & Hugs, Ian Photo project ‘Just Listening’ Offered by Rudolf Giesselmann from Germany. read more I want to visualize the power of listening in a series of photographs. Listening is one of the core qualities we practice in Co-Counselling. I would like to take photographs of the listening person while the person who is working is in the 'background'. This is what I would like to offer:A photo session in which I portrait you in a session while you are listening. I will provide 2 prints 20 x 30 cm and a digital file of the photo for you to keep, all free of charge. This is what I would like to ask:In return I would like the rights to publish the photo in the contexts of art and Co-Counselling. The title of the photographs will be chosen according to your needs and wishes to remain anonymous. How you can take part in these photo project:Both session partners agree that I will be present with my camera. After some technical arrangements beforehand, I will remain present in silence during the entire session time. It would be wonderful if I could portrait both session partners during their supporting times Family Constellations offered by Eileen O'Connell read more I have over the last year attended four three-day-weekends training to facilitate Family Constellations.Family Constellations work is based on the discovery of basic laws that govern family systems, andwhich apply to all cultures.At McCoCo I would like to introduce and run a constellations workshop.If you would like more info you can contact me on...0114 2852329Eileen x A Special Support Group Photographers support group Offered by Rudolf Giesselmann from Germany. read more I would like to facilitate an ongoing support group for co-counseling photographers.It will be a creative process enriched by the special qualities of self awareness everyone has improved within Co-Counselling (contexts). It is mainly about perceiving and becoming aware: What do I really want to tell about me, the people and the place? It will be about photo technical questions and picture language, too. We will apply our Co-Counseling skills for co-operation and producing a meaningful collection of images and texts. Everybody will get copies of the product for reproduction in other creative processes.