Eco Awareness for Team Building and Sustainability
This course will build ecological awareness while developing stronger teams and considering practical applications of sustainable practice. This is a one day seminar for small businesses or small departments within organizations. Designed for six to 12 persons, the course can be adapted down to four or five or up to 15. The seminar is held at a permaculture site in Skoppum, in central Vestfold county, surrounded by rolling countryside, nature paths, woods, ancient cliffs, birch forests, and stone age settlements. The seminar is all day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Lunch and two snack breaks are included.
The purpose of the seminar is to connect to a wider ecological identity and to then use this awareness to build relationships as well as strategies and project development in your business. The aim is to connect deep ecology and permaculture principles with team development, strategy and project planning. At its core, we believe that re-connection at the level of nature will also develop sustainable practices in our personal interactions and our design processes.
The seminar includes sessions on Identity of the Self and the Business, a deep time walk that also serves for team building activities, and sessions on Nature as Mentor, Group Dynamics, Thinking like an Ecosystem and Permaculture Principles for Application in Business. Time is included for break-out and for team members to make applications to their own situations as well as to business strategies or projects.
The seminar is led by Katharine Burke, an educator, facilitator and Permaculture Design Certificate holder with more than 30 years experience designing and leading courses for young people and adults. The Deep Time walk is an ecological experience originally designed by Dr. Stephan Harding , professor of holistic science and resident ecologist at Schumacher College in the UK. Katharine has participated in the Deep Time Walk at Schumacher and has modified this walk for a personalized experience in the unique Vestfold geology, geography, and history. Other activities in the seminar are based on Permaculture Design Principles, Group Dynamics, and Nature Guided Therapy.
Although the seminar is best held in Skoppum to take advantage of the natural surroundings, it can also be adapted to your own business premises, as long as there is access to large areas of nature nearby. The one day seminar can be augmented with further sessions in Permaculture Design Principles for strategy and planning as desired.
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