Finding Our Way In Different Realities

Grappling with conflict and collaboration in ourselves, our communities and our worlds

Process Work Community Conference

Fri & Sat, 2nd & 3rd Sept 2022

on the land of the Yugambeh language people, Gold Coast, Queensland

Our cultural contexts and life experiences shape how we see the world in terms of difference, oppression and equity. Many of us walk through the world caught up in the demands and busyness of our everyday lives and miss opportunities to pause and consider other versions of reality.

With increasing levels of divisiveness and polarisation in the world, learning how to reflect on our own and others’ realities is essential.

Often, it’s in the encounter with individuals or groups who are different from us that we’re faced with the possibility that there are realities other than our own. In these moments, we can dismiss these realities; fight with them; or we can be curious and listen to them, perhaps enter into them just a little.

This conference is an opportunity to learn together as a community, supported by researchers from our Process Work community delivering innovative keynote sessions that offer ways of working with different realities and navigating the complexities of colonisation, discrimination, and oppression.

The Process Work model is informed by Jungian psychology, Taoism and quantum physics. Process Work as an evolving paradigm has always fundamentally challenged a world view that marginalises other realities and lived experiences. It has drawn upon Indigenous worldviews and knowledges which have deepened Process Work thinking and understanding. What Process Work and Indigenous worldviews share is a fundamental knowing that parallel worlds exist and hold ALL of these realities.

An innovative exploration of different realities to reveal new ways of connecting, collaborating and working with conflict.

No prior knowledge of Process Work is needed to participate in this conference. 

COME ALONG IF YOU’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT…

Place and belonging

Reconciliation and truth-telling in Australia

Allyship and understanding structural discrimination

New perspectives for working with change and conflict

Innovative ways of applying the Process Work model

Making and renewing connections in the Australian and New Zealand Process Work community

Conference organiser Bec Lang chats with keynote presenters Colleen Clarke, Errol Amerasekera, and Liz Scarfe, about their sessions. Watch the videos then read the full descriptions below…

KEYNOTE SESSIONS

SESSION 1:

I Heard The Ancestors Call My Name: Non-Consensus Reality Down Under in the Great South Land

with Colleen Clarke

In Australia we live on a very old and ancient land that has been occupied by Aboriginal peoples since time began. Connection to Land/Country is essential for their spiritual and cultural wellbeing and healing practices, and it is vital for their survival. The Land is a living entity that nurtures and sustains; it is a receptacle for life. Aboriginal Dreaming is a parallel world which is everywhere, and Aboriginal Peoples understand non-consensus reality because it is their worldview.

This session taps into the deep still presence of this land through the tools of Processwork where we will enter into a world of non-consensus reality and journey for a while in space and time. We will search for what is needed in our own microcosms and observe how that might also be used in the macrocosm of the wider world. We will learn to access information to help us work on disturbances and conflict in ourselves, our communities and our world.

PRESENTER: Colleen Clarke

Colleen is a Koori woman of the Wergaia, Wemba Wemba, Gunditjmara, Djadwajali peoples of Victoria. She is the first Australian Aboriginal person to be qualified in Process Work and one of the few qualified First Nations peoples in the world. She holds a Master of Arts in Conflict Facilitation & Organisational Change (MACFOC), graduating from the Processwork Institute in Portland Oregon in 2012. Colleen also holds a Master of Arts Degree (Ed) from Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia and has an extensive background in Psychotherapy including Certificates & Diplomas in Radix Body Psychotherapy, Indigenous Therapies, and Narrative Therapy. Her dream is for a world where we are all truly equal and where First Nations Australians have sovereignty to their lands and lives for generations to come; where they are treated with respect and dignity, and their knowledges and wisdoms are validated and honoured.

 

SESSION 2:

Unpacking the Dynamics and Impacts of Structural Discrimination

with Errol Amerasekera

Structural discrimination occurs when inequity is embedded throughout society, throughout our institutions (education, media, law, sport etc.) and normalized in our attitudes, policies, systems and practices.

In this session, we will explore the various ways these dynamics manifest in our individual and group interactions, as well as within our own psychology. Understanding the subtle yet powerful ways that structural discrimination plays out and perpetuates itself within our organisations, communities, relationships and also within ourselves is vital if we are going to be more effective in working with and thriving within these areas.

PRESENTER: Errol Amerasekera

Errol has over 15 years experience working as a consultant, trainer and senior facilitator.

He has worked with organisations, schools, NGOs, as well as in international war zones such as Sri-Lanka. He has a Masters degree in Conflict Facilitation and Organisational Change and works primarily within elite sport, in the areas of culture, leadership and high-performance. He also has a B.Sci., a B.App.Sci. and is a Diplomate in Process Oriented Psychology.

He is passionate about creating a safer and more just world for all by mediating conflict, coaching ethical leadership, and facilitating transformation in individuals, elite teams and organisations.

Errol is a keynote speaker on the connection between leadership, culture and high-performance and the value of a human-centric and relationship focused approach to sustained success.

 

SESSION 3:

Walking Across Worlds: Reality, Rationality and the Radicalised Other

with Liz Scarfe

We all live on the same planet, but we all live in different worlds, our own subjective realities with their own rationalities, things that make sense. These realities are shaped by many different factors including culture, privilege, geography, climate, education, personal history, ancestry, and perhaps something more mysterious that directs us in life.

When our momentary world is similar enough to someone else’s, we understand each other easily enough, communication makes perfect sense, we feel seen, and we tend to like the other person. But when our worlds are too different, communications completely miss the mark and both parties walk away feeling misunderstood and judge the other as ignorant and/or irrational.

As we face multiple global crises together, this experience of being in different worlds is particularly amplified, and our need to walk across worlds, to connect where connection seems impossible, is particularly needed.

In this session, we explore how to make sense of what doesn’t make sense by expanding our capacity to walk across worlds, to see the rationality inherent in the other’s world and facilitate collaboration across what seems like conflicting realities.

PRESENTER: Liz Scarfe

Liz is a pracademic, passionate about repairing the deep ruptures in Anglo-European/white culture that created our current global systems of separation, domination, and exploitation. She facilitates education and community-building programs designed to help people learn to see the systems of oppression we live in, how they shape our psychology, and how community is our best hope of changing them.

Liz has worked in social change and community development for over 20 years, including care organisations, local government, public health, and third-party nonviolent intervention programs internationally. She is a Process Work Diplomate and holds a B.Sci (Hons), Dipl. Mgt, Adv Cert Fac, and Cert IV Adult Ed and is currently studying the Masters of Culture, Health and Medicine at ANU, with a focus on trauma, settler-colonialism, place, and belonging.

PARTY NIGHT

To finish the conference, we’re going to celebrate the graduation of Australia’s newest Process Work Diplomate, Rikki Bandekow. Rikki actually completed the program two years ago but due to Covid, we haven’t been able to hold a formal graduation celebration for her – now’s the time!

Festivities start at 6.30pm on Day 1, with a delicious, locally catered buffet dinner, followed by the graduation ceremony and dancing to our renowned Australian & Aotearoa graduation playlist.

Want to come just for the dinner celebration but not the whole conference? Yep, you can book that here.

CONFERENCE DETAILS

WHEN

Friday and Saturday, 2nd and 3rd of September, 2022

Day 1: 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm

Day 2: 10am-1pm and 3pm-5pm

Community Dinner and Graduation Celebration on Day 1: starts at 6.30pm and finishes when we get tuckered out.

WHERE

The conference will be held in person in the beautiful learning surroundings of Southern Cross University, on the land of the Yugambeh language people, the Gold Coast, Queensland.

ACCESSIBILITY

The venue confirms it is accessible to people using wheelchairs, through the provision of lifts, disabled parking, and accessible toilets.

There is a non-gendered disabled bathroom and two gendered bathrooms. We have negotiated with the venue to temporarily change the signage on one of the gendered bathrooms to label it non-gendered, and we will provide standNP devices in all cubicles of all toilets.

All printed materials will be in large print and any electronic presentations will be emailed to participants several days ahead of the conference.

Accessibility needs are of course diverse, so please use the accessibility section on the registration form to let us know if there are additional things we can do or confirm to make the event more accessible to you or contact us to confirm requirements prior to registering via the email provided above the registration form.

CONFERENCE FEES

Organisation rate: $660

Individuals: $480

Health care card holders and full-time students: $220

The community dinner is subsidised for conference attendees: $10.

We have a limited number of scholarship places available (no work exchange required) – contact us at admin@anzpop.org to enquire.

CANCELLATIONS

Cancellations seven or more days before the first session will receive a full refund.

Cancellations with less than seven days but more than two days notice will receive a 50% refund.

Cancellations with two or less days notice will not be refunded.

You’re welcome to transfer your ticket to someone else any time before the conference starts – just let us know so we can welcome them properly.

COVID SAFETY

To enable participation by people in our community at risk of Covid complications, all participants will have to either be fully vaccinated or have a current medical exemption to attend. Proof of either will be required at registration on Day 1 of the conference. We appreciate this means others in our community may not be able to attend and wish there was a solution that included everyone.

More information about our Covid policy:
Masks are not mandatory during the conference but you are very welcome to wear them. We will do our best to ensure cleaning, hygiene, and ventilation practices that minimise the risk of transmission.

REGISTRATIONS

To register for the conference, please complete the form and payment process below (you can use either Paypal or credit card). If you need to use an alternate payment method or request an invoice, fill out this form. Please get in touch with us at admin@anzpop.org if you have any questions.

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ANZPOP acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands we live and work on, the Aboriginal Australian, Torres Strait Islander, and Maori peoples. We pay respect to their elders past, present and future. We give thanks for the wisdom of these peoples that has informed the Process Work approach. We honour the courage, resilience and spirit of traditional peoples in the face of the devastating impact colonisation has had and continues to have on their culture, wellbeing, and sovereignty.