The philosophical approach to the retreat is set out in the paper titled “Moving the focus from mediating the problem to mediating the moment.”
The paper covers the theory that underpins our thinking plus some of the topics we explore. Barbara has additional topics including an expertise interview process.
You will see from the paper that the focus is directly on us as mediators rather than on the parties themselves.
The challenge we present to ourselves and to the participants is to move beyond more learning, skills and tips and tricks. It is about letting go and overcoming our knowledge and learning so as to be fresh for the ‘new’ through being totally present in the moment.
The following quote by Ogden summarises our philosophical approach to the retreat. “Someone who knows teaches someone who wants to know what it is not to know”.
So we are challenging participants to get out of their intellect state albeit in a very earthy Tuscan setting. It is suitable for a wide variety of professions particularly people involved with conflict and high emotions.