The dinner and exam celebrations were great, it’s a good feeling to be part of such a connected group, all keen to share in each others success, and to get inspiration from each other.

I’ve found the conference process so consuming that it’s hard to switch focus and write and I suspect it’s the same for us all. It feels like a break in connection and a withdrawal from the group process. I’m not attending a workshop this morning so have found a quiet spot to write this before Mark Widdowson’s closing plenary.  I’ve met Mark a couple of times and have one of his books, which I love, so I’m really looking forward to hearing him speak.

The workshop I attended yesterday morning Kathie and Frances Townsend’s, the focus was on groups and group development which has mirrored my experience of the weekend. I also felt some mirroring of my own life in my afternoon workshop. Enid Welford’s workshop around family constellations focused on how relationships and positions in families adjust when a new baby joins the family group. My sister’s first baby is due tomorrow, and although I knew it would be a great addition to our family I hadn’t thought about how deeply the change can impact the family dynamics and relationships until looking at it  in the context of family constellations. It’s certainly an area I’ll want to look into further.

Louise (Morris)

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