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Voices in Conflict & Harmony: A Community Workshop

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - January 19 @ 4:00 pm

We are bringing Tanis Allen, a long-time IFS therapist and program assistant (several Level 1 & Level 2 trainings) from Ann Arbor, MI to Guelph for an IFS Community Education Day:  Jan. 18 (eve) and 19 (all day) The event will be open to the public, and include an intro to the IFS model, a live demonstration, optional experiential activities, and a brief intro to ideas about using IFS thinking to address interpersonal challenges and wider societal ills. We will use (optional) improvisational circle singing (led by Jane Lewis) as an embodied metaphor for welcoming all voices and experiencing ourselves as parts of a larger whole.

Many of you are familiar with IFS (Internal Family Systems) as a compassion and mindfulness approach to psychotherapy. My partner, activist and fellow-mediator husband (Steve Dyck) and I have become very interested in this approach to working with our internal and interpersonal conflict and we want to help make it accessible to our friends, colleagues, clients and community because it has broad applications and is very self-empowering – it supports people in transforming conflict (internal and interpersonal), reclaiming energy, effectively addressing polarizations, accessing resilience, and healing trauma.

Costs will be kept low as we make this accessible to all and we hope to fill our venue. $75 for Fri $ Sat, $60 for Sat, $35 for 1/2 day Sat, $25 for Friday only. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Lunch will not be provided.

E-transfer (to this email address) and cheque (made out to Steve or Vera Dyck, mail to address below)  now accepted for registration to hold your spot. Refunds (less $10) available until Friday Jan. 11. After that, no refunds. Have people contact me directly if the fee prohibits their participation – our goal is to be fully accessible.

A few further clarifications:

  • YES this workshop is appropriate for anyone interested in resilience, healing, transforming conflict, and energizing our lives. Therapists, clients – humans!
  • We are offering this as a community service, not an income-generating venture, and all proceeds will be donated to Transition Guelph.
  • We’ll break for lunch – list of nearby (quick) eateries offered. We’ll have tea/coffee and snacks on site. Bag lunches in foyer welcome; no food/drink in FLO studio.
  • We’ll be sitting (loosely) in a circle (in rows), informal setting – probably between 50-75 participants.
  • Site is ground-level and accessible – 4-8 parking spots at FLO (and lots of street parking at many side streets off Waterloo).
  • Many details still in process – here is a bit of an overview of how we BELIEVE the the day/s will most likely go (please understand the schedule is still in some flux):

Friday evening (7-9pm) – Intro – you’ll hear from Tanis, Vera and/or Steve, and perhaps do a bit of Improv Circle singing (always optional) or some other warm-up

Saturday morning (9-11am) – most didactic portion, Tanis will do most of the teaching here, and the focus will be on internal conflict. Some (optional) improv music. Possibly the demo  (though it may be in afternoon depending on time and # of participants)

Saturday afternoon (12-4pm) – more experiential –  (optional) music, Q & A with Tanis, possibly the demonstration,  Vera on IFS with interpersonal conflict, Steve on IFS with societal conflict, possible art-making (Tanis and I may facilitate “Parts Art”).


January 18 @ 7:00 pm
January 19 @ 4:00 pm
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Flo Studio
260 Waterloo Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada
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