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Visual Practice Workshop

This immersive program is designed for intermediate and advanced visual practitioners who wish to strengthen and deepen their existing knowledge by enfolding Presencing, among other social technologies, towards developing mastery in the profession and field.

Over three days - in a dedicated retreat environment - we will combine theory, exercises, reflection, and peer learning to explore the following:

- A model of practice that grounds inner cultivation
- Ways to locate and relax into our most authentic selves
- Levels of listening, systems thinking, discernment, and generative scribing
- What it means to draw from, and for, an emerging future reality
- Mapping next steps for projects and/or professional development

GUIDES: The workshop will be led by internationally recognized practitioners:

Kelvy Bird has been working as a scribe in the fields of human and organizational development since 1995, with a focus on leadership, collective intelligence, and systems thinking. As part of the Presencing Institute’s core team since 2007, Kelvy has helped shape many of the global community offerings, most recently the edX course: U.Lab: Leading from the Emerging Future, for which she provides extensive visual material. In 2016, Kelvy co-edited the anthology: Drawn Together through Visual Practice, and is currently completing her manuscript: On Scribing. At heart, Kelvy is an abstract painter, having received a BFA and BA from Cornell University. She currently lives in Somerville, MA USA.

Alfredo Carlo, born in Brussels, is a designer of collaborative processes and is a graphic facilitator. He's the founding partner of Housatonic Design Network and, since 2011, a partner of Matter Group. Together these networks deliver graphic facilitation and collaborative sessions to navigate complexity. Alfredo is a member of The Value Web, a not-for-profit organisation made of an international facilitators and designers network, which helps large and medium-scale institutions all over the world in their processes of research for systemic and complex problem-solving. Alfredo currently lives with his family in Bologna, Italy.


Individuals (single occupancy) $2,600
Individuals (double occupancy) $2,300

Fees include accommodations and all meals for the duration of the workshop, as well as course materials and basic supplies, beginning with dinner on Tuesday, May 16 and ending with lunch on Friday, May 19, 2017. For double occupancy rooms, we will receive rooming requests or assign pairs, based on your needs.


Event Date and Time: 
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 5:30pm
Event Location: 
Edith Macy Conference Center
550 Chappaqua Road
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
United States
Event Type: