Calgary Workshop Invitation

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One-Day Interactive Workshop

Friday, September 26th | 9:30am-4:30pm

CommunityWise Resource Centre, 223 12th Ave. SW, Calgary, AB

Are you interested in improving your work with groups and communities?

Calling project leaders, teachers, facilitators, public engagement practitioners, coaches, non-profit board members, civic activists, permaculturists and others whose work involves empowering people to participate in groups, workplaces, and communities in a more dynamic and effective way!

We invite you to attend a professional development session where you will have the opportunity to:

  • Reflect on your facilitation practices
  • Share dilemmas and seek solutions with colleagues
  • Get support on upcoming meeting designs
  • Identify opportunities for implementing patterns of excellent group process
  • Integrate exemplary patterns into your professional and/or community life (and start to speak the shared “pattern language” of facilitation)
  • Engage with others who care about these things!

We’ll be using the deck Group Works:  A Pattern Language for Bringing Life to Meetings and Other Gatherings as our lens.  While familiarity with the deck is helpful, it’s not essential—you’ll recognize the patterns from your own practice and pick it up quickly.

When: Friday, September 26

9:00-9:30 am: coffee & registration. Workshop runs 9:30-4:30.

Lunch will be by potluck. Please bring one dish to share.  

Where:  CommunityWise Resource Centre, 223 12th Ave. SW, Calgary, AB.

Cost:  Sliding scale $50-$195.  If the bottom of the sliding scale is not affordable for your circumstances, creative arrangements are available—don’t let finances be a barrier to attendance.

Registration:  Please register in advance so your hosts can plan appropriately; sign up at   If you have any further questions contact registrar Dave Pollard at

Led by:  Tree Bressen, Alla Guelber, Sue Woerhlin, & Daniel Lindenberger. To learn more about your workshop leaders, visit the following links:


What is Group Works?  Group Works is a way of thinking about great group process in the form of best patterns.  It was created by a volunteer collaborative of practitioners from a wide range of organizational backgrounds with many years experience, and published in the form of a card deck for maximum participatory possibilities.  It has the potential to serve as a common vocabulary for people who care about good meetings and events.  The 100-card deck is available for free download from, printed copies sell for $35 each, and there is an iPhone app too.  The project has been developed in an open-source manner and your future involvement is welcome!

Come participate and spread the word:  This will be a great networking and peer learning opportunity.  Hope to see you there!  Please forward this invitation to other people you think might be interested in attending. 

This workshop is presented by the Group Works Pattern Language Project, a not-for-profit organization based in Oregon, and hosted in Calgary by The City of Calgary Cultural Transformation initiative and the Meaningful Work Project, with support from the Permaculture Calgary Guild.

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