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EXPERIENCING DIVERSITY 6
a workshop for people of differing backgrounds
Come join us in a celebration of Diversity … a place where a group of people who have ranged in age from teens to nineties learn from and with each other. Here you will find individuals from a variety of life situations, cultures and backgrounds… including but not limited to persons with disabilities…both visible and not, people who are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, asexual … agnostic, atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, and Jewish … people of various colors and shades, people who speak more than one language, and people who don’t. People with and without formal education who come to share the school of life, people who have money to spare and people who don’t.
The format of the workshop is Person - Centered . Dr. Carl Rogers, the world renowned humanistic psychologist, evolved over his long lifetime what has become known as the Person – Centered Approach. He believed that everyone has a natural tendency to grow in positive ways and that if three conditions are present in a group:
One) respect and compassion for others as well as oneself
Two) realness and genuineness: being the same person to oneself and all of those whom one meets without playing a part
Three) practicing deep listening to the other person(s) and letting them know that you hear them
then positive growth for all is most likely to occur .
1997 is the tenth anniversary of Carl Roger’s death.
Participants will have the opportunity to inquire into the theory and philosophy of the Person – Centered Approach.
Staff members who will facilitate the workshop have had extensive education, experience and training in the Person Centered Approach and are volunteering their services. Because building a community is an ongoing process it is important that participants plan to attend all sessions.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
October 8 - 10
(Registration, room assignments, and refreshments
4:00 to 7:00 on Friday
“Get-acquainted” meeting 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Friday evening
Meetings 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday)
Hemlocks Conference Center
The center is in the woods next to a beautiful lake and has a swimming pool, basketball volleyball.
Costs: Registration, meals and lodging $270. If you can pay more, you will contribute towards the fees of those who cannot afford the full fee. Scholarships are then made available to those who need them based on the generosity of those who can give more.
$25 discount if you register by September 10th. Workshop ends Sunday night at 10PM. Staff will stay for Monday morning wrap up. Others who wish to stay for an additional night may do so for an additional $30 which includes overnight lodging and breakfast.
Advanced registration is sincerely appreciated to insure accommodations. You will receive a confirmation notice.
Contact Chuck Stuart for information 508/755-6611. Vegetarian diet is available. Transportation to the conference site from bus or train centers in Hartford or Bradley Airport may be arranged.
Information: New England: 860/826-7585
New York Metro Area 516/889-5657;NJ: 973/627-0525
Spanish Interpreter: 860/826-7585
APPLICATION FORM (Mail by September 10)
Name_____________________________________________ Amount Enclosed $ ____________
(Please send $25.00 as a minimum deposit . Thank you.)
Address_________________________________________ City___________________ State _____Zip _________
Phone ( ) ____________ Do you need a Scholarship? If so how much can you afford ? _______
Please indicate other needs __________________________________________________________
Mail to : Chuck Stuart - 83 June St - Worcester, Massachusetts 01602
Phone or Fax 508/755-6611
The Experiencing Diversity workshops have been discussed by a panel at the Eastern Psychological Association 1998 in Boston.
They have also been described in a paper “Experiencing Diversity”,EDcolin.htm, in an English book “Experiencing Relatedness: Groupwork and the Person Centered Approach”,edited by Colin Lagoo and Mhairi MacMillan, PCCS Books 1999.