On the weekend of 5th to 7th May this year, a small group of people gathered at Phil and Kate’s home on their stunning property 5km outside Mirboo North in Victoria’s Gippsland country to deepen their understanding and connection with the work of the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium.
Kate and Phil, who participated in the Symposium Leader Training a few years ago, felt a calling to host future training. This was the first Symposium Leader Training to be held at their home.
They graciously hosted participants from SA and Victoria, as well as the Training Leaders, Neil Mitchell and Jane Monk.
The intention of the training was to more deeply connect with, and have an opportunity to practice, the quality of being; that is one of the hallmarks of the Symposium work, and bring that quality of being to whatever they felt inspired to create in keeping with the Symposium purpose.
The training included learning more about the background to the Pachamama Alliance and how the Symposium came to be; getting more deeply inside the design principles of the Symposium, and purpose and intended results of the Training and the Symposium. There was an opportunity to practice relational presence with fellow participants as well as the natural world. On the Sunday, participants worked through a process of discerning where and how their energies were drawing them into action.
Unlike previous Symposium Leader Training there was not a specific session on the logistics of holding a Symposium. Instead Barb Koth, an active Symposium facilitator from Adelaide, who also joined in the training is supporting the Adelaide participants to hold a Symposium later this year and Neil and Jane provide support to Victorian facilitators.
The next Symposium Leader Training is planned for the first half of next year.