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Would you like some company?

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

A lot of my work now is one to one. However, as Martin Buber reminds us “all learning takes place in relationship”.  I know that some of my greatest learning comes from the small, connected communities that I’m a part of.  I like to create spaces to connect people to one another, so that their experiences can be heard, seen, chewed over, digested and felt. 

Current spaces where we can be together are through my Workshops, Online Storytelling Community, and Leaders Circle.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these communities, please drop me a line to find out more....

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Attending Sandra’s storytelling workshop is taking a break from the madcap world and tasting a sample of the better world we are working towards. Her facilitation has enough rigour to challenge supported by sincere warmth and nurturing. Sandra took a room full of strangers to become a learning community in one short day.

I would have every confidence in recommending Sandra, her expertise, agility and skill are exemplary. I look forward to another opportunity to work with her.

— Deena Gornick, Deena Gornick Executive Coaching Ltd

 
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Just before lockdown, I ran a Storytelling Workshop for women. Stories are woven into our lives from an early age. Collective education resides in fairy stories. Nursery rhymes. Then there are the tales of the family. The heroes and the villains , painted to illustrate the path our parents and caregivers would like to steer us towards and away from. 

Drawing on the wisdom of Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estés and her book “Women Who Run with the Wolves”, we explored the origin of our own stories through the lens of a classic fairytale. When you lay your life story alongside a fairy story and ask where in my life is this true, you can begin to understand the story as your own and unlock the psyche.  This workshop explored the path that each woman longed to uncover for themselves and we began a process of taking back our stories and crafting our own.

  

I will run this workshop again as soon as that becomes possible in the current climate.

 
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I believe in creating spaces for the “missing conversations” (Susan Scott); for the challenging conversations, the bridging conversations that allow us to join the dots and perspectives. As I see it, that’s how we learn to experience the world in its fullest sense, and to recognise that we’re a small piece of the puzzle.

 

As a response to Covid-19, I invited a small group of leaders to meet and connect to share wisdom and experience. These meetings are informal and are a chance to speak freely; listen to others’ experiences and to find community with people who share similar challenges and questions. My hope is that this enables people to reflect on how they’re leading and to cultivate practices to enable them to be present and respond mindfully to those they lead. 

If you are interested in learning more about any of these communities, please drop me a line to find out more....

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If you want to travel fast, go alone; if you want to travel far, go together.” 

African saying

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