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Alumni@Play – Course Info

Retreat Review Reboot
Follow Up Alumni Courses

“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

Dear Alumni

Thank you for your support of Play CoLab. We are aware and deeply appreciative of the fact that this contemporary leadership practice is flourishing through the referrals of our alumni.

Being research-led and evidence based, we listen intently to our alumni and consistently fine tune the courses and the content in order to feed forward the insights about impact. Hence, not only are our 2020 offerings shaped in collaboration with our alumni but also provide options to support their continued growth.

This sort of leadership development can have a rocking chair effect, i.e. at some point during and après course, you will have experienced a centering in that desired self- authored way of being, only to find that a situation triggers your return to reactivity. That’s normal – a real change in developmental stage is always preceded by a number of state changes. The alumni offerings are an opportunity to both review your progress and restart a new phase of growth; we will revisit core concepts and endeavor to reboot your inner operating system.

We are offering two alternative alumni experiences. These will all start in the first two quarters of 2020. While some cohorts may prefer to have their own alumni experience based on these two options, which we can easily accommodate, we are offering these as general alumni courses and encourage all individuals to be open to being part of a new alumni group. Trust that we will curate the group with care, to ensure the right mix: enough commonality in life experiences but enough diversity of sector/personality/ background. Naturally, all will have had a similar Play CoLab experience.

If you have interest in either or both options please contact us here.

Once again thank you for warm, generous enthusiasm for the work we all do together.

Nga mihi nui,

Sandy Burgham
Founder

The Group Process

“If I am not for myself who will be for me? If I am not for others, who am I? If not now, when?”

– Rabbi Hillel

While most support the idea of team development, few understand deeply how group process works. Since we launched in August 2016 with the intention of raising the consciousness of leaders, we have had the pleasure of working with 21 groups across different courses as well as a handful of executive teams who have been up for a different sort of development process. This has allowed us to more fully realise the group process as a powerful medium for transformation, far more impactful than one-on-one coaching.

While many initially want to do their development work in the privacy of a coach’s office, we are social beings and mostly live and work in small hubs and communities. Hence having mastery over how we live and lead in these is key to true integrated leadership development.

You will have experienced how quickly the degree of honesty soars in the company of strangers. People are better able to drop the mask with those they don’t know which enables them to more effectively start reflecting on the narratives that have kept them stuck. And as coach-facilitators, we are able to observe first-hand how you play in a group setting and together with you, explore your reactions to certain experiences.

Importantly, while we learn as much from listening to others as we do sharing and contributing to the group itself, it is how the individual plays in the group that is a key factor often missed. (Who am I being in this group? Am I propelling it forward or holding it back?)

Alumni@Play – Auckland

An extended Group coaching experience

Six x half-day group coaching at Play CoLab on Queen Street, Auckland CBD Group of 8-9pp.

Over a 4-5 month period, this cohort will come together for an extended group coaching experience. While the group will revisit core themes and processes from the Play CoLab course work, the overall learning will be around group process.

It is likely the following material will be referred to and revisited but the Play CoLab approach will allow the group itself to drive the agenda.

  • Ego-Reactive – masks/shadows
  • The Leadership Circle
  • Conscious Communications
  • Flexing Leadership Styles
  • Executive Presence
  • Group and Team Development
  • Reactive-Creative – the Hero’s Journey
  • Systems and Culture

Lead facilitators: Jenny Devine and Sandy Burgham

Over a six session programme, the first two sessions will be lead by Jenny along with a co-facilitator, the second two sessions will be lead by Sandy along with a co-facilitator, and then we leave it open to the group with regard to whom facilitates the last two sessions.

1-6pm includes lunch, afternoon tea and post-session refreshments
Each session spaced 3-4 weeks apart
Cost: $3200 + GST

Alumni@Play – Wellington

An extended Group coaching experience

Six x half-day group coaching – Wellington CBD venue to be confirmed. Group of 8-9pp.

Over a 4-5 month period, this cohort will come together for an extended group coaching experience. While the group will revisit core themes and processes from the Play CoLab course work, the overall learning will be around group process.

It is likely the following material will be referred to and revisited but the Play CoLab approach will allow the group itself to drive the agenda.

  • Ego-Reactive – masks/shadows
  • The Leadership Circle
  • Conscious Communications
  • Flexing Leadership Styles
  • Executive Presence
  • Group and Team Development
  • Reactive-Creative – the Hero’s Journey
  • Systems and Culture

Lead facilitators: Jenny Devine and Sandy Burgham

Over a six session programme, the first two sessions will be lead by Jenny along with a co-facilitator, the second two sessions will be lead by Sandy along with a co-facilitator, and then we leave it open to the group with regard to whom facilitates the last two sessions.

1-6pm includes lunch, afternoon tea and post-session refreshments Each session spaced 3-4 weeks apart
Cost: $3800 + GST (note that the additional cost covers travel expenses)

Play@Aotea

A 3-night Retreat experience on Great Barrier Island (Aotea)

Play CoLab considers Aotea a kind of playground for our work. It is a magical island and being off-the-grid in a breathtaking natural setting is not only rejuvenating but provides literal space for reflection. However, our previous residential programmes left little time to really explore the island and get the most out of a retreat.

Hence, in order to keep the Leadership@Play courses affordable and practical, we are opting to do the core course at the Play CoLab space in Auckland (with extended work in the first one night/two-day module) and offer an extended Great Barrier Island retreat as a follow-up option for alumni.

Programme

Wednesday Evening
Fly in to the island on the 4pm flight.
Platter dinner from 5.30pm
EVENING INTRODUCTORY SESSION 5.30pm-9.30pm

Thursday
Morning session 8.30-1pm: GROUP COACHING
1pm -7pm free to explore
7-9pm dinner
9 pm-10.30pm; Dark Sky Sanctuary Experience (see later)

Friday
Morning session 8.30-1pm: GROUP COACHING
1pm -6.30 pm free to explore
6.30pm – optional “Island Gin” tasting experience 7pm dinner

Saturday
Morning session 8.30-10.30pm: GROUP COACHING
10.30pm -4pm free to explore
5pm flight out

Details

Luxury Accommodation

All guests stay at Trillium Lodge Tryphena with our hosts Lynda and Jo.
Four people have their own room and another four will share 2 x twin rooms. This is selected with care and sensitivity and each sharer receives a massage voucher to use on the island as a thank you.

Getting Around

We will provide two rental cars for the group of 8pp.

Meals

The group has breakfast and morning tea together and a picnic lunch is provided to each individual to take on their chosen island experience. Dinner is provided at Trillium Lodge on the first evening during the introductory session. We dine out together on Thursday and Friday.

FREE TIME OPTIONS

The island is a natural paradise that offers outstanding beaches, bush walks, waterfalls, art and crafts trails, fishing charters amongst a variety of unique experiences. We will guide the group through options and strongly suggest group activities. Visit Great Barrier Island’s website here.

“Good Heavens” Dark Sky Experience

It is appropriate that to complement our enquiry into Self, the Thursday evening group experience is a special entertaining “knowledge journey” of the night sky. (After all, when you look up, it’s just the stars, the planets and you.) Off-the-grid and away from the lights of the big city, Great Barrier Island is one of the handful of places in the world that has International Dark Sky Sanctuary status which means it is amongst the best places for stargazing. With the specialist astronomical experts from “Good Heavens”, you can lean back in comfort and marvel at the universe.
Learn more here.

Dates

Course One: 4/5/6 March
Course Two: either 11/12/13 March or 18/19/20 March

Cost

$2850pp + GST
Includes all course costs, flights, 3 nights accommodation, food, alcohol (within reason!), facilitation and venue costs, rental cars, and Dark Sky Sanctuary experience.

Photo credit: Great Barrier Island night sky by Siddarth Kumar, Play CoLab alumni