Over 100 people attended the world’s first Clean Conference in Euston, London for two days of connection, discussion, creativity and excitement last weekend. We asked some of the participants what it was like for them…

“For me it was like a stroll through a beautiful orchard on a sunny summer afternoon with
a whole variety of fruit to choose and then pick…fresh, healthy and juicy.” Julie McCracken

“Everything flowed so smoothly and with very a relaxed atmosphere and lots of opportunity
for deep concentration interspersed with fun and laughter – like a well-guided, exciting white-water rafting trip!” Phil Swallow

“It was like a sunny sparkly lake for me with glinty, gleamy faces to enjoy and depths to dip into!” Angela Steed

“A huge success, brilliantly organised, well attended and a real landmark,” Lynne Cooper

If you missed it, more details of what happened, including photographs and session handouts etc,
can be found at www.cleanconference.co.uk (http://www.cleanconference.co.uk/). And make a note in your diary now – the next conference will be on 12 and 13 September 2009, also in the Euston
area.

We hope that audio recordings of some presentations, including those by Charles Faulkner and by Penny Tompkins and James Lawley, will be available soon. Watch this space!

The Conference also included an evening memorial event for the late David Grove, with a discussion about how best to take his work forward. His long-time assistant Dafanie Goldsmith, who had flown from New Zealand, read a statement from his family, thanking the community for their help.

In this issue:

Success stories: Self-reliant kids and healthy digestion
What could Clean Summer School do for you?
George Lakoff presents in the UK
Article: Metaphor matters in coaching
Cleaning tip: Memorise the Clean Language Questions
Clean in Dutch Magazine ‘Happinez’

Success stories: Self-reliant kids and healthy digestion
Two contrasting success stories for you this month. Julie McCracken explains how she uses Clean to end those “Teacher! Teacher!” moments with the five- six- and seven-year-olds she teaches; while coach Angela Dunbar tells how a Clean Language exploration apparently resolved a client’s worrying weight loss symptoms.

What could Clean Summer School do for you?
Several of last year’s participants at Clean Summer School in Cambridge described it as ‘life-transforming’. But it’s no quiet retreat! It’s a packed residential programme of intensive, experiential learning, led by Wendy Sullivan and a team of qualified assistants.

We’ve packed a complete foundation-level Clean course, including two days of assessment, feedback and Certification with Penny Tompkins and James Lawley, into a fortnight. You’ll build practical, solid skills, and discover ways you can apply them in real-life situations. And of course there’ll be high-impact personal development, too. What changes could you love to make this summer?

If you can’t come for the whole fortnight you are welcome to attend for one or more modules. And if you have completed equivalent training but perhaps want a ‘refresher’ before continuing, you can claim a 50 per cent discount on the tuition fee.

Find out more on our website or call +44(0)202 8400 4832 (during office hours).

George Lakoff presents in the UK
George Lakoff, California-based co-author of ground-breaking books on metaphor including Metaphors We Live By and Philosophy In The Flesh, is speaking at an academic conference in Brighton, UK, on 4 August. Details of the event can be found at http://www.languageandcognition.net

Article: Metaphor matters in coaching
Coaching clients use metaphor several times a minute – and then think and act in ways that are consistent with their metaphors. That’s one reason that working with metaphor is a great way to handle out-of-the-ordinary problems and high-level goals. Penny Tompkins and James Lawley explore the issue in this article (http://www.cleanlanguage.co.uk/articles/articles/127/1/Coaching-with-Metaphor/Page1.html)from CIPD’s Coaching at Work.

Cleaning tip: Memorise the Clean Language Questions
Using the Clean Language questions is much easier if you have them by heart! You can use them in everyday conversations as well as in more formal ‘coaching’ or ‘therapy’ sessions if they’re ‘on the tip of your tongue’.

One way to memorise them is to use the new Clean Change Cards which were launched at Conference. Each of these playing cards has one of the Clean Language questions on it, together with a unique tip about how the question is best used.

Enthusiast Brian Birch gave his pack to his fiancé and discovered she could coach him well, using the cards to generate random questions, although she’s had minimal exposure to Clean or to any other coaching methodology. Another tester gave the cards to his PA, with similar excellent results.

Clean in Dutch Magazine ‘Happinez’
More presence for ‘Clean’: the July number of Dutch ‘mindstyle’ magazine Happinez will feature an article on Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling. Voted ‘Magazine of the year’ twice in recent years, it goes out to a large reader audience, giving ever growing numbers of people an awareness of what Clean is and what it can do for you. Check out www.gewoonaandeslag.nl .

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