Want to bag a bargain? You could start your Clean Language training next month for a fraction of the normal price by joining the Ebay auction. Selling a seven-day training via the online auction site is a little unusual – the site is better known as the place to shop for concert tickets and collectables. But we’ve recently been experimenting with the site for selling Clean Change Cards and CDs, so when we realised we still had some spaces on our course from 9 – 15 October in London, we thought, ‘Why not?’ As I write the price stands at just £3… who’ll be the lucky buyer? Judy Rees

In this issue: Clean Article: Using Clean in the Outplacement Process
Clean Language at IASH
First Symbolic Modelling Workshop in Australia: 31 Jan – 2 Feb 2009
Cleaning Tip: From a map into space
Metaphor and Movement
Clean grows in Holland
Clean Business Exchange: 19 & 20 November 2008, West London
Now it’s easier to become a Clean ‘Jedi’ in 2009

Clean Article: Using Clean in the Outplacement Process
Turmoil in the markets, credit crunch, rumours of redundancies… it seems only fitting that this month’s featured article is about Using Clean in the Outplacement Process. Originally written as part of a project proposal, perhaps it will spark ideas for other ways you can use Clean effectively in these difficult economic times.

The article is among a stack of new content recently added to www.cleanchange.co.uk as part of a relaunch of the site, which now includes a full ‘search’ function and a regular blog. Why not check it out?

Clean Language at IASH
Clean Language was introduced at the largest NLP conference in the USA this month. Shawn Carson, a New York-based Certified Clean Facilitator and a participant at last year’s Clean Summer School, was one of the speakers at IASH, the Institute for Advanced Studies of Health, in San Francisco. You can read details of his presentation, his powerpoint slides and the handouts which accompanied his presentation here.

First Symbolic Modelling Workshop in Australia: 31 Jan – 2 Feb 2009
Penny Tompkins and James Lawley, developers of Symbolic Modelling (including the Clean Language of David Grove) will be giving the first Australian workshop in Sydney: Metaphors in Mind — Personal change through the new science of emergence.

Please visit the webpage for the event on www.cleanlanguage.co.uk for details. For any further questions feel free to contact either Zannie Barrett at OZ@cleanlanguage.co.uk or Judy Baker, Sydney.

Cleaning Tip: From a map into space
If you begin a session with a client’s drawing or diagram (a ‘map’ in Clean jargon), it’s helpful to both you and the client to get things placed in ‘real’ space. When you can refer to the client’s landscape by gesturing to their symbols around them, in three-dimensional space instead of on their map, it is more likely that the client will start to experience their landscape as being real, rather than talk about it. And as this happens, there is a much greater likelihood that the client’s three-dimensional experience in the session will translate into changes in their life.

Once the client has described their map, ask them a location question about one of the symbols on the map, while indicating the space around them by a sweeping gesture or glance. Do the same with other symbols on the map. Then stop looking at the map yourself, and start looking at the locations of symbols in space whenever you mention them. This will encourage the client to continue the work in the three-dimensional environment in and around them.

Taken from Wendy Sullivan and Judy Rees’s new book, Clean Language, Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds

Metaphor and Movement
Jennifer de Gandt and Lynn Bullock and are to stage a workshop which combines Clean and the Feldenkrais Method to explore stress and habits. The ‘Metaphor and Movement’ event, hosted by Philip Harland, takes place in London on 2-3 October. Details at http://www.powersofsix.com/seminars.php.

Clean grows in Holland
This summer’s magazine coverage has raised the profile of Clean Language in Holland. As a result, more and more people are interested in getting hands-on experience. Extra trainings are being planned for 2009, and for those who have already started, November will see the first ever Module 3 in Dutch, following straight on from Module 2. Find more information here or email Maaike at Maaike(at)gewoonaandeslag.nl.

Clean Business Exchange: 19 & 20 November 2008, West London
If you’re using, or planning to use, Clean Language/Symbolic Modelling in an organisation of any kind – whether as an employee, in your own business, or as an outside consultant – why not join us at the Clean Business Exchange? The Exchange is a powerful networking opportunity; we guarantee an infusion of new ideas, contacts, projects, and how to market all you’ve gained.

Confirmed speakers include Caitlin Walker, Carol Wilson, Lynne Cooper, Wendy Sullivan, Judy Rees and Annemiek van Helsdingen.

It’s possible to come for one or both days. Reserve here, or for more information email Margaret Meyer, margaret(at)cleanchange.co.uk.

Now it’s easier to become a Clean ‘Jedi’ in 2009
As Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling has become an increasingly international field, with people joining Summer School from all over the world, we’ve been under pressure to make our calendar of Advanced Modules (dubbed the ‘Jedi Modules’ by participants) more accessible to people from overseas. We’ve responded for 2009. Modules 5 and 6 will take place in a single week in May, with a day between them and a Certification Masterclass immediately afterwards. And Modules 7 and 8 will take place in September, with Clean Conference sandwiched between them.

This pattern is likely to be a very intense experience for participants, since personal development is always a big part of the learning on these courses. So this is an experiment – the same pattern may not be repeated in future.

To join the Jedi Modules, you will need to have completed Modules 1 – 4 of Clean Change Company’s programme, or an equivalent with another organisation, but need not have completed Foundation-level Certification. The next Modules 1 – 3 take place from 9 – 15 October and the next Module 4, 1 – 3 December, both in West London.

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