Roberto Bottini

Do we need space to think about time?

Metaphorical basis of temporal thinking.

We remember our childhood by looking back to the past and we sincerely hope to have a brilliant future ahead of us. We have upcoming deadlines and days that are too short to fit in all our commitments. This make us feel tired and stressed, so we may go to see a therapist who might take care of us using a timeline.

We spend a big part of our mental life thinking and talking about time, and most of the expressions that we use to talk about it are spatial. Almost 30 years ago, Lakoff & Johnson popularized the idea that we talk in this way because that’s the way we think. We think about abstract things that we can never see or touch, like love, freedom, or time, re-cycling the conceptual structures we normally use to represent more concrete objects and relations. For this reason we use space to think about time and, more than that, we may not be able to represent something like “time as such” without spatializing it. The metaphorical language that we use to talk about time reflects deeper conceptual metaphors that make our abstract thinking possible.

After 30 years, what started out as a radical philosophic theory based on the observation of patterns in language has become a fruitful scientific sub-field that puts together disciplines as different as psychology, linguistics, anthropology and neuroscience.

I will present recent studies in cognitive science that show how our temporal thinking is deeply rooted in our spatial thinking. We’ll consider metaphorical structuring of time that are not clearly detectable in our everyday language but that reflect different spatializations of our temporal thinking. I will provide experimental evidence for how even the perception of duration, the most intuitive temporal experience, has a spatial basis, and we’ll consider the issue of whether this spatialization of time is innate or learned through experience, and the role of spoken language and communication in shaping the way we think about time.

We will discuss how these findings are starting to give a sound scientific background to therapeutic and communicative practices that have known about the power of metaphors for a long time, and we will see how this new research can be applied to practice.

Level of Clean experience required: none

Speaker’s Biography: Roberto  Bottini is a psychologist, Ph.D. student in Anthropology and Epistemology of Complexity at the University of Bergamo, and visiting Ph.D. student at the Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistic. He received a master in clinical psychology at the University of Padova and worked in the field of child neuropsychiatry and drug addition before starting the Ph.D.

His research is focused especially on the evolution of consciousness and the metaphorical construction of temporal thinking.


Lynne Burney

If the shoe fits, wear it!

This session will demonstrate how to work with a systemic representation of a client issue using space and six-ness to faci litate the emergence of client awareness from outside his system until such point as he feels ready to “try on” a different structural organisation of his “issue”. It is as if the client is being invited to keep trying on new shoes until he finds the right size, colour, shape and style that suit and fit him.

After a live demonstration with one of the participants the group will be invited to decode the process from a client perspective, a facilitator’s perspective, a representative’s experience and an observer’s perspective. While participants could not be expect to reproduce the process after a 90 minute workshop, they will get insight into possible adaptations within their own area of work.

Level of Clean experience: some

Speaker’s Biography: Lynne Burney runs a coaching school in Paris which offers an advance course in Clean for coaches. She worked annually with David Grove from 2003-2008. She is an International Coach Federation Master Coach and a founding member of the Société Française de Coaching. She is a master practitioner of NLP and has trained in constellations work. She is currently exploring meeting points between Clean and other processes in the world of business.

See: www.lkb-coaching.com


Daniel Casasanto, Ph.D.

Mental Metaphors: How language, culture, and bodily experience shape the mind

How do people understand things they can never see or touch, like time, love, or courage?  According to cognitive linguists, people think about these abstract concepts the same way they talk about them, using metaphors: Time is a river, love is a flame, and courage is walking tall.  CLEAN practitioners already know the therapeutic value of metaphors in language.  In the first part of this talk, I will review scientific evidence showing that people don’t just talk metaphorically.  Beneath the layer of language there are mental metaphors, which give structure to our thoughts and feelings.  Vacations are really understood as long or short, moods as high or low, and personalities as warm or cold. People take metaphors literally.

But the metaphors that surface in language are just the tip of the iceberg.  Many mental metaphors are never spoken.  Although some of the metaphors in our minds depend on language, others arise from nonlinguistic cultural practices, and still others are rooted in the ways we use our bodies to interact with the physical world.  As a result, people with different patterns of linguistic, cultural, and bodily experience come to think differently, in fundamental ways.  Giving people new patterns of experience can change the way they think.

Understanding the origins of our mental metaphors is the key to harnessing their power to shape our thoughts, feeling, and judgments.  Beyond metaphors in language, recently discovered ‘culture-specific’ and ‘body-specific’ mental metaphors stretch before us as a new frontier whose therapeutic possibilities await exploration.

Level of Clean experience: none

Speaker’s Biography: Daniel Casasanto is a Senior Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, a Fellow of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and has recently joined the Department of Psychology at the New School for Social Research in New York, NY.  He received his PhD from the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University.  His research explores how language, culture, and bodily experiences shape the mind, combining methods from cognitive and developmental psychology, psycholinguistics, and cognitive neuroscience.  Casasanto is a founding editor of the interdisciplinary journal Language & Cognition, and serves as consultant editor for Discourse Processes, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, and Metaphor in Language, Cognition, and Communication.  His honors include a fellowship from the National Science Foundation, a National Research Service Award and the James S. McDonnell Scholars Award.  He has authored over fifty scientific articles on language, mind and brain.  His research on the power of ‘mental metaphors’ to change our thoughts and behaviours has been featured in the international media, including Newsweek, US News and World Report, WIRED Magazine, Science News, New Scientist, NPR, The Boston Globe, USA TODAY, Die Welt, NRC Handelsblad, and Corriere della Sera.

For more information: http://www.casasanto.com/Site/home.html

Clean Work-life Balance: Research Project

In this session we will share experiences and findings from our recently-completed Clean research project into Work-life balance (WLB).  This collaboration between the University of Surrey and Clean Change Company – the first funded project to explore Clean Language –raised many interesting questions and has led to more clarity about different ways in which Clean can be used when researching / interviewing.

Participants will leave with a new appreciation of how people understand and embody WLB, and will have an enhanced understanding of some parameters to consider when carrying out Clean research or interviewing, whether in an academic context, or in business contexts such as market research, recruitment interviewing or requirements gathering

Level of Clean experience required: none

Speaker’s Biographies:Paul Tosey is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management, University of Surrey, where he is Assistant Director of the Centre for Management Learning. He led the development of, and directed, the MSc Change Agent Skills and Strategies, an advanced training for consultants and facilitators. Career experience includes consultancy, coaching, management, and teaching at the University of Edinburgh and the Open University. Research interests include transformative learning a nd NLP, and he is author of `A Critical Appreciation of NLP’ (co-author Dr Jane Mathison).

Rupert Meese has a background designing and developing some of the most complex computer systems in the telecoms industry.  He came to Clean Language through a passion for working with the complexities of experience.  Since 2008 Rupert has runs a private symbolic modelling practice, working with individuals who want help exploring their life situation without someone ‘taking over’.  Rupert is a writer, web designer, researcher, reiki practitioner, systems architect, programmer, artist and father.

James Lawley and Penny Tompkins  are the developers of Symbolic Modelling, which includes the Clean Language of David Grove. They are authors, UKCP registered psychotherapists, supervisors, and coaches in business. They are leading authorities on the use of self-generated metaphor for personal and professional development, and have trained Symbolic Modelling and Clean Language throughout the world. Their book, Metaphors in Mind, is a comprehensive guide to their approach.

Margaret Meyer is the Associate Director of Clean Change Company and a change consultant, market researcher, coach and therapist who uses Clean Language across the span of her work. She has developed special applications of Clean Language for strategic planning, team-building, mediation and for market research.  With Wendy Sullivan she trains and mentors professionals in the use of Clean Language.

Wendy Sullivan is an international trainer of Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling, a psychotherapist, coach, facilitator and consultant.  One of the most experienced Clean trainers in the world, Wendy runs Clean Change Company, offering an extensive open training programme and a range of business services including coaching and consultancy.

Matthew Dodwell

Becoming a better facilitator through embodied awareness

Often our own patterns get in the way of our best facilitation. This can particularly happen if we get stressed. Stress is a product of both mind and body. This session will introduce you to some simple and straightforward physical exercises as metaphors for how we are that allow you to return to a calm, relaxed and centred place.

Participants will gain:

  • Become aware of our personality patterns at a deeper level.
  • Have simple and practical steps to relax.
  • Be able to use space better as a facilitator
  • Be able to come back to a calm, relaxed state when under pressure

Speaker’s Biography: Matthew has been fascinated with an embodied view of life for many years. Taking that into coaching and teaching, he’s been studying conscious embodiment teacher for 6 years, and clean language for the last 4 years. His intention is to offer tools that will change our lives and allow us to live more fully.


Nancy Doyle and Paul Tosey

Organisational Theory and the Application of Clean

Although the majority of Clean work is carried out in a 1-1 context, Training Attention have specialised in group-based applications. These have been evaluated, honed and developed into whole organisational change processes. In this session Nancy Doyle of Training Attention, an occupational psychologist, and Dr Paul Tosey of Surrey University will explain the relationship between the principles of facilitating groups Cleanly and current organisational theory.

Participants will get an insight into organisational theory and how Clean interventions can support organisational development. It will also support practitioners to explain their work in terms of this current academic theory.

Level of Clean experience required: some Clean experience and/or experience of organisational theory

Speaker’s Biography: Nancy Doyle is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist who specialises in workplace learning and organisational development.  With Caitlin Walker she has developed Training Attention’s work to provide a robust evaluation format, accessible exercises and detailed research into the application of Clean Language and Systemic Modelling.    Nancy is involved in academic research into the utility of Training Attention’s tools and is a guest lecturer in Organisational Learning and Change at the University of Surrey.

See: www.trainingattention.co.uk

Speaker’s Biography: Paul Tosey is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management, University of Surrey, where he is Assistant Director of the Centre for Management Learning. He led the development of, and directed, the MSc Change Agent Skills and Strategies, an advanced training for consultants and facilitators. Career experience includes consultancy, coaching, management, and teaching at the University of Edinburgh and the Open University. Research interests include transformative learning a nd NLP, and he is author of `A Critical Appreciation of NLP’ (co-author Dr Jane Mathison).

See: www.surrey.ac.uk/management/people/paul_tosey/


Angela Dunbar

Exploring Parts with EK and Clean Language

Many different psychological frameworks suggest that people have different ‘parts’ within themselves as distinct and separate identities. We explore the theory of ‘parts’ then how a combination of CL and EK is used to help clients access different parts and discover potential inner conflicts. Also Clean ways to encourage integration without interference, with a practical, participative exercise plus short demonstration.

Participants will gain:

·         Some new frameworks to use CL and EK to identify and work with parts

·         Practical experience of exploring parts as coach and client

Level of Clean experience required: some

Speaker’s Biography: Angela is a qualified life and performance coach, accredited with the Association for Coaching (AC) and a council member as ‘Head of Professional Forums’. Also a 2010/2011 Nominee for the AC’s Honorary Award for Impacting, Angela trains on Clean Language and Emergent Knowledge for coaches at Oxford Brooks University , and offers Clean Coaching and Supervision for her own private clients. For more information visit

See: www.cleancoaching.com


Charles Faulkner

Title: Symbolic Patterns: How the fundamental distinctions of mind shape language and experience

“Nature hath no outline, but Imagination has.” – William Blake

There isn’t anything in nature that is perfectly straight, circular, symmetrical, black or white, yet people see and use these and other patterns everywhere everyday as if they really existed – from the act of perceiving anything to describing their most abstract thoughts. Though we moderns have forgotten, these patterns were familiar to the ancients and formed the basis of figurative numbers, sacred geometry and many mystical symbols. For them, the relative scale of things was discarded in favor of fundamental forms, shapes, and relations. Gregory Bateson called these patterns of patterns “the pattern which connects … a metapattern.”

Gathering examples from nature and neuroscience, architecture and art, body and mind, I will describe the Metapatterns of time, space and mind – from drawing a single distinction to constructing an entire universe – with the intention of illuminating how these symbolic patterns form and inform the mental landscape and architecture of each of us individually and collectively as cultures. Our attachment to particular metapatterns and our ignorance of others is the ground of our current experience … and an invitation to remake it anew.

Speaker’s Biography: Charles Faulkner, Modeler and innovator, is the Director of Programs for NLP Comprehensive and a principal in Influential Communications, Inc. His modelling projects include: medical decision making, metaphoric identity, software development, and most famously market wizards – which is featured in publications from The New Market Wizards (1992) to Trend Following (2007). He is the (co)author of ten titles including Metaphors of Identity (1991), NLP: The New Technology of Achievement (1994), the systemic NLP change game Trimurti (2001), a new model of Influence (2002), and his Immersion methodology for learning NLP (2004).

See:   http://www.influentialcommunications.com/


James Geary

Title: Mixing Metaphor with Daily Life

Metaphor lives a secret life all around us.  It conditions our interpretations of the stock market and, through advertising, it surreptitiously infiltrates our puchasing decisions.  In the mouths of politicians, metaphor subtly nudges public opinion; in the minds of businesspeople, it spurs creativity and innovation.  In science, metaphor is the preferred nomenclature for new theories and new discoveries; in psychology, it is the natural language of human relationships and emotions.

This talk will demonstrate how metaphor influences our attitudes, beliefs, and actions in surprising, hidden and often oddball ways, and why metaphor is a way of thought long before it is a way with words.

Level of Clean experience required: none

Speaker’s Biography:  James Geary is the author of the forthcoming book I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the World as well as Geary’s Guide to the World’s Great Aphorists and The World in a Phrase: A Brief History of the Aphorism.

See: www.jamesgeary.com


James Lawley and Penny Tompkins

Simply Change: A 4 – vector guide

After 15 years of using David Grove’s Clean Language we figured out that most people’s systems reorganise organically when a facilitator makes use of just four processes. Find out what they are and how to use them. Simple, really.

Level of Clean experience required: some

Speaker’s Biography: Penny Tompkins and James Lawley are the developers of Symbolic Modelling, which includes the Clean Language of David Grove. They are authors, UKCP registered psychotherapists, supervisors, and coaches in business. They are leading authorities on the use of self-generated metaphor for personal and professional development, and have trained Symbolic Modelling and Clean Language throughout the world. Their book, Metaphors in Mind, is a comprehensive guide to their approach.

See: www.cleanlanguage.co.uk


Greta Irving

‘How Squeaky Clean is Your Clean?

In order to keep enhancing our ability to remain Clean we need to develop our own self-reflexivity. This helps us to notice how our patterns, perceptions and projections might be impacting on the client’s content or process.

This is an exploratory workshop which will entail facilitating each other to self-model what happens when we’re self-reflexive – what do we notice, what filters are we using?

Level of Clean experience required: Some

Speaker’s Biography: Greta is a coach, facilitator, and UKCP registered Psychotherapist with many years experience in Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling. With a background in Leadership Development, she now works in private practice and as a freelance coach, facilitator and trainer in the corporate sector. With Zannie Barrett, Greta is in the process of writing a book on modelling in a therapeutic context.

See: www.gretairving.co.uk


Michael Mallows

10P Thinking: A Clean and Crafty Look at the Unconscious

Most of the decisions we make about new ideas are not rational.

Two psychologists, Stanovich and West, coined the phrase Two System Thinking in 2000, suggesting the presence of two minds in one brain.

System one is unconscious, intuitive, effortless, fast, automatic, emotional and decisive.
System two is conscious, reasoning, effortful, slow, deliberate, neutral and it balances factors.

How do we decide which element of our client’s words to respond to? And what happens just before we make that decision? And what would you like to have happen when your client’s response surprises or discombobulates you, perhaps indicating that you had ‘unclean’ expectations even before you asked your question? And how much might system one be impacting on decisions that seem reasoned and neutral? We will explore these questions in a reasonably Clean manner.

Level of Clean experience required: none

Speaker’s Biography: Working with individuals, groups and teams in the private, public and voluntary sectors, I run Clean and Crafty Classrooms (for teachers); Supervision; Leadership and Assessments for Adoption Professionals. Having supervised Penny Tompkins and James Lawley for many years, I was introduced to Clean Language from their epiphany and it has made a huge and wonderful difference.

See: www.mmallows.co.uk/16.html


Maori Welcoming Ceremony

The intention behind this ceremony is to bring the “background” of all that we are calling Clean today into the foreground by honoring its roots in the culture of the Maori people of New Zealand whence came David Grove.

Three New Zealanders have joined forces to mould together a tribute to his work and to offer participants a symbolic welcome and integration into the 2010 Clean Conference through the power of a Powhiri – a traditional Maori welcome to all visitors requesting entrance on to the sacred grounds of the Marae.

The Marae is the ancestral “safe and sacred space” where members of the tribe may stand tall in the knowing that this is their place to stand (turangawaewae). From this space they may then call “visitors” (manuhiri) to “stand” with them offering them all the rights and privileges of tribal members. The rite of passage is first sounded by the Karanga – the voice of the women whose call weaves a spiritual rope allowing safe passage for the Manuhiri – visitors (all those joining the conference) on to the Marae (conference).

As a part of the celebration of your presence on the “Conference Marae” you will be invited to experience for yourselves something of the work David left us with in 2007 and to share an evening meal which will be served after the ceremony.

We  invite you – Manuhiri – to stand with us and by us at the opening of the 2010 Clean Conference in London.

Level of Clean experience required: none

Speakers’ Biographies: Euan has a varied background in both the public and private sectors as a  senior manager, including 11 years as a CEO of two large organizations, as a consultant in organizational development and strategy. He has also been a  family therapist  and counsellor and in 2009  attended the Clean Language summer school and was certified as a clean language facilitator.

Lynne Burney founded a coaching school in Paris in 2000 and introduced CLEAN for coaches as an advanced course in 2008. She worked once a year with David Grove in Normandy for 5 years up until his death in 2008 and her work was supervised by Penny Tompkins & James Lawley during that time. She is a Master Coach with the International Coach Federation and is a founding member of the Société Française de Coaching. She is a master practitioner of NLP and has trained to work with constellations. She is currently invested in exploring meeting points between CLEAN and other processes and their applications in the world of business.

Margaret Meyer is the Associate Director of Clean Change Company and a change consultant, market researcher, coach and therapist who uses Clean Language across the span of her work. She has developed special applications of Clean Language for strategic planning, team-building, mediation and for market research.  With Wendy Sullivan she trains and mentors professionals in the use of Clean Language.


Julie McCracken and Marian Way

Cleaning Up The Curriculum

If you haven’t stepped foot in a school for a while, you may be surprised at how closely the aims of today’s National Curriculum are aligned with the Clean philosophy. Join us to experience some of the ways the curriculum is already being met ‘Cleanly’ in classrooms and explore ideas for really making it sparkle in the future.

Participants will experience:

o       Fun, as they experience the world through the eyes of a 6-year-old.

o       Ideas that can be used in classrooms, trainings, workshops and other contexts

o       An opportunity to contribute to ongoing research into Clean applications in schools

Level of Clean experience required: some

Speakers’ Biographies:

Julie McCracken is a primary school teacher and coach with a passion for Clean Language. She regularly uses Clean in her classroom and has devised innovative ways of applying it to different areas of the curriculum. She has helped pupils, teachers and assistants use Clean in schools. She is writing a book (with Marian Way) about Clean in the Classroom.

See: www.CoachingMagic.co.uk

Marian Way started out as a teacher and went on to become the Programme Development Manager of Weight Watchers (UK) Ltd, where she and a colleague developed the POINTS diet. She uses Clean Language extensively in her work as a coach / trainer. She is working on several Clean projects including a book (with Julie McCracken) about Clean in the Classroom.

See: www.apricotisland.com


Margaret Meyer and Wendy Sullivan

Pushmi-Pullyu: Playing with Polarities

A polarity is a pair of interdependent opposites that work together in a dynamic and complementary way. All too commonly, people tend to identify – sometimes in very fixed ways – with one side or pole. Such one-sided thinking is often the product of an ‘either/or’ mindset. Yet when teams and individuals develop the capacity for ‘both/and’ thinking, they are able to enjoy the best of both poles.

In this session participants will explore the nature of polarities and an approach to working with them as paradoxes to be managed rather than problems to be solved. We’ll model a polarity landscape – with the help of some unusual props.

Level of Clean experience required: some

Speakers’ Biographies:

Margaret Meyer is the Associate Director of Clean Change Company and a change consultant, market researcher, coach and therapist who uses Clean Language across the span of her work. She has developed special applications of Clean Language for strategic planning, team-building, mediation and for market research.  With Wendy Sullivan she trains and mentors professionals in the use of Clean Language.

See: www.manifestchange.co.uk

Wendy Sullivan is an international trainer of Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling, a psychotherapist, coach, facilitator and consultant.  One of the most experienced Clean trainers in the world, Wendy runs Clean Change Company, offering an extensive open training programme and a range of business services including coaching and consultancy.

See: www.cleanchange.co.uk


Terri McNerney

A Clean and Appreciative Approach to Change & Transition

This session aims to show how the combination of Clean and Appreciative Inquiry can be a powerful, emergent and sustainable approach to change and transition within organisations.

Participants will experience:

-         An overview of the Appreciative Inquiry(AI) Philosophy

-         Ways in which AI can work with Clean

-         An experience of Clean and Appreciative Inquiry combined

-         How to start working with these approaches in organisations

-         A creative and fun space

Terri will also share some of her experiences in working with Clean & Appreciative Inquiry in organisations and some practical ways of integrating these approaches with other models of change.

Level of Clean experience required: none

Speaker’s Biography: Terri McNerney has an Msc in Organisational Consulting and 20+ years consultancy experience with FTSE 100 and Global 500 companies.

She has founded ‘Inspire’, a specialist consultancy, and ‘Red Egg Transition Coaching’ and focuses on helping businesses maximise the performance of their top teams, develop and retain their best talent and successfully work through change and transition.

Terri is a member of the UK Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Practitioners Network, with 10 years experience of studying and working with AI.

See: www.inspirethebest.com


Rupert Meese

Reasoning with Metaphor Systems

Clean Language is well known for its use in eliciting an individual’s metaphor landscape.  When the focus of a Clean enquiry moves to a larger system such as an organisation then it is natural to model multiple interacting metaphor landscapes from the individuals that make up the system, producing multiple individual perspective landscapes.  The operation of the system itself is influenced by the interactions of these perspective landscapes.

Rupert presents a framework for exploring the interactions of a system of differing metaphor landscapes to understand the operation of the larger system while remaining respectful to the component landscapes, giving participants an approach to working with metaphor landscapes in groups or teams.

Level of Clean experience required: Some

Speaker’s Biography: Rupert Meese has a background designing and developing some of the most complex computer systems in the telecoms industry.  He came to Clean Language through a passion for working with the complexities of experience.  Since 2008 Rupert has runs a private symbolic modelling practice, working with individuals who want help exploring their life situation without someone ‘taking over’.  Rupert is a writer, web designer, researcher, reiki practitioner, systems architect, programmer, artist and father.

See: www.zenlistening.com and www.thebutterfilytent.com


Wendy Sullivan

Finding your Feet – Clean Basics for Beginners

For those who are new to Clean, this session provides an experience of Clean, and focuses on answering the top six FAQs:

-         Why Clean – what’s in it for me?

-         What is Clean Language?

-         What is metaphor and why is it so important?

-         What is modelling?

-         How do you ‘do’ Clean?

-         What are the applications?

By the end of the session participants will have found their feet in Clean: they’ll have the basics that they need in order to enjoy the conference, participate fully and gather up the riches it has to offer.

Level of Clean experience required: none

Speaker’s Biography:Wendy Sullivan is an international trainer of Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling, a psychotherapist, coach, facilitator and consultant.  One of the most experienced Clean trainers in the world, Wendy runs Clean Change Company, offering an extensive open training programme and a range of business services including coaching and consultancy.

See: www.cleanchange.co.uk


Phil Swallow

Humane Power: The Tao of Clean

“…It looks like nothing, 
it sounds like nothing much.
And yet you can’t get enough of it.”

These ancient words* about the Tao could just as well describe Clean.  Paradoxical, ephemeral, compelling – what is it about Clean that attracts us? Let’s explore where the desire to work Cleanly comes from – in you, in all of us – and how it can empower your work and relationships with others.

You will have the chance to explore what Clean is for you and for others and how to begin to use the ‘humane power’ of Clean inside you to pay optimum attention outside, to the person you are with in coaching, in therapy or simply in the world.

*(modern interpretation by Ursula K Le Guin)

Level of Clean experience required: none

Speaker’s Biography: Phil Swallow has been training and coaching using Clean processes for over 10 years, working with leading Clean trainers to co-design and develop their trainings in the UK and France.  He runs cleanforum.com, a resource for the global Clean community and has a private coaching practice in the Forest of Dean.

See: www.cleanframe.co.uk/tao


Penny Tompkins and James Lawley

Simply Change: A 4-vector guide

After 15 years of using David Grove’s Clean Language we figured out that most people’s systems reorganise organically when a facilitator makes use of just four processes. Find out what they are and how to use them. Simple, really.

Level of Clean experience required: some

Speaker’s Biography: Penny Tompkins and James Lawley are the developers of Symbolic Modelling, which includes the Clean Language of David Grove. They are authors, UKCP registered psychotherapists, supervisors, and coaches in business. They are leading authorities on the use of self-generated metaphor for personal and professional development, and have trained Symbolic Modelling and Clean Language throughout the world. Their book, Metaphors in Mind, is a comprehensive guide to their approach.

See: www.cleanlanguage.co.uk


Caitlin Walker

Coaching your internal team

David Grove developed more scapes than most and a fascinating set are our internal ‘pronoun-scapes’. During this session Caitlin will facilitate you to develop your internal sense of: I, me, you, yourself etc and to relate each of these to a current outcome you have. Getting your pronouns aligned is a great step towards dreams becoming actions.

Participants will gain a clearer sense of themselves and a map of their personal pronoun-scape. They will explore an outcome they hold but haven’t achieved and relate it to their pronoun-scape. They will also take this elegant process away to use with others.

Level of Clean experience required: none

Speaker’s Biography: Caitlin has pioneered new applications for Clean in health, education, business and community sectors. She has worked extensively with academic support to evaluate the impact of clean interventions and bring rigour to the field. She worked closely with David Grove during the 3 years before he died, co-developing interventions around mental and physical well-being. Case studies can be seen on www.trainingattention.co.uk She is co-owner of Training Attention Ltd.

See: www.trainingattention.co.uk


Marian Way

Clean Cafe: Marketing Clean

You probably know already how effective Clean methodologies are for encouraging new insights that can lead to deep sustainable change. But how do you market a tool that offers so much, and yet can promise so little? In this World Café-style session, we’ll use Clean Language to share existing and generate new ideas for marketing Clean.

Participants will take part in a lively, Clean, interactive session, based on the World Café model. I’ve no idea what anyone will get from the session or what will emerge collectively, but we’re pretty sure it’ll be new and interesting.  :)

Level of Clean experience required: some

Speaker’s Biography: Marian Way is an experienced Clean Language practitioner and trainer, who works in the UK and the USA and who runs occasional World Café sessions.  She started out as a teacher and went on to become the Programme Development Manager of Weight Watchers (UK) Ltd, where she and a colleague developed the POINTS diet. She uses Clean Language extensively in her work as a coach / trainer and is working on several Clean projects including a book (with Julie McCracken) about Clean in the Classroom.

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See: www.apricotisland.com

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