‘A nation should guard its language more than its territories -’tis a truer barrier, and more important frontier, than fortress or rivers.’
What does the word ‘eldership’ mean for you? Do you associate it with a person who settles disputes? A person to turn to for wise advice? Someone who has reached the age of retirement? Perhaps it exists as a half forgotten phrase from childhood, ‘respect your elders’? Is an elder a leader or an advisor? Or perhaps the word Eldership simply elicits a blank response?
On June 5th a small group is gathering in the big room cic to explore Eldership in the Community. This will be the first of three half day workshops running through July and October. We will explore what eldership means for us as individuals and for our communities. The qualities associated with eldership, the role of eldership and what is required for those who find themselves either by chance or intention in an eldership role.
In doing so the aim of the workshops is to frame eldership and our understanding of it within the context of community. And how our communities and the world large might benefit from eldership. The words we use, or lose, informs us of who we are and might become.
Are we building a world of concrete walls and steel fortresses or one in which the words we use stand higher than any wall and the divisions they create? We believe that Eldership may be such a word. One which provides, in the words of Thomas Davis, ‘ a truer barrier,’ to onset of division and the wars that inevitably follow.
We hope you’ll join is in what promises to be a powerful exploration of change and renewal.
The workshops will be facilitated by Milan Bijelic, Leah Bijelic and Owen Stevens and funded by the big room cic.
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About the facilitators:
Milan is a UKCP registered psychotherapist with a private practices in Sheffield, London and Macclesfield. He is currently involved in a reconciliation and conflict transformation programme in Rwanda through the ‘Beyond conflict – Rwanda’ programme with organisation CFOR from London.
Leah is UKCP registered psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. She is interested in the dynamics of power and privilege and how they shape our experiences. And particularly interested in non-rational experiences.
Owen is co-founder of both Silk House Therapy Practice and the big room cic. His interests have taken him to Ecuador Portland Oregon, Los Angeles, Arizona, Paris and Budapest. Significant influences include being a father studying with Professors Bradford and Hilary Keeney (Sacred Ecstatics), Process Work and Vipassana Meditation.
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