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November 19, 2015 - November 21, 2015


registernowimageForum is a powerful tool for people and groups who:

• Are tired of how personality conflicts can destroy groups, and want to turn them into growth opportunities.
• Want to provide a space to develop empathy and compassion.
• Want to create a space where all sides of a conflict are witnessed with compassion and curiosity, leading to clarity about peaceful resolution.
• Want methods for supporting your group to share visions, common goals and values.
• Are practicing leadership at the organizational or professional level and want to make it more personal.
• Are a part of a spiritual community, personal growth group or interested in social change on a local or global scale.
• Are interested in sustainable community living.

ZEGG Forum is a powerful process for communities to deepen relationships and promote transparency and understanding. The goal of Forum is to reveal what is alive but not known to all. The community sits in a circle, forming a stage for one person at a time to stand and show what is true for them. Facilitators may assist the person (or presenter) to reveal themselves more deeply. Afterward, community members may offer reflections, or mirrors, on what they saw.


Open Forum @ The Sanctuary

Wednesday 18th November: 1.30pm to 4.30pm

An open 2.5 hour Introduction to Forum open to all in the community to learn about this process and the workshop.

3 day Intensive Facilitation Workshop:

Thursday 19th November – Saturday 21st

9.30am – 12.30pm & 2.00 – 5.00pm each day.

Day 1: Forum Foundations – interactive exercises target specific skills that build toward facilitation: compassionate witnessing, curiosity, noticing signals that something is under the surface, distinguishing what we see from what we interpret, and more.

Day 2: Structured Facilitation Practice – bite-sized chunks of facilitation practice, tailored to each participant’s skill level and needs, with coaching and feedback. Participants are welcome to try facilitation or not – simply sitting in the circle builds skills of witnessing, curiosity, and empathy.

Day 3: Eldership: Awareness of the Whole – a deeper dive into how to handle complex community issues and one’s own reactivity, plus troubleshooting common difficulties that arise in Forum spaces.

In this 3-day workshop, we intend to anchor the skill-sets needed to regularly hold Forum processes here in San Marcos specifically, providing an intensive training for members of the community to gain confidence in facilitating these events. We welcome anyone feeling called to join this journey and broaden their own facilitation skill sets so this process can ripple into other communities and organisations across the planet.

• Skilled facilitators can refine their skills and get valuable feedback from their peers.
• New facilitators can gain experience and confidence.
• Those who have never facilitated before can try out facilitation through short exercises.
• Those who just love to participate will deepen their understanding of all aspects of the process.

Forum was created at ZEGG, an intentional community in Germany, and its sister communities as a way of promoting transparency and mutual understanding among community members. ZEGG members found that decision-making meetings often got derailed because of emotional conflicts and undercurrents that were not known to or understood by all. In Forum, each individuals experience could be seen and understood, leading to greater empathy and creativity in the community. Now, many residential and non-residential intentional communities have adopted Forum as a way to maintain ongoing connection, intimacy and understanding.

Facilitated by Sarah Taub who has been leading Forum since 2004 and teaching Forum facilitation since 2011. Sarah studied Forum facilitation with Achim Ecker and Ina Meyer-Stoll of ZEGG and with Teryani Riggs. For more information about Sarah http://cfnc.us/presenters.html#sarah.


In order to cover Sarah’s travel costs and compensate her for her expertise and energy, we are holding the event at $200/1500Q per person with 16 spaces open ($205 booking online). A limited number of partial scholarships for those in San Marcos or Guatemalan nationals will be available to those, who by receiving this training will be able to apply these skills with maximum input in the community.registernowimage

This training will be held @ The Sanctuary, San Marcos Lake Atitlan Guatemala and does not include accommodation or food.

If desire, we could host a Forum on a specific topic of concern in our community while Sarah is here to maximise her visit and provide another chance for more people here to get a feel of this process.

See also http://www.zegg.de/en/community/zegg-forum.html

(In gratitude to Gaia Ma & InanItah in Nicaragua for this event image and example of community living which utillizes The Forum process regularly)



November 19, 2015
November 21, 2015


Araminta Barbour


The Sanctuary Guatemala
Barrio II
San Marcos La Laguna, Solola Guatemala
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