Dragon Dreaming Intensive

June 16. – 22.  2018

Sunny Hills of Istria, Hrvoji, Topolovec 29, 6272 Gracisce, Slovenia

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Dragon Dreaming is a method that offers powerful tools for collaborative creation. At the same time it is an organic living systems model that gives us many answers from the perspective of how to organically create a successful project.  It is also simultaneously a point of view giving insights about life itself, how we can actually be “fully alive”, and so it could be called a philosophy. Drawing upon Experiential Deep Ecology, Aboriginal Indigenous wisdom, neurology and Living Systems Theory, we can see how all these different aspects are interdependently organised within Dragon Dreaming.

The three principles that sustain the integrated vision of method, model and philosophy of Dragon Dreaming and the successful projects that result from its application are:  

  • Personal growth: commitment to the healing and empowerment of all participants; 
  • Community Building: strengthening and promotion of resilience in the communities of which we are part; and
  • Service to the Earth: working for the regeneration, well being and flourishing of life itself.

Socially, economically, politically, ecologically, technologically, educationally and culturally we are now in the midst of a huge worldwide interconnected crisis, where many people around the world are trying to find individual solutions to challenges arising in these separate and different fields. The Dragon Dreaming approach offers us the possibility of a new and fully integrated paradigm that simultaneously takes care of ourselves, individually, and of the planet we are sharing with others, collectively. Building a better world requires discovering how to put a new win-win-win culture into practice, in a way that is applicable to everyday life. We do this by creating and implementing successful projects at many different scales and contexts. Dragon Dreaming is thus a proven and inspiring way to create such projects through which each of us can move beyond the dream and make a real difference in the world.

In this workshop we will successfully create collective projects in order to learn the method and put the philosophy into practice.

The program will cover both the theory and the practice of Dragon Dreaming, enabling us to discover a simple, easy-to-apply method that liberates our collective creativity through opening our sensory awareness and perception, re-inhabiting our body and feelings in ways that collectively support our personal development, community transformation and planetary healing.

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johnJOHN CROFT is an international trainer and consultant, who for 40 years has worked in the field of ecologically sustainable community education and community economic development, in London, in Paris with UNESCO, in Geneva with the ILO, in Africa, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea with the World Bank and in Australia with governments, universities and a wide range of community non-governmental organizations.  He has also worked throughout the world, speaking at conferences and running workshops and training programs in universities, businesses and community organizations. He is co-founder of the Australian Association for Sustainable Communities and the Gaia Foundation of Australia, and co-developer of the internationally recognised Dragon Dreaming methods of consensual participatory strategic planning for community-based projects and organizations, now adopted in more than 47 countries around the world, in many different projects, settings and contexts.

lizandraLIZANDRA BARBUTO is an international trainer, occupational therapist, and expert in Neuroscience, Human Development and Integral Sustainability. She is a researcher working on collective wisdom and is presently completing her Master´s degree program at Gaia University. She is also a Gestalt Therapist and a Family ‘Constellator’. Since 2006, she has been a professional researcher and personal practitioner in the use of spontaneous movement and theatre. Her approach to meditation and connection with Nature and the practices therefrom derived support the search for identity and awareness through emotions and mental and body awareness, toward authentic presence and freedom.  She has worked in Africa, South America, Australia, Asia, including China, and Europe, including Russia. She believes that life is a gift and, by taking care of our own life, we may enjoy such gift in the best possible way, only possible when we become aware of ourselves and of our true place in the world.

John and Lizandra have worked closely together in many different sustainable projects and in personal development approaches around the world since 2012.  They are developing new perspectives for Dragon Dreaming: in Education and Learning, in Overcoming Blockages, in Authentic Celebration and in Effective Communication for individuals, community organisations, business enterprises, political activists and non-governmental organisations.

CONTRIBUTION: € 390 – € 490  according to your income and accomodation

Please consider your contribution on the principles of sharing economy: those who can afford to pay full price will cover part of the expenses for those who can’t.

Contribution covers the cost of the trainers, accomodation, vegetarian meals, cofee breaks and organisation.