If you have been inspired seeing Miki facilitate groups – at a training, when she used Convergent Facilitation to support your group in reaching a decision, or for any other group process – and you have wanted to understand fully what she does, so you can expand your range as facilitator, this is your retreat.
This is the first opportunity ever that Miki is creating to focus exclusively on everything related to facilitation. Instead of learning it only by watching, Miki plans to break everything down in learnable bits, creating the conditions for you to immerse yourself for a whole week in intensive learning and practicing designed to support you in gaining more mastery in the key tools and inner capacities that make deep, efficient, and transformative results likely in any group, whether within an organization, in a community, as part of your activism, or in a one-time gathering.
The retreat is designed primarily for people who are already facilitating groups – as trainers, activists, mediators, managers, consultants, and more. If you are not facilitating groups and you want to be, you are also welcome, knowing it’s likely to be a steep learning curve for you.
The plan for this retreat is to include the following:
|Info for guests/marketing|
|Tuition||Gift Economy – Request for registrations by July 1st|
|Deposit in order to your secure spot||(this amount will be the sum of your room choice and meal plan)|
|Single Room||$495 – sold out|
|Double||$275 – sold out|
|Triple/+||$155 – sold out|
|Other (tent, etc.)||$125|
|Food||Options vary – see below|
Room options – We will be staying at the Redwood Lodge and Orchard Lodge at the Ben Lomond Quaker Center. You can see pictures of the accommodations here. We’ve sold out of private rooms at the retreat center, but there are a few hotel options within a 5-10 minute drive, the nearest and cheapest being Quality Inn & Suites Santa Cruz Mountains.
The prices above reflect arriving on August 24th (check-in at 5pm or later) and leaving on August 31st (we need to be cleared out by 3pm, you can leave earlier if you need to).
Making a deposit – In order to secure your spot, please pay a deposit equal to the amount of your room and board. For those choosing to commute, please choose “commuter rate”.
If you are unable to cover your room and board cost, please contact us.
Choosing Room and Meal Plan
Please see the chart above to choose your room option.
Choose from the following for determining your food payment:
About the food – The food will be 95% organic and natural ingredients. The other 5% is for random items that the chef prefers to use that he either can’t find organic or uses in small amounts. Our chef is able to accommodate omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free diets. The meat he will be using will be either organic or “natural” (no hormones). Most of the meat will be chicken and fish but he does, on occasion, serve beef, pork, lamb, seafood, etc. In addition to those main dietary categories, he always has plain food options available by request in the kitchen, e.g. plain chicken, tofu, eggs, nut butters, vegetables, salad, for every meal.
Breakfast service is always the same: toaster station, some type of egg dish, fresh fruit, yogurt, hot and cold cereal, coffee and tea. Lunch and dinner menus are organized according to the basic categories of carb, protein, veg, salad, drink. Dinner will also include some kind of dessert.
If you have any dietary restrictions above that go beyond what is specified above, please email Aimee.
Gift Economy – We will be experimenting with gift economy for this retreat, which means there is no set price for tuition. There is still a baseline cost for room and board (see above).
If you are clear about what you want to contribute and you are able to give that amount now, please do so (pick both a lodging/meal plan ticket and the tuition ticket below in the registration section). This is not a requirement, however. There will be time at the retreat to explore what would be a meaningful contribution for you to make, or for you to adjust the amount you contributed if you did so ahead of time.
For transparency, Miki is hoping that this retreat brings in $25,000 to BayNVC (the income goes to the entire organization and the many projects they support, not Miki individually). With this in mind, if we get 40 participants, that comes out to $625/person. We’re offering this information to support you in making an informed decision, based on your own financial reality and our hopes for the retreat. Because we are welcoming in particular activists who are likely to be challenged financially, we are also hoping many others will contribute more than the average.
A request to register by July 1st – Our hope is that as many participants will register by July 1st as possible. The sooner we get registrations in, the less logistical work it is for us, as having a sense of the number of participants allows us to plan accordingly in terms of room arrangements, food purchasing, scholarship funds available, etc. Because we are inviting in gift economy for this retreat, there is no official “early bird rate,” but rather a request to co-hold the awareness around logistics and timing.
Ben Lomond Quaker Center, near San Francisco
Please note that there are no more rooms available! Staying in a tent or commuting are now the only options available for attending the retreat.