Workshop Overview

A Community Building Workshop

Community Building refers to a group process whereby participants experience and practice communication skills that create the possibility for deep human connection, both with the self and the other. This process was described by author Dr. M. Scott Peck in his book, The Different Drum. Further information was presented in a later book, A World Waiting to Be Born.

Peck describes the joy felt in experiencing true community: “It is like falling in love. When they enter community, people in a very real sense do fall in love with one another en masse”.

The workshop provides a process-orientated group experience that can lead to deeper, more authentic communication. Individuals and groups have an opportunity to improve interpersonal skills, and to experience and understand group dynamics.

Workshop details  – An In-depth Understanding PDF that outlines the workshops and its processses.

Facilitators:
RoseMarie Pierce, B.Sc.Pharm
David Brougham, B.Comm

RoseMarie has over 20 years experience in offering community development workshops to groups of all kinds, in both North America and Europe, as well as Hawaii, starting in 2014.  Her partner, David has 14 years experience, practicing and co-facilitating Heart to Heart workshops.

Date & Times:         Call for information on the date of next Workshop
Friday Evening:      Free Intro 7 pm – 9 pm (~ 2 hrs)
Saturday:                10 am – 10 pm
Sunday:                   10 am – 6 pm

Workshop Fee: $125/person or $200 for a couple (or parent & young adult), for each additional family member $50 if they are from the same household (sharing the same income).

Location:  Call for further details 604-886-0840

Experiences from RoseMarie’s Workshops:

“ I experience the letting down of walls… spaces opening up for forgiveness and acceptance and a place of trust.”   ~ Patricia

“I am still amazed (after 4 of these weekends) at the profound effects that can come from such a simple process.”   ~ Chris

“The process of building community indicates to me my level of tolerance for others thus providing a mirror for what I have yet to heal in myself…”  ~ Audrey

Experiences that may be gained from the Workshop
It is possible that one may:

  • Discover old patterns, automatic agendas and hidden motives
  • Clear hidden resistances, long-standing negative beliefs and pain
  • Feel truly seen and heard by others in a genuine and sincere way
  • Experience a deep and profound opening of the heart
  • Learn to listen intently and find stillness within

What is Community Building?

“…‘community‘ is a group of two or more people who, regardless of the diversity of their backgrounds, have been able to accept and transcend their differences, enabling them to communicate openly and effectively, and to work together towards common goals, while having a sense of unusual safety with one another. Community Building workshops endeavor to create this safe place.” — M. Scott Peck, “Community Building in Brief”

Community, according to Peck, may be described as “a group of individuals who have learned how to communicate honestly with each other, whose relationships go deeper than their masks of composure, and who have developed some significant commitment to ‘rejoice together, mourn together,’ and to ‘delight in each other, make each others’ conditions [their] own.'” [Drum, Simon and Schuster, 1988, p. 59.]

The Stages of Community Building generally include:

Pseudocommunity
An initial state of “being nice”. Pseudocommunity is characterized by politeness, conflict avoidance, and denial of individual differences. Let’s be honest — most of us can’t keep this up for long. Eventually someone is going to speak up, speak out, and the dam breaks.

Chaos
In the stage of chaos, individual differences are aired, and the group tries to overcome them through misguided attempts to heal or to convert. Listening suffers, and emotions and frustration tend to run high. There are only two ways out of chaos: retreat into pseudocommunity (often through organization), or forward, through emptiness.

Emptiness
Emptiness refers to the process of recognizing and releasing the barriers (expectations, prejudices, the need to control) that hold us back from authentic communication with others, from being emotionally available to hear the voices of those around us. This is a period of going within, of searching ourselves and sharing our truths with the group. This process of “dying to the self” can make way for something remarkable to emerge.

Community
“In my defenselessness, my safety lies.” In this stage, individuals accept others as they are, and are themselves accepted. Differences are no longer feared or ignored, but rather are celebrated. A deep sense of peace and joy characterizes the group.