Workshop Summary Report
The 2020 SDN workshop was very successful. The event took place from 17-22 January at the Don Bosco Retreat Centre Lysterfield, east of Melbourne. This was ideal – everyone accommodated on site, a large meeting room with good IT equipment, a well-equipped kitchen and spacious dining room, set in delightful pastoral surrounds of grazing paddocks, elegant gum trees and giant granite rocks.
There were fourteen participants - six women and eight men. Three were younger than 45, three in their 50s, four in their 60s, and four in their 70s or 80s. Seven had attended an SDN workshop before, but for seven this was their first experience. We came from Melbourne, Canberra, other NSW and South Australia, all wonderful and talented people, working in areas like restorative practice, climate change and sustainability, community development, and in Indigenous communities (one participant was an Aboriginal man from northern NSW).
We formed an instant ‘family of friends’, ready to share our thoughts and emotions, our perceptions and feelings, our hopes and fears in an atmosphere of trust and support. The range of topics covered in presentations, each one carefully prepared and delivered, was outstanding. Restorative practice in the ACT, the Uluru Statement, ageing, money and society, theories of change, feedback loops, story-telling, ‘Love, culpability and responsibility’, intimate relationships, imagining the future (2100), and a Truth Mandala.
As SDN grows there will be more workshops like this one. Don’t miss the next!