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Two Events
in Normandy, FRANCE


Penny Tompkins and James Lawley
Jennifer de Gandt and Phil Swallow

TWO 3-DAY EVENTS in 2008

Sun 29th June to Tues 1st July

Thurs 3rd to Sat 5th July


  • Details of the both events
  • Cost and Booking
  • Venue & Travel

The French and English will meet to create two unique events in one week. Event 1 will explore 'The Patterns that Connect all of David Grove's Thinking'. Event 2 is an entirely new 'bottom-up' approach to community learning — each participant gets to choose a part of the programme. There will be lots of personal attention from Penny Tompkins, James Lawley, Jennifer de Gandt and Phil Swallow.

The Two Events will be held in a beautiful country house in Normandy following a new format. As well as developing professionally and personally, the format will enable you to expand your acquaintances in the clean community, enjoy the refreshing swimming pool, and improve your French at the same time!

Event 1:  What are the patterns that connect all of David Grove's thinking?
with Penny Tompkins and James Lawley  (in English, translated into French)

James and Penny will be showing participants how to make links between David's earliest Child Within phase, his middle exploring perceptual time and space phase, and his later emergent knowledge phase. They will show how an understanding of self-organising systems, networks and emergence can reveal the hidden patterns in his work.

(This is an advanced workshop, participants will ideally have completed 10 days training in Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling.)

Event 2:  Participant's Choice
A potpourri of how Symbolic Modelling and David Grove's work can be used in a variety of contexts. 

Facilitation by James Lawley, Penny Tompkins, Jennifer de Gandt, Phil Swallow (in English and French) including:

  • Coaching-in-the-moment
  • Supervision of client cases
  • Project support
  • Personal development work
  • Training/practice on a specific part of the model

Participants can request any of the above in advance, or suggest a topic of their own.  Every participant will have some time allocated to their choice.

Two or more people can get together to choose a joint topic, and thereby have more time spent on that topic.

All events are open to all participants.

Participants get a 3-for-1:

  • Participants have their own topic be the focus of a session
  • They get to take part in what other people have chosen
  • They get to model how the facilitation is done (by Penny, James, Phil, Jennifer), with time for questions and debriefing.


Cost for Event 1: June 29 - July 1 2008
£500 + VAT   Total £587.50 
Cost for Event 2: July 3 - July 5 2008
£500 + VAT  Total £587.50
Cost for both Events 1 and 2 (15% discount)
£850 + VAT
Total £998.75

NOTE: Prices will include shared accommodation at a lovely Gite and all food during the event(s). The food is plentiful, and to a high-standard. If you want to arrange your own accommodation (at your expense), we will be happy to provide you with names and numbers of local hotels and Chambre d'hôte.

TO BOOK: Please contact Zannie Barrett



The event takes place at Jennifer's beautiful home and training centre near Lyons la Forêt in Normandy, less than 200 miles from London.  Accommodation is in a lovely Gite nearby and all meals are provided.

For a map, click here or enter: La Bouvetiere, France into

It is easy to drive to Normandy by taking a ferry or the Channel Tunnel.

The Chunnel takes only 30 minutes, and we may be able to provide a discount for the journey. The 2.5 hour drive from Calais to the venue is lovely and mostly on empty toll roads.

Or you can take a ferry to Calais, Boulogne, Dieppe, Cherbourg or Caen.

You can take the EuroStar from London to Paris. From Paris you can take the train from Gare St Lazare to Gisors (approx. 75 mins) and we can order a taxi for you from Gisors station.

Or you can fly to Paris (Charles de Gaulle airport is the most convenient), and either hire a car (90 minutes drive); or take the RER into Paris (then see directions above).

Participants sometimes travel together and share costs. (Please let us know if you are interested in sharing travel costs/cars with other people.)


We look forward to seeing you in July!

To pay by card for one Event, £500 + VAT, total £587.50:
To pay by card for both Events at a 15% discount: £850 + VAT, total £998.75


Clean Language
Symbolic Modelling

James Lawley
Penny Tompkins

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