Discover Genuine Contact Program workshops and events here!

Members of our Genuine Contact Organization host a variety of in-person and online workshops and events including:

  • Genuine Contact Program Workshops – these 9 workshops make up the core of the Genuine Contact way of living and working
  • Mentoring Circles – mentoring is a core component of working with Genuine Contact. These mentoring circles offer opportunities to mentor and be mentored in a variety of topics related to Genuine Contact.
  • Genuine Contact Based Trainings & Events – many members of our organization have developed trainings and events rooted in Genuine Contact

Workshops and events are listed below and are open for public registration.  They may have pre-requisites to attend.  Please check with the workshop facilitator prior to registering. Trainers may also offer in-house training for organizations, businesses and community groups. Ask them for details.

Workshops and Mentoring Circles are listed based on the event location and could be offered as an in-person workshop at the location or as an online learning opportunity. Workshops are offered in a variety of languages including Dutch, English, German, Norwegian, Swedish, and Spanish. Workshop descriptions below are offered in the language the workshop will be conducted in.

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Cross Cultural Conflict Resolution (Advanced Module 3)


Facilitators: Doris Gottlieb and Thomas Herrmann
August 16-18, 2021 | Online

“Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict.”

― Dorothy Thompson

If you are part of any living system you will be confronted with conflict as an inevitable part of growth and change. If you are interested in thriving in that living system then finding ways to address conflict that allow for them to be resolved in ways that give new insights and energy is vital. Cross Cultural Conflict Resolution provides you with ways to do just that.

This workshop will focus on your personal preparation for working with and in situations of conflict so that you can navigate with it. It provides you with understanding of when conflict resolution is and is not a viable option. It provides you with a practical method for addressing conflict resolution in situations where it is necessary.

This workshop will take place online (Zoom and Miro) as an interactive learning experience. Starting after lunch day 1 and ending at lunch day 3 (total 2 days).

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Mentoring Circle: Working with Open Space Technology

Facilitators: Birgitt Williams & Rachel Bolton – Dalar International Consultancy, Hendersonville, United States

September 3, 2021 | Online

One of the things we believe in Genuine Contact is the value of mentoring – ongoing learning opportunities that are critical for learning retention, application of your skills, and continually growing your skills and capacities. As part of our commitment to ongoing learning for your leadership development, you are encouraged to participate in this mentoring circle with a focus on Working with Open Space Technology.

Join other past workshop participants – some with decades of experience, some with a few years, and some with only a few months – to explore emerging issues and opportunities for working with Open Space Technology. As part of the mentoring circle, participants will develop an agenda of the topics that they want to explore.

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Working with Open Space Technology (Advanced Module 1)

Facilitators: Doris Gottlieb & Thomas Herrmann, Driebergen, Netherlands

September 7-9, 2021

Open Space Technology (OST) is a meeting methodology that taps into the collective wisdom of a group, team, organization or community in order to address concrete business issues, find answers to complex problems, and nurture leadership in times of change.

Using the potential of the whole group, whether 5 or 500+ people, OST has the capacity to bring together people together around topics that are deeply important to them and thus prone to misunderstanding and come away with breakthrough understanding, learning and action together. OST has proven long term effects in innovation, problem-solving and improving how people work together. Working repeatedly with Open Space Technology has the capacity to transform organizations.

We plan to offer this training in person at Landgoed de Horst in Driebergen, the Netherlands. Should this not be possible we will offer the training online.

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Mentoring Circles & Mastermind Groups

Facilitators: Birgitt Williams & Rachel Bolton – Dalar International Consultancy, Hendersonville, United States

September 10, 2021 | Online

Mentoring is a key ingredient in building organizations that thrive. It’s a cost-effective way to build capacity, strengthen relationships, and increase engagement and job satisfaction.

Moving Beyond Traditional Mentor-Mentee Relationships to Mentoring Circles

Traditional mentoring in organizations pairs a more senior employee with a junior counterpart.- often helping them onboard into a new job or contributing to their career path within the organization It is a one-way relationship between 2 people with the mentor guiding the mentee. The learning and teaching are limited to these 2 people without benefit to others in the organization.

Mentoring Circles, on the other hand, bring a group of people together for collective mentoring. With a possible mix of levels of seniority, roles within the organization and departments, collective learning happens that impacts the entire organization. Regular mentoring circles focused on the skills, competencies, and experiences needed to achieve the organization’s goals can result in continual development of your organizational capacity, strengthening the organization and all of its employees.

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International Face to Face Mentoring Circle

Sponsors: Mariëlle Cuijpers and Doris Gottlieb | Facilitator: Wieneke Olthof, Driebergen, Netherlands

September 10-11, 2021 | Netherlands

Join this annual gathering of Genuine Contact professionals, trainers, co-owners, and others interested in the Genuine  Contact approach.  The Mentoring Circle is designed as a place to learn together, inspire, and mentor one another about living and working with Genuine Contact.  Based on the current situation we intend to hold this event in person. It will be a great opportunity to connect, share, and learn together.

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GCO Monthly Meeting


Facilitator: Rachel Bolton, Director
September 14, 2021 | Online

This is your invitation to join with your GC colleagues for a monthly Genuine Contact Organization meeting!

The purpose of these meetings is to offer a regular and fixed time for us to gather together in real-time to attend to the growth and development of Genuine Contact, the Genuine Contact Program, and the International Genuine Contact Organization.

The vision for these meetings is for many engaged members of our International Genuine Contact Organization coming together to actively and intentionally move our collective work forward in a timely way. Some of the content of these meetings can include:

  • Updates from working groups about activities happening in our organization so that we all have the opportunity to know what is happening in other parts of the organization and how we can participate if we have the passion to do so.
  • Conversation and mentoring on emerging issues and opportunities so that we are having necessary conversation in a timely way.
  • Opportunities for engaging the collective wisdom of the participants as representatives of the bigger organization, when you have an idea for something to work on within the context of fulfilling our strategic plan.

Anyone who is interested in joining the conversation is welcome to join us, members and non-members alike! So, if you are reading this, I hope you will consider adding these dates to your calendar to join us.

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Mentoring Circle: Strategic Planning the Genuine Contact Way

Facilitators: Birgitt Williams & Rachel Bolton – Dalar International Consultancy, Hendersonville, United States

September 17, 2021 | Online

Part of the Genuine Contact way of working is a focus on mentoring for ongoing learning retention, application of your skills, and continually growing your skills and capacities.

When you have the opportunity to gather with others who have also learned a particular skillset – to share your experiences, wisdom, and insights and to ask questions where you still have more to learn – it offers all participants a possibility for ongoing and deepened learning.  As part of our commitment to ongoing learning for your leadership development, you are encouraged to participate in this mentoring circle with a focus on Strategic Planning the Genuine Contact Way.

Join other past workshop participants to explore emerging issues and opportunities for working with Strategic Planning the Genuine Contact Way. As part of the mentoring circle, participants will develop an agenda of the topics that they want to explore.

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Whole Person Process Facilitation (Advanced Module 2)

Facilitators: Birgitt Williams & Rachel Bolton – Dalar International Consultancy, Hendersonville, United States

October 8, 15 & 22, 2021 | Online

Imagine knowing a simple-to-use multi-purpose method for leading highly participatory meetings. A meeting facilitated using Whole Person Process Facilitation (WPPF) includes meaningful conversations, promotes improved communications, collaboration and cooperation.  Using WPPF means that all adult learning styles are taken into consideration thus leaving no one behind. People are engaged.

WPPF is simultaneously a facilitation method and a container for a variety of tools and processes. If you have tools and processes that you like and work for you, using them within a WPPF container enhances how those familiar tools and processes work.

You will move the impact of your meeting to

  • get real work done quickly by engaging effective adult learning and contribution strategies
  • increase engagement and participation
  • focusing on accomplishing the purpose and expected outcomes
  • inviting the right people to be in the room to achieve your business goal
  • making effective use of time through careful facilitation planning
  • enhancing real-time collaboration by tapping into the collective wisdom of your people
  • enabling people to feel valued by inviting the whole person to be present, not just their ‘talent’ or specific skillset

Your registration includes immediate access to self-study materials to begin learning how to facilitate WPPF. Registration includes 2 real-time learning options: group learning October 8, 15 & 22 OR individual learning with 1:1 mentoring on your schedule.

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GCO Monthly Meeting


Facilitator: Rachel Bolton, Director
October 12, 2021 | Online

This is your invitation to join with your GC colleagues for a monthly Genuine Contact Organization meeting!

The purpose of these meetings is to offer a regular and fixed time for us to gather together in real-time to attend to the growth and development of Genuine Contact, the Genuine Contact Program, and the International Genuine Contact Organization.

The vision for these meetings is for many engaged members of our International Genuine Contact Organization coming together to actively and intentionally move our collective work forward in a timely way. Some of the content of these meetings can include:

  • Updates from working groups about activities happening in our organization so that we all have the opportunity to know what is happening in other parts of the organization and how we can participate if we have the passion to do so.
  • Conversation and mentoring on emerging issues and opportunities so that we are having necessary conversation in a timely way.
  • Opportunities for engaging the collective wisdom of the participants as representatives of the bigger organization, when you have an idea for something to work on within the context of fulfilling our strategic plan.

Anyone who is interested in joining the conversation is welcome to join us, members and non-members alike! So, if you are reading this, I hope you will consider adding these dates to your calendar to join us.

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Mentoring Circle: Holistic Leadership Development

Facilitators: Birgitt Williams & Rachel Bolton – Dalar International Consultancy, Hendersonville, United States

October 29, 2021 | Online

One of the things we believe in Genuine Contact is about the power of mentoring. Opportunities for learning retention, application of your skills, and continually growing your skills and capacities.

When you have the opportunity to gather with others who have also learned a particular skillset – to share your experiences, wisdom, and insights and to ask questions where you still have more to learn – it offers all participants a possibility for ongoing and deepened learning.  As part of our commitment to ongoing learning for your leadership development, you are encouraged to participate in this mentoring circle with a focus on Holistic Leadership Development.

Join other past workshop participants – some with decades of experience, some with a few years, and some with only a few months – to explore emerging issues and opportunities for working with Holistic Leadership Development. As part of the mentoring circle, participants will develop an agenda of the topics that they want to explore.

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Whole Person Process Facilitation (Advanced Module 2)

Facilitators: Doris Gottlieb & Thomas Herrmann, Driebergen, Netherlands

November 1-3, 2021

Whole Person Process Facilitation (WPPF) is the name given to a highly dynamic, participative meeting methodology designed to help people interact from their whole being – mental, spiritual, emotional, physical. These meetings are designed to integrate the wisdom of the group as well the individual.

A WPPF meeting delivers both powerful short and long-term results. Energy, ideas, and discussion are transformed into constructive action, with participants embracing responsibility and leadership around the topic at hand, be that a product, concept, question, or strategy. In the longer term, by using the WPPF meeting methodology, team members become increasingly engaged, creative, and open.

Meeting this way engenders resilience among people and teams in dealing with the dynamics of change from both within and outside organizations.

We plan to offer this training in person at Landgoed de Horst in Driebergen, the Netherlands. Should this not be possible we will offer the training online.

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Working with Open Space Technology (Advanced Module 1)


November 5, 12 & 19, 2021 | Online

You are invited to learn a simple to use multi-purpose method for leading highly participatory meetings involving from 7 to 1000 people. These meetings produce tangible results towards your business goals and achieve maximum participation, inspired creativity, and the best solutions from the collective of individuals involved. Open Space Technology (OST) was developed by Harrison Owen of Maryland, USA, and has been used in almost every country in the world, with a thirty-year history of consistently exceptional results. Learn the Genuine Contact way of working with OST to achieve the greatest benefit for the organization.

During an Open Space Technology meeting, participants experience a culture of leadership for the duration of the meeting. A meeting facilitated using Open Space Technology can be used as a catalyst to launch a culture of leadership in the daily life of the organization using the meeting as a shared experience from which to draw their knowledge of what is required in a culture of leadership. More importantly, having experienced the culture of leadership during the meeting, the people involved know that they can do it!

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GCO Monthly Meeting


Facilitator: Rachel Bolton, Director
November 9, 2021 | Online

This is your invitation to join with your GC colleagues for a monthly Genuine Contact Organization meeting!

The purpose of these meetings is to offer a regular and fixed time for us to gather together in real-time to attend to the growth and development of Genuine Contact, the Genuine Contact Program, and the International Genuine Contact Organization.

The vision for these meetings is for many engaged members of our International Genuine Contact Organization coming together to actively and intentionally move our collective work forward in a timely way. Some of the content of these meetings can include:

  • Updates from working groups about activities happening in our organization so that we all have the opportunity to know what is happening in other parts of the organization and how we can participate if we have the passion to do so.
  • Conversation and mentoring on emerging issues and opportunities so that we are having necessary conversation in a timely way.
  • Opportunities for engaging the collective wisdom of the participants as representatives of the bigger organization, when you have an idea for something to work on within the context of fulfilling our strategic plan.

Anyone who is interested in joining the conversation is welcome to join us, members and non-members alike! So, if you are reading this, I hope you will consider adding these dates to your calendar to join us.

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Genuine Contact Organization (Advanced Module 4)

Facilitators: Birgitt Williams & Rachel Bolton – Dalar International Consultancy, Hendersonville, United States

November 22, 23, 29 & 30, 2021 | Online

A culture of leadership working within the new leadership paradigm of “leading so people will lead” must be a learning organization. We recognize that all organizations are learning organizations. In some organizations, this learning is unconscious. It is learning by reacting to the latest needs and crisis.  In other organizations, this learning is conscious. It is learning by responding and being adaptive to change, with opportunities to develop new skills and capacities and reflect on lessons learned.

Those that learn consciously operate as solution-focused, inspired, life-nurturing organizations that achieve sustainable high performance. These organizations are adaptive and agile. They take advantage of emergent opportunities. They create organizational solutions to challenges. They thrive.

You are invited to learn how the organizational model, the Genuine Contact Organization can support your organization to develop itself as a conscious sustainable, solution-focused learning organization. This is just what you need for nourishing a culture of leadership.

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Mentoring Circle: Achieving and Regenerating Organizational Health and Balance

Facilitators: Birgitt Williams & Rachel Bolton – Dalar International Consultancy, Hendersonville, United States

November 26, 2021 | Online

In Genuine Contact, we believe in mentoring as a key component of learning; critical for learning retention, application of your skills, and continually growing your skills and capacities.

When you have the opportunity to gather with others who have also learned a particular skillset – to share your experiences, wisdom, and insights and to ask questions where you still have more to learn – it offers all participants a possibility for ongoing and deepened learning.  As part of our commitment to ongoing learning for your leadership development, you are encouraged to participate in this mentoring circle with a focus on Achieving Organizational Health and Balance.

Join other past workshop participants – some with decades of experience, some with a few years, and some with only a few months – to explore emerging issues and opportunities for working with Achieving Organizational Health and Balance. As part of the mentoring circle, participants will develop an agenda of the topics that they want to explore.

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Individual Health and Balance (Foundational Module 3)

Facilitators: Birgitt Williams & Rachel Bolton – Dalar International Consultancy, Hendersonville, United States

December 3, 10 & 17, 2021 | Online

Gaining, maintaining, and realigning your health and balance is a key to developing your leadership capacity. There are many demands placed on that capacity and the return on investment in yourself makes good business sense. For those engaged in leadership, personally or professionally, learning how to achieve and maintain individual health and balance has become increasingly important in these rapidly changing times. Everyone in the organization including those in leadership feels the added pressures of a performance environment that is in constant change. As leaders, you can reduce the effects of this added pressure by applying what you learn in this workshop. Your well-being is a key leadership capacity for organizational well-being.

If you’re like most of the people we work with, you are engaged in leadership, both professionally and in your private life. Because of the demands and stresses of leadership, you need to take extra care of your well-being. You need to have the capacity to operate at peak performance for the marathon that leadership is, over the long haul and not just for the short sprint.

You will

  • discover simple and effective concepts, tools and techniques to achieve individual health and balance
  • experience simple-to-use techniques to support mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health and balance
  • be able to use what you learn to realign yourself with health and balance when you notice yourself slipping being bumped out of health and balance mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

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GCO Monthly Meeting


Facilitator: Rachel Bolton, Director
December 14, 2021 | Online

This is your invitation to join with your GC colleagues for a monthly Genuine Contact Organization meeting! The special meeting is the last of the year, so come ready to celebrate all that we have done together this year.

The purpose of these meetings is to offer a regular and fixed time for us to gather together in real-time to attend to the growth and development of Genuine Contact, the Genuine Contact Program, and the International Genuine Contact Organization.

The vision for these meetings is for many engaged members of our International Genuine Contact Organization coming together to actively and intentionally move our collective work forward in a timely way. Some of the content of these meetings can include:

  • Updates from working groups about activities happening in our organization so that we all have the opportunity to know what is happening in other parts of the organization and how we can participate if we have the passion to do so.
  • Conversation and mentoring on emerging issues and opportunities so that we are having necessary conversation in a timely way.
  • Opportunities for engaging the collective wisdom of the participants as representatives of the bigger organization, when you have an idea for something to work on within the context of fulfilling our strategic plan.

Anyone who is interested in joining the conversation is welcome to join us, members and non-members alike! So, if you are reading this, I hope you will consider adding these dates to your calendar to join us.

>> Learn More & Register

Mentoring Circle: Leading a Culture of Leadership

Facilitators: Birgitt Williams & Rachel Bolton – Dalar International Consultancy, Hendersonville, United States

January 7, 2022 | Online

Mentoring is a key component of Genuine Contact. Join other past workshop participants to explore emerging issues and opportunities for working with Leading a Culture of Leadership. As part of the mentoring circle, participants will develop an agenda of the topics that they want to explore.

When you have the opportunity to gather with others who have also learned a particular skillset – to share your experiences, wisdom, and insights and to ask questions where you still have more to learn – it offers all participants a possibility for ongoing and deepened learning.  As part of our commitment to ongoing learning for your leadership development, you are encouraged to participate in this mentoring circle with a focus on Leading a Culture of Leadership.

 

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Mentoring Circle: Personal Boundaries...At Work

Facilitators: Birgitt Williams & Rachel Bolton – Dalar International Consultancy, Hendersonville, United States

February 25, 2022 | Online

One of the things we believe in all of our training is that having ongoing learning opportunities is critical for learning retention, application of your skills, and continually growing your skills and capacities.

When you have the opportunity to gather with others who have also learned a particular skillset – to share your experiences, wisdom, and insights and to ask questions where you still have more to learn – it offers all participants a possibility for ongoing and deepened learning.  As part of our commitment to ongoing learning for your leadership development, you are encouraged to participate in this mentoring circle with a focus on Personal Boundaries…At Work.

Join other past workshop participants to explore emerging issues and opportunities for working with Personal Boundaries…At Work. As part of the mentoring circle, participants will develop an agenda of the topics that they want to explore.

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Mentoring Circle: Beliefs for Creating a Culture of Leadership

Facilitators: Birgitt Williams & Rachel Bolton – Dalar International Consultancy, Hendersonville, United States

March 4, 2022 | Online

One of the things we believe in all of our training is that having ongoing learning opportunities is critical for learning retention, application of your skills, and continually growing your skills and capacities.

When you have the opportunity to gather with others who have also learned a particular skillset – to share your experiences, wisdom, and insights and to ask questions where you still have more to learn – it offers all participants a possibility for ongoing and deepened learning.  As part of our commitment to ongoing learning for your leadership development, you are encouraged to participate in this mentoring circle with a focus on Beliefs for Creating a Culture of Leadership.

Join other past workshop participants – some with decades of experience, some with a few years, and some with only a few months – to explore emerging issues and opportunities for working with Beliefs for Creating a Culture of Leadership. As part of the mentoring circle, participants will develop an agenda of the topics that they want to explore.

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Mentoring Circle: Leadership Competencies for Thriving in Change

Facilitators: Birgitt Williams & Rachel Bolton – Dalar International Consultancy, Hendersonville, United States

March 25, 2022 | Online

One of the things we believe in all of our training is that having ongoing learning opportunities is critical for learning retention, application of your skills, and continually growing your skills and capacities.

When you have the opportunity to gather with others who have also learned a particular skillset – to share your experiences, wisdom, and insights and to ask questions where you still have more to learn – it offers all participants a possibility for ongoing and deepened learning.  As part of our commitment to ongoing learning for your leadership development, you are encouraged to participate in this mentoring circle with a focus on Leadership Competencies for Thriving in Change.

Join other past workshop participants to explore emerging issues and opportunities for working with Leadership Competencies for Thriving in Change. As part of the mentoring circle, participants will develop an agenda of the topics that they want to explore.

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Cross Cultural Conflict Resolution (Advanced Module 3)

Facilitators: Birgitt Williams & Rachel Bolton – Dalar International Consultancy, Hendersonville, United States

April 26-28, 2022 | Online

You are invited to learn a simple to use method for facilitating conflict resolution with individuals or groups who want to resolve their conflict. This method for resolving conflict is applicable in every situation of conflict, including cross-cultural situations, because it works with aspects of the human being that are the same across all cultures.

Cross-cultural situations are any situations in which individuals or groups with perceived cultural differences are in conflict. Culture can include age and generational differences, departments or teams, different levels of the organization, as well as more commonly perceived cultural differences like race, religion, sexuality or gender identity. By simultaneously recognizing that these differences exist while also honoring the aspects of the human being that are the same across all cultures, cross cultural conflict resolution supports finding resolution that is real, meaningful and effective.

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Mentoring Circle: Consulting the Genuine Contact Way

Facilitators: Birgitt Williams & Rachel Bolton – Dalar International Consultancy, Hendersonville, United States

May 6, 2022 | Online

One of the things we believe in all of our training is that having ongoing learning opportunities is critical for learning retention, application of your skills, and continually growing your skills and capacities.

When you have the opportunity to gather with others who have also learned a particular skillset – to share your experiences, wisdom, and insights and to ask questions where you still have more to learn – it offers all participants a possibility for ongoing and deepened learning.  As part of our commitment to ongoing learning for your leadership development, you are encouraged to participate in this mentoring circle with a focus on Consulting the Genuine Contact Way.

Join other past workshop participants to explore emerging issues and opportunities for working with Consulting the Genuine Contact Way. As part of the mentoring circle, participants will develop an agenda of the topics that they want to explore.

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