Results of the Cultivating Bach Education Forum - 2. - 3. June 2016 at the Bach Centre
Discussion group: Why join forces? Why network? Why collaborate?
- to create synergy
- to work on unified criteria and standards
- to create a sense of belonging, be within a community with like-minded people
- to increase motivation
- offer peer support
- to benefit from lessons learned and best practice
- explore business possibilities / difficulties as self-employed people; offer help starting up as a BFRP or trainer
- to utilise the following resources as a group
- one another’s networks (schools, sports clubs, children’s groups)
- share financial burdens, create a shared website, share flyers, visit trade fairs together
But also to have FUN and experience inspiration!
How can one meet?
- meetings, BFGs, practitioner days
- BC-ACE events
- BFRP networks (see www.bachblütenberater.de/berater for the south-west Germany network of 14 self-organising BFRPs)
- trainer networks: eg. the 2 French organisations: www.iffacb.fr and www.lapetiteecoledesfleursdebach.com the Swiss network, the German-Austrian network.
- give informal talks, themed events: pregnancy / birthing / infants / seniors / kids
- via word of mouth
- internal local and / or global congresses (self-funding)
- online possibilities:
- Facebook - for example: BC open group and Bach Flower Remedies Worked for Me or the German-Austrian Trainers Network
- LinkedIn (the group is called “International Bach Foundation Registered Practitioners and Trainers” but is not v. active)
- WhatsApp (question and answer group?)
- online newsletters
- website blogs
Regarding congresses: Location can be financed by participants, price similar to Level 1 in Brasil. For the agenda, invite trainers from this network
What resources do we have?
- Speakers with content / information to make it general
(we need a list of resources, lectures, topics! This would be something for the Cultivating Bach education Facebook group that Stefan has set up.)
- do an active exercise “Heal Thy Self”
- practise consultations, increase competencies
- offer peer support
- give space for BFRPs to talk about their accomplishments
- during event leave enough space for contacts and networking! 1,5 hrs with no agenda. Open Space!
* Publicize the date a year ahead to make sure enough registrations come in.
Join people up actively, bring people together.
A VISION for 2020: A Cromer conference. An int. conference took place there in 2006.
Target: at least 500 BFRPs come together, Nicola and Veronique will be investigating the idea of planning this.
In the group were Veronique, Carmen, Marielena, Angela, Nicola. Report: Nicola
THE NEW NEW THING, David Mattin
We live in societies of once undrempt of affluence and possibility...(...)
What happens in this kind of environment? We've all read Maslow: when basic needs and material desires are met, people turn to the ultimate goal - self-actualisation. That is, the endless search to become the people we dream of being. For many, health and wellness are at the heart of that search. Not the "I need a new asthma inhaler" kind of health, but the quest for physical and mental well peak performance, and emotional wellbeing. Trouble is, aquiring those virtues is for most people a journey full of good intentions and little action. Getting better is hard.
These truths provide the background to a larger truth about consumerism in 2016. These days, whatever you're selling, you'd better be selling self-actualisation. The signs that smart brands already understand this are everywhere. One of the most notable is the trend for ambient wellness: innovative new technologies embedded into the environment that offer a (typically effortless) health boost. (...examples follow - Starbucks + special lamps emitting energy-boosting light etc. etc.)
Of course, there's more than an element of the playful about these examples. But they tap into deep-seated expectations about the role that brands should play in making real our dreams of a perfect self. Self-actualisation is the only future for consumer culture. (...) Whatever you sell, you'd better be selling self-actualisation. Increasingly, brands that fail to understand that powerful truth will find themselves sailing into oblivion.
David Mattin is head of trend and insights at trendwatching.com
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