Classes, events and conversation are available through my network: Connect Collaborate Grow.
Scheduling: The program varies from month to month to meet the needs of clients across the country and at various stages of development. For this month's offerings, click here. Programs are designed to accommodate a variety of schedules and time zones. All sessions occur between 9am and 8pm Pacific Time, with the majority offered on weekdays. Specific days and times vary from month to month so that an individual who can’t take a class one month, likely will have an option that works the next month.
Cost: All classes and events are available to members of my client communities at no additional charge. For others, the cost per class or event is listed in the sign up description. For questions about cost or to join my client communities, please email me at email@example.com. There is no charge to join the Connect Collaborate Grow network and participate in the conversations happening there.
Classes are organized in chunks of four 2-hour sessions that make up a full course or a part of a series. Each month I offer two or three classes, one of which is a starter class. For example, in January, I’m offering Facilitation Part 1 (the start of a three-part series, available to anyone) and Conflict Part 2 (the second class in a series, available to those who have completed Conflict Part 1).
The Conflict Series
Conflict is an opportunity for growth available to every member of every community at some time or another. Learning to do conflict well is essential to thriving as a community and as an individual within a community. This 3-part series covers basic tools for working through conflict using the Imago Dialogue process and strategies for helping others in conflict while giving participants time to explore their own experiences of conflict and discover areas where they can improve their connections with others.
The Facilitator Series
Every community has meetings and every meeting is better if those who are participating have studied facilitation. (Note I include all participants of meetings, not just facilitators!) This class explores the role of a facilitator, the challenge and vulnerability in leading well, and strategies for facilitating meetings that build relationships and move ideas smoothly through a proposal process.
Additional classes are offered as there is interest and as they are developed.
Events are single session happenings that do not require any prior work to attend. These gatherings are highly interactive and most of the time is spent responding to questions or ideas brought by participants. There are broadly three types of events:
Cooperative Culture Handbook study group
Weekly gathering to study and explore the 26 Keys of the Handbook.
Ask Me Anything (AMA)
As the name suggests, this is an opportunity for clients to bring all their questions. Most often an AMA session is around a particular topic, such as consensus or delegation. I generally offer a short perspective on the topic to get the juices flowing and the remainder of the time is spent on participant questions.
Studio events are opportunities to work with support on the work you are doing in your communities. Facilitation studio, for example, is a space for facilitators to get help planning the meetings they will facilitate.
A demonstration event is an opportunity to witness a particular facilitation structure or strategy. I’ll facilitate an actual meeting of volunteer participants to demonstrate a structure like Bridging Circles or Spiral Rounds.
Whether you are a new group ready to become a bonded community with a shared vision, or a settled community looking to renew relationships and find your way through tough decisions, Karen has the skills to help you move toward the fulfilling, connected relationships cohousing was created to foster.
She’ll guide you through your rough spots and leave you with tools to keep moving in the right direction. Karen designs sessions to meet the specific needs of each community, relying on the well-tested core principles and methods of Imago Relationships to ensure success.
Small or large group workshops are an effective and efficient model for learning skills from deep listening to group facilitation. Workshops include both theory and practice in a fun and engaging opportunity to improve skills and learn tools. Workshops can be for an existing or forming group to build skills and tackle problems together, or for a gathering of individuals interested in gaining skills for personal growth or to take back to their communities. I love to build workshops specifically for your group or needs and I have programs already designed and ready to use that may be a perfect fit.
Teaching and learning is all about relationships, and bringing in an expert can improve everything from test scores to parent satisfaction. Ironically, the skills that will do the most to make our students successful and resilient are rarely taught in school. The result is that teachers and administrators spend valuable time managing too many conflicts.
Karen will build a program to meet the needs and budget of your school. Services include
Teaching children how to use Imago Dialogue to resolve their own conflicts in a way that strengthens their relationships.
Training teachers to use Imago Relationship strategies in class and on the playground to resolve conflicts by empowering children and helping them prevent future conflicts.
Facilitation of efficient, goal-oriented, team-building faculty meetings.
Fostering a culture of collaboration, teamwork and communication between all members of a school community.
Even groups united around a passionate vision often waste time and energy in inefficient and dispute-ridden meetings. Conflicts can distract from the shared vision and fracture creativity, volunteer commitment, and group cohesion.
Whether you are a bonded group looking for direction and efficiency or a divided group trying to rediscover unity, good facilitation can help you make the most of your volunteer and financial resources.
Karen can come for a few sessions to tune up your skill set, for a larger project of visioning or group building, or even for ongoing facilitation to take the strain off of the leadership. Each program is customized to meet the needs of the organization.
Parent Support and Education Consulting
No one knows your child like you do, and nothing can disrupt family life and marriage like a child who is struggling. With experience both as a teacher and as a parent of a high-needs child, Karen understands how difficult it can be to make decisions about education, discipline, medical care and screen time in today’s world. She’ll help you identify your own parenting values and work as a team toward your goals for your children. Methods of Imago Relationships help couples feel more connected as they work to make their toughest decisions and help single parents feel confident and supported in their process.