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2008 AUSTRALASIAN FACILITATORS
Pushing the Boundaries:
University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
something that indicates bounds or limits
n. boundary; border; extreme limit
participating in a conference which:
we're offering in the Central West of New South Wales for 2008.
exploration of possibilities for facilitation beyond our current
perceived boundaries, right at the cutting edge
practical action for a 'planet conscious-people friendly' event;
conference participants with the community around them.
Historic Bathurst was the
first inland settlement in Australia, enabled only by the long-sought
crossing of the Blue Mountains from Sydney in 1813. It stands as
a symbol of how we can overcome seemingly overwhelming barriers, to
open a host of new possibilities.
Make your own
crossing over the
mountains to join us in Bathurst,
for its historic buildings, museums and galleries, thriving educational
sector and arts community.
Our venue is about 2.5 hours drive from Sydney, and
accessible by regular air, rail and coach transport.
On campus at Charles Sturt University, we have secured a range of accommodation styles and prices that can
suit singles, twins and families, with self-contained or shared
Off-campus, there are diverse accommodation options a short distance
It may be a regional location, but Bathurst is easy to get to, and
there’s plenty to see and do along the way.
At the heart of a Central Tablelands district
rich in historic villages, bushland reserves, rivers and streams,
spectacular caves, gold fossicking areas and wineries, there is no
shortage of attractions and activities beyond the conference.
event marks the first time an AFN Conference has been held in 'the
Bush' - in a regional location within a rural community. And we
are working to link that community with conference participants through
a Regional Showcase event and other activities.
We invite you
to join us at a
conference with a difference:
different type of location
different type of community connection
different level of attention to
environmental sustainability and your health & wellbeing.
(AFN) is a
self-organising community of practitioners based in Australia, New
Zealand, South-East Asia and the Pacific, who have been meeting since
The Annual AFN Conference began in 1998. At this event,
professional and voluntary facilitators gather to ‘sharpen the saw’,
reflect, discuss, challenge, learn, share, meet, mix, create and
recreate. It is
a not-for-profit conference organised by volunteers on behalf of their
|AFN is pleased to be part of the Affiliate Facilitator
Network of the
Association of Facilitators
The IAF is
the world-wide professional body established to promote, support and
advance the art and practice of professional facilitation through
methods exchange, professional growth, practical and published
research, and collegial networking. It is dedicated to growing
facilitators and encouraging the use of group process methodologies
Australasian Conference draws participants
from across the AFN and beyond, as one of a suite of IAF global
facilitator conferences. Other IAF Global
Conferences in 2008 are scheduled for: Atlanta USA; Pilanesburg, South
Africa; Sarawak, Malaysia; and Groningnen, The Netherlands.
The core values which underpin the IAF also characterise the AFN
- Global scope - Participation
Celebration - Innovative
form - Social responsibility
these values, our conference attracts all kinds of people who
facilitate and/or train in group processes, across not-for-profit,
community and corporate sectors, using a wide range of methodologies,
applications which may include:
Strategic Planning - Review &
participation – Community engagement – Rural & regional extension
development – Community development – Capacity building
development - Change management – Facilitative leadership
Conflict & dispute resolution - Reconciliation - Restorative
learning - Action learning - Participatory learning – Experiential
[and many more!]
It is a
conference which offers learning and connection for practitioners at
all levels - from beginners to veterans - along with supporters and students.
As a professional adjunct, the two days preceding the conference
(24-25 November 2008) offer an opportunity for facilitators to gain IAF Facilitator Certification (CPF).
the menu links at left to find out more about how you can engage in