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Pushing the Boundaries: Facilitation Frontiers
Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia  
 26-28 November 2008

boundary  n.  something that indicates bounds or limits
frontier  n.  boundary; border; extreme limit


Charles Sturt University
Bathurst Regional Council


There are no boundaries - only possibilities
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche  


Imagine participating in a conference which:
  • invites exploration of possibilities for facilitation beyond our current perceived boundaries, right at the cutting edge  
  • models practical action for a 'planet conscious-people friendly' event; and 
  • connects conference participants with the community around them.  
That’s what we're offering in the Central West of New South Wales for 2008. 
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, renowned 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 facilities.
Off-campus, there are diverse accommodation options a short distance away. 
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. 

The Bathurst 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:
  • a different type of location 
  • a different type of community connection 
  • a different level of attention to environmental sustainability and your health & wellbeing.

The Australasian Facilitators Network External link (AFN) is a self-organising community of practitioners based in Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia and the Pacific, who have been meeting since 1992.

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 peers. 

AFN is pleased to be part of the Affiliate Facilitator Network of the
International Association of Facilitators External link (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 wordwide. 
The 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 Conference:
Inclusiveness  -  Global scope  -  Participation
Celebration  -  
Innovative form  -  Social responsibility
Reflecting 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, in diverse applications which may include:
Strategic Planning - Review & Evaluation
Citizen participation – Community engagement – Rural & regional extension
Organisational development – Community development – Capacity building
Human development - Change management – Facilitative leadership
Mediation - Conflict & dispute resolution - Reconciliation - Restorative practice
Social learning - Action learning - Participatory learning – Experiential learning
Coaching - Mentoring

[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).
Follow the menu links at left to find out more about how you can engage in 2008. 
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