Our Services

In all of our work, we aim to develop connection, creativity, and collaboration, which we believe are the essential elements of a healthy group culture.
— Culture Garden

The Culture Garden Team draws from our diverse Areas of Specialisation to provide Programs & Services bursting with practical tools and embodied experiential encounters, tailor-made to support our clients' unique needs and priorities. 


Facilitation

We are all experienced facilitators, and can be hired individually or as a team to collaboratively design and facilitate your event in a way that skilfully and supportively engages the phenomenon of group culture and that optimizes connection, creativity, and collaboration.   

This Includes:

  • Preparatory consultation and collaborative program design to a maximum of 20 hours;

  • Facilitation of your event in a way that skilfully and supportively engages the phenomenon of group culture, and that optimizes connection, creativity, and collaboration - whilst ensuring that your event's Aims and Objectives are met;

  • Facilitation of a follow-up meeting to support you to harvest learnings and plan next steps.

 

Experiential Education

We are also available by invitation, to design and deliver an experiential educational program specifically for your group or community, responding to your particular cultural interests, needs and priorities.

This Includes:  

  • Preparatory consultation and collaborative program design to a maximum of 20 hours;

  • 2 mentorship sessions, online or in-person (1 before the program and 1 after), to prepare your group with some key cultural tools they will use to support the program;

  • Facilitation of the program.

 

Longer-Term Partnership

Your group may want to work with us over a longer period of time, to be held and supported as it integrates new cultural tools. This work might include a combination of experiential education as well as project management, consultation, and facilitation.

This Includes:

  • 3 initial sessions (online or in-person) to determine your needs and to co-design the partnership;

  • Facilitation of a combination of experiential educational programs, mentorship, consultation, and/or project management, online and in-person over an agreed-upon period of time;

  • Facilitation of regular check-in and feedback sessions to measure and further direct the progress of our partnership;

  • Facilitation of a follow-up session post-partnership, to support your group to harvest learnings and plan next steps.


Our Areas of Specialisation

Culture Garden draws from our areas of specialisation in varying combinations, depending on the needs of the groups we work with. 

 

EVOLUTIONARY LEADERSHIP / SHARED GOVERNANCE

Recent decades have seen a proliferation of methods by which to share decision-making and leadership in group cultures, and to empower groups to continuously evolve their sense of purpose and identity. We teach Sociocracy in combination with other collaborative methodologies such as The Way of Council and Acorn Leadership, to provide an effective and flexible framework in which groups can find their own “best fit” for shared, evolutionary, self-governance.

 

PARTS OF SELF AND SYSTEM

Any individual or group is a system comprised of many parts. This may seem obvious on the structural level (a body is a system comprised of organs and tissues, an organisation is a system comprised of roles and responsibilities); it can be less obvious - but no less true - that this same principle functions on the psychological level. Individuals commonly have psychological parts such as "the victim", "the parent", "the shadow", or "the judge". When brought together in a group, these parts join forces to create the psychological weave (what is often referred to as the "field") of a group. For better or for worse, this "field" can exert tremendous influence on a group's culture, decision-making and overall effectiveness. Our team uses Gestalt, Processwork, Jungian, and embodied/ expressive frameworks to understand and engage with this dimension of a group's experience. 

 

PEACEBUILDING

Sooner or later, any group or initiative will experience conflict. This can stir up difficult emotions such as fear, anxiety, anger, or despair; however, with practice – and some planning and cultural design – groups can engage with conflict as an opportunity for positive change, insight, and growth. We teach the practices and personal skills required to navigate conflict peacefully and courageously, in order to receive its (sometimes hidden) gifts.

 

BODY-INFORMED LEADERSHIP

Our bodies are the place where the most ancient, forgotten stories of our cultures play out; stories which all too often involve painful loss, disconnection, and domination. Although we may yearn for genuine connection and ways of living and interacting with others that reflect our deepest values, many of us nonetheless unconsciously embody these ancient stories in our moment-by-moment ways of being. Body-Informed Leadership supports us to sense into these embodied patterns in order to compassionately acknowledge and release the dynamics of dominance/submission from our brain-bodies, and to activate instead the ways of being that are hard-wired for empathy, collaboration, creativity, and play.  

 

THE MASCULINE AND THE FEMININE

Masculine, Feminine, and Nondual energies interact and express uniquely through every person, place, and project. Understanding the gifts – as well as the potential pitfalls and historical wounding – of these energies helps us to be the most creative and empowered version of ourselves, and to utilize the full range of leadership and connective tools at our disposal in our lives and group cultures. 

 

COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (CED)

We understand "an economy" as being an agreed-upon process by which a group supports its members to share their resources, and to meet their needs for living. Even the smallest group has social, economic, and environmental resources, be they social media skills, a gift for listening, an extensive social network, raw materials for building, or a studio space for meetings. The CED process supports groups to map their resources in order to enhance their effectiveness, to (re)define their internal systems of exchange, and to cultivate synergistic partnerships with the communities, people, and places around them. 

 

NATURE CONNECTION

Understanding and practicing deep connection with Nature brings us back into the foundational creative partnership we believe we are designed to have with the world around us. Nature can be our most loving mentor, mirroring us back to ourselves and enriching our inner developmental journey – as well as giving clues for creative ways to organise groups in harmony with her core patterns and blueprints.

 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

In our Longer-Term Partnerships, we offer support and structure for groups' "Cycles of Learning": for a cyclical process of Visioning and Planning, Prototyping/Action, Observation (including assessment, measurement and evaluation), Reflection (including creative and non-linear processes), and back to Visioning/Planning again. This supports groups to share accountability, to regularly harvest - and direct - the tangible progress or "outcomes" of their efforts, and to ongoingly update their sense of purpose, vision, and shared action. We believe that effective methods of project management support the safety, trust and vulnerability required for deep creativity and flow, and that they ensure outcomes are aligned with a group's deepest visions.