In 2011, I was very fortunate to be able to attend BEtreat, in the home of Etienne and Bev Wenger-Trayner in Grass Valley, California. This was a unique and unforgettable experience and one that I am still reflecting on and learning from.
What is BEtreat? This is what was written on the website last year:
‘In a collaborative atmosphere with a small, strategically committed group, we spend four intensive days developing leadership and facilitation capabilities for cultivating communities of practice and networks.
Together we push our current practice, explore the state of the art, and produce resources to address our respective challenges.
BEtreat is a hands-on, practice-oriented gathering of network and communities of practice professionals, who work closely together in a collegial learning environment. The number is kept small so that we can address in depth the specific issues and challenges brought in by people who are there.
This intensive but collegial learning environment will provide you with a unique professional development opportunity:
You will be the first to hear about the latest developments in the field
You will interact with peers who face similar challenges in a variety of contexts
You will be able to build your own network and expand your horizon by hearing what others are doing
You will be able to bring your specific challenges to the table, engage the collective brainpower of the group, and come back with new ideas and solutions
We end these four intensive days of working and learning with a party.
BEtreat is a unique workshop. If one is in charge of leading or supporting communities of practice or networks, this is the place to be for professional development.’
This year Etienne and Bev are offering three different BEtreat workshops in 2012 and starting a one-year certificate as a professional development program.
- State-of-the-art BEtreat – covering the fundamentals of the field: July 9 – 13
- Cutting-edge BEtreat – exploring advanced topics and emerging issues: July 16 – 20
- Academic BEtreat – for researchers, lecturers, and students: July 30 – August 3
- Certificate program – intensive one-year certificate: 2012 – 2013
Participation can be face-to-face or online, but for an early-bird discount, you need to sign up before Feb 1st.
For full details see their new website: http://wenger-trayner.com
And to get a flavour of what it all involves – a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun – here is a link to the photos I took last year – http://www.flickr.com/photos/53375223@N00/sets/72157627019335585/