Creating Large Group Dialogue in Organisations and Society

A Study Programme of Connected Residential Workshops
in association with the Group Analytic Society International

The day will come when whole communities and nations will deal with their affairs in this way.
SH Foulkes, founder of Group Analysis (1975)


Since Patrick de Maré began his pioneering study of large groups at the IGA in the 1970s it has become clear that real dialogue in a large group can release enormous potential for individual and collective creativity.

This has been demonstrated in management consultancy, management development/training, peace negotiation, prisons, local government, community architecture, schools, higher education, therapeutic communities, reflective citizens projects, youth and community work and in psychotherapy training.

This series of workshops is the first opportunity to bring together the potential of the large group with our work on management and leadership. It will not only enable participants to facilitate dialogue in any setting of their choosing but it will also place them at the leading edge of sophisticated approaches to management and organisational development.

The intention is to gather a community of practice that will meet every two months over a weekend to develop these ideas together. Our aim is to provide a place of support for participants to initiate and work through a project of their own choice, using the theoretical input and experience of the group to inform their action. It may include conducting an actual formal group but the idea is to hold the knowledge of larger group dynamics in mind in order to understand what might be happening on the ground and to think through how to work with it.

Each participant can choose to join, either sequentially every time, or now and then. It depends on what each person wants from the sessions. This approach replicates what so often occurs in this kind of applied work. We will have the opportunity to learn to cope with uncertainty and a different kind of continuity.

Our aim is to make this course inspirational and transformative.  Learning will be through seminars and group experiences each weekend, and through live ‘action research’ based on each participant’s own working or living environment.

Anyone from any background wishing to include people in decision-making, peace making, consultation processes, bridging racial, cultural and religious divides, or tackling local or global challenges.

If you are working in a school or higher education, local government, prison or probation service, social work or trade union, with youth and community development, as a management consultant, in a therapeutic community, or struggling to survive in the NHS, or as clergy, politician or civil servant, you can expect this course to give you quite new perspectives.

Roffey Park, one of the foremost colleges for management training in the UK set in beautiful countryside only 15 minutes by taxi from Gatwick airport or 20 minutes from Victoria, an hour from London Bridge or Blackfriars by train.  The course will be residential with accommodation and all meals.

YEAR 1: 18 – 20 January 2019; 8 – 10 March 2019; 10 – 12 May 2019; 19 – 21 July 2019; 11 – 13 October 2019
YEAR 2: 17 – 19 January 2020; 6 – 8 March 2020; 8 – 10 May 2020; 17 – 19 July 2020; 9 – 11 October 2020
Start and finish times, 16.30 on Friday to 15.30 on Sunday, are designed to encourage participation from anywhere in the UK or elsewhere.

REGISTRATION £150 (non-refundable)
YEAR 2020: £1600 if paid in full by 30 October 2019 – £1750 thereafter (full payment due 18 December 2019)


PAYMENT PLAN: £380 per weekend payable one month in advance or Five Instalments of: £380 – £1900 in total.

£150 inc. VAT per weekend for 10 weekends over 2 years payable in addition to delegate fees.

Cheques or Online banking to account details will be sent on application.

Please contact Teresa von Sommaruga Howard on

Click on the links below to read more about using the ‘large group in the mind’: