2019 Session Description

The Tree of Life
A journey into our strengths

For adults (teens welcome) • 90 minutes
Category: Creating
Maximum Participants: 20
Friday 1:30pm • Centennial 15
Time and location subject to change (what isn't?)

Speak about the story of your life using the metaphor of the tree. In a forest, each tree is unique — this is why the forest is so beautiful and provides such a rich ecosystem. Much like the forest, it is our diversity of languages, backgrounds and culture which make our richness.

We will draw our own ‘tree of life’ starting from our ‘roots’ (where we come from), presenting our skills and knowledge (many of which we ignore at the beginning), our hopes and dreams, as well as the special people in our lives. This approach helps us tell the story of our life in ways that make us stronger, since it links each of us with our strengths.

First we will draw our own tree, stimulated by a set of questions. We will explore individually the connections between our roots, values, skills, people, before sharing our trees in small groups. We will then take a walk together into our forest of drawn trees. We will feel surprised and enriched by our differences and similarities.

The Tree of Life was developed by Ncazelo Ncube and David Denborough. It is very popular in Australia and Southern Africa. It comes from the narrative practises developed by Australian social worker Michael White and therapist David Epston. This approach was originally used by practitioners in different countries to support communities, vulnerable groups, and families. In this exercise, we will explore and practice together how the methodology can be adapted to create more cohesive teams.

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • You will draw your own tree of life based on your strength and reinforce your confidence in your future projects
  • You will link with other participants and understand your uniqueness, while also finding common grounds
  • You will be able to use the Tree of Life to support individuals or teams, adults or children, including from different cultures
Guillemette Goglio
Paris, France
Guillemette is a creative individual and team coach. She both works for a French company and as a self-employed consultant. She coaches managers using creative posture and methods because she enjoys support teams by helping their transformations and the revelation of their individual talents.

Beyond these activities, she regularly designs and facilitates creativity workshops linking together designers, marketing, and technical people of different countries to create innovative concepts and to promote new ways of working. She likes particularly blending new approaches. She is a regular presenter at Créa France and at Crea Conference in Italy.

Guillemette is a returning presenter. Click to see what they've presented in the past.

Charlotte Goglio
Paris, France
Charlotte Goglio has completed a Bachelor in Psychology at the Université de Montréal, and she is now doing a Certificate in Immigration and Inter-Ethnic Relations at the Université de Québec in Montréal.

She has already co-facilitated a workshop at Crea Québec on motivational drivers. She enjoys discovering other cultures. She loves hiking in the nature and climbing. She also likes drawing in her free time.

This is Charlotte's first year presenting at Mindcamp.
All sessions in this timeslot:

> Head on back to the full Session List...
> ...or why not just hop to a random session?