Clean Space

Practice Group Report

Phil Swallow led the meeting this month, starting by speaking briefly about David Grove and how he came up with his ideas for Clean Language, then Clean Space and then Clean Language. He said a few words about the Clean Space process - and as with all Clean processes, having an experience or watching someone else have an experience is by far the best way of gaining some understanding of what it's all about. So Phil used Clean Space to work with Jenny for about half an hour while we all watched, fascinated.

After the break, Phil led an excellent question-and-answer session, which included: the start and end of the process; how he chose which aspects of Jenny's experience to 'go for'; and how he uses Clean Space in conjunction with Clean Language.

Towards the end of the meeting, members shared some of their "Clean" experiences:

  • In September, Keith ran a training session on Listening with the Samaritans at their annual conference in York, which featured Clean Language and which went really well
  • Since attending More to Explore recently, Lisa has extended her use of Clean Language and has conducted three whole client sessions cleanly
  • Nigel told us how he sometimes suggests that clients build their metaphor landscapes out of Lego.


Tags: practice group, david grove, clean language

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Marian Way

Company Director & Trainer, Portchester, Fareham
A highly skilled facilitator and trainer, Marian, who founded Clean Learning in 2001, has developed and delivered training across the world. She is the author of Clean Approaches for Coaches, co-author, with James Lawley, of Insights in Space and co-author, with Caitlin Walker, of So you want to be... #DramaFree. Marian is an expert Clean facilitator, an adept modeller, a programme writer and an inspirational trainer. She has a natural ability to model existing structures, find the connections between them and design new ways for people to learn. Marian was a leading innovator within the Weight Watchers organisation, which included developing the “points” strategy, a local idea that went on to become a global innovation. She is a director of both Clean Learning and Training Attention CIC, world leaders in clean applications for corporate, educational and community development. She designs our programmes and workbooks, leads workshops and teaches on all our courses. She's trained people in Great Britain, Russia, Sweden, Germany, Australia, Japan and the USA. Marian is also a recognised Clean Assessor.

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