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Northern Taste of Clean 2018

Systemic Modelling Level 1 Rolling Programme

Once you have experienced Systemic Modelling as a participant (on our Clean For Teams workshop or equivalent) and are ready to learn how to run the process yourself, you can join this continuous learning programme, leading to Systemic Modelling Level 1 certification.

Webinar: A Clean Language Approach to Facilitation

Join Caitlin Walker to discover a Clean Language Approach to Facilitation.

Clean For Teams: An Introduction to Systemic Modelling

Systemic Modelling™ is a new way for people to learn about one another in groups, enabling them to move away from contempt and competition and towards curiosity and collaboration.

Become a Certified Magical Spelling Tutor

Come and learn a quick and easy way to teach children and / or adults to learn to spell English well.

Northwest Clean Modelling Group

Join us to meet like-minded people and hone your clean modelling skills.

Adventures in Clean

Join us for a multi-level clean experience, with six of the world’s leading clean practitioners. Work on your own personal development, or focus on learning more about clean modelling - a fantastic Clean Learning opportunity.

Clean For Teams Teleseminar

Join Caitlin Walker to learn how she uses Clean Language with groups in organisations.

Train the Clean Trainer

Join us for a unique opportunity to learn from four of the world's leading clean trainers.

ICF Global Conference: Courage to Create Change

Caitlin Walker will be speaking at the first ICF conference to be held in Scandinavia.

Book a Speaker for Your Event

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From the blog

What is Clean Interviewing?

What is Clean Interviewing and how does it differ from Clean Coaching? These are two questions Jacqueline Surin had in mind when she attended a workshop at the recent Northern Taste of Clean.

What happens at Adventures in Clean?

On May 12th 2017, seventeen adventurers – some experienced Clean Facilitators and some people brand new to clean - assembled at Caitlin and Shaun’s house in West Kirby for four days of clean facilitation. This is what happened...

Clean Scoping: Know Nothing, Expect Nothing and Observe Lots

Clean Scoping is our way of pitching for work. Rather than deliver an ‘expert’ presentation, we arrive with a blank sheet of paper and ask lots of questions. Caitlin Walker shares some practical insights on how she goes about the process. 

Meet the Team: Christoffer de Graal

Clean Learning Associate, Christoffer de Graal talks about his passion for sound and music, and his plans for building a Clean Language community in Bristol.

How do you describe Clean Language to a new or prospective client?

This is a question that is often asked during trainings such as Clean Language: Core Skills or Systemic Modelling. Participants become very enthusiastic about the skills they are learning and begin to think about putting them into practice – and then they hit a problem: “I don’t know how to describe this in such a way that people will understand what I am talking about.”

Systemic Modelling TripAdvisor Review

Nick Simmonds recently attended a Systemic Modelling Level 1 workshop. Read his TripAdvisor style review on the course.

Adventures in Clean: An Unbeatable Experience

I travelled from Malaysia to the UK for Adventures in Clean for three reasons. First of all, I am constantly looking out for opportunities to deepen my skills and to become a better Clean Language coach. Secondly, when I came to Northern Taste of Clean last year, several friends who had been on the 2015 Adventures told me about the powerful insights and life-changing moments they had had. I wanted that kind of experience, too. And my third reason was that it was an opportunity to work with all five Clean Language experts in one place.

Learning Journeys

In 2008, I was sitting in a meeting of educators in the field of sports development. They had received some funding to create a learning resource for their students. They wanted to make a CD ROM about those who were exceptional in the field of sports and sports development, in order to inspire their students to make the most of their opportunities in university.

How to Promote Clarity, Understanding and Cooperation within a Team or Business

During her recent trip to Malaysia, Caitlin was interviewed by BFM radio about Clean Language and how it can be used to avoid misunderstandings and promote clarity in teams and businesses. 

Reflection in Education

Within Teacher Education, a key issue is helping students to understand how to reflect, what to reflect on and when to engage in the process that leads to high quality reflection and learning. Systemic Modelling and clean questions are tools that give student teachers the ‘how’ of reflection. Find out how they were used to improve results at Liverpool John Moores University.

Clean Learning Around The World

When Caitlin Walker was invited to speak at the International Coach Federation’s (ICF) European Conference in Sweden in September 2014, little did she know it would result in an explosion of interest in Clean Language throughout Europe.

A review of the “Adventures in Clean” event

Over the May bank holiday weekend I attended Adventures in Clean and thought it was worth writing up. I really wanted to go because it featured what I view as some of the rockstars of the Clean world: James Lawley; Penny Tompkins; Caitlin Walker; Marian Way: and Shaun Hotchkiss.

My Clean Adventure: Personal and Professional Development

I signed up for Adventures in Clean because I wanted the professional development. I thought it would be a great opportunity to see five of the most experienced users of Clean Language doing their thing – and that was my focus for the first afternoon and most of the following day. I was watching different people come forward for clean sessions and I was writing down their words and what was happening during the sessions, as well as my own insights and Ah-ha! moments.

Stuart's Clean Adventure: OK to be Gay

I attended Adventures in Clean for several reasons: I've done lots of work with Clean Learning and Training Attention and most of this has centred around Systemic Modelling which uses Clean Language quite conversationally and I wanted to experience it being used as a psychotherapeutic tool; I'd been doing quite a bit of self-development with Caitlin Walker and Shaun Hotchkiss and I thought it would be a good idea to experience working with different facilitators...

My Clean Adventure; Floating Down The River

When I first heard about Adventures in Clean way back in January I had an urge to attend. I have a number of health issues and done a lot of work on them but it had become very hard and I had lost inspiration. Then, about a month before the weekend, someone had posted a link to an article of Penny and James’s about metaphors for healing on Facebook. I remember reading it and thinking, “I really want one of those. I want an all-encompassing metaphor, that’s not just about what’s happening now.”

The "Clean For Teams" Experience

A couple of weeks ago, 20 participants – ranging from self-employed coaches, and experienced Clean Facilitators to NHS Managers and people who work in business, IT and social care – gathered in a beautiful (and occasionally chilly) old barn on Northney Farm in Hayling Island for our very first Clean for Teams event. 

Clean Questions and Deep Learning

"I love this exercise because it really stretches your brain and I love using my imagination because it's my world. I want to do this again!" This is what one child wrote after experiencing the "5 senses" exercise, which uses clean questions to help people to learn about themselves and each other. Read on to learn more about our new primary school project...

Meet the Team: Shaun Hotchkiss

In the fourth of our Meet the Team series, I talk to Shaun Hotchkiss, who is now a Director of Clean Learning. Shaun’s new DVD, An Introduction to Clean Space, is out this month. We talk about his friendship with David Grove, how they built the Whirly Gig, and his hopes for the future. 

And what would you like to know before we begin?

I've been working with Caitlin for some years now. To start with, we were working together to produce her training manuals and I noticed that every single manual we produced had a section called, “Before You Begin”, which talked about setting expectations for the course and thinking about how to get the most from it. I really liked this idea, so much so that I created a “Before You Begin” section in my own book. This year, though, I have spent a lot of time training alongside Caitlin and have found the idea even more powerful in practice...

How to Handle Difficult Conversations using the Karma Cycle

I was reading a recent article on the ILM website about how managers can deal with difficult conversations at work, when I came across this paragraph about how to deal with issues of poor performance: “The conversations that you have with the individual must be related to the behaviour of the individual and not the personal characteristics of the individual...

Meet the Team: Stuart Clark

For the second of our Meet the Team series, I spoke with Stuart Clark. Stuart is currently working on a Training Attention project which involves using Systemic Modelling with teenagers, and in September will be running our Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring with Sue Sharp.

The Northern Taste of Clean: 2014 Highlights

This was my first Northern Taste of Clean experience. Caitlin Walker and Shaun Hotchkiss hosted the event, and hospitality is something they do wonderfully well. I was expecting an interesting, perhaps challenging experience, maybe a way to develop useful skills.

10 Ways to Get Started with Clean Language

Clean Language helps people to explore their own thinking in their own way, to uncover patterns that keep them stuck and to find their own creative solutions. Here are ten ways you can learn more about Clean Language, what it is and how it works:

From Individual Systems to Systems of Individuals

Caitlin Walker and Marian Way teamed up on Saturday 26th October to run a one-day taster in Systemic Modelling as the first pilot for a nine-day training course, which will run over a number of months starting in May 2014.

Caitlin Walker Inspires TEDx Merseyside

We are very excited that Caitlin Walker has given a talk at TEDx Merseyside, which is now available on YouTube. TEDx, an offshoot of TED Talks, encourages local people to run TED-style events which bring people together to spread worthwhile ideas. Caitlin's 20-minute talk is entitled "Clean Questions and Metaphor Models: A Language on Inquiry". In it she tells the story of her quest to find a tool that would allow people to see the rules they and other people were living by and to find ways to challenge those rules in a non-judgemental way. 


A New Metaphor for the New Year

We decided to start again with a new group metaphor for the new year, using a cut-down version of Caitlin Walker's Metaphors At Work process. This involved us working in two small groups to elicit - and develop, using clean questions - our individual metaphors for the kind of group we would like in 2009. 

Cleaning Up an NLP Process

Jenny Heath led the meeting. She wanted to have a go at cleaning up an NLP process devised by Gemma Bailey, of People Building. The idea was to 'personify' a problem (e.g. 'the monster') and then have an interviewer (Gemma suggested Jerry Springer) ask questions of the 'monster', with the audience offering encouragement. 

Feeling to a Metaphor

With no meeting in May, it was good to get together again for our June meeting. We welcomed three new members to the group: Neil, Joy and Richard. To get them into the swing of things, we explained our group metaphor and then a few of us described what 'Clean' is. Then we found out whether there was anything in particular people wanted to have happen during the evening, which produced one request from Juliet for a demonstration and one from Sally to look at Caitlin Walker's DVD. As Marian had it in mind to consider 'feeling to a metaphor', this became the content for the demonstration. Then we worked in groups, developing one anothers' metaphors for feelings, good and bad. This brought about some interesting and thought-provoking insights for the 'clients' in a relatively short amount of time.

Clean Set Up

We started the meeting by explaining our 'melting pot' metaphor to our two new members, Karen and Rachel, who then both contributed their ideas about the kind of group they'd like to belong to. Rachel added an armchair because she wants the group to be safe and comfortable. Karen talked about the group having an intention and being vibrant and added yellow 'sparkle' to our metaphor map.

Green, Red & Amber Zones

We welcomed Peter to our group this month and this time started with our metaphor of the kind of group we want to belong to. Those who hadn't previously added to our 'melting pot' did so, and our updated picture is shown here. It now boasts a green heart shaped cake, which emerged because it is something that can be cut through, and Clean Language cuts through issues. It is heart shaped because of the safety and security in the group. In addition, our explorer now not only goes out to seek new lands, but also has a path to come back to the inside - to explore inner worlds.

From Recommended Reading

From Contempt To Curiosity*

Caitlin Walker

This book is a series of stories from Caitlin’s first meeting with David Grove to the development of Clean Modelling for groups and contains the principles and models underpinning Systemic Modelling.

It’s as relevant to business leaders as it is to parents, to organisational development as it is to creating learning communities. To reserve a pre-launch copy at a special price please click below.

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Clean Language and Systemic Modelling (DVD)*

Caitlin Walker

An Introduction to Clean Language and Systemic Modelling which includes Clean Feedback, Clean Set-up and all the basic Systemic Modelling processes as exercises to do at home and with footage of the processes in action with a small group.

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Learning Journeys CD-ROM

Caitlin Walker

This Learning Journeys DVD was created in conjunction with Liverpool John Moores University in a series of Clean Modelling sessions with successes in the field of Sports Development.

Caitlin Walker demonstrates using Clean Questions to uncover their models for:
  • Working at your Best
  • Managing Time
  • Decision Making
  • Inspiration and Motivation
  • Overcoming Setbacks.
This unique training tool is inspirational and a great opportunity to observe Clean Questions in a real interview context.

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