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Northern Taste of Clean

A spicy mix of Clean-oriented research, business, music, modelling, debate and learning. Presenters and participants stimulate each other’s thinking and together create a fun, creative, brain-nourishing 2 days. The annual Northern Taste of Clean event has become a sparkling example of collaborative learning at its best. You don’t just attend ‘Northern Taste’ - you’re a part of it.

Join us for a 2-day smorgasbord of Clean Language-based sessions, where you will be able to meet:

  • Presenters from the world of clean, who will share their latest thinking and facilitate the group to stretch and adapt that thinking to suit their own needs.
  • Exponents of other methodologies who will help you see how clean relates to these different practices. In previous years this has included other coaching and therapy processes, rapping, Zen meditation, drawing and clowning and we've discovered how an experience of, say, meditation or clowning, can inform our own practice.
  • People who are actively using clean in various fields such as education, health care, sales and business. They’ll tell stories from their worlds and invite you to take part in the clean-based activities they’ve created.
  • Authors of new Clean Language books to launch their creations with a glass of bubbly.

The event starts on Saturday morning when we will rise and shine and energise. Then we'll work in threes and help each to do a ‘Clean Set Up’ for the event. This will help you to find out what kind of event you want it to be, how you want to be as a part of it and what we can all do to help you make the most of the weekend. This really does affect how the event unfolds - it’s truly responsive to what people want.

At the start of each day and after lunch, presenters will briefly summarise the theme of their sessions - it’s up to you to decide which sessions to attend. There’ll be several to choose from and some will be repeated, so there’s no need to worry about missing out. Group sizes will be small and the sessions interactive, so you can expect to learn and contribute lots and to meet all kinds of interesting people.

Why did we call the weekend the ‘Northern Taste of Clean’? Well, for a start there are the taster sessions - all in some way related to Clean Language - which we hope will let you sample a few of the different recipes from the Clean Language menu. Then there are also Shaun's fantastic and famous, healthy vegetarian lunches each day - a real feast for your eyes and your tastebuds.

On the Saturday, we will stop for a break between 6 and 7pm and later you can join us for supper and stories around the fire.

The event is just as suitable for beginners as it is for leaders in the field of Clean so if you know someone who you think would love to find out more about what Clean has to offer, please bring them along.

Frequently asked questions

What is Clean Language?

Clean Language is a simple set of questions developed by counselling psychologist David Grove. These questions are used with a person’s own words to direct their attention to some aspect of their own experience. Asking these questions in the right context often results in an interesting new insight or the recognition of some new possibility. And if that new possibility is then questioned using Clean Language, the result can be quite profound. Clean questions invite people to consider their experience from different perspectives and they are often surprised by their own capacity to generate new, powerful and useful ideas about their own experience.

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Northern Taste of Clean was a wonderful opportunity to be inspired by some incredible thinkers and practitioners in the field. Part retreat, part symposium, part experiential therapy... I loved it.

Rachel Gilmore

The Northern Taste of Clean is a welcoming environment, we're asked to bring curiosity and openness to new ideas, and it doesn't disappoint. It feels like a full embodied weekend, where you're able to find people who have similar interest in working to unlock peoples' potential and to practically apply clean to work spaces, schools, NGOs etc. to enable communities function at their best and that is a hopeful feeling. I'm energised to explore my clean spaces.

Kimmy Bailey

Northen Taste of Clean is an amalgamation of deep and light experiential learning. An open and kind exploration of humanness yielding lots of insights and perspective shifts. You need to be ready for that though - they won't do it to or for you!

Olaf Lewitz

Upcoming events

Northern Taste of Clean 2024

  • Places available
  • Saturday 27 to Sunday 28 July 2024, 9:30am to 5:30pm BST each day
  • The Practice, West Kirby, Wirral, United Kingdom
  • With Caitlin Walker PhD , Marian Way , Shaun Hotchkiss

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