Global Gathering 2018
Global Gathering 2018
Empowering Youth to Thrive
September 25-30, 2018, Luxor, Egypt
Photo: Elisa Sednaoui Foundation
Join us for our Global Gathering 2018. Given the increasing social, political, and environmental challenges across the planet, we are focusing on two key questions: “How can we best support youth to thrive in the midst of rapid change?” and “How can we keep ourselves well and balanced as we serve as leaders in these times?”
The Gathering will bring together 85-100 people committed to unleashing the potential of young people: facilitators, educators, artists, social entrepreneurs, and inspiring social change leaders from around the world.
Over six days we’ll enrich our facilitation skills, develop new collaborations, and imagine new possibilities for ourselves and our communities. We’ll explore ways we can tap into our shared creativity to build resilience in ourselves and our communities.
You can expect the gathering to be creative, playful, renewing, challenging, and unique. There will be a diverse program of plenary sessions, participatory workshops, social activities, and creative community building throughout.
- Strategies for Building Resilience
- Using Creative Activities to Develop Key Life Skills
- Ways to Strengthen the Impact of our Youth Programs
- Social Justice and Equity: Global Perspectives
- Developing Strong Partnerships
- Raising Money for Your Program
- Creative Empowerment in Schools
- What Neuroscience Tells us About the Power of Art
- Working with Trauma
- Exploring Gender Issues
- Working with Refugee Populations
- PLUS a wide range of workshops on using arts in your program: music, theatre
improvisation, creative writing, storytelling, and more!
It is not too late to apply! But space is limited.
The 2018 Gathering is hosted by the Funtasia Cultural Centre, and the Elisa Sednaoui Foundation, our Egyptian partners. You’ll meet their amazing team of trainers who lead creative learning experiences for youth and adults in Luxor, Egypt.
Luxor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site often referred to as “the world’s greatest open-air museum.” It is home to some of the most significant monuments to human history. We’ll be close to the Nile River, on the West Bank which is also known as the Valley of Kings and Queens. We are within walking distance of the famous Habu Temple and in direct view of the ancient Thebes mountain. This extraordinary place was chosen by Pharaohs thousands of years ago as a site of great power and a portal to other dimensions. We hope this site will be inspiring and remind us of the profound power and resilience of our planet and the responsibilities and possibilities for our species.
Elisa Sednaoui, Founder and Director, Elisa Sednaoui Foundation (ESF)
Elisa started her career as an actress and model. In 2013 she became a social entrepreneur interested in supporting children. Having grown up in Europe and Egypt, Elisa was interested in cultural exchange, integration, and education. She established ESF to create and fund centres where children and young people could explore possibilities and interests beyond their everyday life. ESF offers exposure to diverse subjects ranging from music and art, to gardening and nutrition. These programmes and Elisa’s partnerships, ranging from Save The Children Italy to Christian Louboutin, have enriched the lives of thousands of young people in Italy and Egypt.
Sucheta Bhat, Chief Executive Officer of Dream a Dream, Bangalore India
Suchetha has worked in both the corporate the the social sector. She worked in the corporate sector for nine years as an Electronics and Communication engineer. She then moved on to get a Post Graduate degree in Psychology. Realizing that her true passion was working with underserved youth, she started her journey into the social sector by volunteering for Dream a Dream. Since joining Dream a Dream full-time in 2010, she has been instrumental in scaling the impact of the organization, while designing programs that transform lives. Her strengths include understanding child-adversity, organizational culture building, and impact assessment of life-skills programs. Her passion is to advocate for the urgency and criticality of preparing young people for the new world.
Deepa Narayan, Author, Chup: Breaking the Silence about India’s Women
Deepa specializes in policy, program design and evaluation based on people’s perspectives. She has a Phd in Child Development and frames her work through a lense of power and inequality. She was Senior Advisor on poverty reduction at the World Bank from 2003-2008. She has served on expert advisory groups of international organizations and NGOs including the World Economic Forum, the Global Development Network and Dasra. Her books include the Voices of the Poor and the four-volume Moving Out of Poverty series. Her new book Chup: Breaking the Silence About India’s Women focuses on the power of culture and habits in explaining deep gender inequality in India with implications for the women’s movement in India and the USA.
Here is a Partial List of Workshop Leaders
Chris Malapitan (Belgium)
Visual Practitioner/Trainer chrismalapitan.com
Using Graphic Facilitation & Visual Thinking
Eric Mulholland (USA)
Using Theater in Your Facilitation
Eleni Gazi (Greece)
Elix Conservation Volunteers Greece
Working with Refugees
Madhu Shukla (India)
Applied Theater Practitioner
The Art of Possibilities: Unlocking Inner Resources through Theatre
Aaron Smith (USA)
Professional Musician, Arts Entrepreneur
Music Facilitation for Social Change
Helena Hennighausen (USA)
US Director, Partners for Youth Empowerment
Partners for Youth Empowerment
The Magic of Camps
Thandile Giyama (S. Africa)
Youth Empowerment: Experiences from Cape Town
Andre Wilson (Jamaica)
Founder Youth-For-Development Network, Program Manager, One Love Youth Camp Jamaica
Youth Empowerment: Experiences from Jamaica
Leslie Cotter (USA)
Professional Coach, Facilitator, Psychiatrist.
Life Coaching for Resilience
Khari McClelland (Canada)
Bringing Big Visions to Life
Themis Gkion (Greece)
Learning Design Architect,
Innovation, Play & Resilience
Participation is by application. We ask that you fill in a short application form.
Dates: September 25 (morning) and ends on September 30 (afternoon)*
*We recommend that you arrive by the evening of September 24th and depart on the morning of October 1.
Venue: Funtasia Cultural Centre, Luxor – Egypt
Language: There will be many languages spoken at the Gathering. The primary language of the Gathering will be English and we will have Arabic-English translators.
£500 – Full fee
£350 – Freelance/non-profit/schools discounted rate
£150 – Partners for Youth Empowerment Partners and Trainers
*This fee Includes 6-day conference costs – all workshops, materials, refreshments and 2 days of Creative Facilitation training immediately before the Gathering. You will not be charged any fees until your application has been approved.
Lodging & Food
We can organize accommodation and food near the venue. Shared accommodation, 3 meals & water/day (other drinks are additional) cost £17-£33 per day (depending on the accommodation chosen).
We have reserved a block of rooms at a selection of hotels near to the venue, further details here: Gathering 2018 Hotels description. Please book soon to guarantee your chosen hotel.
If you would like to arrive earlier or stay after the Gathering please let us know the exact dates & times as soon as possible.
Our aim is to make the gathering accessible to as many people as possible while being able to cover the costs of the event. If you have any questions about the costs of the Gathering please contact email@example.com
Travel & Visa
Participants are responsible for booking and paying their own travel to and from Luxor. You are also responsible for securing travel visas to Egypt. Visa requirements are different depending on the country of origin. Please check well in advance your country’s visa requirement. PYE & Funtasia can provide a letter of invitation for visa purposes.
Special opportunity for those new to the Creative Empowerment Model: We invite you to attend a 2-day Creative Facilitation Training tuition free on Sept. 23-24 just prior to the gathering. You are simply responsible for the nominal cost of room and board at our nearby hotel.
Applications are open and spaces are limited.
If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What People Say About Previous Gatherings
I really appreciate the honesty, transparency, and authenticity of PYE facilitators throughout the Gathering. It met my needs for connection, community, closeness, and purpose. With gratitude, love, some tears ,and a smile.
–Camp Confluence Gathering Participant, USA 2017
In my 41 years, I have never encountered such a dramatic and transformational experience – especially over a few days. I have no doubt that these experiences will be long-lasting and far-reaching.
–Camp Confluence Gathering Participant, USA 2017
Amazing and generous opportunity. I felt like we were all growing together and did not ever feel a hierarchy of experience or leaders. Facilitation for our needs was excellent and organisation and communication was clear and full of love.
–Trainer Confluence Gathering Participant, Spain, 2016
I definitely have more confidence in my facilitation skills. I appreciate gaining clarity and shining light into the details and nuances of the art of facilitation that bring out the magic and make such a difference.
–Trainer Confluence Gathering Participant, Spain, 2016.
In collaboration with:
Funtasia Cultural Centre (powered by the Elisa Sednaoui Foundation) and Global Change Leaders (powered by Ashoka)