G.1. Workshops-Overview

Workshops at Each Level

Re-evaluation Counseling (RC) workshops are organized on class, Area, Regional, multi-Regional, and International levels. Leaders should encourage Co-Counselors to attend workshops at the level for which they are ready.

Goal of Diversity

Our goal is to bring together diverse groups of people (unless the topic of a workshop pertains to certain groups) as a practical step toward the unity of all humans. We do not want to only bring together people who are easily comfortable and familiar with each other.

Young People

Workshops organizers will offer one free place for a young person (age twenty-one and under) for every twenty (20) fee-paying adults. (This does not apply to young people coming to a young people’s workshop or with their family to a family workshop.) However, young people are encouraged to pay what they can. This may allow two (2) or more young people to use the one free place.

Approval to Attend

We need an RC teacher’s approval to attend a class or Area workshop. (The workshop leader gives final approval.) We need the approval of an Area Reference Person (ARP) (or a Regional Reference Person [RRP] if there is no ARP) to attend a Regional or International workshop, or other workshop outside of our Area. Approval to attend workshops is granted to Co-Counselors who meet the eligibility criteria for a specific workshop and are in good standing in their local Community.[56]

If the ARP does not approve our attending a workshop, we should be informed of the reason and may ask the RRP to review the decision. The RRP should make a decision in consultation with the ARP and any appropriate International Liberation Reference Person (ILRP) or International Commonality Reference Person (ICRP).

One Leader, One Organizer

Workshops are to be led by one leader (an RC teacher) and organized by one organizer, except by special permission from the International Reference Person (IRP). A leadership fee is to be paid to only one leader and an organizer’s fee to only one organizer.

If the leader or the organizer uses assistants, these assistants are to be either unpaid or paid by the individual leader or organizer out of that person’s fee, by choice. (Family workshops are an exception. They are to be led by two (2), but no more than two (2), leaders who may each be paid a leadership fee.) (See Guideline H.11., Leaders’ and Organizers’ Fees; Expenses.)

Accessibility

Workshops are to be physically accessible. For example, we try to use sites that are wheelchair accessible for people with mobility disabilities, have microphone loop systems for people with hearing difficulties, and so on. We also try to provide sign language interpreters for people who are deaf and support for people with vision difficulties and to create accessibility in many other ways.[57] (For more details on organizing for accessibility, see the workshop organizing section of the RC website: <www.rc.org/workshoporganizing>)

Full accessibility is our goal.

When accessible locations are not available, Communities can confer with the people in charge of the available locations to discuss possible adaptations to the sites. Communities may also contribute the money and/or physical labor needed to make the sites accessible.

Care of the Environment

Workshops should be organized and run with attention paid to care of the environment. Special attention should be given to environmentally sustainable practice.[58] (See Workshop Organizer’s Manual for specifics, at <www.rc.org/workshoporganizing>.)

REASON

The workshop format has proven effective. It promotes both individual and Community growth.

Our workshops benefit from having all varieties of people. They need to offer a broad vision for human living.

This Guideline requires workshops to provide the above-mentioned level of financial support to young people. (Workshops do not otherwise provide financial support to participants, except via Outreach Funds. See Guideline H.7., Outreach Finances: Communities Outside the United States) It doesn’t dictate how this financial support is to be divided among the young participants.

Our fundamental principle is that leadership is individual. This makes accountability clear. One person must be designated as the leader of every activity or organizational structure. Having one leader and one organizer is consistent with this principle.

The designated leader and organizer are each responsible for the overall good functioning of the workshop. However, having assistants develops new leadership and promotes a rational sharing of responsibilities.

Putting attention to care of the environment at workshops is rational and supports the implementation of our related RC Community goals.


[56] A Co-Counselor in good standing is a Co-Counselor who actively participates in RC and supports its development. If Community membership expectations have been established by the Area, Co-Counselors also can be expected to meet these expectations in order to be approved to attend a workshop, unless special permission is granted by the person’s ARP and the workshop leader.

[57] We have been able to make funding available for accessibility through the Re-evaluation Foundation.

[58] This includes providing information about sustainable transportation.


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