SPRING 2023 | Dates to be announced

How can we bring people together across differences to actively engage with challenges facing our communities? What are the real issues that concern people? How can we ask questions creatively to activate meaningful responses and dialogue? What skills, resources and capacities do people already have that can be built upon?

The Art of Invitation explores creative ways of engaging communities in the ecological, cultural, and social challenges of our time. The workshop offers new creative tools for change that can resource you and your projects, groups, communities, and organisations.

Day One and Day Two 

·  Explore what effective engagement looks and feels like in practice

·  Experience tools and approaches for creative engagement

·  Look at principles to support practice, including case studies

·  Explore your role in engaging people and bringing about change

Day Two

·  Working in small groups, experiment with and explore your own approach to creative engagement

·  Put learning into practice through collaboratively designing and delivering a creative approach to engagement

Art of Invitation: Creative Approaches to Community Engagement

●     Approaches to engaging people in creative, collective responses to systemic challenges facing their communities.

●     Creative processes and activities that can activate and inspire people to participate in bringing about change.

●     A participatory approach to facilitation, involving doing, making and reflecting

●     Fully immersive - expect to work evenings

●     Creative approaches to bring groups of people together and maintain their involvement.

●     Ways to bring people together who are diverse in age, experience and background

●     Ways to activate ourselves and others through creative engagement 

●     Ways to reach out to new groups and invite people to join in

●     Fresh insights to resource you, your current projects or launch new ones.

Anyone looking for new creative ways to activate and engage diverse groups of people in responding to social, cultural and ecological challenges. People from a range of backgrounds will benefit - from social enterprises, community groups and co-operatives, to grassroots activists, artists and campaigners, as well as researchers, teachers, facilitators, academics, and management consultants.

RUTH BEN-TOVIM will lead the course 

“I worked for ten years as a theatre director and dramaturg working in a cross-disciplinary way before focusing my practice within a community context as a socially and ecologically engaged artist, facilitator and designer. From 2003 – 2020, I was the co- founder and Executive Director of Encounters Arts specialising in creative community involvement and engagement. Working in different sectors and with diverse collaborators, I produced and delivered over 80 intimate participatory projects and interventions that invited people from all backgrounds to explore and express creatively their experiences of the past, responses to the present and hopes and fears about the future. With Encounters, I was part of the team representing the UK at the Venice Biennale of Architecture and delivered projects for Liverpool Capital of Culture, the Arts Council and the Royal Society of Arts. I am inspired by the work of Joanna Macy and have been a trustee of Transition Network.  I am also one of the founders of the Culture Declares Emergency movement .”

ANNE-MARIE CULHANE will deliver a session on the training. 

“I create events, performances and long-term projects that invite people into active and enquiring relationships with each other, the land and earth’s natural systems framed within the context of a global climate and ecological emergency. I am an artist, activist, project manager and collaborator working across a range of disciplines.

My work takes place in outdoor spaces, community centres, parks, the street and sometimes in galleries and museums. I am constantly learning the arts of collaboration and co-production. I draw inspiration from the cycles of nature and seasons; environmental and ecological concerns or questions and listening and responding to people, landscapes and particular sites. Much of my work focuses on our relationship to trees and orchards including performance such as Running with Tree and planting, harvesting and celebrating trees in common spaces such as FLOW, Fruit Routes and Abundance.” www.amculhane.co.uk

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Terms and Conditions

Flexible Booking Policy & Terms & Conditions

If we have to cancel due to government guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19), we will endeavour to inform all attendees as soon as possible. In such an event, all fees paid will be reimbursed in full, but we are unable to reimburse any other costs that may be incurred. In the event that dates have to be changed, attendees may request a full refund if the new dates are not convenient.

If you have to cancel due to government guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19), you have the flexibility to move your booking to another Stir to Action or Selgars Mill course or event within 12 months of the course, or you may request a full refund for all fees, but we are unable to reimburse any other costs that may be incurred.


Refunds will only be made if a written notification is received more than four weeks before the course. Send written notification of cancellation via email to workshops@stirtoaction.com. For bookings cancelled four weeks or less before the event, no refund will be made other than in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the workshop facilitators. No refund will be made for non-attendance.


In the event of cancellation of the course, all fees paid will be reimbursed in full, but we are unable to reimburse any other costs that may be incurred. In the event that dates have to because of COVID-19 restrictions, ticket holders may request a full refund if the new dates are not convenient. Should you have any questions regarding these terms and conditions, please contact the team.

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