Integrative Conversations are at the core of all the degrees offered within the OASES Graduate Program and are open only to participants in degree programs. Each Integrative Conversation runs for 10 days throughout the year, sometimes involving the whole community (i.e. participants in other degrees and years and facilitators) and at other times involving only that particular degree-cohort.

Integrative Conversations 1 (IC1)

Core Unit – Masters, Graduate Diploma, Graduate CertificateThe ways we think about, language and perceive the world (consciously and unconsciously) and the world views that emerge from these have important consequences for our actions, values and ways of being in the world. As individuals and as members of society, organizations, families, etc we are continually making decisions about how we live, what we learn and how we lead.

In our Integrative Conversations we focus our attention on becoming increasingly mindful of our everyday choices and practice, considering them as holding the potential for integration and transformation. Many writers and activists argue that the crises (ecological, spiritual, social, political) challenging us today require an engagement with transformed ways of understanding the reality of which we are a part. In a dynamic, experiential environment, you will begin to explore the assumptions within which you learn and upon which you make choices and take action. You will experience learning as ‘a way of being’, exploring the edges of your knowledge and experiencing what you think and feel whilst in a place ‘beyond’ your knowing. You will begin to explore the ontology, epistemology and creativity of the “in between” and the edge / borderland / crossroads and to explore the role, language and “space” of the “in between”.

Drawing on the application of learning theory, chaos and complexity theory and theories of ‘structures of consciousness’, we explore the emerging possibilities of / for consciousness and the storying and languaging of the world that emerges. You will participate in conversations about how this way of thinking about the world may transform our actions, experiences and ways of being in the world. We will consciously and practically develop our own ‘integrative and transformative practice’, together.

Chris Lloyd
Sarah Houseman

Integrative Conversations 2 (IC2)

Core Unit – Masters, Graduate DiplomaSecond Year Integrative Conversations, part of the Graduate Diploma, is a forum for participants to further develop new thinking and practice, as they contemplate proposals for their Masters projects. Participants engage as a group and individually, in practice and conversation about different techniques that can facilitate ongoing integrative and transformative practice.

In this year the group leadership shifts further from the facilitators towards the participants. This builds the foundation for Integrative Conversations 3, and the Masters course level generally, where participants engage in the relatively unstructured and individual work of the research project. Integrative Conversations becomes a focus of support to participants’ learning throughout their project development.

Dr Jenni Goricanec
Rev Dr Robert Hoskin

Integrative Conversations 3 & 4 (IC3 & IC4)

Core Unit – MastersAs participants in third and fourth years have entered the ‘project phase’ towards completion of their Masters Degree, they will be offered the assistance of a ‘co-visor’, who will ‘run alongside’ them as they engage in their Masters project. Co-visioning will be established as a process in the course of the Integrative Conversations and through individual approaches that both participants and co-visors may make in the course of the former’s second year and/or during the transition from second to third year. Co-visioning remains a person-to-person dialogical process and a number of hours are to be set aside by participant and co-visor to take full advantage of this resource.

The Integrative Conversations, however, will continue in a modified and restricted format throughout the third and fourth years, acting as ‘Graduate Seminars/ Conversations’ where, in a mutually supportive learning environment, participants will have the opportunity to share with one-another their ‘progress’, their blockages, their ‘findings’ and discoveries and will maintain a sense of the dialogic enquiry approach typical of all learning at OASES.

Dr Jacques Boulet
Dr Kristin Diemer