Book Club Consulting
There is much to be celebrated in the book club movement: the grass-roots aspect, the exposure to new and lesser-known writers, the organic experience of community. A healthy book club may be interested in experimenting with different structures as it sharpens its own mission based on the needs and desires of participants.
When Salon facilitators consult a book club, our aim is to help the group articulate what works well for them and what they would like to change—along the way, we gain clarity about what the individual participants are looking for in their gatherings. Not surprisingly, often there is a diversity of ideas or expectations—that can work if there is a good understanding of the disparate interests. If the book club wants to gain greater focus (this is most often why they contact the Salon), we will sit in on a session and then offer some reflections—either by email or at a meeting. Alternatively, or simultaneously, we will facilitate a discussion on a particular text and point out some of the techniques we have developed to positively engage all participants and to thoroughly explore the literature.
Our approach is to offer a toolbox that a particular group may use as they need to expand and deepen their work. The cost of the consultations varies depending on the project. A facilitated study with inclusive notes and follow-up reflections is priced at £75 per teaching hour, for example.
Private Group Studies
At any given moment, a group that has been working together in a professional or community capacity desires a re-charge: a refreshing of group dynamics, an opportunity to engage with each other anew, a deepening of relationships.
Any of the Salon facilitators are available to run a study for a group that is already formed and working together in some capacity. A bespoke Salon study can address particular topics or issues, or work more generally to expand group dynamics. The Salon has offered studies for companies, teaching staff, community groups and professional organisations. The Salon facilitator will work with the group to choose a particular work and approach that suits the needs of the group. This can include travel retreats. Please contact us for details.