Bespoke Studies

 

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.

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I would recommend courses led by Toby to anyone who wants to look at a text in detail in a study group
I was certainly surprised at how much I was thrown off balance by these two astounding writers…I look forward to returning for more
We all came to the group with different backgrounds and interests but Mark has skillfully guided us through a stimulating programme of Greek literature.
I always leave the meetings with a much broader understanding of what we are reading than when I arrived
Everyone feels they get heard and therefore that each of us has a contribution to make
In all of the courses I have attended I have felt a bond within the group, and this contributes significantly to the quality of the discussions
Lovely, intimate groups with in-depth discussions, lots of learning, and friendships are made for life there
I’ve read things I’d never dared read before.  I’ve made new friends and met really interesting people.
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september 2020

14sep7:00 pmToni Morrison's A Mercy7:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Two weeks

14sep7:30 pmPale Fire by Vladimir NabokovTen-meeting VIRTUAL study7:30 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three months

16sep5:00 pmSodom & Gomorrah -- Volume IV of Proust's In Search of Lost Time5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three months

22sep2:00 pmHENRY JAMES: The Europeans and Daisy Miller2:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three weeks

22sep5:00 pmHamlet by William Shakespeare with Jane Wymark5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six Weeks

october 2020

05oct5:00 pmAbsalom, Absalom! by William FaulknerSeven-Meeting Virtual Salon5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Seven weeks

05oct7:00 pmWomen of Greek DramaSIX-MEETING VIRTUAL STUDY7:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six Weeks

09oct(oct 9)5:00 pmHenry James in Rye: A Portrait of a Lady Weekend Retreat**Salon Full**5:00 pm The Mermaid Inn Rye SussexType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Weekend

22oct12:00 pmMiddlemarch by George Eliot**STUDY FULL***12:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Seven weeks

november 2020

05nov4:00 pmTheir Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston4:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:One day,Three weeks

january 2021

12jan12:00 pmUlysses by James Joyce: First-timers Afternoon and Evening options12:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

12jan7:45 pmUlysses Second Tour: Evening Sessions January 20217:45 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

april 2021

14apr(apr 14)6:00 pmThe Years by Virginia Woolf Five-day study in St Ives *NEW DATES*Immersive Study of Woolf's family saga in her beloved Cornwall6:00 pm St Ives, CornwallType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Five days

may 2021

02may(may 2)12:00 pmHomer's Odyssey in Greece: One-week immersionNew Dates12:00 pm Island of Agistri, GreeceType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Eight Days

29may11:00 amReading the Body: Salon and Yoga retreat in Umbria DATE CHANGE11:00 am Umbria, ItalyType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One Week

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