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
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What’s coming up?

august 2019

18aug2:30 pmBeloved by Toni Morrison in Fairfax, Virginia2:30 pm Fairfax, Virginia (US)Type Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off Event

28aug7:00 pmFlannery O'Connor One-night study: The Displaced Person *STUDY FULL*7:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One day

september 2019

08sep6:30 pmThe Lit Salon Book Club - Late in the Day6:30 pm West Norwood, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

12sep5:00 pmBeloved by Toni Morrison in London5:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off Event

16sep5:30 pmMoby Dick by Herman Melville5:30 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Two months

17sep6:00 pmGreat Ideas, Great Books - September: Epic of Gilgamesh6:00 pm London Bridge, LondonType Of Study:PhilosophyFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

17sep7:00 pmThe Waste Land Salon: Three Evening Sessions7:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three weeks

18sep5:00 pmWithin a Budding Grove - Vol. II Proust's A la recherché...5:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three months

24sep6:00 pmSpontaneous Philosophy - September Meeting6:00 pm Marylebone, LondonType Of Study:PhilosophyFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

october 2019

15oct6:00 pmGreat Ideas, Great Books - October: Plato's Republic6:00 pm London Bridge, LondonType Of Study:PhilosophyFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

18oct(oct 18)5:30 pmVirginia Woolf in St Ives: Between the Acts5:30 pm St Ives, CornwallType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Weekend

21oct12:00 pmPnin by Vladimir Nabokov12:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three weeks

29oct6:00 pmSpontaneous Philosophy - October Meeting6:00 pm Marylebone, LondonType Of Study:PhilosophyFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

november 2019

15nov(nov 15)5:30 pmA Heart So White - Weekend study of Javier Marías in Valencia5:30 pm Valencia, SpainType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Weekend

19nov6:00 pmGreat Ideas, Great Books - November: Plato's Republic6:00 pm London Bridge, LondonType Of Study:PhilosophyFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

january 2020

15jan12:00 pmUlysses by James Joyce: Daytime Sessions12:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

15jan7:30 pmUlysses by James Joyce: Evening Sessions7:30 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

may 2020

03may11:00 amHomer's Odyssey in Greece: One-week immersion11:00 am Island of Agistri, GreeceType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Eight Days

31may11:00 amReading the Body: Salon and Yoga retreat in Umbria11:00 am Umbria, ItalyType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One Week

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