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Seminar Six of Friday Fellowship 2017-2019 Class Held in Henderson County

Friday, June 28, 2019   (0 Comments)
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In the Blue Ridge mountains just south of Asheville near the South Carolina border lies the Kanuga Retreat Center in Henderson County, North Carolina. At this mountain setting in late June 2019, the tenth class of Friday Fellows gathered again for the final of six seminar weekends they began together almost two years ago. Enjoy some photos from the weekend in a Facebook album here or an Instagram post here.

Books shared with the class for this seminar included:

   Who Do We Choose to Be?    by Margaret Wheatley
   Leadership on the Line           by Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky
   Emergent Strategy                  by adrienne maree brown

Rocking chairs filled as class members arrived and began to fellowship again just as they rocked together during the first seminar weekend at Wildacres Retreat.

As the class began the first full day, folks were asked to reflect and share with each other what the words “fellowship” and “leadership” meant to them. Class members made full use of the gorgeous morning to chat in pairs on the grounds outside and around the lake.

Politics teaches that no one can accomplish anything of significance alone; the more challenging the problem, the more the people who will bear the consequences of its solution must take responsibility for working on it.
           -Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linksy 
           Leadership on the Line

That afternoon, a story from a nearby rural North Carolina community titled Martha in Lattimore was viewed as a movie. The group noted themes of place-making, choice, and intention among other takeaways from the short film.

Wheatley’s book Who Do We Choose to Be? offered a description of an After Action Review (AAR) on pages 128-132. On the second full day of the weekend, the group practiced this tool as a review of their entire fellowship experience with graphic facilitation led by faculty member Hope Tyson. The graphic recording, or sketchnote, for this part of the weekend can be seen at this link.

The graphic recording for other portions of the weekend can be seen at this link and below.

Additionally, three area Friday Fellows from previous classes joined the current class after lunch to reflect on their Fellowship experiences in the full group and get to know each other one-on-one. Thanks to Beth Maczka of the first Friday Fellows class, Annette Clapsaddle of the ninth Friday Fellows class, and Dan Leroy of the ninth Friday Fellows class for spending time with the newest class of Fellows.

After some deliberate and intentional small group settings later in the day, the group came together again Monday morning using a technique from faculty member Ben Frey to wish each other well as Friday Fellows.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017, the tenth class of William C. Friday Fellows.

Take a breath for the day you have had so far.
And a breath for this precious moment, which cannot be recreated.
Now, another for the day and night coming.
          -adrienne maree brown
          Emergent Strategy

Wildacres Leadership Initiative is connected with Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC.