Intensive Workshop



A workshop for anyone who’s ever wondered why …


  • group wisdom tends to turn into group absurdity.
  • good people want to collaborate but walk away depleted or in despair.
  • the impact of our collaborative processes diverges from our original intent.




Friday, October 4 at 5:30 pm – Sunday, October 6 at 8:30 pm


512 Scott Drive, Silver Spring MD 20904


$1100 – Includes room, meals and workshop fees
$950 – Early bird discount through September 7

Cost includes:

  • 2-day intensive workshop
  • A year of interactive online community of practice experience
  • Lodging (shared rooms) and meals from Friday dinner through Monday breakfast


Space is limited to 10 participants! First-come, first-serve.

Click here to register. The registration is complete after submitting the questionnaire and making a payment at the provided PayPal link.




Wanting to be collaborative and actually working well on a team are not the same. The latter requires foundational skills! This training program teaches those foundational skills.

  • Simple tools can lead to big impact:
  • Show up authentically
  • Give and receive meaningful feedback
  • Identify, refine and clear defenses
  • Listen for connection
  • Validate without agreement
  • Empathize without over-identifying
  • Invite emotion to inform the conversation
  • Facilitate robust trust
  • Increase resilience of self and relationships

We often think that improving the function of a team requires working with the full team or training the weakest members. Actually, even one individual with solid foundational skills can help shift team dynamics!

With us, you will:

  • Discover the ways in which you may unconsciously bring competitive practices of mainstream culture into your interactions.
  • Learn simple skills that lead to impactful shifts in conversations and relationships.
  • Master the transformative power of these skills within a supportive community of practice.

This workshop draws upon the work of Imago Relationships Worldwide, founded by best selling authors Harville Hendrix, PhD and Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD.

We learn best with others! This 3-day collective experience initiates the formation of a community of practice and a year of interactive follow-up support among participants. Together we’ll build the skills, trust and attachment to support a year or more of idea-sharing, feedback, continuous learning and mutual growth.

Community of Practice meetings are planned as twice-monthly online gatherings (via Zoom) on Tuesday evenings (Eastern US time) or at another time that is agreeable to all registered participants. John and Karen will offer occasional support as needed for this space of peer sharing, collaboration and encouragement.




John Buck, a former manager of large information technology projects, is now an expert in the synthesis of new management practices such as Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, Sociocracy & Agile. He is President of GovernanceAlive LLC with a variety of global clients from plastics manufacturers, software companies, colleges and universities, and long-term care facilities to co-housing groups and NGOs. He guides clients in “rewiring” their basic power structure, which begins with the “missing link” of deep interpersonal connections. He has co-authored two books: We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy, about sociocracy, and Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy, a synthesis dubbed “BOSSA nova.”

Karen Gimnig is a Certified Professional Facilitator with Imago Relationships Worldwide. She works with cohousing groups and organizations to improve relationship skills, enhance collaboration, and increase impact. She believes connection is a core human need and she invites participants to skills and experiences that increase our capacity to meet that need.