BEtreat workshopsStep up your game
Do you want to develop effective strategies for leading or supporting social learning initiatives in today’s more complex and less certain landscape? We think we can help you clarify and focus your strategy, step up your game, and take strategic steps forward.
Our guided retreats are an opportunity for individuals or small groups to take a deep dive into their project or portfolio. We use the latest frameworks, tools, and theories from social learning that help you come to new understandings and a plan of action.
We hold regular public BEtreats as well as custom BEtreats. Take a look below to see some of the ways you can join us in a BEtreat.
Who are they for?
Our BEtreats are aimed at sponsors, conveners, leaders, facilitators, researchers and evaluators of communities of practice, networks, dynamic conferences, shared workspaces and other social learning spaces.
Led by experience
Etienne and Bev have been writing and consulting across sectors and the globe for more than thirty years. Etienne, mostly known for his seminal work on communities of practice, and Beverly, mostly known for her work internationally and use of new technologies, live out their passion for learning to make a difference.
Information about public BEtreats
Since 2010 we have been hosting annual four-day “BEtreats” in California – intense workshops with small groups of people from different contexts. We have also held BEtreats in Canada, South Africa, and Slovenia. In 2018 we started a European series in Portugal.
Whichever BEtreat you are interested in, sign up below. Let us know if you are interested or if you are ready to commit.
Portugal in 2019
May 28 – 31: State-of-the-art. A few spaces left.
June 4 – 7: Cutting-edge. Fully subscribed.
Sept 17 – 20: Advancing your practice. Now open!
California in 2019
July 16 – 19: State-of-the-art
July 23 – 26: Cutting-edge
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Online and face-to-face
Your participation can be face-to-face or online. Face-to-face takes place in California and Portugal. Online participation is a full experience of participating from wherever you are. Together we push the practice of integrating online and face-to-face involvement in events with a variety of social media.
Small and focused
To ensure we address everyone’s situation, we limit the number of participants to 12 maximum (including up to 4 online).
In a collaborative atmosphere with a small, strategically committed group, we spend four intensive days developing leadership and facilitation capabilities for cultivating communities of practice and networks.
Together we push our current practice, explore the state of the art, and produce resources to address our respective challenge.
Three kinds of BEtreat
For a systematic overview and firm grasp of current principles and practice in social learning as it applies to your context.
For people who have experience of existing social learning models and want to develop more pioneering aspects of the field.
Research and evaluation
For good discussions about the theoretical concepts of social learning, and when and how it’s relevant for a research project.
For public BEtreats in California and Portugal
- Face-to-face prices include light breakfast, lunch, and all-day refreshments, as well as two evening dinners.
- We have a tradition of having dinner together on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Partners and families are welcome.
- There is a 20% repeater discount for people who have attended a BEtreat before
- We offer 30% scholarships for students in Masters and PhD programs
- If you live in a country where these prices are prohibitive, contact us.
All prices in US dollars
Very early bird
Portugal: by Jan 15
California:: by Feb 15
NEW Portugal: by May 15
Portugal: by March 31
California: by April 30
NEW Portugal: by July 31
Frequently Asked Questions
About public BEtreat workshops
What does BEtreat mean?
Where do the workshops take place?
We have two main locations:
If you are participating in the regular face-to-face or individual BEtreat in California, then the workshops happen in Grass Valley California. It is a charming historical mining town located in the “Gold Country” in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. There are street fairs in the summer, tasting rooms for local wineries, and beautiful hiking and swimming at the nearby Yuba river.
Grass Valley is easily reachable from Sacramento airport. There are accommodations for all tastes and budgets, including small “bed & breakfast,” historical and modern hotels, and affordable motels.
If you are participating in the regular face-to-face or individual BEtreat in Portugal, then the workshops happen in Setúbal. It is a historical, post-industrial beach city located 60km south of Lisbon. It is easily reachable from Lisbon airport, which is served by all major airlines. It has plenty of good accommodations and is ideal for a family outing.
In addition, special BEtreats can take place in most parts of the world. Just talk to us.
Is accomodation included in the price?
For the regular BEtreat in California, you need to find your own accomodation. We have a list of the local hotels, their distance from the venue, and prices on this page here. You could also check out Airbnb for other options, mostly cheaper than the hotels.
I'm thinking of participating online. What do I need to know?
All online participants have reported that it was a unique experience. For those who have done both online and face-to-face participation some say they preferred the online experience, others say they preferred to participate face-to-face. Perhaps it has something to do with your learning style.
It is a lot of time in front of the computer, so if you are thinking of participating online, do this short survey to see if you are prepared for it.
I work with communities of practice in Higher Education. Should I do the professional or the research and evaluation?
You will most likely meet people who work in academic institutions at the academic BEtreat and people from different sectors at the state-of-the-art. The sorts of outcomes we have for the different workshops look like this:
- articulate the context and the challenges of a social learning endeavor
- argue for the value of a social learning approach to stakeholders
- employ the basic models of social learning
- take a social learning approach to solving problems
- perform as a social learning leader
- discuss the theoretical concepts
- decide when a CoP perspective is useful for a research or evaluation project
- apply that perspective to data analysis
Do you offer group discounts?
I am constrained by funds. Can you guide me to places of funding support?
- Refunds of the full fee will be made up to April 30.
- Refunds of 50% will be made until June 1.
- All refunds incur 100 dollars administration fee.
- No refunds after June 1.
- Substitutions possible at any time.
Could I partner with you to host a public BEtreat in my area?
We partnered with Tony Carr, University of Cape Town for a BEtreat in South Africa in 2013. And in 2014 we held BEtreat Canada in partnership with Sylvia Curry and Leva Lee of BCcampus. In 2016 we partners with the Center for Excellence in Finance to hold a BEtreat in Slovenia. We are game!