Welcome! I’m Gillian Jones, and as director of Artsinspire, I use my skills as a qualified and experienced facilitator, educator, and experiential and creative arts therapist to design experiential and interactive workshops to meet your individual requirements. I have worked with a range of corporate, not-for-profit, and local and state government clients to run public consultation, team building, strategic planning, and visioning processes. I often work in collaboration with the following consultants and draw on their depth of skills and experience in areas of conflict, storytelling, community engagement, leadership, project management, and board governance: Kay Gravell of Create Change, Kimbra White of Thorne Partners, and Clare Coburn of Fabled Communication. As well as the usual range of group facilitation techniques, I use a variety of playful and creative methods including: movement, sculpture, painting, collage, improvisation, storytelling, poetry, and Japanese drumming.

Recent workshops

Country representatives meeting: Oxfam Australia
A 4-day meeting of team building and workshops on organizational and strategic issues for country representatives from Southern Africa, the Pacific and South East Asia and head office staff at Oxfam Australia headquarters. “The steering committee, country representatives, and wider organisation involved really appreciated your dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to the process, and the smooth running of the program was largely due to your facilitation. Thank you once again”
- Krissy Nicholson, International Learning and Development Adviser, Oxfam Australia
WHYLD Community Visioning
A collaboration with 5 townships in the Yarra Valley to produce a community vision and projects in line with the vision (Co-facilitation with Kimbra White ) “’We were really pleased to be able to work with Kimbra White and Gillian Jones in the development of the WHYLD community plan. They created a process which attracted and enables the ongoing involvement of a wide cross-section of the community.’
- Cr Jim Child, Mayor, Yarra Ranges Council
The community engagement process, designed and implemented by Kimbra White and Gillian Jones, enabled us to fulfil our goal of creating a WHYLD community plan that identified the skills and requirements of the WHYLD townships, created a shared community vision, and determined specific on-going projects. We are particularly grateful to them for making us aware of how important it is to engage with, and include the opinions of, young people on whom the future of these townships depends.”
- Peter Cownley, Chair WHYLD Committee
Good Governance and Visioning: Women’s Health Grampians Board
A two-day workshop to inform board members about their legal and financial responsibilities, roles and expectations, strengths of board members, and objectives and vision of the organization (Co-facilitation with Kay Gravell of Create Change) “Gill and Kay created a pleasant, focused and supportive space which fostered great interaction and engagement between board members, thereby fulfilling our objectives.
- Patty Kinnersley, CEO Women’s Health Grampians
Cross-cultural Communication : NEC Australia
A one-day workshop, including a one-hour Japanese drumming workshop, to experientially extend understanding of and competence in communicating with Japanese in a business environment. “I greatly appreciate your efforts in preparing such a nice training for us. I enjoyed your training session last week very much. Although I have been dealing with our Japanese team for quite some years, your course materials provided a good summary. It also confirmed and extended my understanding of the Japanese culture and their work behavior. Hope that more of our team members could participate in such a course in the near future.”
- David H 3G Department NEC

Recent feedback

I was very impressed with your leadership, individually and as a team. You were gentle, clear, respectful, tuned in, and had developed a clear and potent process, which you led us through.”
- Niki Pidd
Thank you too for generous sharing of resources, I was quite blown away by the detail of the handouts. Rich material! It was a marvellous and productive weekend. I am so glad I could join you.”
- Julie Perrin
Lots of ideas came to me during the workshop…as you know I am a career strategist and a coach and I had some ideas about the journey metaphor.”
- Suzanne Walsh
The overall process worked extremely well and took me to a place of openness from where my intuition is functioning clearly again.”
- Ruth Mackay
I liked the gentle guidance by Gill and Clare, the spaciousness and options for choosing what felt right for me in any moment, and that I was able to hear parts of me that wanted to speak.”
- Jenni Dunn

Bookings

0411 340 407 +61-3 9459 8460

Current workshops

SUMIE WORKSHOP SUMIE WORKSHOP: Nature’s Flow

59 Glenard Drive, Eaglemont 3084

Saturday September 19, 2015 10am – 1pm Sumie workshop 1pm – 1:45pm lunch 1:45pm – 3pm Individual painting $80 including all materials and lunch Minimum 6 – maximum 10 participants No previous experience or skills required

Further information and registration Email / 0411 340 407

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