Important Information for Staffing Your Upcoming
Advanced Leadership & Facilitation Training (Module III)
Welcome! In preparation to staff ALFT III 2023/2024, you will need the following logistical information.
◇ Important Dates & Times
◇ Travel Information
◇ What to Bring
◇ Logistics FAQs & Contact Information
Please read through this page in its entirety, and please provide us with the information we will need in order to best support you.
ALFT MODULE III:
STAFFING: JANUARY 11 AT 9:00 Am – January 14 AT 5:00 pm
Dates & Times
Please take a moment to put the following events into your calendar:
◇ Recommended arrival: 5:30pm or later
◇ Staff breakdown at 3:30pm
◇ The staff completion meeting will be via phone on our drive home around 5:00pm, so everyone gets home at a decent hour.
◇ Plan to arrive at Four Springs Retreat on Wednesday,
January 10th, if you can.
◇ You can arrive anytime after 5:30pm and it doesn’t matter how late you arrive, as long as you are ready to start at 9:00am, Thursday morning.
◇ We highly recommend you carpool with your fellow Staffers. Click HERE for the Ride Share/Carpooling Spreadsheet.
◇ Please bring your own food to last until dinner on Thursday, as that is when the first meal is provided.
FOUR SPRING RETREAT
14598 Sheveland Road
Middletown, CA 95461
Jesika Wachter 917-355-5285
There are numerous airports to choose from in Northern and Southern California. Below is a list of airports, beginning from the closest to the farthest from the site. Please use Google Maps or Mapquest to determine which option will be best for you.
◇ San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
◇ Oakland International Airport (OAK)
◇ Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
DRIVING & CARPOOL TIPS:
If you are flying from outside of California, please contact other staffers and arrange a carpool, or plan to rent a car from the airport and perhaps share the rental with other out-of-state staffers. Likewise, if you are a local staffer, please contact your peers to also set up carpools, if needed. Here is a link to the carpool forum to coordinate your needs. It is your responsibility to know how long it will take to drive to the site from your location, and allow enough time for your arrival.
As we align with current COVID protocols and CDC recommendations, we are updating our requirements for in-person trainings. We will no longer require a negative COVID test to attend, except in the case of someone who had symptoms or was living with a family member or roommate who tested positive for COVID. Click on the below button to review our full COVID-19 protocols.
WHAT TO BRING
◇ Food and water for meals prior to Thursday’s dinner
◇ Your ALFT binder with lined paper for taking notes
◇ A copy of the staff manual that will be emailed to you by our event manager (please print and keep it in your binder)
◇ Loose comforting clothes, for 4 days
◇ Loose comfortable clothes for 4 days
◇ Dress in layers, and be sure to include workout/yoga clothes (preferably no tight jeans).
◇ A large covered water bottle
◇ A leak-proof travel cup for hot tea (you will NOT be able to bring any open containers into the group room)
◇ An alarm clock, watch/time keeper
◇ A flashlight with working (and spare) batteries
◇ A swimsuit (if you desire a cold plunge)
◇ Dress in warm/heavy layers, and be sure to include workout/yoga clothes and a shawl or sweaters.
◇ A warm jacket, beanie or hat, gloves
◇ Warm socks/slippers
◇ A pair of good hiking/running shoes and rain/snow boots
◇ Any supplements, or special dietary items you may need
◇ Toiletry items, including shampoo/conditioner, body wash, make-up, etc.
◇ Personal body & face towels (and optional robe)
◇ If possible, electric blanket and/or portable space heaters (cabins can be cold in winter months). If you live locally (vs. flying), please consider bringing an extra for cabin-mates
◇ Our event manager will be notifying you of your job assignment(s), so be on the lookout for that email as the module approaches.
◇ For a general overview of how to participate in group processes throughout the session, please read the General Participation During Group Processes below.
General Participation During Group Processes
◇ Sharing Circles: Most of the time, all the participants will share, and you will not–except for especially designated times when everyone shares.
◇ Body pieces: You participate in all of them, and for time sake please hold back with your feedback, unless something is burning, since not everyone can give feedback to everyone.
◇ Other Expectations: You are expected to be on time, to be at all meditations and be a model of full participation and present and loving dedication to the processes. You are also expected to be available for the participants if they need extra support, or if they need to clear charges with each other. You can then facilitate a clearing between them, using the NVC model.
◇ The deep processes will only be done by participants.
◇ Teaching sessions: If there is an uneven number, you will take turns buddying up with a participant and holding space. When you are buddied up, you participate, like they do. When you are holding space, you are available to help and hold space. If there is an even number of participants, you can participate with each other, or assist, as directed by the facilitator(s).
◇ NVC: We expect you to brush up on your NVC knowledge so you can handle using this technique to help clear charges between participants. We highly recommend reading the Non-Violent Communication book by Marshall Rosenberg again. The NVC website is also very helpful and has many resources.
We are looking forward to what will be a wonderful training. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We appreciate you holding space as a staff member for this Module of ALFT!
If you ever have any feedback or a complaint about the program that you don’t feel comfortable sharing with the facilitator, please fill out the following form.