Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BEtreat Workshops in Penticton

It's hard to believe that two years have passed since I completed the Cutting Edge BEtreat workshop, facilitated by Bev and Etienne Wenger-Trayner at their home in Grass Valley, California. When I looked back in my blog history (tag: betreat) I was alarmed to see there were only 3 published blogs posts. Of course, there are still a couple in draft mode, as per my usual habits. But my memory tells me that there should be many more. It was such a rich experience, and I learned SO MUCH!

My colleague, Leva Lee, completed the State of the Art BEtreat as an online participant. She also continues to rave about the workshop experience. Which is why we decided to bring it to British Columbia...

What is BEtreat?

BEtreat workshops are designed for leaders in social learning, communities of practice and networks. You bring your projects and challenges to the 4-day workshop that most closely match your experience and context. Is this your world? Then register!

State of the art

October 7 – 10, 2014 
This workshop is for people who want a systematic overview and firm grasp of current principles and practice applied to their context. We will explore best practices and work together to review and apply established models, approaches and techniques to your challenges – from starting up, to cultivating, and to monitoring the value.

Cutting edge

October 14 – 17, 2014 
This workshop is for people who are familiar with existing models and practice and want to develop more pioneering aspects of the field. We will explore emerging issues in social learning – as it applies to your case – as well as models and approaches we are still developing.


You, along with 10 – 15 other learning practitioners and administrators


Bev and EtienneBeverly Wenger-Trayner is a learning theorist and consultant specializing in communities of practice and social learning systems. Her expertise encompasses both the design of learning architectures and the facilitation of processes, activities, and use of new technologies.

Etienne Wenger-Trayner is a  globally recognized thought leader and consultant in the field of social learning and communities of practice. He has authored and co-authored seminal articles and books on the topic, including Situated Learning, where the term “community of practice” was coined.

Together, they are furthering the theory and practice of social learning leadership.

Where is BEtreat?

You may choose to participate online or on location. Grapeseed Guesthouse, Penticton, British Columbia.

In keeping with the Grass Valley California BEtreat, we thought it only made sense to host the workshop in the Okanagan Valley and combine good conversation with a little wine tasting  :-) 

Registration and details:

Early bird registration ends August 30, 2014.


We are offering scholarships of $600 toward workshop tuition to two individuals. To apply, send email to Sylvia Currie ( by July 31, 2014 with the subject heading “BEtreat Scholarship” and include 1 – 2 paragraphs that respond to this question:

Why is participation in the workshop is important to your project?

Questions? Just ask! Also, if you are not in a position to register at this point but would like to be kept in the loop, add your name to the Expression of Interest form.

Grab the brochure and pass it around!