SAWS 21+ Workshop:Breaking or Building?

Time for honest reflection & forward thinking

Dear friends, brothers and sisters,

We are very excited to announce the upcoming SAWS 21 + workshop for elder Second Generation.

Moving forward in our faith and in our life is something which each of us is responsible for. Yet, with the difficult personal challenges that we all face including lifestyle choices and career options, as well as wider concerns regarding the future of our movement and our community, we can sometimes find ourselves both overwhelmed and unsettled. Every now and then, we all need time to regain a sense of direction and clarity, a sense of hope and purpose, and opportunities for deeper reflection and connections with brothers and sisters. However, we also want to find a way forward on our spiritual path together, and consider what we can do. With our guest speakers and combined insights, we believe that we can go deep into the heart of these matters.

With this in mind, we hope that in the beautiful and tranquil late spring setting of Colle Mattia (an olive farm near Rome) we can take some time to reflect, reconnect but also to receive some relevant and helpful content to gain a better perspective on the issues that have real value in our lives. We hope that this theme can provide us with strength to be clearer and more confident in how we are doing and how we want to move forwards, together as elder second generation.

The programme will consist of sessions based on the theme as well as time for discussions and sharing. Being based in this location we also want to offer a balanced schedule and shape it based on the dynamics of the group; spending time to take in the beautiful surroundings with free time for leisure activities and an optional trip to Rome will definitely be part of it.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you there!


The ESGD staff


Key speakers: Dr. Frank Kaufmann (USA), William Haines (UK).

Participants: Invited are those aged 21+. Dates:

Thursday 28th May – Sunday 31st May

Arrival: Thursday 28th May (ideally before 20:00; the first session starts at 21:00!).

Departure: Sunday 31st May after 14:00. There is also the possibility to arrive earlier or depart later if you would like to extend your stay in Rome. Please enquire for further details.

Venue: Colle Mattia Seminar Centre, near Rome. Please bring sleeping bags or light blankets. Cost: 89 EUR per participant (this is a subsidised fee)

Travel: The nearest airports are Rome Ciampino or Rome Fiumicino. Further detailed information about local travel will be provided after registration.

Registration prolonged: Please register here, by the 21st May 2015.

There are still places available.

Contact: Please feel free to contact us at with questions or queries.

Provisional schedule:

Thursday 28th May

All day Arrivals

21:00  Evening introductory session

Friday 29th May

09:30 – 13:00            Sessions

16:00 – 19:00

Sessions (3-4 presentations, 2-3 discussions).

Evening schedule: depending on interests of participants.

Saturday 30th May:

09:30 – 13:00            Sessions (2-3 presentations, 1-2 discussions).

Afternoon:                  Free time; option to go to Rome for sightseeing.

Evening schedule: depending on interests of participants.

Sunday 31st May:

09:30 – 13:00             Sessions (2-3 presentations, 1 discussion).

The workshop will conclude with lunch on Sunday.