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2-Day Liberating Structures Immersion Workshop (Montreal)

September 28 @ 9:00 am September 29 @ 5:00 pm

About this Event

Liberating Structures are simple, elegant and easy methods used to bring people together to talk, think and solve problems. They stimulate better conversations, deeper thinking, and greater engagement. They are called “liberating” because they are designed to include and engage everybody – liberating, so to speak, everybody’s contributions and deeply held wisdom and creativity. Taken individually, each of the 33+ methods change the way results are generated by a group. As a repertoire of complementary methods, they address many chronic challenges faced by groups. The precise and simple way each Liberating Structure is specified makes it possible for anyone to quickly start using them.

During this 2-Day Liberating Structures Immersion, you will experience individual methods, notice how each was designed, and then immediately look for opportunities to apply them in your own settings. We’ll take a dip into the complexity science roots of LS and a dive into the micro-organizing logic that gives all the methods a similar pattern. You’ll hear stories of how people are applying Liberating Structures in a variety of settings, and get experience stringing methods to meet your own purpose. Immersion workshops are great for unconventional networking, serious play, and skill building for anyone in a formal or informal leadership position.


  • The workshop will run from 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29, with breakfast available at 8:30 a.m.
  • Breakfast, beverages and afternoon snacks will be provided on both days. Lunch will be on your own with a variety of walkable options available, in addition to the option to bring your own lunch.
  • Contact the organizer to learn about nonprofit and group rates.


Vienna Blum has over 15 years working with a variety of teams in corporate, non-profit and educational sectors; she designs custom processes in the roles of coach and facilitator. Driven by the magic that occurs when groups come together to learn from one another, it is with an open heart and mind that Vienna helps teams and individuals address the underlying issues depleting productivity, clarity and creativity in organizations.

Astrid Pruitt is an experiential designer, facilitator and coach who puts learning at the center of everything she does. She cares most about creating spaces for divergent thinking, and designing systems, practices and communities where people can flourish together. Her natural enthusiasm and unique way of being with groups creates a space for deep trust and creativity that invites participants to show up with their whole being.

Johannes Schartau is a facilitator, trainer, coach and organizational consultant for Holisticon in Hamburg, Germany. His inquisitive nature helps groups find radically different ways of collaborating and creating. The combination of abstract, overarching models and specific, actionable steps to unleash human potential is his passion.

Have questions about the Liberating Structures Immersion? Contact Astrid Pruitt