to Jun 8

Clearing The Way

5th-8th June, 2017 - Firle, Sussex

"How can we bring total clarity to our work and lives, so that everything becomes natural, creative and free?"

Three days in the downs with Charles Davies and Max St John, learning to be who you are and do the work that's yours, in effortless collaboration.

We are all lost geniuses, waiting to rediscover ourselves.

We're born with an intuitive sense of what we need, and no fear of asking for it.

Born with a natural, unbounded creativity and no fear of expressing it. 

With unconditional compassion, kindness and peace whenever we need it. 

But as we grow, we lose ourselves in the shoulds and oughts of parents, teachers and bosses.

Underneath the striving and busy-ness, we are still capable of total clarity and infinite creativity.

With the right tools and a little practice we can tap into this whenever we like.

We can find the answers we need, the peace we seek and the compelling ideas that the world needs.

Spend three days with Charles and Max to find the tap and turn it on.


Over three days we'll dive into the fundamentals of the creative process, discovering how play, the body and the mind can work beautifully together.

We'll cover everything you need to develop effortless collaboration and beautiful work:

Very Clear Ideas - how to be very clear about your ideas, to stand fully in your own creative authorship, and to articulate your deepest needs.

Identity Yoga - how to unlock every part of your identity so that you are the perfect creative instrument for every situation you can ever find yourself in.

Initiative Mapping: how to understand natural collaboration and the workings of any initiative, from large organisations to projects with friends, so maximum creativity flows.

We'll be practicing empathy and connection, learning how to create compassion for self and others through working with Needs.  

We'll be creating inner space and quiet, getting into our bodies through the ancient arts of Qi-Gong and Nei-Gong.

We'll be learning how to play again, to be free from any of the rules of life with the equally ancient Way of the Fool.

And more.


You're seeking clarity.

Like all of us, you know that you're full of superstitions and craziness that gets in the way of all the good stuff happening.

You want to clear the way for all of that good stuff to come, totally unimpeded.

We'll show you the tools and methods to:

  • Clearly articulate your most compelling ideas and help others do the same.
  • Develop collaborative working relationships that meet everyone's needs.
  • Play with your sense of identity so you can show up however you want.
  • Tap into and resolve the source of any stuckness or difficulty in seconds.

If you think this might be for you, but you want to understand more, get in touch with Max (max@beingwildthings.com) or Charles (hello@charlesdavies.com).


Arrive: 3pm Monday 5th June, 2017

Leave: 3pm Thursday 8th June, 2017


Tilton House is a beautiful retreat centre and manor house set in the South Downs National Park, just 30 minutes from Brighton.

Surrounded by the rolling hills and miles of walking trails, the house is a historic home with gardens, fire pit, cosy spots to retreat to and a 28ft yurt where we'll be learning together.

There are seven luxurious bedrooms where Picasso, Virginia Woolf, and John Maynard-Keynes have all visited.

All food is provided, cooked by the owners - all vegetarian, seasonal and local where at all possible.


How much

There are 12 spaces available - either residential or day visitor. 

Residential spaces: £950

Non-residential spaces: £800

If you can't afford the full fee, or need to spread the cost, just get in touch with max@beingwildthings.com

Residential spaces include three nights full board (breakfast, two-course lunch and two-course dinner), sharing a twin or triple room.

Day visitor spaces include a two-course lunch and dinner on request (£30 supplement) if you'd like to stay on.

Both spaces cover all training and materials over the three days.


About your hosts


Charles Davies is the creator of Very Clear Ideas and author of ‘I thought I was on the way to work, but I was on the way home’, a new version of Lao Tsu’s Tao Te Ching. Former Features Editor of The Face magazine, Charles has taught at business schools across Europe, toured Arctic Norway as a stand-up comic and once wrote lyrics for a platinum selling Russian pop group. He lives in Northern Ireland and offers coaching by Skype to anyone who’d like to be clearer: www.charlesdavies.com.

You can read his writing at: https://medium.com/@charlesdavies


Max St John is the founder of Wild Things in Brighton and author of ‘The Needs Work’, a book about empathy and collaboration. Former MD of Brighton digital agency NixonMcInnes, Max is trained in The Art of Hosting and Non-Violent Communication. He is just taking his first steps towards establishing a democratic primary school in Brighton.

You can read his writing at: https://medium.com/@maxstjohn

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9:00 AM09:00

A Clear Day @ Idefix


Whether it’s working out our calling in life or being able to capture what really matters about a new project, we all have to work with ideas, basically all the time. But how do we know if an idea is right? And how do we make it clearer?

The Very Clear Ideas process gives you a simple, step-by-step way to take any idea you have from not clear to very clear. 

“It started out as a way to decide what stories to publish when I was a journalist,” says Charlie, a former Features Editor of the iconic pop culture magazine The Face, “but at a certain point I realised that what makes a good story also makes a good project.”

In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn how to use the Very Clear Ideas process to clarify just about anything. Come with a project you’re working on — or just a diffuse longing that you can’t put your finger on — and we’ll work with them until they’re clear. Using a short set of questions, you can test how clear your idea is, see what parts of the idea aren’t clear — and then find out what’s missing. At the end of the day, you’ll not only leave with fresh new clarity on what you’re doing, but also a sustainable, reusable way to get clearer in the future. 

“Charles has the capacity to tear apart your ideas and sew them back up again with renewed life, and clarity like you’ve never had before.” - Fiona Duffy, The Happy Startup School, Brighton

Charles has taught at business schools around Europe including Amsterdam’s Knowmads, Hogeschool van Amsterdam and the Imaginheroes in Breda. He’s the author of I thought I was on the way to work, but I was on the way home — a new version of Lao Tsu’s Tao Te Ching. In previous lives, he’s advised large corporations on online campaign strategy, been a stand-up comic in Arctic Norway, written lyrics for platinum-selling Russian pop band Tatu and locked up petrol stations with Greenpeace.


“Charlie helped me transform from a consultant to director of my own start-up consultancy. I would recommend Charlie to anyone who wants to understand their purpose, unleash their potential, understand their relationship to money or just generally needs a massive shove into first gear.” - Caz, Co-founder, Bright Cultures

Sat. 22.04.2017
9.00 – 17.00 + drinks afterwords
> card set Very Clear Ideas
> notebook
> coffee + tea, sweets + fruit
> a great lunch
> drinks + snacks afterwards
Price: €220,- 

Tickets: http://acleardayatidefix.eventbrite.nl/

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9:30 AM09:30

How to have very clear ideas

Are you able to sum up your life's purpose in a line?
Can you explain, simply, accurately, how the thing you're doing at work today contributes to what you're doing longer-term?
Do you wish you could speak truthfully and openly with precision about each and every project you undertake? With heartfelt clarity?

This one-day workshop presents a very simple tool for clarifying ideas. How to start with an idea that's not very clear and - reliably - find your way to making it very clear in a matter of minutes or hours?

Think of brainstorming. A simple trick for producing many different ideas. 
Now imagine a tool for moving things in the other direction: taking many disparate thoughts and distilling them down into one single, shining idea that encapsulates the whole.

Being truthful is the root of beautiful projects

It's all too easy to start work on something, to invest a lot in one course of action, without ever properly checking whether you're heading in the right direction. 

With the Very Clear Ideas process you have the opportunity to 'audit' ideas before you throw yourself into realising them. 

"I am in search of the simple, elegant, sedcutive, maybe even obvious IDEA. With this in my pocket I cannot fail." Tibor Kalman

From entrepreneurs to multinational corporations, the usefulness of a well defined purpose is increasingly taken for granted. You have to be able to explain what you are doing and how you are doing it and why you are doing it. If you can explain what you're doing, then you can get the help you need. People know how to contribute. People know whether they should be involved or not. 

For many, even though purpose has become a necessity, the process of arriving at one is still haphazard. Still shrouded in mystery.

Very Clear Ideas takes away the mystery from finding your purpose.

The day itself will be a mixture of theory and practice: outlining the Very Clear Ideas process and the philosophy behind it, then applying the process to real needs.

If you would like to be clearer on what you're doing, please come along.
The workshop is particularly well suited to coaches and consultants who would like to be able to add this process to their existing practice. (It seems to work particularly well for those already proficient in NVC, constellations, source theory, gestalt.)

Your host for the workshop, Charles Davies, is the author of Very Clear Ideas. He has taken hundreds of people through the process and regularly trains other people to work as facilitators too. Charles has worked as a consultant for the past decade, working primarily with entrepreneurs, though his background was originally in journalism. Along the way he has been features editor of a leading fashion magazine, a stand-up comic, a teacher, a poet, a songwriter, a campaign designer, a creative strategist and a theatremaker.

“Charles has the capacity to tear apart your ideas and sew them back up again with renewed life, and clarity like you’ve never had before.” 
- Fiona Duffy, The Happy Startup School, Brighton

“Coaching at its finest and most transformational”
- Karen Gartside, Reteam Ltd, Chicago

“I would recommend Charlie to anyone who wants to understand their purpose, unleash their potential, understand their relationship to money or just generally needs a massive shove into first gear.”
- Caroline Yetman, Director, Bright Cultures, UK

ou can book your place by contacting Francois Milis at lemondensoi@outlook.com.
The fee for the day is €120.


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to Jan 7

A Very Clear New Year

What will you do in 2016?
What will you prioritise?
Do you know where you're going in the next 12 months?

As everything winds down for Christmas and the slow first days of January lie ahead, it's a natural time to look back over the year that's passed and start making plans for the one that is coming. 

And everyone knows that New Year's Resolutions are fun, but futile.

If you want to be clear next year, the Very Clear Ideas process can quickly uncover where you are and what matters most. 

'A Very Clear New Year' is a one-hour Skype session that starts with the question: What will I be doing next year?
Through questioning and conversation, you can get clear on competing interests, creative blocks and unexamined assumptions.
At the end, you can leave with a one-liner that sums up your intention for 2016. 

A one-liner... and focus, passion, enthusiasm and a crystal clear vision for the year ahead.

"That was great. I feel very, very motivated now: the ideas are really much more clear." - Catia, December 2015

"Amazing. Four new customers in this week, by being clear. The best workshop ever." - Fenny, December 2015

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to Dec 10

Very Clear in Amsterdam - individual sessions

If you'd like to get clear on your purpose and you live in Holland, two and three-hour sessions are available in-person from 3-10 December.

Just bring a burning question, an idea you would like to get clearer - or a vague, inarticulate sense of what you might like to be doing. Any of those make good starting points.

"Very Clear Ideas is one of the most powerful and simple tools in my toolkit." - Max St John, Wild Things

"Charles has the capacity to tear apart your ideas and sew them back together again with renewed life and clarity like you've never had before." - Fiona Duffy, Happy Startup School

Get in touch with Charlie at hello@charlesdavies.com to arrange a time.

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2:00 PM14:00

An introduction to Creative Order

As part of this workshop at the Meaning conference in Brighton, Charles will briefly introduce the Very Clear Ideas process. The rest of the session will be devoted to the broader subject of how to collaborate with purpose.

"Tom Nixon and Charles Davies: Why do so many purposeful ideas fail to materialise? Tom and Charles will present Creative Order - a new answer to this challenge. It's a refreshingly natural approach to collaboration and organisational thinking, drawing on the successes and failures of NixonMcInnes and hundreds of other initiatives."


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