Slow Swimming Club – The Road Shared

Stories and Perspectives on Recovery

Delivered via Microsoft Teams.

Monday 26th July, 15:00 – 17:00

We are pleased to bring you the third Slow Swimming Club event: The Road Shared.

The Slow Swimming Club will be a home for creative expression, diversity of thought and a rich tapestry of concepts curated at this moment in time.  Created with and for our community in the South West, the Slow Swimming Club has been designed with space, time and place in mind, a reflection and extension of the idea that the faster we go, the slower we need to be.

Bringing together eclectic thinkers, experiences and practices that are carefully designed to invite you into alternative views on the world, of work, development and change.  We hope to inspire you, to provoke and stimulate you, and to strengthen the bonds of our diverse communities as we all seek to find time and space to grow.

The Road Shared includes stories and perspectives on culture and community.  The water we swim in is the culture that we live in.  If we live in an isolated competitive culture then it is harder to go long distances.  If we live in an interdependent supportive culture, we can go a lot further.  How do we celebrate the world we are in?  How do we value what is already there? What do we need to change to make it stronger?

In this month’s Slow Swimming Club we explore ideas of culture and support, the companions we keep, and the mindsets attitudes and restrictions that can hold us up or hold us back.

This two hour event will include four short talks, a discussion and a Q&A.

Target audience:

We welcome all healthcare colleagues from across the systems.

Our Speakers:

Anthony Williams MD

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Med-Peds) Hospitalist, Associate Program Director at the University of Minnesota and an Associate Director at The Center for the Art of Medicine “CFAM”.



Battalion Chief David Morkal

Executive Officer to the Chief of the Department for the FDNY Fire Department of New York (FDNY).




Mara Menzies

Mara is a performance storyteller, drawing on her rich, dual Kenyan/Scottish cultural heritage, to create worlds that explore contemporary issues through legend, myth and fantasy.



Sita Brand

Mindfulness practitioner, Buddhist Chaplain and professional storyteller.



Read more about each of our Guest Speakers

Hosted by:

Clare Murphy

Storyteller in Residence for the NHS SW Leadership Academy, Summer 2021. Clare Murphy is an international storyteller who has performed in more than 20 countries.  She has had the honour of performing for the former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  She is a trainer with the National Theatre London and the Drive Project UK.   Clare is also the Director of Story at the Mission Critical Team Institute USA.  Clare consults with many companies and institutions worldwide including The Royal Shakespeare Company, BLESMA Limbless Veterans, and the British Council.

What previous attendees have been saying:

“This has been the best two hours of my (working) life over the past year: thank you to all those on-screen and in chat for your reflections”

“Just inspirational in helping my team really destress and value each other and their shared experiences”

“Clare was a luminous presence as a facilitator and the speakers were all fascinating and inspiring”

“I am loving the opportunity to hear from such inspirational people from across the world, I could listen to them all day!”

“I’ve signed up for the storytelling class in July and can’t wait!”

How to register:

Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To secure your place, please follow the link below and fully complete the online registration form. Once registered your place is confirmed and joining instructions will be sent a week before the event. Please add the details to your diary.

There is no fee to attend, by registering you will be signing up to a cancellation charge of £150 for non-attendance unless you notify 10 working days in advance of the event date or your attendance is deputised.


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