Inner Workings

Hi. Thanks for exploring more of how you feel about OpenPaths®. On this webpage, you will find.. 

  1. the commitment to care and responsibility that we ask each workshop participant to share,
  2. important workshop details, including pace, schedule, and continuing education credits, and
  3. some fine print with regard to claiming your workshop as an eligible training expense on your taxes, same-pricing between meal-inclusive and meal-optional workshops, and receipts.

Scroll down, and you will also find important links in the section, "three agreements."


Your purchase of a ticket to a workshop or retreat offered by this website is your affirmation that you've read and agreed in full to the terms and conditions of use, the privacy statement, and the liability waiver.

care and responsibility

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Creating a culture of kindness

In our coming together, each workshop participant commits to creating and strengthening a culture of kindness. How do you choose to be kind in your workshop day interactions? What words, thoughts, mindfulness, or kindness activity will you bring into our shared workshop day.

Insightful openness

Insight involves a shift in thought and emotion. We commit to opening ourselves to emotional experience in the process of learning and of reflection upon that experience. 

Safeground for change of insight

We commit to developing a positive and constructive sense of togetherness. We commit to a focus on common values, shared intention, and cultivation of the art of candor.

Belonging

We commit to the interplay of finding and creating our place in-circle, and to finding and creating a place for someone to stand next to us. We commit to this groundwork of our workshop day.

We are self-explorers

We commit to appreciative discovery of ourselves and of our self-in-relation.

Observancy

We commit to observancy in our listening – to ourselves and to others – where we are open to learning something new, open to the possibility of influence, and open to surprise. 

Gestalt Workshops with Cordelle

workshop details

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Introspective pace

Sometimes, when there is a frenetic pace to life, we ignore stuff. There is a rushing from here to there. If we were to give ourselves permission to pause from our hurrying, we might hear our inner voice, or an awareness in our body, or a longing. For some of us, we've ignored things that exist below the surface of the everyday. Instead of rushing into plans, we might want to explore why. The pace of your workshop is purposively designed to be slow and contemplative.


Maybe, you feel a need to connect. Maybe, you feel a need to slow down and recharge. Or, maybe you feel the need to book an introspective escape – even for a day.


This is your opportunity to dedicate one day.

Workshop schedule

Workshop hours may vary. One-day workshops in the city are typically scheduled 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. inside the comfort of a hotel meeting room, with two sessions in the morning and two sessions in the afternoon. Each session is 90 minutes for a total of 6.0 Continuing Education Credit hours. It is optional for you to request assessment of credits by your Association or College.


Early registration begins at 8am. A hot breakfast buffet is served from 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.. It is important to join in this collegial breakfast gathering as part of our OpenPaths® culture. Then, the first session begins at 9am. After two morning sessions, a hot lunch buffet is served at 12:30 p.m.


Rhythm is designed into your day. To encourage connection to the moment and each other, a line-by-line outline of the schedule is not provided prior to the workshop, or during.


p.s. You're encouraged to free yourself from your watch.

★ Continuing Education Credits

Your one-day workshop with Cordelle Neufeld, Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) is currently being prepared for assessment by a standard 6-week review for pre-approved Continuing Education Credits (CECs) by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).


For accreditation, actual learning time for the educational sessions is 6 hours (360 minutes):

  • Session 1: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (90 minutes)
  • Session 2: 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (90 minutes)
  • Session 3: 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. (90 minutes)
  • Session 4: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (90 minutes)

One (1) additional Continuing Collegial Interaction (CCI) credit may be available from your Association or College for interaction in conjunction with the continuing education group session.

  • Collegial Interaction 1: 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. (30 minutes)
  • Collegial Interaction 2: 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • An additional 90 minutes is scheduled for 15 minutes of early registration, 15 minute breaks before each of the 4 sessions, and 15 minutes prior to the on-site catered group lunch.

If an attendee chooses to claim a workshop as continuing education or professional development with an Association or College, including CCPA, it is the responsibility of the attendee to apply directly to the appropriate body for consideration and approval.


A Certificate of Completion is issued 3 business days after the workshop via post for the prerequisite workshop, and via email for each subsequent workshop attended. This certificate will only be provided to an attendee who has attended each of the 4 sessions of the whole day. A certificate will not be issued in the case of incomplete attendance of a workshop, including early departure or a missed session.


Attendance will be taken for audit purposes.


Provision of a Certificate of Completion from OpenPaths® confirms that you have successfully:

  • met the requirement of full-day attendance (audited)
  • passed a performance appraisal
  • achieved in-session interaction among participants and with the facilitator; 60 percent of the in-session time is allocated for interaction and intentional group activity
  • accomplished an out-of-session homework assignment (1 hour) or take-home short answer test due the day after the workshop as part of the performance appraisal
  • completed a program evaluation that will be used by the sponsor to evaluate the event, to evaluate if the learning goals and objectives for the event were achieved, and to modify and plan future workshops (as required in the review of credits by Associations and Colleges)

There will be a notation of "incomplete" printed on the official receipt for partial attendance or non-attendance, or in any case where an attendee does not qualify for a Certificate of Completion.


You may provide a copy of your Certificate of Completion direct to your Association or College in your personal application to have workshop credits evaluated. Due to the diversity of criteria by which continuing education is assessed, non-transferable credits is not cause for a refund.


🎒 If you don't need credits for continuing education or professional development, that's okay. Students from the School of Life Experience and the College of Lifelong Learning are welcome.

Passive networking

An informal, casual process of mutual esteem, natural conversation, and "telling your story" is encouraged among attendees. High-pressure prospecting is prohibited.


An attendance list is not distributed. Instead, there will be a shared table set up for you to offer business cards and brochures for your service, clinic, or agency for participants to select at will. If you choose to bring business cards or brochures, we suggest a supply of 3 dozen each.

8 hour technology fast

To invite face-to-face connectivity, all personal* electronic devices are banned from 8am to 4pm, including cell phones, tablets, laptops, cameras, and audio/video recording devices. Please let your friends and family know prior to the workshop that you will not break radio silence until 5pm.


*Note: It's more of fast from virtual connectivity than an outright return-to-the-cave fast. Technology supplied by OpenPaths® may be part of your workshop day. 🦄


Sometimes we turn to our cell phone to feel safe, or to not feel awkward, or out of habit. On the day of your workshop, you are asked to turn off all personal electronic devices before stepping inside the hotel or retreat center for your workshop. Everybody will be in the same boat. If this is difficult for you, there will be a sacred Box of Silence for you to place your cell phone for the day.


Unplug. In turn, you create an immersive opportunity to focus on living a connected life in the moment and movement of your workshop. To listen. To reflect. To befriend.

Scent-focused environment

Please do not use cologne, perfume, hairspray, or body spray.


Oftentimes, there are flowers in our workshops or retreats and we do not want to overwhelm the scent of the natural with chemical-based scented products. Workshop participants are strongly encouraged to be of light scent, and to avoid or conscientiously reduce the use of fragranced products in favor of scent-free alternatives.


If you have an allergy or a sensitivity to fragrance or flowers, please prepare for the possibility that there will be flowers in your workshop and the potential for pollen to trigger allergy symptoms.


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some fine print

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Workshops may be eligible as a training expense

Workshops available for purchase from this website are professional development training courses that may be tax deductible as a training expense for self-employed entrepreneurs if you are eligible to distinguish the workshop as a current expenditure to maintain, update, or upgrade an already existing skill or qualification with respect to your profession or business.


In the United States, information on work-related education expenses can be found from the IRS.

In Canada, information on costs and expenses of training can be found from the CRA.

Workshops are not eligible as a medical expense

Your workshop is not group or individual therapy.


The workshop you may purchase from this website is for education and for general information, and specifically does not constitute psychotherapy, psychological services, counseling, or medical services by a mental health practitioner. Diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitative services are not within the scope of our workshop education services.


Consequently, your workshop is not an eligible medical expense that you can claim on your tax return or extended health care benefit plan.

Official receipts

Your ticket is an unofficial receipt of purchase. Due to our open door policy of same-day/ whole-day ticket transfers to accommodate life circumstance and gifting of a workshop, an official receipt for your "professional development training course" will be issued within 3 business days after the workshop, workshop series, or retreat via email to, and in the name of, the actual attendee.


The official receipt will document the original face value of the ticket. 


Tickets are non-refundable.


The workshop date of your ticket cannot be rescheduled for a different day. You forfeit your ticket if you opt-out of finding a substitute ticket holder and miss or no-show your workshop day for any reason. Providing notice that you are unable to attend is not cause for rebate or refund. 

Incomplete workshop day

Two important considerations contribute to the personal decision, action, and responsibility of a participant who chooses to continue or discontinue participation in a workshop day:


Informed Consent Process


A participant can leave a workshop at any time.


If you need to take a break, you have permission to take a time-out for 10 minutes during any session. Simply tell your assigned workshop buddy that you need a "commercial break" (like TV). In this time, you can choose to focus on breathing in the present and inviting yourself to presence.


To end your participation in a workshop, refer to the guidance and instructions provided on the withdrawal form given to each participant in the first session of the workshop day. This withdrawal form can be completed quickly. Sign it, seal it in the envelope, and give it to (a) the workshop teacher, (b) your workshop buddy, or (c) to the front desk of a hotel or retreat center.


When withdrawing from the workshop, the participant should let the workshop provider know that he/she wishes to withdraw. A participant may provide the workshop provider with the reason(s) for leaving the workshop, but is not required to provide their reason.


Qualifying for Continuing Education Credits:


In the case of an early departure or incomplete workshop day, an official receipt will be issued but not a Certificate of Completion. There will be a notation of "incomplete" printed on the official receipt for partial attendance or non-attendance. It's important to note that all official receipts state that a Certificate of Completion is necessary to qualify for eligibility in the process of case-by-case approval for continuing education credits by your Association or College. You may choose to requalify for such eligibility by buying a new full-price ticket online and repeating the workshop day in full. This policy helps protect the integrity and value of credits for all attendees.


The QR code on your e-ticket is scanned for a digital timestamp of your arrival. 


If you are late or step out for more than 10 minutes in any of the four sessions, or accumulate an absence of 20 minutes in your workshop day, you're required to start over and requalify for the Certificate of Completion by repeating all four sessions in a same-topic, whole-day workshop.


This policy provides assurance to credit-authorizing bodies, as well as funders, that there are protections to safeguard against misuse and misrepresentation of professional development.


An early departure, missing a session, or withdrawal is not cause for rebate or refund. 


There is no rebate or refund if you do not qualify for a Certificate of Completion.

Optional expenses

Travel and sleeping accommodation are the responsibility of each participant. 


Meal, snack, and friendly refreshment options vary for each workshop. Ticket prices do not change between meal-optional, a la carte, potluck, and meal-inclusive workshop days, or if you need to make alternate meal choices due to fasting, a special diet, or any dietary reason.

Blue Sky Disclosure

In each workshop, there are unique and individual influencing factors. Workshop experiences and results depend on your individual situation. Joining a workshop is a personal decision and involves a variety of factors, and careful consideration must be taken of all circumstances.


To help you make an informed decision, our disclosure for your workshop includes the certification and education of your workshop leader, as well as a disclosure of risks.


Certification


Cordelle Neufeld is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC). This title was granted by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Certification #7377


Education


Cordelle Neufeld was granted the degree of Master of Science in Applied Psychology, with a specialization in Counselling Psychology, by The University of Calgary.


Disclosure of Risks


There are risks inherent in any activity of professional development and personal growth.


General risks associated with exploring the particular topics of money, finances, and economic psychology in a workshop include:

  • feeling emotionally uncomfortable at times;
  • exposure to interactions with a diverse group of people with different socioeconomic backgrounds, values, and financial resources;
  • thoughts of financial comparison that may be stressful or distressful;
  • remembering painful feelings and experiences;
  • entering into challenging work with unwanted aspects or shadows of yourself;
  • learning to feel and express a wider range of emotion;
  • opening to feel painful things and to face painful realities;
  • complicating your life by looking at yourself differently or making plans for change;
  • and initially feeling a lack of knowledge, skill, or personal judgment accompanied by feeling worse as the workshop day progresses.

Prior to joining a workshop we recommend you talk about the type, intensity, and particulars of potential risks with your health care provider, as well as personal responsibility for safeguards.


Limitation


Past performance does not guarantee or necessarily predict future results.

disclaimers

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Solicitation Disclaimer

A workshop with Cordelle is not a solicitation of clients for psychotherapy, group therapy, or career counselling in his personal private practice. You can breathe easy that your workshop is not a bait-and-switch solicitation for personal practise services or an infomercial for a book.


Review of this website, buying a ticket, attending a workshop, or contacting us does not create a counsellor-client relationship; in order to establish such a relationship, a prospective client and Cordelle Neufeld are required to enter into a signed contract expressly for the purpose of doing so. A contract for the personal practise services of counselling and psychotherapy with Cordelle in private practice is not with OpenPaths Inc. At this time, Cordelle is not accepting new clients into his personal private practice, and he is not maintaining a waiting list. 


If you feel that it's time to book a counselling or psychotherapy appointment, here is a list of links to a diverse group of health care professionals that practise general or specialized psychotherapy:

Need help? Now?

In Toronto, if you are depressed, in distress or in crisis, call Distress Centres at 416-408-4357

In Ontario, call your local distress helpline. In Canada, call your local crisis helpline or 911

In the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

Psychotherapy Disclaimer

Workshops are designed to provide general information only. Nothing contained in a workshop, or on this website, is intended to be formal medical advice or treatment. 


To be clear, workshops with Cordelle Neufeld do not fall within the controlled act of psychotherapy, if and when it is proclaimed, because to meet the proposed criteria of the controlled act in Ontario the psychotherapy must meet all five of the following components:

  • treating
  • by means of psychotherapy technique
  • delivered through a therapeutic relationship
  • an individual’s serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory
  • that may seriously impair the individual’s judgment, insight, behaviour, communication or social functioning (info).

All counselling and psychotherapy practise activities of Cordelle Neufeld as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC), a designation granted by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), occur personally in his name and not through OpenPaths Inc.


OpenPaths Inc. is not a health professional corporation.

Health Care Disclaimer

Before buying a ticket, you should carefully consider that a workshop for professional development may include potential risks and challenges of personal growth, and seek the advice of a licensed healthcare provider to determine if this is right for you.


Information on this website or in a workshop is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by a licensed healthcare provider or other qualified medical professional. You should not use the information available on this website or in a workshop for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or treating any disorder. This information is not a substitute for proper medical care.


IMPORTANT: If you suspect that you are experiencing new or worsening symptoms of depression, unusual changes in mood or behavior, or the emergence of suicidal thoughts, behavior, or thoughts about self-harm, promptly contact your health care provider.


Information and statements regarding health and wellness on this website or in a workshop should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or disorder. The entire provision of personal health care should be reviewed for a thorough understanding of individual circumstance and the health care provider's actions, uses, side effects, and scope of practice. Thus, OpenPaths Inc. does not endorse or recommend the use of any practitioner. 


OpenPaths Inc. makes no representations or warranties; express or implied, including, but not limited to, any implied warranty of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose, with respect to any information or statements made on the OpenPaths Inc. website, and specifically disclaims all such warranties and representations. Users are advised that decisions regarding psychotherapy and/or drug therapy are complex decisions. These decisions require the independent, informed opinion of the appropriate health care professional. 

Financial Advice Disclaimer

OpenPaths Inc. and its affiliates do not provide financial, tax, legal, or accounting advice. Workshops have been prepared for informational purposes only, and are not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for financial, tax, legal, or accounting advice. You should consult your own financial, tax, legal, or accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction, plan, or change of plans.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Our public communications, including disclosure of or regarding patent and trademark filings in the United States or Canada, may contain "forward-looking statements" – that is, statements related to future, not past, events or developments. In this context, forward-looking statements often address our expected future business and financial performance and financial condition, and often contain words such as "expect," "look forward to," anticipate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "seek," "see," "will," "would," “estimate,” “forecast,” "target," "project," or words of similar meaning.


Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain, such as statements about our announced plan to introduce the basics of economic psychology through continuing education courses and retreats, and the workshop days thereof, targeted to health and wellness professionals that disclose research findings and interpretation that were formative to the sole inventorship of Cordelle Neufeld, including impacts and beneficial outcomes of building a local and virtual community of practice; organic growth; strategies of patent embodiment; projected technology and health care synergies; the timing and structure of the proposed launch of technology services; goals, growth, and productivity associated with our technology; data and information flows; and transaction-related synergies and gains.


For us, particular risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to be materially different than those expressed in our forward-looking statements include:

  • our ability to launch OpenPaths® technology and license intellectual property;
  • our ability to respond to uncertainties and potential time delays in the process of substantive examination of Cordelle Neufeld's patent application by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in a performance and evaluation environment where there was an average total pendency of 23.6 months in communications technologies and an overall patent allowance rate of 53.3% in 2016 (USPTO stats);
  • our ability to act flexibly with a variety of venues and locales for the provision of third-party event space and hospitality services, and exposure to circumstances of force majeure;
  • changes in law, economic, and financial conditions, including factors that may reduce or increase the level of demand for professional development in economic psychology; and
  • development, implementation, and interaction of our loyalty program.

EVENT OF FORCE MAJEURE: A workshop or retreat may be rescheduled by OpenPaths Inc. within a 30-day period to a different date, venue, and/or location due to circumstances that are beyond the reasonable control of OpenPaths Inc., materially affects the performance of any of its obligations under the ticket agreement, and could not reasonably have been foreseen or provided against including, but not limited to, any emergency rendering a facility uninhabitable; displacement by the scheduled venue; strikes, go slows, lock outs, or disorder at the scheduled venue; or incapacity of the workshop leader. If an Event of Force Majeure occurs, replacement tickets (non-refundable but transferable) will be issued to the original ticket-buyers for an alternate workshop date.


These or other uncertainties may cause our actual future results to be materially different than those expressed in our forward-looking statements.


Our public communications may include certain forward-looking projected financial information that is based on current estimates and forecasts. We may make forward-looking statements on this website, in workshops or retreats, in reports, in presentations, and in press releases. In addition, our representatives may from time to time make oral forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on the current expectations and certain assumptions of OpenPaths Inc. management, of which many are beyond our control. These are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and factors, including, but not limited to those described in our disclosure of risks. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying expectations not occur or assumptions prove incorrect, actual results, performance or achievements of OpenPaths Inc. may (negatively or positively) vary materially from those described explicitly or implicitly in the relevant forward-looking statement. OpenPaths Inc. neither intends, nor assumes any obligation, to update or revise these forward-looking statements in light of developments which differ from those anticipated.


OpenPaths Inc. encourages you to visit our website from time to time, as information is updated and new information is posted.

Safe Harbor

In a group workshop, there is no guarantee of confidentiality.


Workshop participants are informed of the need to establish a safe harbor for open discussion and an open learning experience, but there should not be any expectation that group members will provide or protect complete confidentiality. Each participant is responsible for personal learning and personal disclosure. Information revealed to any one group member, to the group in part or as a whole, or to the group leader is not intended to be private and is not privileged.


It's out of bounds to ask anyone in the group to be a secret-keeper.


Instead of confidentiality,

group members are encouraged to commit to our ethical principle of nested fidelity:

  • faithfulness to conscious principles of care and responsibility (We are loyal to creating and cultivating a culture of kindness, insightful openness, safeground for change of insight, belonging, appreciative inquiry as self-explorers, and observancy.)
  • mindfulness of self
  • mindfulness with your workshop buddy
  • mindfulness of relations with group members
  • mindfulness of your Teacher
  • mindfulness of the group as a whole
  • mindfulness of the group as part of a larger whole
  • and an open commitment to surpisingness

Anchor.

Take some shore leave from your journey.

Replenish. Take stock, and restock.

Refresh yourself.

Your purchase of a ticket to a workshop or retreat confirms your acceptance of all terms and conditions found in the content of this webpage and in the contents of this website. Q&A

three agreements

Consent & Liability Waiver


Privacy Statement


Terms & Conditions