Partners for Youth Empowerment Global Gathering 2018

Building Resilience through Creativity

Empowering Youth to Thrive

September 25-30, 2018, Luxor, Egypt

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We invite you to join us for our 4th Global Gathering on September 25 – 30, 2018 in Luxor Egypt. The Gathering is a timely opportunity to bring our global community together to address the larger issues of thriving. We have chosen the theme “Building Resilience” in response to the increasing social, political and environmental challenges across the planet. How can we best prepare youth to thrive in the throes of rapid change and an uncertain future? How do we keep ourselves well and balanced as we serve as leaders in these times?

This 4th Global Gathering will be an opportunity to widen the net and expand our the community of empowerment leaders committed to unlocking the potential of young people. We expect 60+ facilitators, educators, artists, social entrepreneurs and inspiring social change leaders from around the world. We are expanding the invitation to include people and organizations that are new to the Partners for Empowerment network as well as our program partners and experienced facilitators.

Over six days we’ll imagine new possibilities for ourselves and our communities, enrich our facilitation skills and develop new and lasting collaborations. We’ll explore how we can unlock our shared creativity to build resilience in ourselves and in our communities.

You can expect the gathering to be creative, playful, renewing, challenging, and unique. There will be a diverse program of plenary sessions, participatory arts-based workshops, social activities, and creative community building throughout.

We’ll cover topics such as:

  • Effective strategies for building resilience in ourselves and our communities
  • Using arts to develop key life skills
  • Ways to deepen the impact of our youth programs
  • How to address social justice and equity – global perspectives
  • Ways to fundraise and work with new partners
  • Bringing Creative Empowerment Facilitation into schools
  • What neuroscience has to tell us about the power of Creative Facilitation
  • Understanding and healing trauma
  • Working with refugee populations
  • Exploring gender issues
  • And more!

We are running this year’s Gathering in collaboration with our local partner Funtasia Cultural Centre, powered by Elisa Sednaoui Foundation, with their amazing team of trainers who lead creative learning experiences for youth and adults in Luxor, Egypt.

Additional 2-day Creative Facilitation Training Included

PYE’s flagship 2-day Creative Facilitation training in our arts empowerment model will be held immediately before the gathering on September 23 – 24 – included in the Gathering fee. You can sign up for it right on the Gathering application form. It’s always good to do it again even if you have taken this training before.

Space is limited so priority will be given to folks who haven’t yet taken the training. However, we will also accept people who have taken the training.

Participants are responsible for covering their travel, lodging and food costs associated with this training.

The Setting

Luxor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is often referred to as the “world’s greatest open-air museum.” It is home to some of the most significant monuments to human history. We’ll be close to the Nile River, on the West Bank which is also known as the Valley of Kings and Queens. We are within walking distance to the famous Habu Temple and in direct view of the ancient Thebes mountain. This extraordinary place was chosen by Pharaohs thousands of years ago as a site of great power and a portal to other dimensions. We hope this site will be inspiring and remind us of the profound power and resilience of our planet, and the responsibilities and possibilities of our species.

Lead Facilitators

Peggy TaylorPeggy Taylor, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Partners for Youth Empowerment
Peggy is a writer, musician, and creative development specialist with a passion for helping people connect with their innate creativity. Peggy has a Masters of Education in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, USA  and has over 30 years of experience working in the fields of group facilitation and experiential learning. She is co-author with Charlie Murphy of Catch the Fire: An Art-Full Guide to Unleashing the Creative Power of Youth, Adults and Communities.




Nadia ChaneyNadia Chaney, Director of Training, Partners for Youth Empowerment
Nadia is an intermodal artist and community arts facilitator who has been working with the Creative Empowerment Model since 2003. She specializes in conflict transformation, anti-oppression work, and creative risk-taking. She holds a Master’s degree in Imaginative Education focused on the use of metaphor in teaching. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the European Graduate School studying the ethics and aesthetics of time in group dynamics. 





StephStephanie Turner, International Trainer
Stephanie is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, and Creative Empowerment facilitator. She has over 10 years’ experience facilitating in a variety of settings in London, across the UK and internationally. The focus of her work is on youth engagement, particularly with minority groups. She currently works with the Amy Winehouse Foundation supporting emerging artists. She recently designed and delivered “Skip to the Beat” a new 12-week program for the Young Urban Arts Foundation. Stephanie is based in London, UK.




Gani NaylorGani Naylor, International Trainer
Gani is a filmmaker, storyteller, musician, and facilitator who creates inspiring documentary films. He particularly enjoys working with people and capturing real life moments of connection. Gani was introduced to the Creative Empowerment Model in 2011. Since then he has regularly led Creative Facilitation training for teachers and youth workers and arts-empowerment camps for teens with Partners for Youth Empowerment and other schools and youth organizations. Raised in Cornwall, California, and Hawaii, Gani now lives in the rolling hills of Sussex, UK. 




Guest Speakers

elisa-teamElisa Sednaoui, Founder and Director, Elisa Sednaoui Foundation
Elisa started her career as an actress and model, before shifting her focus to social entrepreneurship in 2013. While directing a documentary filmed around her father’s home in the countryside outside of Luxor, the project slowly morphed and shifted outside the realm of film, into a social venture. 2013 was also the year she became a mother.Having grown up between Europe and Egypt, Elisa was interested in cultural exchange, integration and education. ESF was established with the intention of creating and funding centres where children and young people discover and explore possibilities and interests beyond their everyday life and offers exposure to diverse subjects ranging from music and art, to gardening and nutrition. These programmes and Elisa’s partnerships, ranging from Save The Children Italy to Christian Louboutin, have facilitated and enriched the experiences and offering for thousands of young people in both Italy and Egypt.



Suchetha BhatSucheta Bhat, Chief Executive Officer, Dream a Dream
Suchetha has over 16 years of work experience having worked both in the corporate and social sector. As an Electronics and Communication engineer, she started her career with Larsen and Toubro and then worked with multinationals such as Telelogic and IBM during her successful 9-year corporate stint. However, she moved on to get a Post Graduate degree in Psychology and having realized that her true passion was working with underserved youth, she started her journey into the social sector by volunteering for Dream a Dream. Since joining Dream a Dream full-time in 2010, she has been instrumental in scaling the impact of the organization, while designing programs that transform lives. Her strengths include understanding child-adversity, organization culture building, and impact assessment of life-skills programs. Her passion is to advocate for the urgency and criticality of preparing young people for the new world.


Workshop Leaders



Practical Information

Participation is by application. We ask that you fill in a short application form.

Dates: September 25 (morning) and ends on September 30 (afternoon)*

*We recommend that you arrive the evening of September 24th and depart on the morning of October 1.

*If you plan to attend the Creative Facilitation training we recommend that you arrive the evening of September 22nd.

Venue: Funtasia Cultural Centre, Luxor – Egypt

Language: There will be many languages spoken at the Gathering. The main language of the Gathering will be English and we will have Arabic-English translators.


Gathering Fee:

£500 – Full fee
£350 – Freelance/non-profit/schools discounted rate
£150 – PYE Partners and PYE Trainers

*This fee Includes 6-day conference costs – all workshops, materials, refreshments and 2 days of Creative Facilitation training immediately before the Gathering. You will not be charged any fees until your application has been approved.

Lodging & Food

We can organise accommodation and food near the venue. Shared accommodation, 3 meals & water/day (other drinks are additional) cost £17-£33 per day (depending on the accommodation chosen).

We have reserved a block of rooms at a selection of hotels near to the venue, further details hereGathering 2018_Hotels descriptionPlease book soon to guarantee your chosen hotel.

If you would like to arrive earlier or stay after the Gathering please let us know the exact dates & times as soon as possible

Our aim is to make the gathering accessible to as many people as possible while being able to cover the costs of the event. If you have any questions about the costs of the Gathering please contact

Travel & Visa

Participants are responsible for booking and paying their own travel to and from Luxor. You are also responsible for securing travel visas to Egypt. Visa requirements are different depending on the country of origin. Please check well in advance your country’s visa requirement. PYE & Funtasia can provide a letter of invitation for visa purposes.


Applications are now open and spaces are limited.

If you have any questions please contact

What People Said About Previous Gatherings

I really appreciate the honesty, transparency, and authenticity of PYE facilitators throughout the Gathering. It met my needs for connection, community, closeness, and purpose. I feel called to speak again to my gratitude for how you held the space and allowed spirit to enter and work throughout our time.  With gratitude, love, some tears and a smile. Camp Confluence Gathering Participant, USA 2017

In my 41 years, I have never encountered such a dramatic and transformational experience – especially over a few days. I have no doubt that these experiences will be long-lasting and far-reaching. Camp Confluence Gathering Participant, USA 2017

Amazing and generous opportunity. I felt like we were all growing together and did not ever feel a hierarchy of experience or leaders. Facilitation for our needs was excellent and organisation and communication was clear and full of love. Trainer Confluence Gathering Participant, Spain, 2016

I definitely have more confidence in my facilitation skills. I appreciate gaining clarity and shining light into details and fine nuances of the art of facilitation that bring out the magic and can make such a difference. Trainer Confluence Gathering Participant, Spain, 2016

In collaboration with:

Funtasia_Egypt                                     glc                       Funtasia Cultural Centre (powered by the Elisa Sednaoui Foundation) and Global Change Leaders (powered by Ashoka)