Call for Papers: Journal of Deep Talk

An exciting broad and diverse Call for Papers has launched today for a new Journal of Deep Talk, which is a journal that many and any may want to contribute to, some contributions will be from those who practice Deep Talk, or facilitate, some will be academic, some will be new stories. Read on.

This new, broad project is to enable Deep Talk practitioners and researchers to publish in a generous, broad, diverse, inclusive and international open access online journal. The journal has a broad-based board representing many regions of the world. The journal’s design is to be of direct and immediate interest, relevance and usefulness to Deep Talk facilitators, those wanting to learn more about the method and those facilitating training in Deep Talk and those researching this kind of group work.

The journal will invite a diverse range of contributions; issues will contain a combination of Deep Talk stories, reflective practice narratives, case studies, academic articles, news and book reviews, spiritual writing and poetry. The call for contributions is always open.

New volumes will come out each calendar year, beginning in 2023. Each volume will usually consist of two issues—April (issue 1) and October (issue 2). This means that the call for papers will close for issue 1 on 31 January and for issue 2 on 31 July. 

Please read full details and respond to the Call for Papers.

Announcing the first deep talk conference, 06–09 September 2023

From Wednesday 06 September 2023 4pm to Saturday 09 September 4pm a flexible conference will take place for Deep Talk practice and theory. Save the date! This will take place in Sheffield, England. Bookings will open on Monday 16 January 2023, please fill in this form to express an interest in the conference and to get email updates.

The Holy Mountain: photo by Ari Olnas

The first 24 hours will focus on theory and training. The next 48 hours will be about enjoying and experiencing this approach to showing stories and community dialogue and play in many styles and forms and for different settings.

Wed. 06 Sep. 4pm to Thur. 07 Sept 2.30pm
Theory: including papers and workshops providing analysis of what Deep Talk is, to contributing to the forthcoming Journal of Deep Talk.
Training: in Deep Talk, for those who want to learn more about Deep Talk but what to receive some training before diving into the main conference.
A call for papers will open here on 31 October 2022.

Thur. 07 Sep 4pm to Sat 09 Sep 4pm.
Practice. Experience, dialogue, encounter, have a go and taking part in Deep Talk and dialogue with Deep Talk practitioners, find out how Deep Talk works in practice, for example:
– in adult groups,
– in schools,
– with children and young people in diverse settings;
– in belief, no belief and religious settings;
– in chaplaincy centres;
– in social work;
– with those who are marginalised for reasons, for example of, poverty, health, age, disability, gender, race-inequality, sexuality,
– one-to-one work including spiritual accompaniment.

The provisional location is Sheffield, England.

Accommodation including breakfast, provisional cost £50 per person per night.
Provisional Conference Fees including refreshments, lunch and dinner:
– £90 for each whole day attended (e.g. morning / afternoon / evening);
– £70 for a up two-thirds of a day (e.g. morning / afternoon or afternoon / evening);
– £50 for one-third of a day (e.g. evening or morning).

– stay for 4 nights, and attending the whole conference, £200 accommodation and £300 fee;
– stay for 2 nights, and attend from 4pm Thursday until 4pm Saturday, £100 accommodation, £210 fee;
– stay for 1 night and attend from Friday 4pm to Saturday 4pm, £50 accommodation and £120 fee.

Bookings will open on Monday 16 January 2023, please fill in this form to express an interest in the conference and to get email updates.

Our newly improved site

In April 2019 we updated our Deep Talk site for the international community and we have begun to advertise trainings in Deep Talk in the English language here.

This is all in addition to the huge amount of work Tuula Valkonen is doing with many others in Finland.

There is a new description about Deep Talk as well as the book about Deep Talk, which we are planning to replace in 2019.

One way to discover Deep Talk is simply to experience it and many dates will be advertised via our Communitylogo1, some examples, from Sheffield are listed here.