Liberating Structures European Learning Gathering

The Learning Gathering exists to bring together experienced practitioners from the Liberating Structures community. We provide a space for sharing learnings, developing new initiatives and spreading Liberating Structures far and beyond. The Learning Gathering is an excellent opportunity to reflect on your own practice with Liberating Structures. This video gives you a good impression of the event.

The Structure of this Gathering

The Learning Gathering is structured as an Options Space where participants determine most of the schedule and content. You are invited to suggest and host sessions on LS-related topics that you care about. Design Teams representing different User Groups and countries will host prepared strings during ‘Integrated Tracks’. The community-driven nature of this event makes it an excellent opportunity to build connections, start new initiatives or work with experienced practitioners from other countries.

The venue offers plenty of space for simultaneous sessions and separate rooms for casual networking alike.

In the months leading up to the event, you will have the opportunity to submit and promote topics you care about ahead of time to find fellow participants for designing and co-facilitating your String. Along with all your spontaneous ideas and learning needs, which might pop up during the gathering, you will find the right participants for your topic in one of our options space (a variant of Open Space Technology) slots.

The Content of this Gathering

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • New ways of applying Liberating Structures
  • New riffs and variations of existing Liberating Structures
  • New Liberating Structures and Liberating Structures in development
  • Marrying Liberating Structures with other facilitation methods
  • Failures using Liberating Structures
  • Liberating Structures stringing
  • Forming new initiatives
  • Opportunities for societal change

Tickets and pricing

The entry fee is aimed at covering our costs. Ticket prices include beverages, snacks and lunch during both days. Please note that Eventbrite will charge service fees on top. If we happen to draw profit from the event, we will fully reinvest it in hosting more LS User Group meetups and supporting LS initiates. This means that we have no discounts or options for NGOs or students. If you really cannot afford the ticket price but feel like you really need to be at the gathering, please contact us directly.


Rijksstraatweg 20
3545 NA Utrecht

How to get there?

The venue is 20 minutes by bus or bicycle from Utrecht Central Station. You can rent bicycles at the station. Another option is to go by bus, which takes about 7 minutes from Utrecht Centraal. Enter your destination, Busstop ‘Burgemeester Verderlaan’, in to find the times. Although Uber is available in the Netherlands, public transport is much cheaper, faster and also very safe.

If you travel by car, be aware that the venue has space for 75 cars behind the cathedral. Where possible use other means of transport or carpool.

Where to stay?

The nearest hotels are Holiday Inn Papendorp, followed by Ibis Hotel Utrecht. Or you can stay in a hotel closer to the beautiful old city center. The city of Utrecht is safe.


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