June 17 - 21. Galveston, Texas

An Experiential Learning Community in Postmodern / Social Construction Collaborative - Dialogue across Cultures, Contexts & Disciplines

Join us in Galveston:

Immerse in exploring postmodern/social construction collaborative-dialogue philosophy and practices. Enjoy warm hospitality and interaction with people from around the world. Learn the heart and spirit of collaborative--dialogic practices--a philosophical stance: see and experience it in action. Have ample time for conversations with colleagues with participants from around the world.


Beginning in the 70’s Harry Goolishian and Harlene Anderson invited a small group of professionals to Galveston for a week to think and work together around emerging collaborative-dialogic ideas and practices. These gatherings evolved into the International Summer Institute: a space for practitioners, researchers, scholars, and students to learn and share ideas and practices. Over the last twenty years the ISI convened in Mexico—as a bilingual event hosted by Harlene Anderson and Grupo Campos Eliseos colleagues--and grew in size and relevance within the international collaborative-dialogic community.

The International Summer Institute (ISI) is a significant contribution to these efforts. Importantly, it provides a space for practitioners to learn, share their work with others and further develop the growing international community of collaborative - dialogue practitioners.


The Institute is designed to meet the needs of participants with experience in collaborative practice and those new to it. The residential-symposium format allows for full immersion in collaborative-dialogic practices and its translation to a variety of contexts, cultures, and 'client' populations. Format: bilingual didactic presentations, live consultations, experiential exercises, dialogue spaces, conversational clusters and socials. Participants love the time for “pop-up” activities the residential-symposium provides.

Dialogue Spaces:

Dialogue Spaces (DS) are designed to provide opportunities for participants to meet in small groups with a facilitator around topics of interest. DS are organized during scheduled times and leisure time as well. Topics include research, clinical issues (i.e., children, couples, substance abuse, domestic violence, etc.), education and training, working in organizations and communities, coaching and more.

The benefit to attending the ISI:


The ISI Begins on Sunday, June 17th and concludes the evening of Thursday, June 21st with a reception and celebration of the Houston Galveston Institute’s 40th anniversary.
ISI Schedule (English)

ISI Sunday Workshop

Sunday Workshop: 5 pm – 7 pm Introduction to Collaborative-Dialogic Practices (included in registration.)

Registration Information for ISI

ISI 2018 Registration and Payment Form

Step 1: ISI Registration: Please click here to register for the ISI. Step 2: Payment Fee: Early registration fee prior to May 5th $795, students $595 Registration after May 5th $895, students $695 If you live in a Spanish speaking country, contact Sylvia London Payment Methods: You may pay by cash onsite, check, credit card, PayPal (under registration form), bank wire transfer.

Hotel Registration Information

Tremont Hotel Registration with ISI Rates. Galveston, Texas.

Hotel Registration: Please register directly with the hotel. Ask for the “International Summer Institute” block. You may register by phone, fax, or online. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation.

Hotel Rates: Single or double room $139 (plus tax): arriving June 17th – departing June 22nd.

Note: if you arrive a day earlier or stay a day later, ISI hotel seasonal rates apply for these nights.

Hotel Registration Information and Deadline: Please register early. The cut-off date and time for ISI special rates is May 26, 2018, 12:01 am. Hotel seasonal rates for the ISI are available before and after ISI. Please register by cut-off date.

Register by Phone: 409-515-2154 Register by Fax: 409-763-1539 Register online: Tremont Hotel Registration with ISI Rates.

General Hotel Information: The ISI takes place at the Tremont Hotel in Galveston’s historic Strand District. The Tremont is a charming boutique-style hotel near a variety of selections of restaurants, shops, entertainment, and museums. The Galveston Trolley runs frequently and takes visitors to the highlights of Galveston, including the Tremont’s sister-hotel—the Galvez--on the beach and with a beautiful pool area—which is open to our ISI guests. The Tremont has courtesy shuttle service to/from the Galvez Hotel. The hotel is an affiliate of the Wyndham Worldwide Hotel Group: Register for Wyndham rewards and you will earn 10 Wyndham points for every $1. Tremont Hotel Address: 2300 Ship’s Mechanic Row

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  • Taos Institute Doctoral Students: The ISI is one of the workshops for Taos Institute doctoral students. Click here for details

    Early discount - Student Rates - Limited Space
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