In this training you’ll strengthen your capacity to facilitate meetings, gatherings and other events by helping the group to become something more than the sum of its parts and access its collective potential.
Facilitation is about making it as easy as possible for a group to get on with whatever it came together for. While there are many ways of facilitating, and every situation is different, there are some powerful underlying roots of facilitation that will support you in every meeting or event you facilitate.
You are welcome to this workshop if you’ve ever been part of a group that has faced problems. If meetings drain energy rather than creating progress, then this workshop can help you find a way to turn it around. If you could cut the atmosphere with a knife, where there’s a lot of tension and no one knows how to deal with it, this workshop will help you facilitate your way through it. If your group has power dynamics that aren’t being dealt with, where some people’s voices seem to count more than those of others, then we’ll look at how you can address this.
We’ll explore ways of observing and intervening with what’s going on in a group, you’ll discover more about your role as a facilitator, and we’ll help you find the right balance between sticking to the agenda and following the unplanned. You’ll develop ways of integrating what’s important to everyone and moving forward together, even when things seem stuck in disagreement.
This workshop is participatory, which means that most of what you learn will come out of your own direct experience during the weekend. We know that people learn from doing, and by reflecting on what they have done, rather than being told by a ‘sage on the stage’. We’ll design the workshop based on what you tell us you’re interested in learning (via a questionnaire beforehand), and we’ll adapt our plan as the weekend unfolds.
Paul Kahawatte and Hannah Lewis are both trainers with Navigate, and have been facilitating for a total of 15 years. Hannah has been facilitating groups through sticky situations for eight years, first with Seeds for Change Oxford, and now with Navigate, and is currently studying for a diploma in Processwork. Paul has extensive experience as a community mediator, drawing on years of studying the principles of Nonviolent Communication and Convergent Facilitation.
How to apply
Apply here. This workshop is for people active in groups working for social change in some way. We welcome you if you’ve been facilitating for many years, or whether you’re just starting to facilitate now.
Email hello@navigate for any questions, The workshop has limited places, so get in touch soon.
This weekend workshop will take place in North London. We will provide lunch on both days, and accommodation if you want it. The cost of the workshop is £30 – £250, depending on your income. If you want to come and can’t afford £30, please let us know what you can afford – no one will be turned away through lack of funds.
Dates & times
16th September 11am – 7pm
17th September 9am – 3pm