This training is about strengthening your ability to facilitate meetings and gatherings, helping groups to become something more than the sum of their parts and unleash their 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 principles of facilitation that will support you wherever you facilitate.
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, or there’s a lot of tension and no one knows how to deal with it, this workshop will help you navigate 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 look at ways to bring people together and move forward without leaving people behind, even when things are difficult, tense or stuck.
We’ll explore ways of listening to and intervening in 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, even when there’s a lot of disagreement.
This workshop is designed to support you to learn through experiences, trying things out and thinking things through together; we believe that people learn best through doing and reflecting on what they have done, rather than just being told.
We’ll plan 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.
Kathryn Tulip and Paul Kahawatte are both experienced facilitators and trainers with Navigate. Kathryn has been facilitating groups and training for more than 14 years with Seeds for Change and now with Navigate. 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 or organisations working for social change in some way. We welcome you if you’ve been facilitating for many years, or if you’re just starting out.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. The workshop has limited places, so get in touch soon.
This weekend workshop will take place in Bristol. We can provide 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
Saturday 24th March 11.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday 25th March 10.00am – 4.00pm