A new training for facilitators
On March 15th 2016, our first facilitation training starts. James tells the story of his career in facilitation.
I remember very clearly my first ‘group’ when I was 17 years old, called “Journey to the Heart”. I was immediately captivated and I felt at home. It was not just the content of workshop or the details of my own development that captivated me, it was the very process of being in a workshop.
Learning experientially in a group, being facilitated as a group – this was something new to me, something different to the classrooms I was used to.
We take the workshop form for granted these days but it has steadily grown since the 50’s and 60’s, spreading into domains such as therapy, organisations, spirituality and so on. Even at that age, I felt the power and sacredness of the form, though I may not have been able to articulate it as such.
And I was sharply aware of the facilitator – her expertise, her love, her presence.
“I want to do that one day!”, I said to myself.
As it turns out, facilitation has become my calling, my mission, my profession and my practice.
I teach through facilitation, I learn through facilitation, I derive deep soul pleasure from facilitation.
On the way, I have been exposed to many, many other wonderful (and not so wonderful) facilitators, all of whom have made vital contributions to my development first as a human being and second as a facilitator. And in our book that is the way round it should be: our impact as a facilitator is first and foremost a reflection of our state as a human being. The skills come on top, our humanity is the base.
At this stage in my life, I feel impelled to share what I have learnt. I passionately believe in the need for good facilitators in the world – in all walks of life. This is my craft and I want to transmit as much as I can. Hence the Facilitation Training which I am doing together with Andre Pilgrims, long-time friend and colleague.
Our first offering is aimed primarily at facilitators who work both as externals and internal within organisations – people who have to facilitate a certain depth of learning to people who work together.
The content will also be valuable to facilitators of any kind but the workplace is our primary target.
Dates facilitation training:
15 – 18 March 2016, Center for life and learning, Saint Blancard, France
8 – 10 June 2016, Belgium
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