“Being a Facilitator” – An introduction to Zenergy Group Facilitation by Simone Maus and Laurel Freeland
Where and When: Thursday 29 November 9am to 4pm
Venue: Eagle Bar Venue, La Trobe University, Bundoora
“The most important work for any facilitator is developing one’s own capacity to be and become an embodied, grounded, self-aware and self-reflecting person – to facilitate self”
Dr Dale Hunter et al: The Art of Facilitation.
A facilitator’s power is very often unseen. This is what we call ‘the being’ of a facilitator. From the outside it might look like that a facilitator is not doing much; from the inside a facilitator can change the course of events in a group by a way of being. This might include concepts like “Holding Space”, “Standing in a purpose”, “Holding an intention”, “Powerful Listening” and “Being With”. The way a facilitator is being can determine how much diversity, creativity and wisdom can be generated in a group.
This workshop will introduce participants into the ways of being and the skills needed to facilitate group and team processes. The programme will be experiential and full of practical tools that facilitators can experience, learn, embody and take home with them.
After exploring what it means to be a facilitator, we will share some practical processes that give facilitators the tools to celebrate diversity, creativity and wisdom in their groups.
The programme is supported by a depth of resources developed by Zenergy Global, published in “The Art of Facilitation”, “The Essence of Facilitation” and “Co-operacy – a new way of being at work”. Dr. Dale Hunter, the founder of the Zenergy methodology was a co-author in all three books.
The programme will draw from: Philosophy and methodology of facilitation; Being, embodiment and alignment; Aligning on a purpose; Developing a common culture; Self-facilitation; Getting full participation, Getting present, Powerful listening, Develop intervention skills in an unknown, Emerging future; Making and receiving challenges; Using continuums and other action methods; The experiential learning cycle; Developing feedback skills; Distinguishing guiding the process from being a content expert; Understanding emotional competence and understanding the nature of conflict.
We will use tools of dialoguing, improvisation, role-play, creative arts and many other processes to explore the wisdom in the group around the subject of being a facilitator. The programme will also give an introduction into the experiential training that is the defining essence of the Zenergy Global training programmes.
Please come and join us exploring the Being of a Facilitator.
What you’ll learn
- Understand the role of a facilitator
- Clarify, identify and create a group purpose.
- Create a safe and empowering group culture.
- Learn ‘the being’ aspect of facilitation in a whole personhood approach and how to be present to self, others and the group.
- Practice a range of interventions, processes and techniques appropriately within the group.
- Be comfortable with a wide range of behaviours
- Recognise and work with different energy levels in self, others and the group.
Simone Maus is an experienced facilitator who has worked with facilitative leadership and training as a researcher, manager, trainer, facilitator and coach for over 20 years in countries like Germany, England, New Zealand and Australia. Simone is also a programme leader for Zenergy Global who has been delivering a Diploma in Facilitation since 1993 and has now over 2000 people who have participated in their trainings.
Simone is passionate about enabling leaders and facilitators to create collaboration in groups and teams. For the last six years, Simone has been teaching the Zenergy Global technology of group facilitation that focuses on enabling leaders and groups to work collaboratively together, to create group synergy and to access collective intelligence.
Simone lives in Melbourne, Australia and her expertise is in experiential learning design, training, coaching, team building, facilitation, authentic leadership and courageous conversations.
Laurel Freeland is a social ecological facilitator who is committed to enabling a deep connection with the Earth that is reciprocal, healing and regenerative for all. She runs deep ecology and creative workshops, trains regenerative and community practitioners in whole person facilitation skills and introduces a systemic approach to working in a way that places humanity and business in harmony with the planet. She coordinates an international MBA Ethics program about business, society and the planet and brings business skills to her coaching and facilitation. She recognises the importance of play and remembers to take time out in Nature.