Advanced Facilitation

Moving Toward Mastery

Seattle, WA and Portland, OR, United States

In our advanced trainings, you’ll collaborate with colleagues in a creative learning community over time to develop the art of designing and leading transformational learning programs that change lives.

You will learn and practice all three aspects of the Creative Empowerment Model: Experiential Learning, Arts-Based Practices, and Leading Edge Facilitation Skills.

Based on the premise that effective facilitators are authentic, creative, responsible, and passionate, the training weaves personal growth with skill building and practice. Advanced Facilitation training is delivered in a variety of formats, from 2 days to 5 sessions, over several months depending on the location.

Heart of Facilitation – REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Lead with Heart, Maximize Your Impact!

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Heart of Facilitation is an in-depth, experiential training for youth workers, facilitators, counselors, trainers, educators, and other leaders of groups and trainings. You’ll learn proven techniques for bringing depth, relevance, and lasting impact to your programs, classrooms, or teams. Embark on a powerful learning journey with a supportive, creative community of fellow changemakers.

HOF meets one weekend per month from mid-November through mid-March. The location alternates  between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington, US.

“Everybody who is an educator or who works with young people should take this course. It’s fantastic.” ~Aimee Eddins, youth worker and HOF alumnus

Program Overview

Heart of Facilitation is enlivening, challenging, and fun. Participants should expect the training to be at times mentally, physically, and emotionally taxing. We have purposely created a rigorous training to make clear the level of skill, commitment, and integrity it takes to become a top-notch facilitator with the power and courage to make a difference.

Those who see working with groups not as “work” but rather as a life path, should feel right at home with the Heart of Facilitation.

Lead trainers Hanif Fazal and Peggy Taylor are joined by additional trainers to ensure time for small group practice. Participants form a robust learning community that endures long after the training ends.

Topics Covered
  • Basic Facilitation Skills: Questioning, processing, listening, authentic speaking, setting context, debriefing, working with a co-facilitator
  • Effective Communication: Non-violent, relational, and challenge-based communication; relational and rapport building skills
  • Group Dynamics: Understanding what makes groups tick; getting comfortable working with young people, their emotions and issues
  • Personal Development: Understanding your triggers; learning how to claim and hold space; understanding your strengths and challenges as a leader
  • Cultural Competency: Understanding the dynamics of working with youth and adults from diverse cultures; how to lead culturally responsive programs; how to be an ally for all youth
  • Presentation Skills: Getting comfortable speaking in front of groups; projecting your voice; clear communication; being able to think on your feet
  • Creative Arts Skills : Using image and metaphor in teaching; how to use arts practices to build strong groups; basic activities from theater, creative writing, poetry, visual arts, music, movement, and rhythm
  • Program Design Skills: Understanding the elements of a strong program; how to design experiential learning programs
November 2018 – March 2019 Dates
  • November 8-11, 2018 – Portland, OR
  • Nov 30 – Dec 2, 2018  – Portland, OR
  • January 11-13, 2019 – Seattle, WA
  • February 8-10, 2019 – Seattle, WA (CANCELLED)
  • March 8-10, 2019 – Portland, OR
  • April 5-7, 2019 – Portland, OR
Session Times

The first weekend includes an extra day (November 8-11):

  • Thursday 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

All other weekends:

  • Friday 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Sunday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please note: the following locations are still being confirmed and are subject to change.

November, December, March, and April


February (CANCELLED)


Because of the popularity, cost, and time commitment for the Heart of Facilitation Training, acceptance is determined through an application process. We want to ensure that Heart of Facilitation is the right fit for your personal and professional development goals. Applications are reviewed in the order that they are received.

  • Once accepted into the program, a deposit of $250 is required to secure your space in the training.
  • The balance of the course fee of $1750 is due November 1, 2018.
  • A full refund, less a $50 Admin fee, will be issued for cancellations made more than 1-month prior to the training start date.
  • For cancellations of less than 1-month, a full refund minus the $250 deposit.
  • Cancellations of less than 2-weeks notice or after the course start date will not be offered a refund unless we find a replacement for your place.
  • Payment plans and limited scholarships are available. Be sure to indicate in your application if you are interested in either of these options.

Credits and Clock Hours/PDU’s

US participants can earn up to 12 continuing education quarter credits at the 400 or 500 level from the Heritage Institute. These credits come through the Antioch University Extension Program. An additional cost is required. Educators and school counselors can also receive 108 clock hours (WA State) or PDU’s (OR State) for the training. Credits, clock hours, and PDU’s can also be broken down into smaller segments if you don’t need the full amount. Contact us for more information:


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November 08 - April 07, 2018
(5 weekends in 5 months)


Several locations, Seattle, WA and Portland, OR, United States


Sixteen days of training

Prerequisites: Experience facilitating groups and/or with using the Creative Empowerment Model

Registration Fee: $1750, scholarships and payment plans available

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The magic emerging from HOF deepened my inward journey of discovery. It grounded my fears, nurtured my voice, and taught me to listen with empathy. I really believe that if all educators in the world would go through Heart of Facilitation, a huge chunk of world peace would be achieved.

Melanie Schambach

Youth facilitator and visual arts teaching artist, London, ON, Canada

AOF has transformed my work with groups and individuals. My participants are more engaged, my clients are more appreciative, and I am more fulfilled. From at-risk youth to affluent adults, everyone I work with can feel the magic I picked up at AOF. Since the program, I've emerged as one of the lead facilitators in my region and am even being invited to train others. I can't recommend this program enough.

Kai Thomas

Facilitator and Consultant, Asheville, NC

I draw on the skills I learned in HOF during every workshop I lead. Beyond what I do, the way I do the work has transformed.

Alan Wong

Facilitator, teaching artist, Seattle, WA


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