Creative Facilitation 1

Using Creative Arts as Facilitation Tools

Luxor, Egypt

This experiential training introduces you to the world of Creative Empowerment Facilitation. You’ll learn strategies for building safety that allows people to take creative risks. You’ll gain a framework for integrating creative practices into all aspects of your facilitation. You’ll build a tool box of easy-to-lead activities you can use the very next day to bring depth and heart to your programs.

You’ll experience the life enhancing benefits of Creative Facilitation first hand. Expect to walk away with new confidence in your own creativity and ability to be an engaging and inspiring leader.

Global Gathering 2018

Empowering Youth to Thrive

September 25-30, 2018, Luxor, Egypt

Mentors and youth in Egypt joining hands around a newly completed art project they completed together.
Photo: Elisa Sednaoui Foundation

Join us for our  Global Gathering 2018. Given the increasing social, political, and environmental challenges across the planet, we are focusing on two key questions: “How can we best support youth to thrive in the midst of rapid change?” and “How can we keep ourselves well and balanced as we serve as leaders in these times?”

The Gathering will bring together 85-100 people committed to unleashing the potential of young people: facilitators, educators, artists, social entrepreneurs, and inspiring social change leaders from around the world.

Over six days we’ll enrich our facilitation skills, develop new collaborations, and imagine new possibilities for ourselves and our communities. We’ll explore ways we can tap into our shared creativity to build resilience in ourselves and our communities.

You can expect the gathering to be creative, playful, renewing, challenging, and unique. There will be a diverse program of plenary sessions, participatory workshops, social activities, and creative community building throughout.

Topics include:

  • Strategies for Building Resilience
  • Using Creative Activities to Develop Key Life Skills
  • Ways to Strengthen the Impact of our Youth Programs
  • Social Justice and Equity: Global Perspectives
  • Developing Strong Partnerships
  • Raising Money for Your Program
  • Creative Empowerment in Schools
  • What Neuroscience Tells us About the Power of Art
  • Working with Trauma
  • Exploring Gender Issues
  • Working with Refugee Populations
  • PLUS a wide range of workshops on using arts in your program: music, theatre
    improvisation, creative writing, storytelling, and more!

It is not too late to apply! But space is limited. 



The 2018 Gathering is hosted by the Funtasia Cultural Centre, and the Elisa Sednaoui Foundation, our Egyptian partners. You’ll meet their amazing team of trainers who lead creative learning experiences for youth and adults in Luxor, Egypt.

The Setting

Luxor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site often referred to as “the world’s greatest open-air museum.” It is home to some of the most significant monuments to human history. We’ll be close to the Nile River, on the West Bank which is also known as the Valley of Kings and Queens. We are within walking distance of the famous Habu Temple and in direct view of the ancient Thebes mountain. This extraordinary place was chosen by Pharaohs thousands of years ago as a site of great power and a portal to other dimensions. We hope this site will be inspiring and remind us of the profound power and resilience of our planet and the responsibilities and possibilities for our species.

Guest Speakers

Elisa SednaouiElisa Sednaoui, Founder and Director, Elisa Sednaoui Foundation (ESF)
Elisa started her career as an actress and model. In 2013 she became a social entrepreneur interested in supporting children. Having grown up in Europe and Egypt, Elisa was interested in cultural exchange, integration, and education. She established ESF to create and fund centres where children and young people could explore possibilities and interests beyond their everyday life. ESF offers exposure to diverse subjects ranging from music and art, to gardening and nutrition. These programmes and Elisa’s partnerships, ranging from Save The Children Italy to Christian Louboutin, have enriched the lives of thousands of young people in Italy and Egypt.


Sucheta BhatSucheta Bhat, Chief Executive Officer of Dream a Dream, Bangalore India
Suchetha has worked in both the corporate the the social sector. She worked in the corporate sector for nine years as an Electronics and Communication engineer. She then moved on to get a Post Graduate degree in Psychology. Realizing that her true passion was working with underserved youth, she started her journey into the social sector by volunteering for Dream a Dream. Since joining Dream a Dream full-time in 2010, she has been instrumental in scaling the impact of the organization, while designing programs that transform lives. Her strengths include understanding child-adversity, organizational culture building, and impact assessment of life-skills programs. Her passion is to advocate for the urgency and criticality of preparing young people for the new world.


Deepa Narayan, Author, Chup: Breaking the Silence about India’s Women

Deepa specializes in policy, program design and evaluation based on people’s perspectives. She has a Phd in Child Development and frames her work through a lense of power and inequality. She was Senior Advisor on poverty reduction at the World Bank from 2003-2008. She has served on expert advisory groups of international organizations and NGOs including the World Economic Forum, the Global Development Network and Dasra. Her books include the Voices of the Poor and the four-volume Moving Out of Poverty series. Her new book Chup: Breaking the Silence About India’s Women focuses on the power of culture and habits in explaining deep gender inequality in India with implications for the women’s movement in India and the USA.

Lead Facilitators

Nadia Chaney Stephanie Turner Peggy Taylor
Nadia Chaney Stephanie Turner Gani Taylor Peggy Taylor

Here is a Partial List of Workshop Leaders 

Chris Malapitan (Belgium)

Visual Practitioner/Trainer

Using Graphic Facilitation & Visual Thinking

Eric MulhollandEric Mulholland (USA)

Theater Practitioner/Trainer

Using Theater in Your Facilitation 

Eleni GaziEleni Gazi (Greece)

Elix Conservation Volunteers Greece 

Working with Refugees

Madhu Shukla (India)

Applied Theater Practitioner


The Art of Possibilities: Unlocking Inner Resources through Theatre

Aaron Smith (USA)

Professional Musician, Arts Entrepreneur

 1World Chorus

Music Facilitation for Social Change

Helena Hennighausen (USA)

US Director, Partners for Youth Empowerment

Partners for Youth Empowerment 

The Magic of Camps

Thandile GiyamaThandile Giyama (S. Africa)

Goof Edutainment

Youth Empowerment: Experiences from Cape Town

Andre WilsonAndre Wilson (Jamaica)

Founder Youth-For-Development Network, Program Manager, One Love Youth Camp Jamaica

Youth Empowerment: Experiences from Jamaica

Leslie CotterLeslie Cotter (USA)

Professional Coach, Facilitator,  Psychiatrist.

Life Coaching for Resilience

Khari McClelland (Canada)


Freedom Singer

Bringing Big Visions to Life

Themis GkionThemis Gkion (Greece)

Learning Design Architect, 

Flow Athens

Innovation, Play & Resilience

Practical Information

Participation is by application. We ask that you fill in a short application form.

Dates: September 25 (morning) and ends on September 30 (afternoon)*

*We recommend that you arrive by the evening of September 24th and depart on the morning of October 1.

Venue: Funtasia Cultural Centre, Luxor – Egypt

Language: There will be many languages spoken at the Gathering. The primary language of the Gathering will be English and we will have Arabic-English translators.

Gathering Fee:

£500 – Full fee
£350 – Freelance/non-profit/schools discounted rate
£150 – Partners for Youth Empowerment Partners and Trainers

*This fee Includes 6-day conference costs – all workshops, materials, refreshments and 2 days of Creative Facilitation training immediately before the GatheringYou will not be charged any fees until your application has been approved.

Lodging & Food

We can organize accommodation and food near the venue. Shared accommodation, 3 meals & water/day (other drinks are additional) cost £17-£33 per day (depending on the accommodation chosen).

We have reserved a block of rooms at a selection of hotels near to the venue, further details hereGathering 2018 Hotels descriptionPlease book soon to guarantee your chosen hotel.

If you would like to arrive earlier or stay after the Gathering please let us know the exact dates & times as soon as possible.

Our aim is to make the gathering accessible to as many people as possible while being able to cover the costs of the event. If you have any questions about the costs of the Gathering please contact

Travel & Visa

Participants are responsible for booking and paying their own travel to and from Luxor. You are also responsible for securing travel visas to Egypt. Visa requirements are different depending on the country of origin. Please check well in advance your country’s visa requirement. PYE & Funtasia can provide a letter of invitation for visa purposes.

Special opportunity for those new to the Creative Empowerment Model: We invite you to attend a 2-day Creative Facilitation Training tuition free on Sept. 23-24 just prior to the gathering. You are simply responsible for the nominal cost of room and board at our nearby hotel.


Applications are open and spaces are limited.


If you have any questions please contact

What People Say About Previous Gatherings

I really appreciate the honesty, transparency, and authenticity of PYE facilitators throughout the Gathering. It met my needs for connection, community, closeness, and purpose. With gratitude, love, some tears ,and a smile.

–Camp Confluence Gathering Participant, USA 2017

In my 41 years, I have never encountered such a dramatic and transformational experience – especially over a few days. I have no doubt that these experiences will be long-lasting and far-reaching.

–Camp Confluence Gathering Participant, USA 2017

Amazing and generous opportunity. I felt like we were all growing together and did not ever feel a hierarchy of experience or leaders. Facilitation for our needs was excellent and organisation and communication was clear and full of love.

–Trainer Confluence Gathering Participant, Spain, 2016

I definitely have more confidence in my facilitation skills. I appreciate gaining clarity and shining light into the details and nuances of the art of facilitation that bring out the magic and make such a difference.

–Trainer Confluence Gathering Participant, Spain, 2016.

In collaboration with:

Global Change Leaders

Funtasia Cultural Centre (powered by the Elisa Sednaoui Foundation) and Global Change Leaders (powered by Ashoka)


September 25 - September 30, 2018
(6 days)


Funtasia Cultural Centre, Luxor, Egypt


All Day

Prerequisites: None

Registration Fee: £100-500

Partner: partner

Partner: partner2

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