Advanced Facilitation

Moving Toward Mastery

Toronto, ON, Canada

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.



A group of trainees at one of Partners for Youth's facilitations stand smiling with arms extended, practicing an activity they can teach to their students

Art of Facilitation (AOF), our international advanced facilitation training, 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 change makers.

Art of Facilitation meets one weekend per month from mid-October through mid-February in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Everybody who is an educator or who works with young people should take this course. It’s fantastic.”

Aimee Eddins, youth worker


Art 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 Art of Facilitation.

Lead trainer, Nadia Chaney, is joined by an additional trainer to ensure time for small group practice. Participants form a robust learning community that endures long after the training ends.


  • 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

DATES FOR 2019-2020

  • October 18-20, 2019
  • November 15-17, 2019
  • December 13-15, 2019
  • January 17-19, 2020
  • February 13-16, 2020


The first four weekends:

  • Friday, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The final weekend includes an extra day (February 13-16):

  • Thursday, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Friday, 10:00 pm -5:00 pm
  • Saturday, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


The STEPS Initiative | ArtHub 27, 39 Queens Quay East, Toronto, ON, Canada

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  • Full Rate: CAD$2250
  • Early Bird Rate: CAD$2000 – Registration and deposit must be received by July 31 to receive the Early Bird rate.
  • Fees includes materials and refreshments. Please plan to bring or purchase lunch.
  • Deposit: A deposit of CAD$250 is required with registration to hold your space in this training.
  • Tuition Due: Tuition balance will be due in full on October 15.
  • Scholarships: Our goal is to make training accessible to anyone who wishes to attend, regardless of financial need. Limited scholarship funds are available for this training. Be sure to indicate that you would like to be considered on your registration form. Scholarship awards will be announced September 15 and we will continue to consider scholarship requests after that date.
  • Payment Plan: To help ease the financial burden, an optional payment plan is available that enables you to split your tuition balance into two payments, due October 15 and December 15.


  • A full refund, less a CAD$50 Admin fee, will be issued for cancellations made more than 1-month prior to a training start date.
  • For cancellations of less than 1-month, a full refund minus the CAD$250 deposit.
  • Cancellations of less than 2-weeks notice or after the course start date will not be offered a refund.
  • Note About Enrollment: A minimum enrollment is required for this training, and if not met by September 30, this training may be cancelled. If cancelled due to lack of enrollment, registration fees will be fully refunded.

AOF Toronto – FLYER


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October 18 - February 16, 2019-2020
(5 weekends in 5 months)


The STEPS Initiative | ArtHub 27, 39 Queens Quay East, Toronto, ON, Canada


Sixteen days of training

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

Registration Fee: $2250 CAD; scholarships 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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