- Have you longed for mentoring and companionship around group facilitation?
- Are you eager for the courage and capacity to contribute more effectively to cultural and organizational change as you facilitate?
- Do you wish for more connection to your own power and ability to make a positive difference as a facilitator?
- Do you want to dramatically increase your toolbox as a facilitator even in the context of power differences?
- Would you like to learn how to regain flow and self-connection when you feel overwhelmed and under-resourced while facilitating?
If you have been inspired seeing Miki facilitate groups – at a training, when she used Convergent Facilitation to support your group in reaching a decision, or for any other group process – and you have wanted to understand fully what she does, so you can expand your range as facilitator, this is your retreat.
This is the first opportunity ever that Miki is creating to focus exclusively on everything related to facilitation. Instead of learning it only by watching, Miki plans to break everything down in learnable bits, creating the conditions for you to immerse yourself for a whole week in intensive learning and practicing designed to support you in gaining more mastery in the key tools and inner capacities that make deep, efficient, and transformative results likely in any group, whether within an organization, in a community, as part of your activism, or in a one-time gathering.
The retreat is designed primarily for people who are already facilitating groups – as trainers, activists, mediators, managers, consultants, and more. If you are not facilitating groups and you want to be, you are also welcome, knowing it’s likely to be a steep learning curve for you.
The plan for this retreat is to include the following:
- Interactive demonstration and instruction of essential facilitation competencies such as:
- Framing: naming what you see happening in a group in ways that help people settle and be present
- Reflecting and reframing: capturing everything said in ways that uncover the Noncontroversial Essence in support of the person speaking and everyone else
- Asking questions: inviting depth, reflection, and surfacing of what usually remains unsaid by continuously asking questions that go beyond the comfortable
- Transparency: using your internal process as a tool for supporting groups in cohering and building trust
- Interrupting: how to step into what’s happening with care and strength when you believe that someone’s speech no longer serves the group
- Tracking: making facilitation decisions based on ongoing awareness of purpose, time, people, needs, and open loops
- Willingness: supporting everyone in trusting that they matter and that everyone else matters, too, thereby expanding the field of willingness within the group
- Navigating transitions: when aiming to shift focus, considering whether and how to involve individuals or the group as a whole in the process of deciding
- Working across power differences: learning how to enhance collaboration and full participation by being aware of and then challenging implicit power dynamics
- Opportunities for individual and group work to deepen inner resources, including:
- “Absorbing” without reacting using Nonviolent Communication practices
- Learning to rely on intuition and increase self-confidence
- Overcoming fear and risking vulnerability and discomfort in yourself and others to bring as much truth as possible to the surface
- Ongoing opportunities for practice, both with and without coaching
- Specific scenarios from participants’ lives and practice
- Using Convergent Facilitation in simulated settings
- Navigating challenging moments
- Setting up practice situations for any and all of the topics covered during the retreat
- Co-creating the retreat by bringing situations, examples, and questions to explore
The workshop will be taught in English.
About the Trainer
Miki Kashtan is Lead Collaboration Consultant at the Center for Efficient Collaboration and a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC). Miki aims to support visionary leadership and shape a livable future using collaborative tools based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication. She shares these tools through meeting facilitation, consulting, and training for organizations and committed individuals. Her latest book, Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working together to Create a Nonviolent Future (2015), explores the practices and systems needed for a collaborative society.
The workshop will be held in Zagroda Ojrzanów which is located near Warsaw in beautiful surroundings. It is an amazing place with a small lake for swimming, bikes to rent, forest to walk in, and great food. It takes half an hour by car from Warsaw Airport Okęcie WAW or central train station and an hour from Modlin Airport (WMI). We offer you private transportation from both airports and the train station to the venue.
96-321 Żabia Wola
Participants from Central and Eastern Europe: US$850-600 sliding scale
Participants from Western Europe: US$1,050-850 sliding scale
We are aware that the level of living costs as well as the wages are very different in Eastern and Western Europe. For this reason, we’ve chosen Poland as our hosting country to reduce the cost of accommodation and food and in this way to make the retreat more available for everyone. We ask participants from Western Europe to pay higher tuition so that the cost of the workshop is shared based on what everyone can contribute and not on arithmetic. And if you would like to attend and money is an obstacle, please contact organizers. It is our intent to make this training available to anyone regardless of their financial means
Lodging and Food
Room and board costs are in addition to the tuition amount. These are non-negotiable and required by our host venue. You will pay in cash in Polish Zloty PLN directly to the venue for food, coffee breaks and accommodation when you arrive . When you register for the retreat, you will receive a link to a Accommodation, Meal and Transportation Options Form, where you will be able to let us know about your preferences, so that we can take care of you. Room assignments are subject to availability and are first-come-first-served.
Please see options of food and accommodation for the whole retreat. Packages include meals starting from lunch on 12th June ending with lunch on 18th June.
- All Meals + Bed + Coffee Breaks – 1190 PLN
- Lunch + Supper + Coffee Breaks – 680 PLN
- Lunch + Coffee Breaks – 490 PLN
- Coffee Breaks – 190 PLN
If you need transportation form airport or bus/train station to the venue, we offer you private transport.
How to Register
Go to the “Register” section at the bottom of the page. To reserve your space with a US$300 deposit, select the Deposit option. A course organizer will contact you later about paying the balance.
If you want to pay your full tuition up front please select one of the Tuition options.
See BayNVC’s policy re: cancellations and refunds here.