The yoga of facilitation (Clowning for Facilitators)

The yoga of facilitation (Clowning for Facilitators)


Clowning for facilitators workshopClowning for Facilitators is a unique opportunity for facilitators, trainers and educators to develop the intangible aspects to facilitation that differentiate a good facilitator from a really great facilitation; one who is comfortable with themselves, connected to the group they are working with, and tuned in to where the discussion needs to go.  This intuitive capacity is often developed only on the job but, through the perhaps surprising parallels to facilitation found in the art of clown, we are able to nurture this very important aspect to the work of being with groups.

Many people think of clown as silliness and slapstick (which it can be) but there is a much deeper learning enabled by this type of play. We learn to be more comfortable in ourselves (or notice when we are not comfortable), to explore the tensions between doing and being still, and to understand more about how we are with others.

In clowning for facilitations we use movement and play to explore how being grounded in your body impacts the way you connect with the people you work with.  We also draw from clown a number of practical performance skills that help with running engaging training sessions, such as timing, using tension in a health way, playing with rhythm and lifting the energy in a room.

For facilitators, teachers and people who lead groups. Places limited to twelve.

“You’ll practice letting go and rediscover spontaneity.”

Upcoming dates:

Sydney NSW Thursday October 3
Newcastle NSW Tuesday October 8 1pm – 5pm
Perth WA Thursday Nov 13, 9am – 1pm in the King Street Arts Centre.

Eventbrite - Clowning for Facilitators (Sydney): nurturing the intangible aspects to facilitation
Eventbrite - Clowning for Facilitators (Newcastle): nurturing the intangible aspects to facilitation
Eventbrite - Present, connected, aware: a clowning workshop for facilitators

“It was valuable to take myself out of traditional facilitator type training and try something new.”

“You learn as much about yourself as you do others.”

“I’ll be making room for stillness and allowing people to come to conclusions without telling them how to get there.” (Gemma, Facilitator at Scitech)

“The most valuable thing for my professional life was watching the group form and doing things easily, not the hard way”.
(Beth, Disabilities Services Commission)

“I loved it.”
(Kate Raynes-Goldie, lecturer at Curtin University and game-designer Atmosphere Industries)

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