Stage 1: The Art of Facilitation (Online)

June 9 - July 28, 2022 

Stage 1 of the Zenergy Diploma: The Art of Facilitation (40 hours) will run in a new format starting June 9 to July 28 over 8 weeks.   Online session times are 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Melbourne, Australia time, AEDT).  The training will also include 8 hours essential off line content and practical work between each session.  This experiential facilitation training is based on The Art of Facilitation (Hunter, 2007).

The need for effective online facilitation has become increasingly apparent over the last two years.  We need new ways of working together,  bringing our humanity and whole-person presence to this online world.  Participants will gain an embodied understanding of whole-person facilitation, developing skills in building relationships and accessing collective intelligence for the greater good of the teams, groups and communities in which they work.  A central focus of the training is to provide participants the opportunity to build confidence by practicing their facilitation in the safety of a supportive group without being exhausted or overwhelmed.

Course outline and dates

New Format Art of Facilitation:  Eight Afternoons/ Evenings / or Mornings depending on your time zone

Our standard programme normally runs over five days (40 hours) with a theme for each day: Creating the Programme, Facilitating Self and Others, Making Interventions, Facilitating Challenges, Integration and Assessment.  For this course we have spread the training over eight 'afternoons'  of four hours (32 Hours), with eight hours essential content and practical work off-line between sessions.  Same content, different format. Our aim for trialling this restructure is to evolve the program delivery while maintaining of the integrity of the course content, to enable greater accessibility for participants by offering it in different time zones with shorter sessions, and enable self selected timing for between session work.  In this way we alleviate the potetial for zoom fatigue and upskill participants with the facilitation skills and attributes needed for the emerging world.

Time Zones Thursday June 9 - Thursday July 28, 2022: 

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Auckland, NZ)
  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (London, UK )
  • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Madrid, Spain)
  • 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm (Singapore)

Session Dates

  • June 9    Session 1:  Creating the programme
  • June 16  Session 2:  Programme Frames
  • June 23  Session 3:  Facilitating Self and Others
  • June 30  Session 4: Making Interventions (Halfway review)
  • July 7      Session 5:  Making Interventions 2
  • July 14   Session 6:  Facilitating Challenges
  • July 21   Session 7:  Personal Facilitation Practice
  • July 28  Session 8:  Reflection, Integration and Assessment

Online platform

The course will be delivered using Zoom Video Conferencing (participants do not need a paid account).  We also use online collaboration tools including Google Drive and Jamboard, and WhatsApp for connecting as a group between sessions. We may also explore other collaboration platforms of interest to participants.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand whole-person online facilitation (including barriers and opportunities)
  • Understand the role of a facilitator and group development cycles
  • Create an empowering group purpose and safe group culture
  • Explore aspects of whole personhood and being present to self, others and the group
  • Recognise and work with different energy levels in self, others and the group
  • Practise facilitation processes, techniques and interventions in a group
  • Become comfortable with a range of behaviours and effectively manage conflict
  • Practice online facilitation and working with online collaboration platforms
  • Learning together with other facilitation professionals
  • Create meaningful connections online

Who is it for?

The Art of Facilitation has been developed for facilitators with varying levels of facilitation experience working in government, community and/or business sectors as it meets people at their own level of expertise. It is also suitable for team leaders, community facilitators, consultants and emerging facilitators and will be adapted to meet the specific needs of the group.

The group will have a maximum of 12 participants.

Additional information on Zenergy Stage 1: The Art of Facilitation


Laurel joined Zenergy as a trainer in 2016 after completing the Zenergy Diploma in 2010 and using the materials in the corporate world for many years.  She uses a social-ecological lens to help people make connections between social, environmental and economic equity.  She has 15 years’ experience in Educating for Sustainability, collaborating to train 2000 teachers around Australia to integrate sustainability principles across occupational sectors.  She runs leadership training (Courage to Lead) and sustainability leadership training.  A mentor in Al Gore’s Climate Reality program, she also delivers deep ecology, values and Eco Intelligence workshops and supports community regenerative projects across Australia.  Laurel lives and works from Dja dja Wurrung country in Central Victoria.

Laurel sees Zenergy facilitation as an essential skill set for those working in social and ecological change.

Corina is our Zenergy Trainer based in Europe. She will be co-hosting our next Stage 1 online alongside Laurel Freeland.  Corina has been using whole person technology for the last 20 years to get teams into flow and unleash their collective intelligence to solve their biggest challenges and serve their purpose.  Corina is super passionate about helping facilitators, project managers, leaders and entrepreneurs uplevel their collaboration skills be it online or in person.  We are excited to have Corina join us on this course.

Ross brings a natural-systems perspective to his Zenergy facilitation training, supporting individual and collective transformation aligned with whole people cooperating in a sustainable world.  He is strategic, creative and deeply curious.  Ross also provides strategy and engagement services to organisations protecting and enhancing natural systems and supporting community health and wellbeing. He has a technical background in water management and ecological design

Ross was born on Noongar (Wudjari) Country in South-West Western Australia and lives on Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri Willam) Country in Melbourne. He has supported and co-delivered Zenergy facilitation training since 2019.


$2,500 AUD ex. GST (corporate, business and government)
$1,800 AUD ex. GST (community and not-for-profit)
$750 AUD ex. GST (reviewer - someone who has done this course before)
Inquire about student and low income price availability

Early Bird: 10% discount if registered and payment confirmed by May 19,  2022.

Cost includes:

  • The Art of Facilitation (publication) by Dale Hunter & colleagues (in Australia)
  • Course manual
  • 40 hours of experiential training
  • Certificate of attendance


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