Facilitation Master Class

03 - 06 December 2019 in Melbourne

The Master Class is an experiential training programme in which participants develop their skills and understanding of facilitation around their identified leading edges.

Master Classes are events for experienced group Facilitators and focus on developing advanced skills in facilitation.

Specific aspects of facilitation are identified by each of the class participants. Each participant works on their own self identified ‘leading edge’, and receives coaching from the programme leader, and with the assistance of the group, to take their facilitation towards mastery.

These ‘leading edges’ are then brought to the Master Class and studied in-depth towards attaining mastery. Senior Zenergy programme leaders work alongside each participant coaching them as they facilitate the group. Participants are also given the opportunity to coach one another.

Leading edges can be for example:

1) Something you feel is a stretch in your facilitation (in Self-, 1:1- and/or Group Facilitation)

2) Something you want to learn to expand your toolbox (e.g. New processes like Open Space ...)

3) Something you are avoiding in your portfolio ... (like "Conflict" or "Strategy" or "Creativity" or "Purpose Development")

4) Something you are already good at and like to develop further Mastery in ... (e.g. Recording, Presence, Strategic Questions ...)

Aspects of facilitation chosen by participants may include:

Expanding group consciousness
Presence and presencing
Generating collective intelligence
Facilitated storytelling
Working in the moment / improvisation
Self Organising Networks and Groups (SONG’s)
Generating social change towards a sustainable world
Working with energy
Working with conflict
Analysis of group process
Designing organisational interventions
Blended realities – f2f and online
Designing powerful follow-up
Project, process and workshop design
Evaluation and assessment

Event details

Dates: Tuesday  3 December 2019 - Friday 06 December 2019
Sessions: Tuesday 10am - 5.30pm
Wednesday - Thursday 9am - 5.30pm
Friday 9am - 4pm
Venue: The Story House and Garden, Daylesford, Victoria

About the Trainers

Dr. Dale Hunter is a pioneer in the field of group facilitation and the author of the international classic The Art of Facilitation. She researches and promotes co-operative work and facilitates organisational development. She is a co-founder and Director of Zenergy Ltd

The Zenergy 6 module Diploma of Facilitation, was co-designed by Hunter. More than 2000 people have now participated in one or more of these training programmes. Dale has led facilitation workshops in Europe (UK, Germany), USA, Canada, China, Malaysia, South Africa and the Caribbean as well as in Australia and New Zealand, where she is based.

Dale Hunter is the principal co-author of The Art of Facilitation (fully revised), Handling Groups in Action: The Use of Distinctions in Facilitation; The Zen of Groups and Co-operacy – A New Way of Being at Work. She has also contributed chapters to the IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation (2005) and Creating a Culture of Collaboration (2006) published by Jossey-Bass.

Dale’s doctoral thesis (2003) is entitled “Facilitation of sustainable co-operative processes in organisations” from the Social Ecology Research Group (SERG) at the University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury, Australia.

Dr. Hunter is a sustaining member of the International Association of Facilitators, a former board member and Vice Chair International (2001-2007) and was instrumental in the development of the IAF Code of Ethics for Group Facilitators. She facilitated at the World Summit for Sustainable Development Stakeholders Forum in Johannesburg in 2002.


Laurel Freeland joined Zenergy in 2016 after 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 is a mentor in Al Gore’s Climate Reality program, runs workshops in Paul Hawken’s Drawdown training, and facilitates Deep Ecology and Eco Intelligence workshops. She sees the Zenergy facilitation as an essential skillset for those working in social and ecological change.


Simone Maus has been a trainer with Zenergy Global since 2013.  In 2015 she relocated from New Zealand to Australia and brought the Zenergy work with her. Simone is active with the Victorian Facilitators Network (VFN) and also delivers Zenergy programs in Europe and the UK.  Since establishing in Australia, Zenergy Global Australia has been growing and had several programmes delivered all over the country. Simone is an experienced facilitator, coach and trainer working in government, corporate business and community sector. Simone also works as a Culture Transformation Partner with The Zone Global Partnership (thezone.co) using the cooperative processes developed by Zenergy Global to transform organisational development towards more collaboration. 




Full Price: $2400
NFP, Community, Low Income Price: $1900
Early Bird: 10% discount, if registered before 3 November 2019
Reviewer* Price $1200 - Full, $950 - NFP (*Someone who has attended the Master Class before)
Scholarships: Zenergy Global offers two scholarship seats on every course. Please inquire below.

Cost Includes

  • Morning and afternoon tea refreshments
  • Course Manual,
  • 4 days training,
  • Certificate of Attendance

The work of the Master Class takes place within an environment of powerful presence and collective inquiry. Knowledge is generated within a context of a specific purpose or intent which allows for mastery to be accessed directly from the unknown.

This co-created new knowledge then immediately informs each participating facilitator’s work and is also integrated into the other modules of the Diploma of Facilitation. In this way the work of Zenergy is constantly in development as participative action research.


Two Master Classes are required modules towards the completion of the Zenergy Diploma in Facilitation. Stage One; The Art of Facilitation and Stage Two; The Essence of Facilitation are prerequisites for attending the Masterclasses.

More about the Master Class and the Zenergy Diploma can be found by clicking on the links.


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