Mindful Facilitation (approved for 6 clock hours)
How does MINDFUL FACILITATION differ from other modes of facilitation?
Outcome oriented facilitation is the most common model of group leadership/collaboration. It is goal oriented and focused on the accomplishment of tasks. There is always an agenda to follow, its great usefulness comes from the very fact that for problem “a’ there is a solution “b”. Mindful Facilitation does not discount the value of outcome oriented facilitation, but the model of Mindful Facilitation incorporates significantly different touchstones and approaches.
Mindful Facilitation is about witnessing and tracking, it is about holding the unknown and embracing potential unease that can occur as we stay present with the unfolding moment. In group dynamics, tension, opposing views and even conflict can arise. Our ability to engage in the unfolding dynamics is directly related to how we, in our selves, feel about discord.
For some it becomes challenging to stay present because we have been socially conditioned to fix, ignore, or distract from our own unease that we may experience within ourselves. If this happens, our motivation to offer a remedy is driven by our own internal discomfort and not the need of the group.
Mindful Facilitation is about embracing our own unease without fixing, distracting, or ignoring it.
Mindful Facilitation is about witnessing ourselves witness ourselves while being in contact with others. But mostly it is about setting aside the demand for a particular outcome, and observing the impact of the present moment. It is about engaging in the process before us, not the process we think or hope should happen.
It is about the dynamic relationships that develop when, as facilitator/boss/worker/partner/parent, we embody what we are communicating.
Leading a group is complex, challenging work. Even a well-designed agenda can be sidelined by participant anxieties or expectations that create unproductive group dynamics. So throw your agenda away!
We will introduce new and highly effective approaches that enable you to uncover what’s underneath the challenges your group is facing. You’ll gain valuable facilitation skills to lead your team with greater cohesion and effectiveness.
6 CLOCK HOURS AVAILABLE FOR EDUCATORS
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts
7409 Icicle Road, Leavenworth, WA 98826