Stage Two: The Essence of Facilitation

Zenergy programmes are based on many years of experience and research in the area of co-operative technology, as explored and discussed in the books written by Dale Hunter and her colleagues.

Stage Two: The Essence of Facilitation is a training programme for participants to develop their skills and understanding of facilitation to a deeper level.

This experiential workshop builds on skills acquired in Stage One: The Art of Facilitation.

We practise ‘noticing’, or ‘distinguishing’ what is missing in a group’s interaction. We practise different ways to introduce the missing elements, while the group is in action.

Stage Two key areas, or ‘distinctions’ include:

  • purpose and culture
  • safety and trust
  • powerful listening and speaking
  • intentionality
  • emotional competence
  • completion
  • affirmation and celebration
  • authentic community

Each distinction is first identified both when it is present and when it is missing.

Processes for generating these distinctions within the group are explored.

Stage One: The Art of Facilitation is a prerequisite.

Course Outcomes

  • Distinguish key elements of intentionality, completion, emotional competence, intuition, powerful listening and speaking, safety and intimacy, power and equity.
  • Implement group processes appropriate to meeting the group purpose and maintain a balance between task and process, and individual and group needs.
  • Recognise and interrupt patterned behaviour including sabotage.
  • Attend to distress in self and others.
  • Demonstrate an ability to recognise and respond to the physical, mental, emotional, intuitive and spiritual levels of being.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of differences in group energy and to shift the energy levels using appropriate processes.

Required Text for Stage Two (included) is The Essence of Facilitation

Comments from Past Participants

“Learning by doing. Beautiful atmosphere created to experiment, play, explore and discover. Dale’s variety of interventions. She seemed to know exactly what I needed and when”

Dr. Daniel Ducker, Environmental Engineer.

“I think that it’s great that each programme is part of the whole Zenergy programme; a component of a larger entity”
Dave Rees, Business Change Facilitator, UK and NZ

“What I found valuable was seeing conflict as an opportunity to move the group forward, the focus on purpose and culture, and the importance of checking in.”

Sarah Finlay, Auckland Council, New Zealand