Basic Course

The Journey of Facilitation & Collaboration
June 12-16, 2017, 8:00am-4:30pm daily
COURSE FULL. Contact Darin Harris to get on Wait List

Offered in partnership between UW-Madison and

A 5-Day Experiential Workshop

large_group_Are you wondering what it takes to lead in today’s team-based, flattened, multidisciplinary organization? Join us for a powerful journey into the complex world of facilitation and collaboration and learn the vital skills you need to become a confident and effective facilitative leader in the modern workplace.

In this workshop , you will be introduced to a comprehensive model for facilitation, one that balances “hard” and “soft” skills. Using hands-on, multi-modal approaches, we’ll take you beyond theory to walk the path of mastery using a holistic set of 20 facilitation competencies. These competencies are based on a new model encompassing twenty archetypes of the integral facilitator, informed by the “integral” philosophy of Ken Wilber.

Upon completion of the workshop, each “sojourner” will be awarded a professional certificate in Integral Facilitation and Collaboration from UW-Madison.

Over 85% of participants who attended
the Journey of Facilitation and Collaboration Workshop
said that they use what they learned on a daily or regular basis.

Over 94% said they would recommend it to others.

Group collaboration is an art and science whose time has come…

Overall, 36% of a company’s profitability, innovation, quality, and growth
are due to its Collaboration Index.

—Frost and Sullivan White Paper Sponsored by Verizon and Microsoft—

76% of employers want their people to have teamwork skills and the
ability to collaborate with others in diverse group settings.

How Should Colleges Prepare Students to Succeed in Today’s Global Economy?
AAC&U/Peter D. Hart Research—

jane_uway_Who should attend?  This workshop with serve you best if you have at least some basic facilitation and leadership experience. It will offer you the attitudes and hands-on practice you need to serve in the role of facilitator with increased confidence, and will help expand your self-knowledge and ability to self-manage, skills critical to your success as a leader. If you are an experienced facilitator, this is your chance to take your existing practice of facilitation into some new terrain with a fresh new model that offers increasing depth and breadth of practice. We look forward to taking this journey with you!

I have never felt more professionally accepted, encouraged and cared for in my 20 + years of work experience. THANK YOU Darin, Steve and Harry!
–2016 Workshop Participant–

It’s been powerful to see the changes in how I see and approach different situations. I’ve been trying to approach problems from a process angle which have been calling for more of a relationship approach. Bringing that approach to several situations this week has opened things up in powerful and helpful ways.
–2016 Workshop Participant–

Without a doubt, this was one of the most informative, meaningful and useful experiences in my professional and personal growth paths ever! The skills acquired and reflection opportunities exceeded the high promise of previous participant’s recommendations. I so appreciate this experience

and the difference it is making and will continue to make in my life.
–2012 Workshop Participant–

This was transformational – both at a personal and a professional level. This workshop gave me a new toolkit, one of which I draw upon in my personal and professional life. This week was one of the most impactful weeks I’ve had in my professional career.
–2012 Workshop Participant– 

group_circle_jan10This workshop goes beyond typical facilitation training. Here are some highlights of what to expect from attending:

– You will learn a holistic approach to solving problems in groups rather than just a set of tools. Many facilitators know how to use sticky dots and post it notes…they tend to focus on the process of facilitation as an end in itself. With a more comprehensive approach, we assess the requirements for a group session (or project), then design processes to fit that situation.

– Beyond learning effective facilitation tools, you’ll also work with the more subtle aspect of yourself as an instrument of group process. When something changes inside, everything tends to change on the outside. Therefore, our integral approach to facilitation addresses the inner and the outer aspects of yourself and the group. When we omit important perspectives we’re led to incomplete or inadequate solutions. Our integral perspective will help your groups arrive at the most comprehensive and relevant solutions possible.

– This course includes a focus on culture and community. The ability to build and sustain relationships is a very important part of facilitative leadership. Coming up with solutions and outcomes that in fact create positive relationships can nurture positive workplace climate and lead to more creative, meaningful work over the long term. This sustainable perspective builds community by tapping into the HUGE potential of groups.

– While traditional planning tools generally gauge what will likely occur in the future, they are less useful for addressing the issues of emergent complexity. As such, firm answers are often elusive, and the quest for them can be time and resource intensive. Instead, if we prepare ourselves and our staff and stakeholder teams to facilitate conversations that emerge in the midst of uncertainty, we are developing an organizational capacity to nimbly respond to those issues more appropriately and efficiently than any traditional approach. In this workshop we teach facilitative leaders the competencies they need to support divergent thinking while sustaining group relationships, which ultimately leads to effective and durable decisions. The cost benefit of this investment is critical for companies to understand, for it takes us beyond the reactive, quarterly-return approach and begins to build infrastructures for moderate term and longer term change.

– You will be immersed in an environment of challenge and uncertainty, very much like most of the groups and situations we find ourselves in every way today. You will be offered perspectives and tools to help you navigate this dynamic complexity.

– The course will likely transform your thinking and behavior around the value and limitations of facilitation skills in every role you play, whether it be leader, supervisor, or follower. And it will give you the confidence and the humility you need to jump into the toughest situations.

What past participants have to say about their experience in this workshop

This course changed my life. I realized after the course, that I was approaching life completely wrong. I focused on my personal failures, and failed to merge the group from the four quadrants. I possessed zero self awareness. After the course I already have students telling me that they are enjoying their time in our lab, and I am a much happier person. I look at failures as steps to learning, not personal failures. I use the four quadrants in everything I do. I now know how to deeply listen for not only the group vibe, but myself, and how to cultivate the culture four our success.
–2014 Workshop Participant–

I use skills and tools I learned in JOFC almost every day.  Community partners have commented on my facilitation skills, and I have been asked to facilitate more meetings, which is a big part of my job. JOFC has had a big impact on me in my personal life, as well.  I still keep in contact regularly with a couple of participants, and some of the activities really helped me to hone in on why I do what I do for a career.  I used to try to keep my “personal” and “professional” lives very separate; JOFC helped me understand that not only can I do both better by integrating them, but also that I feel so much more engagement and excitement for what I do and how I do it when I am fully connected to each.
–2015, Amanda Ostrowski,  Health Educator, Marathon County Health Department–

I have been recommending this course to everyone I know. My life is exactly the same, but my approach is much different. I center myself several times a day and call out my gremlins and triggers as I feel them. I feel like I went to a retreat, and it has truly improved my facilitator skills.
–2014 Workshop Participant–

I wanted to let you know that the JOFC course offered this past summer absolutely changed my life. I sincerely mean that, in that your course provided me with the skills which I needed to succeed. Those skills of facilitation provided me with a foundation that I truly could not have learned from anyone other than Steve, Darin and Harry. I absolutely cannot thank you all enough for helping me change my outlook on life.
–Melissa Cornett, Dairy Science Research Assistant, 2014 Workshop Participant-

I want to let you know I facilitated a meeting yesterday that was like no other. I used many of the tools I learned from you in January. Over this year I have integrated the four-quadrant thinking and approach to much of what I do. Additionally, I have been promoted, and have been asked to move to our corporate office and be part of the team that manages execution for 3700 restaurants. I value what I learned from you and will use it always.
–Hayley D. Hendrick, Sonic Drive-in, Market Leader, 2012–

My job as ombuds on the UW-Madison campus takes me to the ombuds office each Wednesday in the Lowell Center. My work and life feel transformed and sustained from the JOFC experience
–2011 Workshop Participant, Linda Newman, Ombuds Office–

It feels really impossible to identify anything that didn’t work or could have worked much better. I’m hyper-aware of how workshops are planned and carried out, and this had to be the best example I’ve ever seen.
–2011 Workshop Participant–

This is not “work” related per se, but the other day at a family gathering, two of my family members who don’t talk much at all and never about anything serious ended up in a pretty authentic and passionate conversation with me and a few others about ‘green buildings,’ politics, and the case for hope. My cousins are on the opposite end of many ideological spectrums from me (which is why we never talk politics within the family, because we are from the south and averse to ‘unpleasantness’), but that conversation we had felt extremely constructive. I realized I was using strategies we talked about in JOFC both to draw people out into open dialogue and to ‘mediate’ between conflicting views. I practiced trying to really listen rather than trying give a good answer.
It was very cool and very affirming. Thanks!

–2011 Workshop Participant, Jess Long

I can honestly say that this workshop transformed my approach to dealing with myself, group dynamics, teaching, and everyday problem solving. I could sing the course praises that would cover the Skagit River shorelines, but I think the best approach would be to experience it yourself!
–2009 Workshop Participant–

My sister and I attended the JOFC Workshop in June, 2009 in Madison. Her work life has been transformed by the experience.  She is so much more confident, grounded and open. As her sister it makes my heart sing!
–2009 Workshop Participant–

Attending this course helped me to understand the importance of facilitation skills in everything that I do,from leadership, to supervision, to participation. I have thought about things I learned in the course every day since the course ended.
–2007 Workshop Participant–

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Instructors: Darin Harris, Harry Webne-Behrman, Steve Davis, and special guests.

Pricing. This workshop is offered at UW-Madison in partnership with FacilitatorU. While the public rate for this workshop is $2,000, its sponsorship by UW-Madison allows us to offer it at a significantly reduced price of only $750 for participants from all University of Wisconsin college and universities, and $1,000 for all other participants. Register early, as space is limited to 25 participants.

UW Systems People:
The Course is Full
Contact DARIN HARRIS, or call (608) 262-1289 to get on our waitlist

Not a UW Systems Employee? Click Here to Register

Lodging: Meals and lodging are available to participants adjacent to the workshop sites. Click here to learn more about the lodging and workshop facilities.

Note to Integral Thinkers

Integral fans interested in new applications of integral theory are welcome to attend. With that said, please be forewarned that this is not a course on integral theory. The primary focus of this course is on the skills and practice of facilitation and collaboration; though it is informed by integral theory, we do not adhere to every letter of integral law.