Groupwork Deep Dive Masterclass

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Go to a deeper level in your facilitation and leadership – and support people to contribute their best.

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A masterclass to deepen your facilitation and leadership skills

Bring out the best version of yourself.

Leading and facilitating others is exciting, rewarding and challenging – and it requires energy, skill and focus.

You need to be ready for anything – and the more prepared you are in yourself, the better you’re able to do this well.

Take time out with us for a highly stimulating four days in a nurturing environment. Go for a deep dive into your work with others, strengthening the skills you’re already using and exploring your potential.

What stops you from being fully empowered in your work?

We help you get in touch with what holds you back as a facilitator and leader. With our support, you can expand your self-awareness and understand your triggers when dealing with individuals and groups.

We help you create the space for your transformation; this is connected to who you are as a person, not just techniques to apply at work. It’s about you being your true self, deepening your capacity for working with and leading people.

Our learning input is orientated towards your learning needs. We welcome your particular challenges and aspirations into our time together, using sociodrama and other action techniques to practice your skills and understanding.

Learning outcomes

Benefits of participating in our deep dive include maxising your capacity to:

  • manage challenging behaviour, and stand by those experiencing pain or anger
  • help people open up to others’ views or generate their own new ideas
  • foster a sense of safety and belonging to allow people to be their best
  • support people to have courageous conversations, particularly when they are experiencing strong emotions
  • reduce frustration and save time and money through clear design, planning and preparation
  • work well with diversity, rank and power without shaming
  • make groupwork more engaging and dynamic
  • become a more effective collaborator in decision-making for greater ownership and impact.

We know you already have skills and experience in facilitation and leadership. With this training, you can go deeper in your work with people.

Effective collaboration with others requires you to have a greater understanding of yourself at all levels; personal, political and spiritual. Here’s your opportunity to step up.

Who is this for?

This deep dive is for you if your role includes being responsible for others, leading in a group or team setting – from personal meetings to project or campaign sessions.

It will be of particular interest if you’d love to do our popular Advanced Diploma of Group Facilitation, but can’t commit to a full-year course.

Why with us?

Our emphasis on emotional resilience is a key point of difference in doing this deeper work with us. It helps you handle challenges much more effectively, to be ready to step in and stand by individuals, the group or yourself. It helps develop greater self-compassion – a springboard for the ability to hear and understand each other.

Our Senior Associates Sarah Norton and Steve Ray use their extensive experience and capacity to hold an environment where the dynamics of the group can flourish. This provides you with reflections and genuine feedback from your peers which, together with specific in-session coaching, can open up powerful new insights about how you operate.

We train you in more than technique: we support you to strengthen your courage to intervene and equalise power in the room, so your participants are free to focus on their goals, not the dynamics.

We offer an enjoyable learning environment, with delicious meals, light-filled training rooms and leafy outdoor spaces.

This is a well-supported emotional learning adventure, to rearrange your internal landscape – which is why we can say you’ll never be the same again.

About facilitator Sarah Norton

Sarah’s ability to remain grounded, aware and compassionate when working with groups enables her to be flexible and help people create great outcomes through engaging processes, while fearlessly dealing with any issues that arise, creating possibilities for transformation.

Read more about Sarah here

About facilitator Steve Ray

A specialist in collaborative leadership, Steve is one of our Senior Associates at the Groupwork Institute. He brings his compassion, keen insight and analysis skills to support, embolden and empower others through his heartful facilitation and training.

Read more about Steve here


Duration: Four days 9.30am – 5.00pm, in a bushland retreat residential setting

Provided:  Gourmet lunch, morning and afternoon tea daily, workshop materials and resources:

  • Getting our Act Together: How to harness the power of groups the benchmarking book on facilitation by Glen Ochre
  • Facilitation Hot Spots and Tricky Bits training video

Venue:  Commonground Conference and Retreat Centre, in the bush near Seymour, Vic (address supplied on registration)

Parking: Ample street parking available

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Our highly supportive approach allows your current skills, knowledge and awareness to flourish.

We hope you can join us.

Held at Commonground Conference Centre.
Read more about why this is such a delightful space in which to do your training.

Pricing Information

Early Bird Discount

Full payment must be received by 15 October 2018.

Group bookings discount

Group Discount available:  We offer 10% off full price when 2 or more people from an organisation book into the same dates for this course. For each participant booking, in the Coupon field, please enter the word TEN , then click on Apply to receive your discounted total.

Payment via Direct Transfer

If you prefer to pay by direct transfer into our account, please use the following information:

Account Name: Commonground Training Resources Inc BSB 013 375 Account No 1107-71797

Paying by invoice

Please complete the information fields above, then click on Make Booking. We will email your tax invoice to you.

Refund Policy

Upon enrolment, you agree to the cost of this course. All course fees are to be paid prior to the course commencement date.

A 100% refund of the fees paid will be given when we receive notice of your cancellation more than one calendar month prior to the commencement date. If a cancellation is received within the calendar month prior to the commencement date, and your place within the course can be replaced, your fees will be refunded less a $50 administration fee. If your place cannot be filled then your course fee will be forfeited.

If you’d like to know the price or  have questions about the payment process or the course, please contact us.

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