The keys to great facilitation: clowning for presence and connection

Explore awareness and presence as a facilitator using clown and physical play  

Clowning workshop for facilitators

“You’ll practice letting go and rediscover spontaneity.”

This workshop is a unique opportunity for facilitators, trainers and educators to develop the aspects to facilitation that differentiate a good facilitator from a really great one: someone who is comfortable with themselves, connected to the group they are working with, and tuned in to where the discussion needs to go.

Through movement, play and the art of clown we explore how being present in your body helps you better connect with the people you are working with, and how an understanding of theatrical devices like timing and rhythm can help you better manage the energy in the room and the flow of the day.

The art of clown holds surprising parallels to the work of a facilitator, allowing us to develop the intangible but critical aspects to facilitation that are often developed only on the job.  Many of us think of clown as silliness and slapstick (which it can be) but there is a much deeper learning enabled by this type of play. We learn to be more comfortable in ourselves (or notice when we are not comfortable), to explore the tensions between doing and being still, and to understand more about how we are with others.

We also find in clown-inspired play a number of practical performance skills that help with running engaging training sessions, such as timing, using tension in a health way, playing with rhythm and lifting the energy in a room.

For facilitators, teachers and people who lead groups. Places limited to ten.

Who is this workshop for?  Facilitators, trainers, educators and people who work with people – from freelancers to organisations like Department of Water, Challenger TAFE, Powerhouse Museum and Department of Agriculture – have all come along to this workshop and expressed enjoyable, practical, professional learning.

“It was valuable to take myself out of traditional facilitator type training and try something new.”

“A great and valuable experience – you learn so much about yourself through small games and activities with other people.” (Janni, Meld Studios, Sydney)

“Most valuable for my professional life was widening the possibilities for leading facilitation, and finding links between theatre and work.” (Andrew Botros, Expressive Engineering, NSW)

“I will remember to say committed to my audience/client needs, listening deeply and engaging to find creative solutions.” (Kate, performer, NSW)

“Tell future participants they’ll find room to play and discover themselves in a supportive, open environment.” (Dominique, Meld Studios, Sydney) 

“I’ll be making room for stillness and allowing people to come to conclusions without telling them how to get there.” (Gemma, Facilitator at Scitech, WA)

“The most valuable thing for my professional life was watching the group form and doing things easily, not the hard way”.
(Beth, Disabilities Services Commission)

“A highlight was thinking more consciously about how it feels to be an audience member and how I can reflect on this experience as a facilitator.” (Jacqui, Challenger TAFE)

“In the future I’ll be more relaxed and self-aware…” (Diana, Life without Borders)

“I loved it.”
(Kate Raynes-Goldie, lecturer at Curtin University)

 

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rachaelwest

Speaker | Coach | Founder of Yoga for Pain Care Australia