Art of Facilitation (AOF) Training: Ontario, Canada


Sponsored by The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning



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Maximize Your Leadership Potential!

An intensive professional development opportunity for people and organizations who work with groups to facilitate change, including teachers, youth workers, counselors, trainers, and community and business leaders. Experience five transformative weekends over five months in a community of fellow changemakers.

Program Overview

The Art of Facilitation Training (AOF) prepares you to lead creative, transformational learning programs with powerful and lasting impact. Based on the premise that effective facilitators are authentic, creative, responsible, and passionate, the training weaves personal growth with coaching and skill-building in facilitation, group work, youth development, and arts-based empowerment practices.

The Art of Facilitation is enlivening, challenging, and fun. Participants should expect the training to be at times mentally, physically, and emotionally taxing. We have purposely created a rigorous training to make clear the level of skill, commitment, and integrity it takes to become an effective, top-notch facilitator.

Those who see working with groups not as “work” but rather as a life path, should feel right at home with the Art of Facilitation.

Join Us and Learn:

Basic Facilitation Skills
Questioning, processing, listening, authentic speaking, contextualization, debriefing, working with a co-facilitator

Effective Communication
Non-violent, relational, and challenge-based communication; relational and rapport building skills

Group Dynamics
Understanding what makes groups tick; getting comfortable working with young people, their emotions and issues

Personal Development
Understanding your triggers; learning how to claim and hold the space; understanding your strengths and challenges as a leader

Cultural Competency
Understanding the dynamics of working with youth and adults from diverse cultures. How to be an ally for all youth.

Presentation Skills
Getting comfortable speaking in front of groups; projecting your voice; clear communication; being able to think on your feet

Creative Arts Skills
Using image and metaphor in teaching; basic activities from theater, creative writing, poetry, visual arts, music, movement, and rhythm

Program Design Skills
Elements of a strong program; how to design experiential learning programs

Who is AOF For?

People who work with children, teens and young adults
Youth-workers, teachers, administrators, adult volunteers, artists, counselors, therapists, life coaches, probation officers, camp personnel, facilitators, workshop leaders and youth group leaders.

People who are just getting started
Those who have just begun working with youth or young adults, but have been facilitating groups for a while and want to enhance their education in the areas of youth development.

Organizational development professionals and adult workshop leaders
Professionals and leaders in their field who want to bring more creativity and depth into their trainings and work environments.

What do people do with the skills they learn at a PYE training?

When and Where?

All training will take place at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning:
Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning: 370 King Street West, Kingston, ON K7L 2X4

October 13: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
October 14: 10:00am – 8:00pm
October 15: 9:00am – 5:00pm

November 17: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
November 18: 10:00am – 8:00pm
November 19: 9:00am – 5:00pm

December 8: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
December 9: 10:00am – 8:00pm
December 10: 9:00am – 5:00pm

January 12: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
January 13: 10:00am – 8:00pm
January 14: 9:00am – 5:00pm

February 8: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
February 9: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
February 10: 9:00am – 9:00pm
February 11: 11:00am – 5:00pm





Course fee includes materials and refreshments. Please plan to bring or purchase lunch.

Early Bird Rate: CAD$1,750
Registration and deposit must be received by July 1 to receive the Early Bird rate. 

Full Rate: CAD$2,000

Deposit and Payment Plans: A deposit of CAD$300 is required by August 14 to hold your space in this training. Tuition balance will be due in full on October 14. Please contact Helena at if you would like to split your tuition balance into two payments, due October 14 and December 14.

Scholarships: PYE Global is a nonprofit and does not generate revenue through most of our trainings. Fees collected help offset the direct costs of this program. Our goal is to make trainings accessible to anyone who wishes to attend, regardless of financial need. Limited scholarship funds are available for this training. Please submit the following form:

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Note About Enrollment

A minimum attendance is required for this training, and if not not met by August 14, this training may be cancelled. If  cancelled due to lack of enrollment, registration fees will be fully refunded.

Renowned Lead Facilitator

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Nadia Chaney is International Senior Trainer for PYE and a professional poet and performer. She holds a Masters in Imaginative Education and a postgraduate diploma in Dialogue and Negotiation. Since 2002 she has facilitated over two thousand events, workshops and trainings on four continents. She specializes in creative risk-taking, emotional intelligence, and improvisation.

What Participants Say About AOF

“Not only the best days of my life ever, but were also the best training I ever received in facilitation. I loved everything about that training.” – Nosipho Mabaso, Shine Centre Manager, South Africa

“Taking this training was one of the wisest choices I’ve made in my professional career as well as my personal life.” – Patricia Cortes, Social Worker, Eugene, OR

“I draw on the skills I learned in AOF during every workshop I lead. Beyond what I do, the way I do the work has transformed.” -Alan Wong, facilitator, teaching artist, Seattle WA

“AOF is some of the best life-changing work I’ve ever done AND it was FUN!!” -Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo, diversity trainer, Seattle WA

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