Heart of Facilitation Training

Lead with Heart, Maximize Your Impact!

Speak to the heart

Heart of Facilitation (HOF) is in-depth, experiential training for youth workers, facilitators, counselors, trainers, educators, and other leaders of groups. Over five months, you’ll learn proven techniques for bringing depth, relevance, and lasting impact to your programs, classrooms, or teams. Embark on a powerful learning journey with a supportive, creative community of fellow changemakers.

“Everybody who is an educator or who works with young people should take this course. It’s fantastic.” ~ Aimee Eddins, youth worker and HOF alumnus

A training intensive stretching from mid-November through March, HOF meets one weekend per month for five months with locations alternating between Portland, OR and Seattle, WA, US.

Once accepted into the program, a deposit of US$250 is required to secure your space in the training.


When and Where

Heart of Facilitation takes place one weekend a month from October 2017 to February 2018, alternating between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. Registration coming soon for 2018/2019.

2018 – 2019 Dates: 

  • November 8-11, 2018 – Portland, OR
  • Nov 30, Dec 1-2, 2018  – Portland, OR
  • January 11-13, 2019 – Seattle, WA
    February 8-10, 2019 – Seattle, WA
    March 8-10, 2019 – Portland, OR

Session Times: 

The first session (November 8-11):

  • Thursday 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

All other sessions:

  • Friday 6:00 pm -9:30 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Sunday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Please note: the following locations are still being confirmed and are subject to change.

November, December, and March




“The 5-month program allowed me to deepen my facilitation practices and connected me with some of the most wonderful people I could ever imagine. Anyone dedicated to working with youth or adults in caring practice would benefit from this training.” Marianna Wiles, creative writing teacher and HOF alumnus

Program Overview

Connections made.Heart of Facilitation Training prepares people who work with youth and adult groups to lead creative, transformational learning programs. Based on the premise that effective facilitators are authentic, creative, responsible and passionate; the training weaves personal growth with skill-building in facilitation, group work, youth development, and arts-based practices.

Heart of Facilitation Training 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 a top-notch facilitator with the power and courage to make a difference.

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

Lead trainers Hanif Fazal and Peggy Taylor are joined by additional trainers to ensure plenty of time for small group practice. Participants form a robust learning community that endures long after the training ends.

Topics Covered

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 HOF is 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, youth group leaders, and Americorps supervisors.

People wanting to build on their facilitation experience
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.

Course Fee


Heart of Facilitation Training is PYE’s deepest level facilitation course. Unlike our other trainings, which have open registration, acceptance into Heart of Facilitation is determined through an application process. Due to the popularity, cost, and time commitment of this program, we want to ensure that it is the right fit for your personal and professional development goals.  If accepted into the program, a deposit of $250 is required to secure your space in the training.


The Trainers

Peggy Taylor of PYE GlobalPeggy Taylor, M Ed, is co-founder and Director of Training for PYE and co-founder of Power of Hope. She is a writer, musician and creative development specialist who has designed and facilitated programs and conferences ranging from 10 to 3,000 participants. Over the past 16 years she has trained several thousand people in ways to use the arts and empowerment practices as facilitation tools. She is co-author of Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life, which has sold over a quarter of a million copies worldwide.


Hanif FazalHanif Fazal
is founder and program director of Step Up, an empowerment-based tutor mentor program in Portland. He is a PYElead facilitator and owner and director of Inside Out Development, a training organization based in Portland, Oregon. Hanif has extensive experience working with youth of all levels of risk ranging from gang affiliation to sex offenders to some our most socio-economically privileged youth. He works throughout North America providing empowerment, diversity, and intervention trainings for middle and high school students, teachers, and youth work professionals.

Credits and Clock Hours/PDUs

Participants can earn 12 continuing education quarter credits at the 400 or 500 level from the Heritage Institute. Additional cost required. Educators and school counselors can also receive 108 clock hours or PDU’s for the training. Additional cost of $45/credit. Credits, clock hours, and PDU’s can also be broken down into smaller segments if you don’t need the full amount. For more info contact peggy@pyeglobal.org.

What People Say About Heart of Facilitation Training

“The training helped me develop tools and techniques that I have used consistently for almost a decade. More importantly, it helped me to do the personal work I needed to do in order to make my facilitation more clear and engaging. HOF is an opportunity I would recommend to anyone who wants to improve their ability to create transformative group experiences.” -Nadia Chaney, facilitator, trainer, performance artist, Ottowa, Ontario

“The magic emerging from HOF deepened my inward journey of discovery. It grounded my fears, nurtured my voice, and taught me to listen with empathy. I really believe that if all educators in the world would go through Heart of Faciliation, a huge chunk of world peace would be achieved.” – Melanie Schamblach, youth facilitator and visual arts teaching artist, Vancouver BC

“Taking the HOF 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 HOF during every workshop I lead. Beyond what I do, the way I do the work has transformed.” -Alan Wong, facilitator, teaching artist, Seattle, WA

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



3 Responses to Heart of Facilitation Training

  • Hi. I am interested in your workshops. When is your next cohort starting up? Thanks! Jenny

  • Hi Jenny, are you in North America?

  • I’m very interested in the Heart of Facilitation 5-month training. The deadline was October 15th. Would I need to wait until the next one or is there a possibility to still join? I understand if I need to wait.
    Thank you,


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