Advanced facilitation practice is an art form and a discipline. While the fundamentals can be simple, it takes time to cultivate mastery. This is true of any practice — whether it’s meditation, dance, or basketball. In a single two-day or three-day workshop, you can learn enough to get started, and to make  a difference in the work that you do. As you continue to practice and explore, you will continue to learn and make new discoveries. To support your learning, it can be especially valuable to have opportunities to reflect with others on your practice experience. That’s why we encourage practitioners to form practice groups.

In addition, many practitioners find it valuable to attend additional workshops, in order to deepen their understanding. For example, when I (Rosa) first started learning Dynamic Facilitation, I realized that participants were at many different “levels” — from those encountering this practice for the first time, to those who have been deepening their practice for some time, to those who were there to learn to teach. It’s a bit like a “one-room schoolhouse”; instead of having different workshops for the different levels, we had various levels of skill in a single workshop. 

From time to time, there was an “advanced workshop”, or a “deep dive”. Yet there is much can be learned from re-visiting the basic workshop, and that’s how most of us who currently teaching DF, were able to deepen our practice.

For a long time now, I have recommend that emerging practitioners of Dynamic Facilitation attend workshops with a variety of different teachers. Each person will develop their own unique way of doing this practice, while maintaining a similar core. Learning from different teachers, is a good way of developing your own style of “doing the work”. To support this, teachers associated with the Dynamic Facilitation e.V. in Germany, including myself, offer discounted fees for continuing students.