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Facilitation Public Training


Harness the power of your collaborative space! This 2-day foundational training is for anyone interested in learning how to run better meetings, from agenda design to cultivating the container and tracking results.

Topics and Skills to be Covered Include:


  • Communication Skills: Active listening, empathizing, asking clarifying questions, checking assumptions, creative problem solving

  • Conflict Transformation Skills: Prioritizing relationships and navigating conversations

  • Power, Culture, and Identity: The impact of race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, education etc. have on facilitation dynamics at the introductory level

  • Facilitation Process: Agenda design, cultivating the container, tracking progress and results, and MORE!

  • Model of Facilitation: SEEDS Facilitation model

  • Hands-on Practice: Time to practice new skills through experiential activities

This training is offered at the introductory level. More experienced meeting facilitators are welcome to attend this meeting to learn new and different tools and to refresh their skills!

Certification offered! Participants who successfully complete the training will receive a certificate of completion for their participation.

Upcoming Trainings
Tip: register early, these trainings typically fill at least 6-8 weeks in advance.

September 2023

Foundations of Facilitation (ONLINE)

WHERE: Zoom (link to be sent following registration)



Sept. 8th, 15th, & 22nd, 2023

9 am-12 pm & 2 pm-5 pm




9:00 am-12:00 pm, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm PT

Cost: 595*

Financial Aid Application

Our funds for the financial aid program come from students who pay the full fee, so please consider supporting community and equity by paying the full tuition. Folks who are seeking financial support should first fill out our financial aid form prior to the workshop registration. Each workshop has a deadline for receiving financial aid applications. Folks who demonstrate financial need and are approved for financial aid will notified 1 week after the financial aid deadline.

We reserve several spots for those receiving financial aid separate from the registration spaces available for those paying full fee. Even if the registration appears full online, that does not impact our ability to offer financial aid. If you are not offered financial aid for the training you applied you, you have the option to be added to a waitlist for future training opportunities.


For more information or to fill out the financial aid application, email

Training Policies and Disclaimers

Training Cancellation Policy:

  • If you cancel 28 days (4 weeks) or more before the training, your fee will be refunded, minus a $25 processing fee

  • If you cancel 14- 27 days before training, 50% of your fee will be refunded

  • If you cancel within 2 weeks (1-13 days), there is no refund; however, you can offer your spot to someone else within your network

  • If you cancel once the training begins, there is no refund or credit voucher. Exceptions may be made in case of emergencies - contact the office for more details.

  • SEEDS cannot offer transfers to another training at the participant request.

Training Absence Policy:

  • In order to complete the certification for this training, you must be present and in attendance of all 12 hours of training.

Content Disclaimer:

  • These introductory trainings of facilitation feature content and discussion regarding race, power dynamics, and privilege in society.

  • Folx attending these trainings including trainers come from various lived experiences and understandings.

  • BIPOC and other marginalized folx do not have to carry the additional burden of educating anyone while attending.

  • Please know that you have autonomy to engage and care for yourself as you need for your own wellbeing.

Recording Disclaimer (Online Trainings):

  • Portions of these trainings will be recorded for internal and external training purposes.

  • SEEDS will only capture lecture portions of the trainings and will not be capturing personal information.

  • You may turn off your video when speaking if you would not like to be recorded during a recorded section.

  • Participants will NOT receive a copy of the training recordings.

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