Dialogue Facilitation training
This training is a 7-month journey that strengthens capacities for building community, resolving conflict and facilitating deeper dialogues in a group.
As a participant you will embark on a personal development proces, you will contribute to and be supported by the community of trainees, and you will as well learn and practice (practise and practice) with dialogue tools, distinctions and techniques.
The course includes a practical component. In small teams you will develop your own dialogue prototype that you will test within their own community or in another learning environments.
During these prototypes the aim is to role model, embody and share our dialogue practices together with students and teachers of these schools/institutions. I have already worked successfully with this model in Denmark at a number of schools and institutions. Read my blog about this here:
This training is held in German and supported with English
This training is led in the spirit of the collaboration helvetica principles and in cooperation with its organisation and team
We turn our focus on our learning institutions as they are core building blocks of our community. They seem to carry all of the tradition and wisdom of generations past; they model and embed practices that are routinised at home, in our neighbourhoods and at work in all of our relationships; they are our first and most influential teachers about cooperation, rigor, work ethic, creativity and appreciation.
AND they bear the weight of those things that trouble us in our lives. 60 percent (article 20 minute) of class teachers list pupils with behavioural problems as their biggest source of stress. We see the frantic search for purpose, we feel the unrealistic expectations of success, we sense the extent that exclusion mirrors our own acceptance of ourselves… and the symptoms manifest as bullying, bursts of anger, loneliness, addiction, disengagement, self-criticism, self-absorption, lack of enthusiasm or even Enjoyment.
These problems are intensified by the rush of the school day. Demands on teachers’ time have multiplied; leaving little time for the reasons that many are called to the profession—connecting with students and creating community within the classroom, instilling a love for learning and fostering curiosity. How do educators navigate these complex potentially destabilizing dynamics? What could be possible if more dialogue influenced our learning cultures?
We exchange information, we debate our opinions, we vent to express our emotions, and we lecture to teach our values yet somehow, amidst all of that, Dialogue sometimes seems to be a lost art. Dialogue holds the power to connect and to shift something elemental between individuals. When we learn to listen to one another without judgment, we see ourselves and one another for who we are and who we want to become. When we respect and appreciate each other, we lay the foundation for trust and we begin to engage from a place of genuine interest.
Dialogue processes chaos and ambiguity to help crystallize a deeper understanding of a problem. Unlike striving for compromise, Dialogue engages on the heart level when we integrate all views with our own. It can feel at times intense and uncomfortable, but it is the way to bring resolution and peace. We may be out of practice with this art, but our memory and bodies know exactly what it is and how to do it. We long for this space and practice. We long for it to come back into our human capacity for relating, feeling compassion and collective problem solving.
What can you expect?
You will experience first-hand the transformative power of dialogue with the founders of the program.
You will get the chance to participate and be enriched by a community where you will practice and learn together.
You can expect to go on a deep and intense personal discovery, within a shared safe space.
You will engage in a holistic learning experience that includes learning through practice, theoretical & conceptual inputs, dialogue research resources, and action-learning processes.
You will learn and experiment with new tools and methods that will serve as resources for you as a facilitator and process leader of Dialogue.
You will work on concrete prototypes within your own context.
You will build confidence to bring dialogue out into the world in all types of contexts, and take your vision and ideas of creating impact in your field and community further.
Video and Testimonials from our last training
"The ripple effect in the community and the personal transformation have been possible only because of the competence, resilience, skills and experience Sidsel and Christine have consistently shown throughout the training to enable the facilitators-in-training to grow into the task and role of dialogue facilitators. I want to express my deep gratitude for having had the opportunity to embark on this journey and to engage in this training." - Riika Ussa
“What was striking, was the absolute authenticity with which the program was made. Christine and Sidsel put their hardest questions into the middle of the circle, not some sort of light exercise, but the fears and hopes they were holding, with regard to dialogue. They were guiding us, but we had to grow into our role, holding space for each other. And for ourselves. My greatest learning of the entire program was an indescribable experience, a visceral feeling of holding myself - not holding back, but holding myself with love and care, and even with curiosity and respect, and inquire into my own feelings, intentions and hesitations, before extending myself into the world. Before listening or talking to others. Before asking, demanding or defending anything. In the end, what we learned was to trust - to trust that any conversation can be held, no matter how difficult, when we all embrace ourselves and feel safe enough to open ourselves to hear the others
- Katalin Hausel
": in the Dialogue Facilitator Training I am learning a lot about myself and about what I as an individual can contribute in order to generate a shift in human consciousness and the way we deal with complex challenges. But more than that I learn how being heard and investigating the same questions can bond human beings into communities that are capable of forming the ground for deep connection and transformation"
- Tanja Sieger
The dialogue facilitation training and the experience of being part of a loving and supporting community has been a deeply transformative journey. I have always been quite afraid of groups and my group experiences in personal development or collective intelligence based workshops have always been a bit difficult for me. I used to be very self-conscious when it was my turn to speak and used to compare myself with other participants mostly not to my advantage. As a defense mechanism I used to judge other participants and interiorly criticize them to put them down and value myself. Afterward I would feel very guilty and judge myself in turn. In the dialogue facilitation training I received so many positive feedbacks and felt so appreciated for who I am that I really gain self-confidence and trust in my personal value and in the value of my inputs to the group. By the middle of the training I realized that this habit of setting a distance between me and others by judging them almost disappeared and that I was perceiving me and the other participants as a whole
- Elsa Hoessli