Advanced Facilitation: Cultural Fluency & Collaboration (Vancouver)
About This Event
What does ‘group facilitation’ mean to you?
For some, group facilitation means the deployment of an established suite of process tools, grounded in the experience of a ‘neutral’ professional, and delivered as a service to enable groups to operate at their very best. From this perspective, the primary job of a facilitator is to support constructive dialogue, help groups engage across difference, and manage conflict. This version of facilitation places emphasis on analysis, careful agenda design, and multiple ways of nurturing collaboration.
For others, facilitation connotes something much broader. From this second vantage point, facilitation is about bridge building and strengthening relationships, informed by a core set of values-in-action related to empowerment, shared learning and reconciliation. This version of facilitation includes a deeper dive into underlying group dynamics and their contexts, both immediate and broader. This second approach assumes that, while many conventional tools may be needed, additional strategies will be required to engage with uncertainty and complexity and to navigate and manage conflict. These strategies include not only analytic and creative/expressive arts tools, but also the willingness to question the implicit assumptions incorporated in conventional approaches.
In practice, a blend of these two approaches informs and animates the work of many group facilitators. Whatever the approach, individuals who take on this role have many choices, some conscious and some beneath awareness. At many points in their relationships with a group, decisions are made regarding the style of facilitation used, the tools and approaches employed, and the scope of the facilitation role. These decisions always apply implicit theories of change; effective advanced practitioners adopt habits of examining their implicit theories and theories in use to be sure their work is as inclusive and resonant as possible.
In this Advanced Group Facilitation program, three seasoned practitioners draw on decades of facilitation and conflict transformation experience to explore questions including:
How does the background, cultural identity and social location of the facilitator influence their role and shape how the group engages? How does the ‘who’ of a facilitator affect effective practice?
How can facilitators effectively navigate dynamics related to power, identity and privilege?
When a carefully-constructed agenda is not working, which tools for innovation can be employed? How can facility with these resources be cultivated?
In the midst of uncertainty and complexity, how can facilitators increase their capacities to improvise?
What can be done to support groups at impasse?
How can facilitators cope with heated conflict, or sudden escalations?
How does somatic intelligence help facilitators improve their practice? How can this and other complementary ways of working be acquired and honed?
What is the role of intuition in facilitation, and how can facilitators increase their intuitive capacities?
Which resources do facilitators have for addressing secondary trauma—their own and others’?
When and how can creative and expressive arts-based activities be integrated into facilitation practice, and how can scepticism or resistance to these approaches be overcome?
How can facilitators foster a sense of belonging and inclusion for all group members?
How can facilitators recognize bias and mitigate its impact on a group?
How can facilitators prepare to work in a racially diverse context with racially diverse groups?
Which practices, awarenesses and habits of mind foster successful co-facilitation?
Situating the group facilitator as a change agent, this 3-day program offers a shared learning space where participants can explore the strengths and limitations of conventional facilitation approaches. We will challenge assumptions related to ‘neutrality’ and examine our implicit theories of change as to whom they include or exclude. Building recent research on collaboration, neuroscience, and leadership, participants will strengthen core capacities including cultural fluency, intuition, and presence. We will explore challenges that confront facilitators at different stages of facilitation—during preparation, in the midst of one or more facilitated events, and in the aftermath. Throughout the program, participants will receive coaching and support from the course leaders and from colleague peers as they apply new tools and insights to reflect on their facilitation practices, whether in hindsight or as part of their preparations for upcoming projects.
This program is intended for individuals with an established facilitation practice who have considerable experience. Previous attendance at relevant training programs—in facilitation, conflict resolution, or intercultural communication—would also be an asset.
Venue HighlightsHollyhock sits on the traditional territories of the Klahoose, Tla’amin, Homalco Nations. We are committed to renewing our relationships with the First Nations peoples on whose territories we are guests.
Since 1982 Hollyhock has built upon the history of this land as a place of gathering, a pioneering homestead, and the site of an important human potential education centre. On this foundation of gathering, pioneering and learning, Hollyhock’s founders dreamed of creating a lifelong learning and leadership curriculum to inspire, nourish and support people intent on service to a better world.
Hollyhock became a not-for-profit in 2006 to strengthen carrying out our mission into the future. With your help we can keep this as a thriving centre for skill-building, lifelong learning and stewardship of the natural world, inspiring, nourishing and supporting people making the world better for another 30+ years.
AccommodationsA variety of accommodations are located throughout our lush campus, ranging in price to suit most budgets. Choose from private, beachfront or ocean facing rooms, dorm-style lodging or cabins that nestle in the quiet seclusion of the forest. Our beautiful campsites are also available, with a cedar bath house conveniently located for your use.
Room fees include all Hollyhock basics, like stimulating presenter evenings, delicious, organic meals, morning yoga/meditation classes, guided naturalist walks and tours of the garden, as well as luxurious soaks in our ocean-view hot-tubs. Telephones and wireless Internet are centrally located.
Room Options Include:
Single: 1 Person
Twin: Couple or Friends, 2 beds.
Couple: Couples or Friends sharing 1 bed.
Family/Friends: 3 or more adult friends or family /2 beds
Dorm: Up to 6 people/bunk beds
Tenting with full-service bath house (bring your own tent and bedding)
Roommates can be assigned, upon request, in twin and dorm rooms only.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Tour Assistance
- Hot Tub
- Dairy Free
Menu/CuisineA feast for the senses! Renowned fresh, sumptuous food has made our Hollyhock kitchen famous. Our French-Intensive garden supplies vegetables, herbs, fruit, and flowers to each meal, gracing your table with food that is nourished with care every step of the way.
Our healthy, organic, vegetarian fare features ingredients from our abundant gardens located just outside our kitchen door, and well as local BC foods.
Meals at Hollyhock are globally-inspired and prepared with love and skill in our Hollyhock kitchen. Enjoy weekly wild seafood dinners and beach-side oyster appetizer barbecues. We serve organic grains and organic produce sourced locally, whenever possible. Organic herbs, flowers, greens, and vegetables are harvested daily from the Hollyhock garden. Our orchard produces many beautiful fruits featured on the dessert menu seasonally and served in our 24/7 fruit bowl, offering. Our meals are created and served “family style”.
DirectionsOur address is: PO Box 127, Manson’s Landing
Cortes Island, B.C. V0P 1K0 Canada
There are a variety of ways to get here. They include:
1 hr from Vancouver
2 hrs from Seattle
Fly & Water Taxi:
2 hrs from Vancouver
3 hrs from Seattle
Approx 6 hrs from Vancouver
Approx 10 hrs from Seattle
Public Trnsport (Ferry)
Approx 6 hrs from Vancouver
Approx 10 hrs from Seattle
Lighten your footprint and cost by sharing a ride with a fellow Hollyhock traveler – you might make a new friend! Create a free account on our secure Ride Share Board.
Electric Charging Station:
We are proud to offer an electric vehicle charging station on campus. Plan your stops with PlugShare.
Complimentary for Onsite guests to and from ferry, seaplane, water taxi and ferries.
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
S.Portico Bowman September 24, 2019
Do not let the planes, ferries, shuttles, or taxis required to reach Hollyhock deter you. This is part of the magic of the place. By the time you arrive much of what you need to leave behind has been untethered into one of those named transportation devices. The setting is astounding. The overall vibe is that everyone is happy to be there, and happy to have you among them.
Leslie Knight September 22, 2019
Great session! Not too large, not too small. Our group came together with just the right energy and the retreat centre provided the serenity and safety to let us be both serious and crazy. Hollyhock is well known for its beauty of location, but even better known for the delicious dishes its amazing staff serve up. And equally famous for its bread...both gluten and gluten free. Best of all...inter conversations between everyone attending concurrent sessions. Just pick a table and jump in. This is where lifelong friendships happen. In this crazy world it's reassuring to know that Hollyhock is there. Thank you. Did I mention the view from the outdoor Hot tub? Or the oyster roast on the beach? Yum!
Odette Auger September 04, 2019
The Podcast from Hear was an audio storytelling program at Hollyhock. How much honesty and strength a circle of women can have, multiplied by the setting. We shared and grew, our group of diverse identities and experiences. Young empowered women and courageous professionals and artists of decades of expertise. Poets, scientists, Indigenous artists, sound engineers, soundscape artists, audio storytellers, professors of journalism and writing~ we had it all, we shared openly and with great heart. I strongly recommend this amazing program! https://hollyhock.ca/p/909/podcasting-the-story-from-hear/
Tay Müller July 22, 2019
1. Arrival experience - I was greeted by a shuttle during which the driver informed of us history and wildlife on the island. Upon checking in my accommodations were reviewed and explained. 2. Stay - All of my needs were met at Hollyhock. The room was clean - I was staying in a dorm and all of the beds were comfortable and well-equipped with extra blankets and pillows. The shower in the dorms is a bit small if you are a large person but there is a bathhouse as well. Meals were EXCEPTIONAL and more food than anyone could ever require was provided as well as 24/7 available refreshments in the guest lodge. Many beautiful places to enjoy your meals with a deck with an outstanding view. Hollyhock is right on the beach with access to many trails nearby. 3. Check out - Reception staff helped me find transportation off the island and checked with water taxis to see if there was room available for me. Overall, hosts and facilities were exceptional the entire time.
Claire Delisle June 14, 2019
A wonderful experience. The staff is courteous, gracious, and hard-working. The garden is delicious. There is one person who volunteers at the Centre and she was rude to me. We had left our full cups at a table and gone to get dinner. When I returned, she was sitting at our table, and so I spoke to her. She then told me that she was trying to get some quiet time. And she seemed to think that I had welcomed myself to her table. It was an awkward moment. I think she maybe has issues with people.
Erica Køhn May 28, 2019
I am two days out of my retreat with Namchi Bazaar at Hollyhock and am amazed at how that retreat continues to inform my daily life. Not only am I more aware of my alignment, but I am bringing more awareness and relaxation to muscles I habitually tense. I feel younger and taller in my body and my breathing is fuller than it has been in years. More than anything I feel so deeply relaxed. This was my 8th retreat at Hollyhock and the space was so supportive for diving deep. The hot tubs under the stars and looking out over the Salish Sea were the perfect support to unravelling my tensions and muscles. I loved the walk in the forest to our class and the beautiful skylight that allowed me to look up at the swaying cedars while I melted into the mat. May is the perfect season at Hollyhock, the garden is bursting, days are long and the hot tub is a welcome warm counterpoint to the brisk ocean. Hollyhock generously granted me a 'locals' scholarship which made my retreat possible. I am ever so grateful!!
Dustin Murray East May 18, 2019
Arrived on a sunny day with big smiles and hugs in the reception area. Flowers and forest and ocean. What more could I ask for other than... Incredible garden sourced food, net level facilities, and a staff that truly cares about m well being. I feel alive and full of new knowledge to truly change the world and take my life to another level. Power spot. Go when you can, as life will never be the same. Bless you Hollyhock and all the people who have touched it.