The art of facilitating

A two-day training in essential facilitating skills (Dutch only) 

In our current complex society we need the wisdom of the group to solve complex challenges. To lead groups to valuable results, skilful facilitation is indispensable.

In ‘The art of facilitating’ you learn techniques and skills for facilitating large and small group processes, independent of the methodology you use for your meeting. The training offers a mix of theory and practice. There is a lot of space for experimentation and reflection on your role as a facilitator. Next to that, we talk about the design principles of group sessions.

The training is preceded by an individual intake to determine how you can obtain the most from this training. After the two-day training there is the possibility to do an individual assignment. The trainer will consider the most suitable topic with you and is available for a reflective meeting after conducting the assignment.

For who? 

Everybody who is in one way or other facilitating groups can join this training. The training is especially suitable for professionals with some experience in leading group processes, such as managers, team leaders and change processes facilitators.

Number of participants: 8 -12

After the training you will have:

  • Improved your facilitation skills
  • Gained insight in the critical success factors of session design
  • Expanded your toolbox of facilitation methodologies


  • Intake meeting
  • Training day 1: Participatory context, practising facilitation skills, role of the facilitator, workshop types
  • Training day 2: Arriving, session design, the central question, practising facilitation skills
  • Optional: individual assignment with reflective meeting

The trainer

Lisette Gast has 20 years of experience with designing group sessions and trainings, guiding project teams and facilitating large and small groups in taking decisions. She is experienced in facilitating Future Search, Appreciative Inquiry, Deep Democracy (Lewis method), Open Space and World Café.

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Agile Communication Scrum

Are you tired of the old communication plan? Do you want to work more flexible and have more fun doing project work. And above all, do you want to achieve results that really matter? Not just for the communications department, but especially for the business and for the stakeholders. Then is time to go Scrum!

Two-day hands on training
In this two-day hands-on training you will learn why you need to get agile, how you can get agile with Scrum, how it works and how to introduce it in your own organisation.

What I really like is that you make extremely visible what you are working on.

The trainers are:

  • Betteke van Ruler, emeritus professor of communication studies and author and founder of the Reflective Communication Scrum (Adfogroep)
  • Petra de Boer from Perspectivity, experienced communication professional and proces facilitator and co-author of Scrum in action, the first Dutch handbook for Scrum outside of IT (Business Contact, June 2015).

Registration: Van Ruler Academy

Deep Democracy Training

Deep Democracy is an innovative and powerful methode for leading and facilitating groups. This method is developed to be able to make decisions that are supported by everyone in the room. Deep Democracy works differently than the majority democracy principle that we normally use. In Deep Democracy the majority as well as the minority have a say in the decision-making process. This makes this method innovative and a breath of fresh air compared to the usual decision-making processes (think about your usual meetings for example).

The techniques within this model ensure that as many voices as possible are heard within the group. This leads to inclusion. The potential and wisdom of the whole group is used. And because all the expertise and knowledge of the group is pooled together, sustainable decisions are made.

Origins and applications 

Deep Democracy has been developed by Myrna Lewis in South Africa at the beginning of the 90’s. It was developed the business sector during the transition from apartheid to democracy. Currently, this method is being used in more than twenty countries across the whole world and applied in a large number of sector: businesses, politics, health care, education, non-profit sector, and in the family and private sphere (therapeutic applications). Perspectivity has been trained by Yonathan Keren, who was one of the first ones to be educated in the method by Myrna Lewis. Perspecitivity facilitators apply the Deep Democracy facilitation method, also in the form of the ‘light’ version, the so-called ‘Co-Resolve’ method.

Deep Democracy Two day Training
The two day training is designed to teach you all the basic skills of Deep Democracy. If you want, you can also only follow the first day to orientate yourself and learn more about DD as a method (without the development of your role as facilitator – we would recommend that!). The special thing about this training is that we will work both with the so-called ‘Lewis’ method, as the ‘Mindell’ method within Deep Democracy.


  • Individual intake
  • Training day 1: We focus on the elements of theory (the iceberg model, de terrorist line, role fluidity, etc) and practicing with DD in decision-making processes. We use the 4 Step model of the so-called Lewis method of Deep Democracy.
  • Training day 2: On this day we focus on your own development as a facilitator of a Deep Democracy session, something that is particularly well suited to do using the Mindell method of Deep Democracy.
  • Optional: individual assignment with reflective conversation

After the training you will have: 

  • A theoretical foundation of what Deep Democracy is
  • Practised the theory (experience-based)
  • Learned a model for decision-making processes (4 Step Model)
  • Enhanced your facilitation skills
  • Expanded your facilitation methods/toolkit
  • Worked on your own development as a facilitator, so you can grow into your role even more.

When is Deep Democracy a suitable facilitation method? 

The method is for everyone who wants to achieve a goal together with others.

Whether you are part of the executive board, a manager, a teacher, a consultant or a student who is leading a school project … taking decisions is usually not an automatic process. Sometimes we end up pushing through a decision based on what the majority of the group wants bringing along all kinds of frustrations or we postpone the decision until the next meeting. Recognize this?

Or if you are a trainer, manager, leader, teacher of facilitator and lead/facilitate a lot of groups. Maybe then you want to learn how you can be confident in front of a group? Do you want to be able to deal with conflict and tension in a confident way? Do you want to feel (more) comfortable in the role you take during group processes? Through learning Deep Democracy, you strengthen your facilitator skills, deepen conversations and take durable decisions.

Togetherness and transformation is created within the group. And you play a role in this!

Deep Democracy can be applied to a broad variety of contexts. The techniques are suitable for all kind of groups, from very small groups to very large ones.

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