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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Self care and trauma healing for refugees

Training for refugees and those accompanying them 

Seeking refuge has an enormous impact on one’s life. Refugees carry war and flight experiences with them and need to learn how to deal with loss, grief and worry for their family. Likewise, new and unknown environments often result in stress.

Do you recognise this? Or does the accompaniment of people with traumatic experiences evoke stress in you?

In the training Refugee Accompaniment you will learn easy physical exercises that ease stress and traumatic reactions. They will help you to deal with the situations in a vital manner.


The training consists of several holistic approaches that loosen the rigid stress in the body. The exercises stimulate balance and feed and bring back harmony in the body.


  • You deal with chronic traumatic stress in a healthy manner.
  • You learn easy techniques to reduce psychosomatic symptoms in yourself and others.
  • You can assist refugees in dealing with new challenges in a better manner.


The training is based on the methods developed by Capacitar ( They strengthen people’s resilience and natural healing ability. Capacitar uses this approach in 35 countries across the globe.

After traumatic experiences the instinctive fight-flight-freeze reactions tend to linger in the body. This constant state of preparedness causes symptoms such as hyper arousal, stomach ache, headache, irascibility, insomnia, nightmares and depression. Scientific research shows that the verbal centre in the brain shut down under traumatic circumstances. Stress affects deeper layers.  Stress is contagious. It affects caretakers of people with traumatic experiences as well (secondary trauma).

The primary task of trauma healing is to reprogram the emotional brain so that it adapts to the present instead of continuing to react to past traumatic experiences. A more body-oriented approach, focused on releasing contractions in the body is therefore more effective.

The trainer

Hanne Verhoeven is an IAF certified facilitator, qualified coach and trained in the multi-cultural wellness approach by Capacitar. She has more than 20 years of experience in training and coaching in 30 different countries, including areas of conflict.

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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

In-company Agile Scrum Training and Project Start-Up

Scrum is a smart and agile project methodology to achieve fast and tangible results with compact project teams. Scrum has been applied in IT for many years and is rapidly gaining popularity in other fields.


The Agile Scrum training by Perspectivity provides of mix of practical exercises, theoretical knowledge and examples from the field. The training is tailor-made to suit the specific needs of your organisation.

Training objectives

In this two-day hands-on training you will learn what Scrum is, how it works and how to introduce it in your organisation. At the end of the training, participants:

  • Know what agile is and why you need to get agile
  • Understand and practiced the basic Scrum principles
  • Learn the basic conditions for a successful Scrum
  • Are inspired to start scrumming their projects

More info

The training takes anywhere from half a day up to two days and can be given at your company or any other location. Your trainer is Petra de Boer, experienced proces facilitator and scrum coach and co-author of Scum in actie, the Dutch handbook for Scrum outside IT.

Contact Petra de Boer to discuss your specific training needs.

Facilitating Restorative Circles

Embracing Conflict with Restorative Circles

Our common response to conflict is punitive and retributive. It fosters emotion and anxiety. It sustains fixed positions and makes us blind for the perspective of our opponent. Dominic Barter developed a restorative justice model that does just the opposite: it embraces conflict. It accepts it as a regular recurring, normal phenomenon and moves towards it, instead of away.

Equal dialogue
A Restorative Circle is a community process supporting those in conflict. It brings together the three parties to a conflict –the “actor”, “the receiver” (the one directly impacted) and the wider community– to dialogue as equals.

Restorative Circles are facilitated in 3 stages:

  1. During the pre-circle a facilitator from within the community talks with each individual involved to identify the key factors and participants in the conflict.
  2. The circle is a dialogical process in which receiver, actor and community open up to other perspectives and try to find agreed actions.
  3. The post-circle investigates the well-being of all participants.

Perspectivity offers the opportunity to follow a training in facilitating Restorative Circles. Goal of this 2-day training is to let participants understand the Restorative System in such a way they can (in principle) be facilitators themselves.

Read the flyer (Dutch only, pdf)

De Gemeente Participeert

Workshop voor beleidsambtenaren, wethouders en gemeenteraadsleden

De samenleving wordt complexer. Er is een explosieve groei van kennis en technologie, toegenomen diversiteit en grotere onderlinge afhankelijkheid. Dit stelt nieuwe eisen aan de rol van de overheid.

Van de lokale overheid wordt verwacht dat zij niet langer voor, maar mét inwoners, bedrijven en expertise-instituten de stad letterlijk en figuurlijk vormgeeft. Participatief leiderschap, met de overheid als een van de vele spelers (belanghebbenden) in de samenleving.

Doel van de training

De workshop participatieve beleidsvorming vergroot inzicht in de toenemende sociale complexiteit in de samenleving en biedt concrete methoden om hier mee om te gaan. Deelnemers ervaren wat nodig is om samen met grote groepen uiteenlopende belanghebbenden een gedeelde basis te creëren. En ze leren hoe je effectieve, breed gedragen actieplannen ontwerpt en uitvoert.

De voltallige gemeenteraad – een zeldzaamheid – onderschrijft de economische visie die de stad voor de komende vijftien jaar heeft uitgestippeld.


De training bestaat uit 2 blokken van ieder 3 dagen. De training bouwt voort op praktijkervaringen en actuele vraagstukken van de deelnemers en is in hoge mate interactief.

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Care for a Common Cause

How young leaders can create common ground and lead change.

The Care for a Common Cause training offers young community leaders a methodology that encourages them to work in multistakeholder settings on complex security issues in high-risk areas. Participants are introduced to the attitudes needed to creating common ground with different stakeholders and formulating innovative and effective action plans.

Target Group
Young community leaders (age: 18 – 30) in high-risk areas who want to engage more effectively with actors that influence their security.

We need to strengthen the collective voice of young community leaders, to enable them to engage in human security approaches on countering violent extremism.

Care for a Common Cause is a joint initiative of the Human Security Collective and Perspectivity Enterprise.

Read more: Care for a Common Cause (pdf)

Perspectivity Academy

Leaders and Followers

Perspectivity is offering an innovative development program that takes you on a journey to learn more about your self, your environment, your world. In this course we embrace complexity: Understanding what it is; challenging and facing our (un)certainties; exploring self-knowledge; understanding others; experimenting with different interactive processes; learning about the future of innovation and development. A course that evokes a paradigm shift in thinking and behaviour. Be prepared for new perspectives.

For courageous and aspiring people

This course is for everyone with the ambition and potential to make a difference, for future leaders and future followers who ask the question: how do we bring people together and unlock collective knowledge, passion and creativity in such a way that people are able to cope with the challenges and opportunities of today?

This program surprises, inspires, confronts and constructs

Some key words: Dialogue, self-awareness, ethics, open system thinking, personality and behaviour, innovation, team work, building impact, appreciative inquiry, meetings that matter. Be prepared to be surprised….


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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