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Since 2020 our expectations, and the possibilities, for meetings have drastically evolved. Our Facilitators Academy foundational course “Mindful Meetings” pairs this new reality with the skills, tools, and practices the 21st century leader needs to lead meetings that honor our identities and help us collectively accomplish our goals.  Whether working in community organizing, or launching a product, the 5 step Mindful Meetings Method will exponentially improve how you collaborate, online and off.

are you exploring these growth edges?

Are you called to lead and collaborate in a way that meets the needs of this new reality? Have you found yourself in the role of facilitator for meetings online and off? Are you still struggling to create engagement in meetings while also making the best use of time?

designing impactful agendas

Feeling like your well designed agendas sometimes end up devolving into unproductive culdesacs without resolution? Mindful Meetings offers helpful scaffolds to get the work done from a foundation of care and connection.

creating connection

Seeking to inspire connection and collaboration? The new hybrid reality with some of us back to in person gatherings and some still online indefinately creates challenges and opportunities to facilitate spaces for connection.

reconciling your whole self as a leader

Have you wondered how to bring your entire self to your facilitation? You are a better leader when you lead with vulnerability and authenticity. Mindful Meetings offers empowering frameworks for you to do so.

WE HAVE GOT YOU COVERED!

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Empowering Leaders

After years of testing and iterating our unique training offerings for facilitators live and online, we are delighted to offer this innovative and transformative program. Designed in collaboration with the crew at Swell and the community of facilitators around the world, the 5 step Mindful Meetings Method course is the first step on the path of becoming a Swell certified facilitator, and it is powerful all on its own.

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Facilitators Academy

the community of learning and practice for facilitators by facilitators

Many of us find ourselves called to be of service as facilitators of group process, restorative accountability, and engaging training. Facilitation, while desperately needed in these times of conflict and global crises, has yet to be fully distinguished as the unique art and science that is is. Many of us called to this leadership role either inside of organizations, or externally as consultants, have been largely self-taught or mentored without any formalized learning paths or communities of practice. For facilitators representing historically marginalized identities, trusted mentors, who understand our unique cultural needs and super powers, can be hard to find.

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Facilitators will change the way the world works…

Over the course of thousands of hours designing and facilitating collaborative experiences and decision making, I have had the opportunity to learn alongside masters of the art and science of facilitation. I have watched in awe as conflict has been transformed into deepended trust and creative innovation.  As a woman of color, I deeply understand the nuance of navigating our own identities in service to this work while at the same time developing practices of self and community-care that allow me to continue to show up as my best self in this work. I also am a self described “geek” and I have discovered the best technology to scale our work across the confines of time and geography. 

 Facilitators of effective collaboration are in high demand in communities and industries around the world. I am so excited to grow this community of practice with you so we can discover joy and creativity at the intersections of our differences and together, offer the spaces of community building our world desperately needs. 

“It encouraged me to come out of my shell and roar as a lion”

 

The Facilitator’s Academy was a very invigorating experience and helped reorient my life when I needed it. I appreciate the manner that Emily as well as the team facilitated such a wonderful space. It encouraged me to come out of my shell and roar as a lion :]

 

Kit Amerik

RESTORATIVE & TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE PRACTICIONER

Inside the course

Mindful Meetings

Design and faciliate meetings that are grounded in equity and help groups achieve their goals. Our 5 step method is applicable to any meeting, online or off.

Convenient Design

Bite-sized lessons

The Mindful Meetings course has 7 modules of 25 bite-sized lessons. Each lesson is short and impactful to make it easy to move through the course at your own pace when it is convenient for you. The course is also optimized for mobile so you can learn on the go!

Actionable Learning

Instant Impact

Course modules innclude templates and activities to immediately put the learning into practice. Your meetings will improve from day one.

Downloads & Templates

Customizable Tools

Each module contains materials with creative commons licensing allowing you the flexibility to refine the template for your own practice.

The Community

a safe and supportive community of practice

The Facilitators Academy is a global community of change agents shaping the field of facilitation to center equity, honor diversity, and transform the world. Enrollment in Mindful Meetings gets you access to the Slack community and a live peer coaching session to up-level your practice.

“I felt as if a more communitarian future were being manifested before my eyes.”

I learned so much from the Facilitators Academy – it wasn’t only about facilitation tools (although we learned a lot about those!) – it was really about holding a gentle space for people to bring forward their most authentic selves (even in these awkward zoom spaces). In these days when the world gives us so much reason to feel rage, despair, and grief, holding gentle space is a critical skill. People can feel all those challenging feelings *and* get in touch with sources of joy and hope. Being in the “room” with the main facilitator, Emily Gonzales was a revelation. I felt as if a more communitarian future were being manifested before my eyes.

Nancy Latham

COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

Choose a pathway

Start Now

Your community, your organization, and the world need you now more than ever. If you are called to facilitative leadership, now is the time to hone the skills the world so desperately needs in this moment. This work can be grueling even as it is deeply rewarding. Being on this journey in community with others doing the same is powerful self-care that every impactful leader needs.

We are an approved professional development provider for number of local, state and federal agencies. We have also provided training in the nonprofit, entertainment, technology and social enterprise sectors. Many of our prior participants have had their tuition paid for by their organizations. Ask your HR director if you can do the same! We are happy to work with you to help you make this happen.

We have a limmited number of scholarships & apprenticeships available. Contact us if you need this type of support.

An Exclusive Bonus!

Lifetime access to the templates and tools library

The Facilitators Academy has amassed 100s of templates and tools with real world tips and tricks from facilitators themselves. Borrow and share with your peers what really works to build community and make decisions rooted in equity. These crowd-sourced and thoughtfully curated databases are growing everyday. Get lifetime access with your enrollment. Value $495

What you’ll find…

Beginning the Facilitators academy journey leads you to ….

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Impactful frameworks to hold your work

Ever wondered how it is all connected? By embarking on the Faciltators Academy journey, you will better understand how your calling is so much of exactly what is needed at this historical moment. Grounded in this knowledge, you will have the confidence you need to offer your insight to more groups and communities. Say goodbye to “imposters syndrome”.

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Practical skills to up-level your practice

Sometimes we are so busy ‘doing’ the facilitation, we don’t get the necessary time to simply work on our skills. After the Facilitators Academy, you will have new and improved skills that will exponentially impact your effectiveness with the communities you serve.

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insider access to innovations in facilitation tech

Life since 2020 has taught the world just how essential the technology is that allows remote meetings and collaboration. We have built trusted relationships with the makers of some of the field’s most essential and innovative digital tools for facilitators. Facilitators Academy will give you insight and access to the leading edge of this technology and time to test it yourself.

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a thriving community of practice

The Facilitators Academy community is the only one of its kind, bringing together facilitators in private practice and from within organizations. We also regularly invite elders, scholars and practitioners of note to be in community along side us. Find the peer coaching and support you need within the Facilitators Academy community of practice.

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the templates and tools library

The Facilitators Academy has amassed 100s of templates and tools with real world tips and tricks from facilitators themselves. Borrow and share with your peers what really works to build community and make decisions rooted in equity.

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The research compendium

Our crew monitors the academic journals and popular press for the latest insights into the interdiciplinary field of facilitation. We analyze and summarize these findings into regular digests so our community can keep a finger on the pulse of the field. 

Swell Collective’s Facilitators Academy was a transformative and pivotal experience for me.

Swell Collective’s Facilitators’ Academy was a transformative and pivotal experience for me. The curriculum is drawn from lead instructor Emily Gonzales’s many decades of hands-on positive-sum facilitation experience, coupled with a rich and ever-expanding library of books, articles, videos, blog-posts and more – all produced by thought leaders in the facilitation and allied spaces. In addition, the many wonderful activities at the heart of the training drove home the key insights needed to take one’s consensus-building skills to the next level, while providing real hands-on experience with the work. I would strongly recommend to anyone considering a facilitation role, especially in the progressive movement space, to place attendance at the Academy at the top of their list.

Pat Mundy

CEO IN TECHNOLOGY

Still Have questions?

We have answers…

When will I get access to the course?

As soon as you purchase, you can begin the course.

How is the content delivered?

The course is delivered via ‘asynchronous’ modules here on the site that you do independently. The modules are broken down into bite sized video lessons that you can easily complete when you have the time. You will also receive regular email reminders to help you move through the course. You can opt out of these at any time.

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! You can pay in three installments. With a purchase order from your organization, we can also invoice your accounting department. We are an approved professional development provider for number of local, state and federal agencies. We have also provided training in the nonprofit, technology and social enterprise sectors. Many of our prior participants have had their tuition paid for by their organizations. Ask your HR director if you can do the same! We are happy to work with you to help you make this happen.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?

Absolutely! If you get through a few lessons and find that the course just isn’t what you need, we would be happy to refund you. We trust you wont use materials you didn’t pay for. 

What if I need support?

Our course instructors and facilitators hold regular office hours for peer coaching and are available via our dedicated #slack space Monday thru Friday. We can help with troubleshooting your tech or with the curriculum itself. There is an entire community dedicated to your success.

try it out…

If this isn’t what you need we will refund your money.

We believe in the value of this course and community and we trust you wont use what you haven’t paid for. 

Still undecided?

Schedule some time with our Facilitators Academy crew. We are standing by to answer your questions and get you plugged in to this global community of facilitators!

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