Facilitators Training | Spring 2018

Facilitators’ Training | Spring 2018

Taught by Starhawk with friends

Black Mountain Preserve, Sonoma County, Cazadero, CA
April 14th – 18th, 2018
Sliding scale $725-$875 (includes lodging, accommodations, and instruction)

Work-trade positions ($375) and Diversity Scholarships for people of color working in the fields of environmental, food, and/or social justice, are available on a limited basis, please apply within the registration form.

*Registration now open: Online Registration

If you would like to attend both the Social Permaculture and Facilitators Training courses, please email info@earthactivisttraining.org for cost and registration information.

Expand and deepen your skills at facilitating groups, mediating conflicts, taking leadership in leaderless groups and exploring the realm of social permaculture. This five-day course is an intensive facilitators’ training program, led by Starhawk and friends and based on the material in The Empowerment Manual and more. Taking our Social Permaculture training (see previous course listing), or equivalent training and experience, is a prerequisite.

This training is for you if:

  • You start and lead groups, activist groups, spiritual circles, permaculture guilds, Transition Towns—any sort of group that works with horizontal forms of organizing.
  • You facilitate groups that work with consensus and have a horizontal, ‘leaderless’ structure.
  • You hold a position of responsibility in a non-profit, a green business or social enterprise or other organization that values collaboration.
  • You would like to feel confident facilitating gatherings, meetings, council circles and group decision-making.
  • You would like to deepen your skills in facilitating groups that include diversity of many kinds: gender, race, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, class background, etc.
  • You want to expand your skills at mediation and conflict resolution.
  • You would like to lead workshops and trainings in these areas.

We see a huge need in our far-flung communities for a larger pool of people who have these skills and can apply them and teach them. Students will have the opportunity to present ‘case studies’ of issues they are working with and receive guidance and mentoring.

Topics to be covered:

  • Building a group mind and spirit.
  • The five modes: Creative, Editing and Refining, Deciding, Logistics, and Heartsharing.
  • The facilitator’s role.
  • Facilitators’ toolbox—choosing the right tool for the job!
  • Coming to a decision—voting, consensus and its many variations.
  • Creating agendas.
  • The many shades of ‘isms:
    • Structural oppression, i.e. racism, sexism, etc.
    • Prejudice
    • Discrimination
    • Cultural unfamiliarity
    • Discomfort
  • The mediator’s role.
  • Mediators’ toolbox.
  • Handling challengers and underminers.

We’ll balance the process work with time outdoors in nature, including hands-on work on the land, and with rituals and personal practice to further our own sustainability. Insights from both permaculture and magic will help us learn to be more effective and joyful as we work together to regenerate our world.

About our Northern California course location

Black Mountain Preserve is in the Cazadero hills area of northern California, in west Sonoma County. The Preserve centers around a complex of dorms, dining room and kitchen, classroom and offices, and is surrounded by 485-acres of forest and coastal hills. Expect a wide variety of natural beauty. Walking trails and unused dirt roads lead off in several adventurous directions, through ecosystems of redwood/fir, oak/madrone, and coastal prairie. You can see the ocean from high points on the property, while a couple of creeks run through in low spots.

We have held Earth Activist Training sessions at Black Mountain since 2001; it is currently owned and operated by the Padmasambhava Peace Institute, a Tibetan Buddhist group. At one time Black Mountain was a state camp for petty offenders, but renovations have made it a cozy and comfortable conference center, a real-life swords-into-ploughshares example. There is a Peace Garden and a Rain Garden designed by students from our Permaculture Design Certificate program. Across from our classroom is a beautiful and authentic Buddhist altar room, which is open to registrants for quiet meditation.

Black Mountain is primarily accessible by car, and we strongly encourage carpooling. The region is well-served by public and private transit options and we will assist with organizing carpools from regional transit hubs for folks flying in or taking the bus. We will send out a complete welcome packet with plenty of detailed information several weeks prior to the beginning of the course.

Read more about Black Mountain on their website: Black Mountain Retreat Center

Our standard housing is included with tuition: several comfortable dorms with beds, for which you can bring your own bedding or rent some from Black Mountain at extra fee. A small number of private single or double rooms are available for an additional fee. Please use your registration form to indicate your preference.

Our standard is local, organic, globally-inspired vegetarian-friendly meals, served three times a day, plus afternoon and evening snacks. All food is fresh, plentiful, and substantial. Teas and coffee are available at all times.

Please use your registration form to request special meal choices. Meat is served one meal/day for omnivores, while vegan variations are available at every meal. Options such as no-dairy, gluten-free, and avoidance of common allergens are also possible if requested in advance. While we make every effort to accommodate food needs, those with highly specialized diets may need to bring some of their own food. Please indicate on your registration if you have any concerns about the food or to make special arrangements, and our Coordinator will work with you.

Almanac for Spring 2018
April is a wonderful month to visit this region. It is the tail end of the rainy season in this part of the world, with native wildflowers in bloom and lush green hills. The evenings can be cool before the real warmth of spring settles in. We advise all students to prepare to dress warmly and bring rain gear, as we will spend ample time together outdoors! Your welcome packet will include a detailed packing list.

Sunrise over Cazadero hills, site of January EAT session
Sunrise over Cazadero hills

Facilitators’ Training | Spring 2018

April 14th – April 18th, 2018

Black Mountain Preserve, Cazadero, CA United States | + Google Map

Please fill out our online registration form here: Online Registration
Then continue below to hold your space with a deposit or payment in full.

A $375.00 deposit is due with registration in order to secure your space. We accept payment by check, money order, or credit/debit/Paypal. Checks and money orders should be made payable to Earth Activist Training and mailed to:

Earth Activist Training, P.O. Box 6, Cazadero, CA, United States, 95421

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Cost: Sliding scale $375-875

Register for Both Social Permaculture & Facilitator’s Training

If you would like to attend both courses, please email info@earthactivisttraining.org for cost and registration information.