The Art of Facilitation: Foundations of Transformational Leadership
Tap into your own innate gifts, and embrace leading intuitively from a place of authenticity.
Our Art of Facilitation retreat introduces coaches, leaders, teachers, and facilitators of all types and modalities to a toolbox of foundational “soft skills” to help you deepen your leadership ability.
For 25 years, the team at Northern Edge Algonquin has hosted transformational experiences in nature for all types of groups and individuals. This led us to co-create the Way of the Circle, a flexible and universal framework for shared leadership that has been at the heart of our retreats and enabled us to step into our role as a centre for transformational leadership.
“… The Edge has shown me how to support a deeper level of connection and unity within groups and to listen deeply for the threads being woven and the ways in which we might invite them forward during an experience.”– Courtney Sinclair
While there are many programs and certifications available to become a leader, teacher, or facilitator of a method, practice, or activity – these tend to focus on content, the “what.” Our focus is on “how” – the universal, fundamental elements that are the building blocks of authentic leadership.
Explore a deeper level of Transformational Leadership:
More than learning and discussion, we will actively:
- Create safe space and a sense of community through breaking the ice, simple acts of service, and facilitating circles that allow for authentic sharing and equity of voice.
- Embrace “planned spontaneity”, creating flexible programming that shifts to take advantage of special opportunities and align with the collective needs arising within a group.
- Lead from a place of authenticity, identifying & anchoring in your core values and sharing your passions and wisdom while leaving space for participants to share theirs as well.
- Communicate deeply and active listen, participate in important conversations from a place of calm & composure.
- Tap into the microcosm (personal journey) and macrocosm (collective journey) by tuning into how nature can inform us, and following the storyline of your guiding inspiration.
- Experience how rituals and ceremonies can anchor learnings through words, actions, and symbols.
- Engage in self-care for yourself, becoming more resilient in honouring personal boundaries & holding space for a group of individuals.
- Take ownership and responsibility for your duty of care for participants, the impact and influence of your actions and words as a facilitator.
- Debrief experiences, considering “what happened”, “why it matters”, and “what now?” and enabling participants to take the learning one step further.
For years, we’ve imagined teaching facilitators all about retreats and how to lead & market them. This program builds the foundations of facilitating all types of group experiences, and is designed for leaders from all walks of life.
All-Inclusive Pricing Includes:
- Art of Facilitation professional development program and certificate of completion.
- Materials including our Art of Facilitation workbook, the Way of the Circle: the Alchemy of Shared Leadership, and “Break the Iceland,” a book of ice breaker prompts.
- 4 days / 3 nights of meals & accommodations at our one-of-a-kind retreat centre on the Edge of Algonquin Park.
- Pre-and-post retreat zoom calls and online community-building with our facilitator community.
- Personal & Professional Development Program: $750/person (Save $150: register before 2021!)
- Meals & Accommodations: from $899/person depending on choice of cabin.
- April 29 – May 2, 2021
- September 23 – 26, 2021
Some words from our guests :
- “I want to tell you about a very special place. The kind of place where you can let go of everything – your time, your stress, your expectations – and just relax and exist. A place where breathing might be the most important thing you do all day.”
-Angela Dollar, Wanderlust & Lipstick
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- "Northern Edge Algonquin is for you if you want to breathe fresh air, swim in a clean fresh water lake, eat fresh organic food, meet like minded people. In our particular case, we chose the Quest for Balance retreat, which included yoga sessions and stand up paddle boarding. No activity was ever mandatory. The priority is to respect oneself and each other. No judgments here. There are planned activities and also free time. It is a place to get unplugged totally. I highly recommend it, and will definitely return."
-Zianne, August 2018
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- "When I signed up, I figured I’d have a pretty good time. But I was astonished by how truly wonderful it turned out to be. And the impact that it had on me, physically, mentally and spiritually. Thanks to Wendy’s and Joanna’s gentle guidance, loving care and slightly wicked senses of humour – I not only had the best vacation I could imagine, but I was able to really relax, gain some much needed perspective, rediscover my love of yoga and the outdoors and overcome some hurdles which turned out to be more mental than physical. Then there’s Greg’s awesome meals. Yummy. In short, A Quest for Balance completely rocks! Once you experience it, you’ll kick yourself for not doing it sooner."
-Lisa Denvir, Toronto
- "It is hard to describe in words how much I love the Edge. Feeling beyond grateful for an experience filled with awe and wonder. Far more fulfilling than a week down south and has restored my childhood love of the winter! Every person, place and thing at the Edge contributed to an experience that left me replenished, whole and happier than I had been in months... Staff at the Edge helped me figure out how to help myself. Leaving me able to replenish myself in my regular crazy and hectic life!"
-Joanne Hofinger, February 2018
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