Stage 2: The Essence of Facilitation

Zenergy Global programmes are based on research in the area of co-operative technology explored and discussed in the books written by Dale Hunter et al.

The Essence of Facilitation is a training programme in which participants develop their skills and understanding of facilitation to a deeper level.

This is an experiential workshop which builds on skills aquired in Stage 1:The Art of Faciliation and focuses on the key skill of “distinguishing”, which includes noticing what is missing in a group's interaction in the moment and finding a way of introducing the missing elements while the group is in action.

Stage 2  explores a number of distinctions, including: 

purpose and culture

safety and trust

powerful listening and speaking


emotional competence


affirmation and celebration

authentic community

Each distinction is first identified both when it is present and when it is missing. 

Processes for  generating these distinctions within the group are explored.

Stage 1: The Art of Facilitation is a prerequisite.

Course Outcomes

  • Distinguish key elements of intentionality, completion, emotional competence, intuition, powerful listening and speaking, safety and intimacy, power and equity.

  • Implement group processes appropriate to meeting the group purpose and maintain a balance between task and process, and individual and group needs.

  • Recognise and interrupt patterned behaviour including sabotage.

  • Attend to distress in self and others.

  • Demonstrate an ability to recognise and respond to the physical, mental, emotional, intuitive and spiritual levels of being.

  • Demonstrate an awareness of differences in group energy and to shift the energy levels using appropriate processes.

Required Text for Stage 2 (included in Stage 2 course cost): The Essence of Facilitation.

Comments from Participants

"Learning by doing. Beautiful atmosphere created to experiment, play, explore and discover. Dale's variety of interventions. She seemed to know exactly what I needed and when"
Dr. Daniel Ducker, Environmental Engineer.

"I think that it's great that each programme is part of the whole Zenergy programme; a component of a larger entity"
Dave Rees, Business Change Facilitator, UK and NZ