Welcome to Facilitation Academy
Facilitation Academy offers leadership trainings for an empowered world.
A world in which community is front and center.
A world where facilitators create experiences that transform as well as entertain.
A world in which great leaders are the facilitators of systems, power, and people that guide us to the societies we want to live within.
Our Core Offering - Foundations of Facilitation - is now available in two formats:
Learn at Your Own Pace
or Join a 3-Month Coached Class
Our trainings are a collaboration of eight expert facilitators who are willing to share their knowledge, best practices, and the intimate details of their successes and failures.
Our Unique Approach to Facilitation
Throughout our trainings, you’ll learn to facilitate in a way that is...
As the Tao To Ching says “When the leader leads, the people say ‘Look! We did it, all by ourselves.”
In our training, you will learn to become the type of a leader who instantly empowers those around them. You will use the ART of Leadership - Authentic, Responsive, and Transparent - to create communities in which everyone has a role and a say, but goals still get met.
Our experience within hundreds of groups has proved that this style of facilitative leadership completely transforms how people interact with you, each other, and themselves.
Authentic and Transparent
Many people feel drained by leadership because they believe they need to change who they are -- that who you are at work, or in front of a group, can’t be the same as who you are off the clock. It takes a lot of energy to maintain two separate selves. You also miss out on the trust that can be built with groups when you show up in a genuine, vulnerable way.
In this training, you’ll learn when, why, and how to express authentically in a way that comes across as strong and trustable instead of “too much”.
We’ve seen the “double-personal” approach cripple groups and organizations with gossip, collusion, and toxic relating. We want you to have another option.
Responsive and dynamic
Things can change quickly with plans and group dynamics -- just look at what happened with the global pandemic! Gathering feedback and being able to shift your approach will make sure you can thrive in uncertain situations, support your credibility and build participants’ trust in your leadership.
This facilitation style transfers responsibility from the leader to the group (of which the leader is a part), creating more buy-in from everyone involved.
We’ll teach you the best practices for soliciting feedback, creating a responsive and collective way to pivot, and increasing the resilience of any group you participate in.
Megan Taylor Morrison
MTM Coaching & Consulting
The Thriving Creator Virtual Coworking Community
- Business, Life and Leadership Coaching
- International Events
- Online Communities
- Leadership Training
- Project Management
- Team Management
- Large-Scale Events
Amala Foundation, Austin Juvenile Court, AISD
- Underprivileged Youth
Authentic Relating Training International, Author
- Leadership Training
- Event Design
InPresence, ALT lead facilitator
- Self-Awareness Practices
- Leadership Training
Dr. Hazel-Grace Yates
Sex Catalyst Academy
- Consent and Power
- Creating Safe Containers
Leadership and SEL trainer at Dell
- Training Design
- Work/Life Integration
Facilitation Academy's Offerings are for you if:
You find yourself leading groups and wondering if you’re doing it right.
You’re regularly in meetings and wonder how to make them better.
You feel like you’re forcing action on your team, and you wish things could feel more natural and connected.
You see yourself as a community leader and want to step up even more.
You see great leaders creating change and you’re yearning to know how they do it.
You are looking for tools and techniques to lead with grace.
We've been honored to train more than 900 leaders across the world, from companies and communities alike.
Here's what they have to say:
Ashley Lacey, Seattle
“This training helped connect me with the authenticity, aliveness, playfulness and depth that I’m wanting to infuse into my communities and in my personal life. And it allowed me to practice the skills of confidently creating all of that.”
Andrea Wagner, Santa Barbara
"Sara's leadership was top-notch. I've done a lot of workshops and she's definitely one of the best. Her masterful facility with "sense and respond" was both inspiring and effective.
Julie Grimm, Boston
"As a meditation teacher who has done some deep personal development, I have found the tools and theory presented offered me amazing insights into my interpersonal skills, and ways to grow even further. Thanks!"
Shelley Delayne, Austin
“Training ordinarily gives you information that satisfies the intellect and helps you to understand a thing. Sometimes, training fills your imagination with creative ideas about what you could do in the world. Other trainings fill your heart with the energy and inspiration to go forth and actually do the work. This beautifully-crafted training weekend does all of the above, wrapped in an incredibly supportive, transformative experience.”
Stephanie Nelson, Relay Graduate School of Education
“Authentic Revolution helped my team to strengthen our connection with and to one another, which is particularly important given that we are 70%+ remotely based team.
I truly believe that the strength of our team’s connection is rooted in the work that we did with AR and am so grateful for the time we spent together!”
Kendra Obom, Seattle