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Episode 249

December 27th, 2023

Facilitators in the Role of Participants – Insights from the NDB Festival 2023

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    This episode is a special one! You’re invited to time travel back to the NeverDoneBefore Festival, and join me in my virtual podcast boat where I speak to six of our talented facilitators over the 24-hour event: Becky Sawle, Sonja Sinz, Mirjam Leunissen, Célia Rene Corail, Etrit Shkreli and Marianne Oh

    It’s a jam-packed journey, full of rich, multifaceted wisdom; each conversation offers a fascinating and thoughtful perspective, making the next hour and a half an exploration into facilitation as a whole, in its many wondrous forms.

    We talk about the balance between structure and emergence, we find unexpected learnings in a Christian Andersen folktale and teachings from a Hindu goddess, we delve into embodiment, trust, costumes, language and neutrality, and how we can support neurodiversity in workshop settings. Phew, it’s a whistle-stop tour!

    Find out about

    • How costumes can create a safe space to tap into our creativity
    • The balance between structure and emergence that appears through co-creation, and how to navigate the two
    • Why conflict isn’t necessarily a bad thing; when you lean into it, we can strengthen relationships
    • Why as a facilitator, we are the ultimate source of energy, transferring our feelings and emotions to the group
    • How to use embodiment to shift moods, develop new behaviours, and why observing a deeper connection with our body is a journey into self-discovery
    • Why we can draw inspiration from Shiva and Kali in Hindu mythology, to find the balance between presence and action
    • How facilitators can balance diverse needs and preferences to support neurodiversity

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    Becky Sawle

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    Célia Rene Corail

    Etrit Shkreli

    Marianne Oh

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