As the overlapping crises of this time intensify, we see our communities becoming overwhelmed by grief, rage, despair, fear and other heavy emotions. We feel burn out tugging at our hearts and minds. We are wrapped up in a complex planetary predicament, and believe that new, life-supporting paradigms are possible. We feel inspired to help build them. But first, we have to create spaces to connect, process our heavy feelings, and heal.
We know that one of the greatest skills we can learn and practice in service of a better future is that of facilitating connection, growth, and healing. We must move through feelings of eco-distress and collective grief, while acquiring the skills to be with discomfort, pain, and tension without shutting down our hearts and our ability to connect.
Do you want to learn methods for building community spaces that help people acknowledge and process their heavy feelings and arrive at resilience, connection, and (re-)inspired actions?
Do you want to help prevent burnout in your community?
Do you need spaces to process your eco-distress and collective grief?
Apply to join one of GGN's upcoming FLOW Facilitation Trainings.
About the 10-Step Program
LaUra Schmidt and Aimee Lewis Reau created a unique 10-Step program that helps people process feelings like grief, anxiety, despair, and anger in response to large systemic crises like climate emergency, ecocide, racism, classism, and state-sponsored violence. This program, 10 Steps to Resilience & Empowerment in a Chaotic Climate, has been proven to help folks rediscover their personal agency, reconnect to community members, and reinvest their energies in meaningful ways.
Learn more about our 10-Step Program by clicking here.
About the FLOW Facilitation Model
LaUra and Aimee also created a unique modality of facilitation that helps people build emotional intelligence, practice courage, vulnerability, and compassion, and cultivate supportive communities where possibilities for transformation and generation open. This FLOW Facilitation model has helped Good Grief Network gain recognition as an organization that can tenderly and intentionally minimize harm and encourage accountability in tension-filled, emotionally-charged spaces. Our facilitation model is informed by Climate Psychology, our formal education, and lessons from visionaries, scholars, and thinkers such as Joanna Macy, Amitav Ghosh, Tyson Yunkaporta, Francis Weller, adrienne maree brown, Bayo Akomolafe, Staci Haines, Chris Jordan, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Vanessa Machado de Oliveira, Farhana Sultana, and more.
Just as a river flows but is guided by its banks, so too do our facilitators flow from moment to moment, step to step, session to session, creating brave, emergent spaces where participants can encounter their growth edges and identify their super powers within the supportive containers we create. Also like a river, the tributaries of ideas, perspectives, and inspirations that form our river eventually lead to a vast ocean of imagination, trust, creation, and healing.
FLOW Facilitation Training Curriculum
During our time together, you will learn how to effectively run Good Grief Network's 10-Step Program, a peer-to-peer support group where people come together to build community, process our heavy and painful feelings about the state of the world, and identify meaningful actions each of us can take. These are not therapy groups.
During our training time, you will learn:
- GGN's values and philosophy, as building blocks to inform your facilitation style and decision-making
- To create brave, emergent spaces that encourage deep vulnerability, active listening, and compassionate nonjudgment
- How to lead a number of grounding practices and embodiment exercises
- To reframe the collective predicament and help participants reclaim their personal and collective agency
- Best practices for setting expectations, managing tension and conflicting perspectives, and holding overwhelming emotions
- To increase your own distress tolerance and encourage participants to do the same
- Learn how to use poetry, music, and media to help cultivate open-hearted spaces
- Practices for tending to yourself and your own inner work in order to hold space as a facilitator
- How to FLOW with the group, by noticing your triggers and reaction points
- Ways of working with individuals and groups to deconstruct harmful cultural narratives in service of the heart-centered revolution
- And much, much more
This training is for people interested in bringing the 10-Step program back to their communities and/or learning the depth of the 10-Step philosophy and how to bring people together. Additionally, if you want to faciltiate the 10-Step program for Good Grief Network, this training is a prerequisite.
FLOW Facilitation Training Logistics
There are two sessions of this training that will run concurrently.
Each session will meet for 3 hours per week, over the course of 12 weeks (14 weeks with two breaks).
This application allows you to apply to either of the following course sessions:
Sundays: February 19 to May 21, 2023 from 5—8pm Eastern Time (U.S.). Skipping April 9 & May 14. (Every Time Zone)
Tuesdays: February 21 to May 23, 2023 from 12—3pm Eastern Time (U.S.). Skipping April 11 & May 16. (Every Time Zone)
**These sessions will take place over a time change in the United States, which may affect your meeting time. If you live outside of the U.S., please note that daylight savings time starts on March 12, 2023. For those in the U.S., your clocks will jump forward by one hour.**
We have three price tiers (in USD) for the 12 week course:
Solidarity Rate: $1,000
Full Rate: $1,250
Redistribution Rate: $1,500
As well as a number of partial and full scholarships available, and the ability to pay over two or three months.
Very Important Notes:
We expect you to attend all 12 training sessions, barring extenuating and unforeseen circumstances. Because we are prioritizing small groups for this training, please only complete this application if you are available to attend each of the session times listed above.
We will meet weekly for 3 hours, and you will be expected to do 1-3 hours of coursework outside of our meeting space. We will assign additional articles, talks, podcast episodes to help you prepare for the weekly lessons.
Those who have participated in the 10-Step program will be prioritized. You may still apply if you have no participated, yet. We highly recommended to engage with the program before facilitating it. For that reason, we will offer a 10-Step drop in session near the end of the training program for each of you to get a taste of how they are run.
GGN will host this course on our community-building platform, Mighty Networks. GGN will provide technological tutorials for those new to the platform, to help them get oriented. Each week, we will assign coursework on Mighty Networks to be completed before each session, and will suggest additional materials to help you dig deeper afterwards. We expect you to engage with the course, and by completing this application, you are indicating that you have the time and space in your schedule to dedicate to this training commitment.
Each of your training session calls will be hosted on Zoom by LaUra Schmidt and the GGN FLOW Facilitation Team. Familiarity with the Zoom platform is recommended.
This training will be hosted in English. We would like to be able to offer this course in other languages but are still a very small nonprofit organization and do not have that capacity at this time.
You must complete this full application to be considered for this course. Because GGN is prioritizing small groups and participants with a diversity of lived experiences, not everyone who applies to this training will be accepted. GGN will host multiple FLOW Facilitation Trainings each year and encourages you to apply for our next training if you don't make it into this one.
GGN is offering this training on a sliding scale, with several scholarships available. Please consider your relative levels of privilege, power, and resources before selecting your payment tier or applying for a scholarship. We have only a limited number of seats available in each tier; we also have a limited number of scholarships and will be prioritizing folks from marginalized identities and limited access to financial resources.
GGN is offering an earlybird special for those who apply by December 16, 2022. If you apply by this date and you are one of the first 20 applicants, you will qualify for 20% off your pricing tier.
You can contact email@example.com directly with any questions about the FLOW Facilitation training.