Facilitation training

Art & Science of Participation (LO) live online

Deepen understanding, design and practice.
Learn and practice online with a live group of people and three professional facilitators as instructors. Content is similar to the in-person classroom course.

Deepen understanding, design and practice.

Pre-Requisite : Group Facilitation Methods or GFMOnline *

*The Art and Science is included in the Professional Facilitator Program (PFP) which is endorsed by IAF and prepares you for CPF certification. It also prepares you for assessment as an ICA Certified ToP Facilitator.

This five-day intensive will dramatically improve your ability to facilitate any group more effectively, in your organization or community. Strengthen your skills and increase your confidence.

The Art & Science of Participation is for people who are serious about facilitating participation and will deepen your knowledge, enhance your ability and provide a support network with facilitators across Canada. It will be a highlight of your year.


You will be equipped to design and handle almost any facilitation challenge after the Art and Science of Participation.

Increase your confidence with facilitation practice

  • Upfront practice with constructive peer and trainer feedback
  • Tutoring on design, preparation and delivery with master facilitators.
  • High teacher/student ratio: 1:4


Strengthen your skills in many methods

  • Core Technology of Participation (ToP®) facilitation skills.
  • Deepening of many other methods.
  • Theory and practical link between many tools, methods and processes.


Enhance your professionalism

  • Design effective facilitation processes for upcoming complex and challenging situations.
  • Learn to apply ToP facilitation methods to any situation.
  • Improved ability to prepare for and lead facilitation projects.


Course details

The online course contains all the content of the classroom course, employing individual work, small group work, and sessions with the whole group. All sessions are participatory – this is not a webinar. You will have the opportunity to build relationships with trainers and other participants in the course

Required preparation before the course will take you about 4-5 hours.

Online session times: Monday – Friday.

All times Eastern Time.

9 am – 5 pm ET with 15 minute breaks midway.

Total online time is just less than 29 hours over 5 days. Total individual “homework” during the course is less than 4 hours.

We will use Zoom for shared video and audio, and Mural for visual collaboration.

All materials required for the course will be provided electronically: a complete manual, required chapters for reading from the Art of Focused Conversation and The Workshop Book, and worksheets for completing assignments. Complete books are available for direct purchase from the publishers: The Art of Focused Conversation, The Workshop Book, Getting to the Bottom of ToP.

Price is CAD$3,295 plus applicable tax.


  • Opening context and conversation
  • Focused Conversation Method deepening
  • Consensus Workshop Method deepening
  • Transformational Strategy deepening
  • Reflection and preparation



  • Contentless Method
  • Contentless Method exercise
  • Environment for participation
  • Complex facilitation design
  • Reflection and preparation



  • Life Dynamics
  • Live Dynamics Exercise
  • Team Practicums
  • Design Practice
  • Reflection and preparation



  • Decision-making
  • Charting
  • Team Practicums
  • Design Practice
  • Reflection and preparation



  • Facilitator Ethics and Values
  • Competencies Exercise
  • Journey Wall
  • Celebration
  • Certificates
  • Claiming promises for the future



The course is held over Zoom and Mural. Mural is an online whiteboard accessible with your browser with no need to sign in. You will need a good or high speed internet connection and a headset or earbuds.

This is for professional facilitators, for consultants who want to be more facilitative, and for anyone who is considering pursuing a career as a facilitator.

Since many facilitators must work alone this is a chance to create long lasting relationships with your peers.

ToP Methods and Applications

  • Focused Conversation and Consensus Workshop review
  • Facilitating Strategic Thinking
  • Historical Scan
  • Charting Method


Facilitation Design and Practice

  • Design Template - "Design Eye"
  • Identifying the central question and underlying contradictions
  • Mental models for design


Foundations of ToP

  • Underlying Content-less Method
  • Life Dynamics Approach
  • Consensus Formation and Synthesis
  • Participatory Environment and Image Change
  • Facilitator Values and Ethics


"The greatest impact that the A&S had for me was about self confidence and the ability to work with senior leaders/executives. In addition, I've gained credibility and am approached for consultations and the development of tools and a facilitator registry across the province."

Course Participant

"To be honest, I got so much from Art & Science that I now feel that my current position is holding me back. The course has helped me realize I have more potential. I now need to figure out what to do about it."

Course Participant

"I LOVED the Organizational Journey Map. I will use it often in my facilitation work. I used the Wave Analysis with a group to analyze trends in relation to multi-location business operations."

Course Participant

"I have been more proactive about requesting to facilitate meetings and planning sessions. The feedback has been very strong on these sessions based on new techniques and skills applied. The break out practice groups were wonderful - was able to see numerous situations the practices can be applied."

Course Participant