The Facilitator Development Adventure

Deepen your engagement with Nature-Connected Facilitation & the Work That Reconnects
led by Jenny MackewnChris Johnstone and Kirsti Norris


Deepen your skills in facilitating transformative processes in the service of life on earth. Grow your competence and confidence.

A nine-month training group. Three residential weekend workshops.

A rich mix of theory, experience, fun, feedback and creativity. Practice, practice, practice to help you gain confidence and power in leading this sort of work.


Deepen your facilitation skills. Draw on the wisdom of nature and the Work That Reconnects.

Grow confidence and competence in handling transformative processes.


People who want to facilitate transformative processes in the service of life on earth.

How much

£825. Concessions, Early Bird and work exchange available. Contact us for details.



See Calendar page for dates.

We start the weekends on the Friday evening with an Opening Circle and finish by 4pm on the Sunday afternoon.

Content and themes

  • Clarifying intention: What type of workshop do you want to facilitate? What do you need to learn?
  • Facilitator development: develop the right skills and knowledge.
  • Facing challenges and fears: explore the workshop situations we fear.
  • Celebrating! Telling stories of success.
  • Facilitator maintenance: how do we keep ourselves fresh?
  • Practice – during sessions and between sessions.

Weekend 1: Introduction (Southstoke)

Introduction to the general skills of facilitation, leadership and groupwork.

Mini experiential workshops to familiarise ourselves with different approaches to nature connection, group processes and personal reflection.

Afterwards you seek opportunities to create your first practice in what you have learned – e.g. taster sessions with friends or colleagues.

Weekend 2: Immersion (Hazel Hill)

Immersion into how to nourish our capacity to act for life on earth through the Work that Reconnects.

Learn skills to facilitate the four stages of the spiral of the Work That Reconnects – gratitude, connecting with our pain for the world, seeing with new eyes and preparing to go forth.

Practice what you have learned in the depths of a hazel wood far away from the hurly-burly of the modern world…

 Afterwards, develop your second practice by working with colleagues or alone to provide a fun, transformative experience for a wider circle in your community.

Weekend 3: Progression (Southstoke)

Learning from our practice, designing events using ceremony and ritual to add power.

Co-design a celebration of our time together. Make plans for your future. End with a ceremony of intention and gifts of mutual support.

Afterwards, go out into the world and practice as a nature-connected facilitator!


Are you willing to commit…

…to a group journey involving 3 residential weekends, plus distance learning, peer support, study time and practice?

Have you experienced deep transformative work?

We recommend participation in one or two transformative workshops before joining.

For example:

  • The Work That Reconnects
  • Constellations
  • Other experiential workshops

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Southstoke House

Southstoke House is a family home and informal centre in beautiful countryside. It’s only 2 miles from Bath station.


  • shared yurt (off-grid with wood-burning stove) – £5/night
  • shared rooms in the house – £7-10/night
  • single-occupancy rooms in the house – £40-45/night
  • single/double-occupancy summer house – £30-40/night
  • B&B nearby

Find out more about Southstoke House »

Hazel Hill

Hazel Hill is a wonderful, secluded 70-acre wood and sustainable retreat / education centre, seven miles from Salisbury.


  • in sleeping lofts on foam mattresses (included in course fees)
  • single or double rooms for £5/£8 per night
  • privately arranged B&B (we can provide list)

Find out more about Hazel Hill »

A wonderfully practical, experiential course led by facilitators who model the role with confidence, respect and humour.
Sally Lever


Simple meals are included in the overall fee and past participants have loved the food. We all contribute to some preparation and clearing up – as part of learning to build sustainable communities and leaving no trace.

Your facilitators

Jenny Mackewn

“I look forward to supporting you to develop your own unique power as facilitators.”

Chris Johnstone

“I’ve run Work that Reconnects and similar workshops for over 25 years.”

Kirsti Norris

“I facilitate adventures to wild places, and believe in the power of hearing from ourselves and others.”