Facilitative Leadership September 2019

Sept. 10 - 12, 2019

The workshop's overall goal is to provide a thorough overview and understanding of facilitative leadership and the competencies needed to enhance group work. By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the role of a presenter/trainer, learning facilitator and facilitative leader.
  • Increase personal skills in leading discussion and balancing participation.
  • Understand the role of verbal skills and nonverbal techniques to help keep a group on track while maximizing participation.
  • Effectively use a variety of tools for helping groups:
    • Generate ideas and options for action.
    • Explore and evaluate ideas and options.
    • Achieve consensus.
    • Plan actions and events.
  • Articulate outcome-based and action-oriented objectives for group processes.
  • Design a process that combines tools to help a group reach its goals.

This three-day class focuses on creating an inclusive culture of collaborative learning in teams, communities and organizations. It is for both new and experienced leaders, managers, facilitators and graduate students who would like to develop or improve their facilitative leadership skills. It takes place at the beautiful Kettunen Center, a comfortable retreat and conference center in Tustin, Michigan. The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. on day one and ends by 3 p.m. on day three. There are evening sessions on both the first and second days.

Class size is limited to 24 participants. This allows time for every participant to practice facilitating and receive coaching and feedback in small groups. Due to the focused nature of the workshop, participants are asked to participate fully in the three days without phone calls, meetings and other interruptions which diminish the learning experience for all. You will apply what you've learned in practice facilitation sessions, in a safe and supportive environment.

The cost of this all-inclusive retreat experience, provides two nights lodging, day one breakfast through day three lunch, and all materials for $665. If you opt for a single room or to arrive early, additional costs are added to the registration costs. 

There is typically a waiting list for this session, so please indicate as soon as you become aware if you are no longer able to attend, so that we may fill your seat. If you cancel and we can fill your seat, you will receive a full refund. Otherwise, you will be charged 50% of your registration cost if you cancel four weeks or less before the session. For this session, that cancellation deadline is Aug. 13, 2019.  Payment is due prior to attendance.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information contact Bethany Prykucki at prykucki@anr.msu.edu or Julia Darnton at darntonj@msu.edu.