Next Stage Facilitation

Next Stage Facilitation™ develops facilitative leaders capable of working in fluid and creative ways with a wide range of complex group dynamics.

This live 3-day training is for people who want to become more authentic, spontaneous, and responsive facilitative leaders in service of the cultures, organizations, and Purposes they care about.


Seattle, Washington
March 11-13, 2020

Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA

Tuition: Early bird tuition: $1,450 USD  (Full tuition: $1,650 USD)

Group Discounts: 5% off for groups (same company, organization or family) of 2 or more, use NSGroup coupon at checkout and add names in the memo field.

Note: Travel, meals and accommodations are the responsibility of the participant. 

Course Overview

Our learning objectives: 

At the end of our three days together, you will have explored:

Facilitator Role and Neutrality

  • What is facilitation? What is neutrality?
  • What is the role of an unbiased mind and what supports the ability to flex-flow?

Self as Instrument

  • Where inner meets outer.
  • Intention and attention.
  • Presence, awareness, effectiveness and impact.

The Integral Map

  • Elements of the Integral map.

The Three Orienting Perspectives

  • Perspective taking as a marker of development.
  • Experience the three primary perspectives.
  • Three communication skills.

Evolution, energy and the desire to grow

  • Human development and evolution.
  • The role of desire.
  • Resistance to change: obstacles and competing commitments.

Sameness and Difference

  • Build energetic coherence and create sustainable cultures.
  • Using the energy of diversity for creativity.

Integrated Presence and Creative Influence

  • Working with fear and play.
  • Applications and your lived context.

Who Participates?

Next Stage Facilitation attracts a variety of leaders and managers, intra- and entrepreneurs, facilitators, consultants, coaches, trainers, psychologists and therapists, social innovators, and educators.

What do these facilitative leaders have in common? :

  • Are already in a position of facilitating others, even if it is not formal.
  • Actively participate in their own lifelong learning.
  • Are willing to venture into the unknown in order to grow.
  • Seek out diversity and new experiences as a way to experience more of reality.
  • Meet people where they are and invite greater vision and growth.
  • Are curious about and value mindfulness practice and meditation as a pathway for becoming more awake.
  • YOU DO NOT need to have previously taken formal facilitator training.

Why Next Stage?

Leaders, consultants and facilitators who create thriving cultures and fulfilling collaborations are:

  • Clear about their own purpose and intention
  • Highly adaptive and fluid
  • Nuanced in their perceptual and relational skills
  • Willing to take risks and respond creatively in the moment
  • Practiced in maintaining stable, grounded presence

To develop individuals with these capabilities, we work with an emergent curriculum that integrates four domains of knowledge and practice:

  • Awareness practice—Zen
  • Adult developmental psychology
  • Facilitator skills & techniques
  • Integral theory

As a Next Stage participant, you will practice:

  • How to listen and respond spontaneously
  • Working in an integral way with groups
  • Relating to challenging emotions
  • Integrating multiple perspectives as they arise
  • Generating trust and safety in the room
  • Meeting expectations in a fluid way
  • Creative risk taking
  • Working with fear and shadow
  • Maintaining stable open awareness
  • Perceiving and responding to subtle dimensions of group process
  • Facilitating from a place of not knowing
  • Increasing your skills in each of the four domains of facilitation

Frequently Asked Questions

This program is designed for people with experience leading or facilitating groups. However, you do NOT have to have previously taken “facilitation training”.  It is also NOT a foundational skills program and therefore is not suitable for those looking for an introduction to facilitation methods. 

Absolutely, practice is a core emphasis of all Integral Facilitator® programs. The three days are full of small group practice that offers you an opportunity to work with your own personal intention and developmental edge. This experience is complemented with live demonstrations and unique“pointing out” instructions that make the subtle dynamics and choices available to a more masterful facilitator visible to everyone. Just like a sports team reviewing the last play on the sidelines, you will have the opportunity to freeze frame and zoom in and out on the play-by-play of group interactions. You will also be engaged in small group facilitator practice as well as whole group facilitation demonstrations.

As a Next Stage Facilitation Intensive participant, you will learn:

  • How to maintain presence in the face of challenging situations.
  • How to work effectively with group energetics.
  • Methods for effectively building connection and working with tension to deepen coherence and intimacy.
  • How to engage tension, power dynamics, and conflict in a group.
  • How you are experienced by others.
  • How to bring an Integral approach to your work with others.

Meditative practice is incorporated into Integral Facilitator trainings in a variety of ways which include: optional daily sitting practice, “pop drops” where the group is invited to engage in a short meditative practice, meditative awareness exercises and Integral Facilitation Practices—customized daily personal practices that may also include meditation or practices that support meditative awareness.

Yes, although each profession has different standards. We can work with you to provide the agenda and CEU hours. Depending on your registrar or professional organization’s requirements, you may have to repackage the information about our training. We cannot guarantee that it will be accepted, but we will gladly provide you with the required information about the program that will support your application.

NEW: Group practice for more Mastery.  Participants may opt into the Next Stage Practice Group: a 3 month online practice group which provides support to integrate and deepen as they apply what they learned. Hosted by a Next Stage coach, this group enjoys meeting twice a month to catalyze more dynamic, creative and liberated way of working with groups. You’ll receive an invitation to join the next group at the intensive. 

What to Expect

Each 3-day Intensive Includes:

  • Instruction and feedback from experienced master facilitators 
  • Applied practice experience
  • Individualized developmental learning pathways
  • In-the-moment teaching that “lifts the veil” on what facilitators/faculty are seeing, sensing and responding to in the group
  • Support and challenge exercises to clarify your intention and purpose
  • Instruction on bringing an Integral approach to facilitation & your work in culture
  • Integrated curriculum and practice from four distinct areas: Developmental Theory, Facilitation Techniques, Integral Theory, and Zen Awareness


Rebecca Ejo Colwell

Rebecca Ejo Colwell

IF Co-founder, Master Integral Facilitator, & Coach

Alana Felt

Alana Felt

Next Stage Program Faculty, Integral Facilitator & Coach

Lauren Tenney

Lauren Tenney

Next Stage Program Faculty, Integral Facilitator & Coach

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Get the most out of your course investment

You will receive the course: including 4.5 hours of videos, course materials from each of the 6 modules and a three session coaching process. Your coach will help you to develop your skills and address specific challenges you’re facing. They provide tailored, one-on-one support in how to negotiate some of the most complicated issues facing you and your team, and build lasting capacity. Receive personalized support for learning, making key distinctions and application: • Three sessions with your Ten Directions coach • Supportive skills practice and feedback • Multimodal learning • An accountability structure to keep the learning process focused and efficient Coaching sessions are scheduled at your convenience, following module 2, 4 and 6. 3 Coaching Sessions plus the Inclusion 2.0 Course

$995 (normally $1,200