clarity and compassion in the midst of intensity
three months | 100-Hours | Live Online
Making the invisible, visible
The Advanced Praxis program is designed for practicing facilitators, guides of groups, leaders and conveners who are working to influence group norms, team dynamics, and organizational culture. Building on the Next Stage Foundations curriculum, this three-month immersion will empower you with the awareness and insight to work with the hidden and hard-to-name dynamics in groups, teams, and organizations.
Who is it for?
As the second step in the 3-part Integral Facilitator Certification Path, the Advanced Praxis program is open to graduates of Next Stage Foundations. Building on an existing understanding of working in an integral way with groups, the Praxis program invites you into a deep and nourishing container for dedicated practice, coaching, and peer learning.
Each cohort in the program reflects the wide range of contexts in which Facilitative Leaders find themselves today. If you are working with groups ongoingly, as a facilitator, guide, convenor, coach or trainer, you are familiar with the subtle and nuanced challenges of guiding groups. This program is designed to develop your awareness, insight, and ability to respond to those challenges.
If these statements describe you, we encourage you to apply for the Praxis program.
What to Expect
Bi-weekly half-day class sessions exploring key concepts in advanced integral facilitation, including time for demonstrations, discussion, small group practice.
Bi-weekly coaching sessions will include one individual session and five small group sessions (with the same coach and small group).
Bi-weekly small group facilitation practice sessions provide an opportunity to employ specific skills and interventions the group has been working with during the half-day learning sessions.
You are most likely already in relationships, groups, teams, and organizations in which you can apply what you are learning. Your IF Practice will guide you to actively work with your intention in a way that is integrated with your life.
Online Library & Hub
The Praxis program will provide a private online learning center that will curate all of the program recordings and provide supplemental resources.
Community & Experimentation
Our learning experience will emphasize the importance of peer learning, creating a laboratory-like spirit of discussion, reflection and knowledge-sharing.
How it Works
A Design for the Whole Self
The Advanced Praxis 3-month learning journey is designed for whole person, community, and systems learning. As a participant, you will focus equally on inner work, facilitative practice, peer collaboration, your context and your intention, and immersive experiences that are uniquely designed to engage you at your personal learning and leadership edge. Your learning experiences will include direct instruction and personal coaching, meditation and reflection, live demonstrations, consistent live facilitation practice, ample feedback (both verbal and written), role play and simulations, group exercises, peer collaborations, journaling, discussion, and group exercises.
Commitment to full participation in all program elements. Read on to learn what this experience includes.
A dynamic blend of learning, practice and personal coaching
The Praxis program is designed around a regular weekly engagement over the course of 13 weeks.
The program starts and ends with a live online retreat.
Between these retreats, you will get into a regular rhythm: attend a 4 hour class learning session one week, and in the next week, participate in a 90 minute coaching session and your small group practice session. This 2 week pattern repeats for the duration of the program.
Scroll below to see "last year's" program’s flow over 13 weeks - 2022 dates are TBA.
How do I enroll?
Tuition for Advanced Praxis is $5,800 USD. To enroll in the Advanced Praxis program, please submit an application using the button below. Enrollment information will be sent to you once your application is approved.
Participation in a Next Stage Facilitation foundations program is a pre-requisite for Advanced Praxis program.
Applicants who have not completed a Next Stage Facilitation Intensive may apply, and if accepted, will complete a 2021 Next Stage Facilitation Intensive before entering the Praxis program.Applications will not be reviewed without receipt of the non-refundable $500 USD application deposit (applied toward program tuition). Deposits will be refunded if the applicant is not accepted.
To complete your application, click the “APPLY” button below.
Rebecca Ejo Colwell
Rebecca is a talented integral facilitator, strategist and coach, co-creator of Integral Facilitator programs, and the Founder of Ten Directions. For over thirty years she has been facilitating and inspiring others to practice facilitative leadership and meet the challenges of a wide range of cultural and social issues.
Principal, Faculty & coach
As a consultant, coach, facilitator, and member of the IF Faculty, Lauren’s way of being offers a bridge between the invisible and the concrete. Her natural way of sensing and naming what is hidden and implicit brings clarity and movement to those around her. Lauren masterfully supports inner work as a more efficient pathway towards impactful and meaningful engagement in our teams, organizations and communities.
Principal, Faculty & Coach
Cléo is a gifted teacher and coach who conveys her own devotion to embodiment into all aspects of her work and many contributions to developing leaders. Her teachings and practices build muscle for everything from working with complexity to uncovering particular dynamics and patterns that liberate and refine our fullest embodied capacity for facilitative leadership.
Applicants who have not competed Next Stage may apply for the Advanced Praxis program. If you are accepted, you will be asked to enroll in the next available Next Stage prior to entering the Praxis program.
Participants who complete the Advanced Praxis program may choose to go on to enroll in the Capstone Practicum, which is the third part of the Integral Facilitator Certification path. IF Certification is awarded after successful completion of Capstone.
Successful applicants for the praxis program are engaged in group work of some kind—be that meeting facilitation, convening discussion or community groups, leading trainings or learning sessions. The type of group work that you are doing is flexible, but it is essential to the design of the Praxis program that participants have a context in which to practice the skills they are developing.
Advanced Praxis is a 13 week long program with live engagement of some kind each week. During the first and final weeks there are three-day long live intensives. In the intervening 11 weeks, there will be an average of 4 hours per week of live engagement and practice.
There will be supplemental resources provided throughout the Advanced Praxis program for your optional engagement. Aside from a few short demonstration videos (no longer than 30 mins each), there is no regular required work or reading in between live weekly engagements.
For the March – June Advanced Praxis Program, all live training sessions will begin at 9:00 am ET.
Each day the 3-day Kickoff Intensive and the 3-day Completion Intensive will begin at 9:00 am and end at 4:00 pm ET. This includes time for meal breaks.
Half-day live training sessions will begin at 9:00 am ET and end at 1:30 pm ET.
Over the 13 weeks of the Advanced Praxis program you will have 6 live coaching sessions that will take place bi-weekly. Of the six coaching sessions, you will have one private 1-1 session, lasting one hour, and five small group sessions lasting 90 mins.
The program is designed to include emphasis on live practice. During the 3 months of the program, you will be engaged in a small group that will meet bi-weekly to engage in facilitation practice and provide peer feedback. There will also be opportunities for live facilitation practice spontaneously in many of the live training sessions. In addition to these in-program practice opportunities, participants are expected to be engaged in approximately 12 hours per month of live group work of some kind. This can be formal facilitation, or more informal convening, guiding, management, training, etc.