Integral Facilitator Certificate Program 2023
advanced praxis & capstone Practicum
eight months | Live Online
The Art of Facilitative Leadership
The IF Certificate 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 eight-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.
Making the invisible, visible
Who is it for?
The Integral Facilitator Certificate 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:
What to Expect
How it Works
A Design for the Whole Self
The 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.
Practice Creates Mastery
Mastery in the art of facilitative leadership develops when we immerse ourselves in the facilitation of group engagement, conversation, and collaboration. Freedom and flow with what is showing up becomes an unconscious competence. The hard-earned reward for effort is the confidence to delight in letting go.
A dynamic blend of learning, practice and personal coaching
The program is designed around a regular engagement over the course of eight months.
Scroll below to see the program flow over eight months. Summer study (no classes) falls between mid July and September 2023.
Our program is set using Eastern Time US zones, and live elements happen in the morning, Eastern North America time.
Live learning sessions are held online, via zoom and they focus on experiential learning and practice.
You will have access to materials and resources on the course site, which can be accessed 24/7.
Self-As-Instrument – Personal & Group Coaching
This includes an initial 1:1 coaching session to clarify your developmental focus for the program, and developmental coaching sessions throughout.
Community Calls & Connections
Your online community HUB will be the center of action throughout the program and a great space to share, ask questions, and network with other learners. In addition, we will gather three times for live community calls to address emergent questions and practice challenges and integrate our learning.
You will engage in hands-on facilitation experiences in a dedicated focus area in your context/work, in the last phase of the program. An IF Faculty member will partner with you to complete two review cycles of facilitated sessions and you will receive powerful grounded feedback and mentoring.
Capstone PortfolioThroughout, you will create an integrative portfolio that encompasses your learning from the range and complexity of your facilitation engagements.
You will refine your embodied presence and agility in response to complexity, challenge, and uncertainty in the room.
Peer Practice Groups
You will join a small group of peers for mutual inquiry, discussions and experimentation of the learning that arises through the program.
In past programs, study groups – or pods – have been not only powerful in their own right, but also created the foundation for treasured long term relationships.
Schedule of Learning Sessions and Intensives for 2023
How to join us for 2023
Applications are now open!
Questions? Shoot us a note anytime at:
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.
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.
This program is open to Next Stage graduates only.
Absolutely! Successful applicants 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 IF Program that you have a context in which to practice the skills you are developing.
This is an 8 month program with live engagement of some kind on a regular basis, except for the summer study pause from Mid July to early September. We will have some more intense sessions periodically, balancing the time together with best that the virtual classroom can offer us.
There will be supplemental resources provided throughout for your optional engagement, with occasional practices. This is not a scholarly program – it is largely experiential.
Classes will begin at 10:00 am Eastern (US) time. Some sessions are 4.5 hours long, some are 2.5 hours long.
You will have live coaching sessions, and will establish your developmental focus and the schedule with your coach. Coaching includes a combination of 1 to 1 coaching conversations, as well as small group coaching.
The program is designed to include emphasis on live practice. There will 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 design a practicum, and also be engaged in approximately 5 hours per month of live group work of some kind. This can be formal facilitation, or more informal convening, guiding, management, training, etc.