Whole-Brain Creative Facilitation Workshop

Whole-Brain Practices and Principles
Faciliting Creativity, Agility, and Learning
and Establishing Innovative Culture

2 days   •   9:30am-4:30pm
Led by Michelle James, CEO of The Center for Creative Emergence

The Creative Facilitation Workshops have been offerred annually since 2005 and they fill up each year.
Check back for 2016 workshop dates.

Time to Get Your Creative ON!
Fast Company Article:
Creativity as Most Important Leadership Quality in Next 5 Years
2-Day Program PLUS 1 Personal Follow-up Coaching Session

This workshop is for professional facilitators, trainers, OD practitioners, coaches, consultants, educators, entrepreneurs, leaders and anyone else who wants to facilitate creativity, dynamic learning and positive culture change for their participants.

Join the creativity training revolution! In this workshop you will learn and experience a variety of both right and left brain creativity approaches and techniques designed to enliven your workshops and accelerate participant learning.

"Michelle's workshop for facilitators is fun, effective and you'll be glad you did it." - Harrison Snow, Director, Team Building Associates, Professional Facilitator

You will learn how to

  Quickly and easily engage participants
•  Modify activities for the particular group and learning objectives
•  Draw forth the energy, passion, and assets already in the room
•  Cultivate the attitudes and behaviors for using creative, whole-brain and
   emobodiment approaches
•  Create a safe and receptive learning environment

Effectively getting groups to open up to experiential creative approaches begins with increasing your own comfort and flexibility with the techniques you facilitate. This workshop will focus on two levels at the same time - you as a professional, authentic facilitator and you as a creative individual. You will have the opportunity for personal expansion as you gather useful tools.

You will experience whole-brain training activities based in storytelling, improvisational theater, visual imagery, somatics, accelerated learning, ritual, systems thinking, Socratic and analytical processes... and more! You will learn key creative facilitation principles, creativity training design guidelines, and whole brain approaches to design and facilitate innovative learning environments.

You will explore using whole brain methods to:

•  Get your own creative juices flowing
•  Draw forth your natural gifts as a facilitator
•  Explore the applications of these new tools
•  Have fun. Surprise yourself and each other
•  Let go of controls; think and respond spontaneously

You will leave with creative activities for:

•  Icebreakers
•  Energizers
•  Creating group story
•  Innovation & idea generation
•  Team & community building; strategy sessions
•  Creative thinking in any group context

Don't get left behind! These days, with creativity as one of the top organizational values for success, facilitators and leaders who know how to create conditions for creativity to emerge and flourish are in greater demand! That requires an additional skill set, and way of being, than those needed to succeed in the "business as usual" paradigm. This program is designed to be a "yes-and" to your existing facilitation repertoire to take you to your next level of thrive-ability!
In this pattern-breaking program, you will learn how to let go of controls and mindsets that otherwise inhibit your creative thinking. As you facilitate this for your participants, they will experience a deeper level of meaning and learning.

"Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your workshop! It was really fun and very instructive! It was a great class and I learned tons. I definitely got what I came for - so thank you." - Mary Abbajay, Consultant for Organizational Effectiveness

When: This program meets on Friday and Saturday, December 7th and 8th,
9:30am-4:30pm. Personal coaching sessions are set up upon registration. Where: Falls Church Community Center, VA, just minutes from both RT. 66 and the beltway. Free and plentiful parking. 1.4 miles (approx. 4-minute cab ride) from Falls Church West metro.

Program includes:

•   2 full-day workshops
•   1 individual 60-minute integration coaching session ($150+ value)
•   Creative Facilitation Workbook
    (contains everything we will cover, including detailed write-ups of each acitivity)
•   Additional phone support, when needed

$377 - register below  
To Sign Up: To register (1) scroll down this page for online credit card payment OR (2) email info@creativeemergence.com for mailing information to send a check.

Call Michelle at 434-885-5077

"For facilitators looking for ways to enliven their techniques, this workshop is a winner." - Bill Olsen, President, Olsen Innovations, Certified Professional Facilitator


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What Participants Say

"Michelle, your workshop on creative whole-brain facilitation was superb. Loved having an opportunity to work with you, and my fellow participants were all delightful. You created a wonderful community. It was content rich information and activities that I can't wait to use with my clients! Thanks you so much!" - Linda W. Cassell, Quantum Leap Coaching & Training
"Michelle has an extraordinary gift for guiding us in excavating our own special gifts: bringing to the surface with great joy, surprise– and fun– what was silently lingering just outside our awareness. It is exhilarating to meet with one’s own emerging creativity—to confront the possibilities, to be introduced to parts of the self previously invisible, to learn how we can retrain our thought patterns. This workshop liberates your brain so you can stretch your limits, launch yourself into unexplored territories, both personally and professionally." - Robin Horton, Robin Horton Design
"Michelle is a gifted facilitator of creative emergence. She gave me a whole new set of exercises to add to my practice, as well as a firm grounding in principles for supporting creativity. She is one of the best. I recommend her highly and without hesitation." - Alicia Korten, CEO, ReNual 
"Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and for two days of fun-filled active learning! It was an awesome class." - Tina Kraus, Creating Connections for Change
"Your workshop was great! You are a great trainer and the principles and activities are fantastic. Just what I need to freshen my training sessions." - Angela Churchill, Organizational Development Specialist, Department of Human Services
"Thanks Michelle for a wonderful workshop. I learned a lot and enjoyed the company." - John B. Bennett, USEPA Office of Water
"I've already brought back some of the exercises we did, and will be incorporating them into our HR Conference." - Bruce Barishman, Senior Manager, Training, Organizational Development & Learning Services, Interstate Hotels & Resorts 
"Thanks for a great training, and coaching session!" - Alex Greenland, Associate, Greenland & Associates
"Michelle creates a context in which the wonder and beauty of true co-creation among participants can emerge. Under her warm and spontaneous guidance humor, beauty, and truth come to the surface in a spirit of learning. I came away with new skills, friendships, and gratitude." - Kathleen Fimmell, Psychotherapist and Organizational Consultant