September 2018

We are potentially running our two-day introductory module, The Facilitator's Toolkit, for a second time this autumn term.  We are offering additional dates, 24-25th September, due to a high level of interest and we currently have spaces available. If you are interested in attending this for the first time, or if you are a past participant who would like to repeat this module or if you may be eligible for a bursary then please get in touch with us as soon as possible.  

Please see below for our upcoming range of Facilitation Skills training, accreditation and networking opportunities, ranging from one day events, through to short modular courses and longer Certificate and Diploma programmes.


Our next Learning Day will be held on Monday October 8th at Highfield Park, Hook, (£80 members, £100 non-members, 10am-4pm). The theme for this day will be the dynamics of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in groups and we will be led by highly experienced facilitator Colin Heyman.

Questions we might explore include:
  • How do issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability and so on affect the dynamics of the groups that we facilitate?
  • How do our own identities and the stuff that comes at us because of our own identities affect our faciltiation?
  • How do we facilitate these issues as they arise?   
Colin writes "I am fascinated by how these issues operate within groups.  I don't necessarily have the answers and look forward to a day of exploring these questions together with you."

Our Learning Days are an excellent day for all facilitators (new, experienced and occasional) to meet, review and share good practice. We anticipate that we will all leave with new ideas, resources and a refreshed practice, having made and renewed our connections.

Places are limited so please book early to secure a place. To book, please    email us  or call us on 0203 282 7128.  


We are also pleased to announce the launch of the third Advanced Diploma in Facilitating Creative Collaboration run by artgym academy.

This 10-month, part-time course promises to be both personally and professional transformational.  It is a deeply immersive learning journey for experienced practitioners over 5 modules led by Artgym practitioners, guest lecturers, contributors and tutors. 

Successful participants gain a Diploma in Creative Facilitation from artgym academy (Certified Advanced Practitioner) and accreditation (up to level 3) with the Association of Facilitators.

Artgym have a few spaces left for their October courses, so if you want to learn how to ignite the creative power of groups, teams and organisations, email Callie Seymour or call her on  +44 (0)20 7033 3777


AoF co-founder, Bella Mehta, wrote an article for the AMED Network's Facilitation special issue. AMED ( The Association for Management Education and Development) dedicated both Spring and Summer issues of their journal to 'Sharing experiences of facilitation through writing'.  See here for a copy of Bella's article, The organisational impact of facilitation skills, and please do send any thoughts or comments in response.  

Finally, do sign up for our Foundations in Facilitation Skills Programme (The Facilitator's Toolkit, Group Dynamics and Accreditation) - see right hand panel for dates/links. Please book early to secure a space. 

Bella Mehta & Brian Watts
Association of Facilitators (AoF)
0203 282 7128

September-November 2018
*24-25 September 2018*
15-16 October 2018
19 November 2018

May- July  2019
20-21 May 2019
24-25 June 2019
15 July 2019

* Additional dates*

30 October 2018 
(Register by September)
29 April 2019
(Register by March)

Learning/Taster Day
(£80 members,  £100 non-members, 10am-4pm)
8 October 2018
28 January 2019
8 July 2019
15 October 2019

Venue: Highfield Park, Hook, Hampshire

Facilitation Skills Training and Consultancy are also available on an in-house basis.