People do not object to change –
they object to being changed (Anon)

Facilitating the Future 8th - 10th December

Following the continuing success of this programme, Gary Austin and Gary Purser – two internationally renowned Facilitators - come together again to offer you a further opportunity to attend their three-day Facilitator Development Programme designed to provide you with fundamental and profound Facilitation Skills and help prepare you for Certification as a Professional Facilitator.

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A Unique Style

The programme continues to evolve and has recently benefited by being run in Turkey and Slovenia. This focus on cross cultural facilitation has previously attracted a very diverse international group of participants to the programme which we hope will continue here. The course is highly experiential and participative and focuses on learning by doing and modelling facilitation competencies. Enhanced feedback skills will be developed to enable participants and session leaders to help each other build on their strengths and identify areas for improving personal performance.

This will all take place in a safe and supportive environment, which will be created so that personal exploration, challenge and change can flourish. Both Session Leaders have an international reputation for making personal development and learning interesting, understandable and fun!

Key Learning Outcomes

By being wholly designed around a Global Standard of Facilitator Core Competencies the programme delivers all the key facilitation skills required to become certified as a Professional Facilitator:-

  • Create Collaborative Relationships
  • Plan Appropriate Group Processes
  • Create & Sustain a Participatory Environment
  • Guide Group to Appropriate and Useful Outcomes
  • Build and Maintain Professional Knowledge
  • Model Positive Professional Attitude

Participants will also be supplied with a personal Facilitating the Future Manual, which includes a comprehensive range of Tools and Techniques.

A Unique Team

The programme will be led by two of the leading Facilitators in the UK, Gary Purser and Gary Austin.

Gary Purser is the founder of Gary Purser & Associates trading as Facilitate 4 Change (

He is an internationally renowned Facilitator with over 20 years experience focussing on the behavioural & process aspects of groups. Gary has worked internationally in both the Public and Private Sectors as an internal and external Facilitator. He is one of the founders of the IAF Accreditation and Certification Process for Professional Facilitators World-wide. Gary himself is a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) and a qualified Assessor of the scheme. He is on the European Board of the International Association of Facilitators.

Gary Austin is one of the co-founders of circleindigo ( and is a highly experienced, professional consultant Facilitator with over 20 years' experience of group, collaborative and participative working in private and public sectors, corporates and third sector organisations.

He is a past President of the International Association of Facilitators and a past IAF European Regional Representative and is one of the driving forces behind the continuing professional development of facilitation within the Association, Europe and globally. He is a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) and a qualified Assessor of the scheme. Gary is also the current Chair of the UK Facilitator’s Network. He is also on the Advisory Committee for the Global Facilitation Service Corp (GFSC) and a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster, lecturing on Managing Change & Building Resilience as part of the University’s Business Psychology Programme.

St Albans Pastoral CentreA Unique Setting

Facilitating the Future will again be held at the All Saints Pastoral Centre on the outskirts of St. Albans, Hertfordshire.

This venue is chosen not only for its facilities but also for its beauty, charm and tranquillity. Despite being within a stones throw from Junction 22 on the M25 and having good rail and air connections it presents a wonderful opportunity to get away from it all in the wonderful building or the 70 acres of parkland that surround it.



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By road: leave the M25 at junction 22 and follow signs for Radlett and then for the “Pastoral Centre".

By train: take Thameslink to Radlett or St Albans, then proceed to All Saints by taxi.

By air: LUTON or GATWICK and then by Thameslink train to St Albans. STANSTEAD and then by No. 75 or 76 coach to Oxford which stops at London Colney. HEATHROW and then by underground to Kings Cross change to the Thameslink train to St Albans.

By Bus: rural bus service operate from St Albans to London Colney village and All Saints Pastoral Centre

All Saints Pastoral Centre Shenley Lane London Colney St Albans Hertfordshire AL2 1AF Telephone: 01727 822 010 Fax: 01727 822 880

Booking Terms and Conditions

The cost of the three-day programme is £1,200+ VAT (£1,410) including all materials, manuals and refreshments.

There is a limited number of places for this unique learning opportunity and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
To reserve your place, or if you require any further information, please e-Mail your details to

A completed Registration Form and a Cheque payable to circleindigo Limited will subsequently confirm your place but note that all applications and payments must be received by the 30th. November 2008 at the very latest.

Inexpensive residential accommodation is available at the Pastoral Centre which includes Supper, Bed & Breakfast payable direct or at a large range of hotels in the nearby historic City of St. Albans (Look under Tourism on

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