CA facilitation series
From: Tree Bressen (
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 17:21:46 -0800 (PST)
Dear folks,

Here is an announcement regarding the upcoming second weekend in the facilitation training series. Please forward as appropriate--thanks!


with Tree Bressen

Trainings in Nothern California

February 9-12 at Muir Commons in Davis, CA

This is the second weekend in an 8-part intensive series, designed to seriously boost your group process and facilitation skills through demonstration, exercises, presentations, and real live practice on tough issues! New people are welcome, you don't need to have attended the first weekend. The schedule for weekend #2 is:

Thursday evening: Check-ins and getting settled in.
Friday daytime: Facilitation training on the topics identified by the last student group as most pressing queries (such as how to facilitate during really polarized issues), and prep for the Sunday meeting sessions. Friday evening: Introductory facilitation training for host community and student group, will cover a bunch of what we did in weekend #1.
Saturday daytime: Consensus training for student group and host community.
Saturday evening: Social or time off.
Sunday daytime: Facilitation by workshop student(s) of Muir Commons meeting, followed by debrief and wrap-up.

These workshops are offered on a gift economy basis, where you decide for yourself what to pay (see Some individuals are receiving financial support from their home communities to attend. If you don't have friends in Davis to stay with, we can put you up at the host community. The weekend also includes meals provided by Muir Commons.

The first weekend turned out wonderfully, meeting our goals of building skills and connections both for the student group and the Pleasant Hill community, plus helping our host group make some great progress on an issue they'd been stuck with for a long time. To read one student's report-back after the workshop, see

This program in consensus facilitation and group process skills is primarily designed for community members in facilitator roles within cohousing and other intentional communities built or forming. However, the skills learned will also be useful in a wide variety of other organizational contexts.

There is more information posted on the series at my website, or feel free to contact me with questions.

To sign up, contact registrar Sigal Shoham, by email <sigalshoham [at]> or by phone at 510-712-5522.

Tree Bressen has worked with over two dozen cohousing and other intentional communities, while living in community herself for over a decade. She brings a deep experience and passion to this work, focused on supporting groups to put their ideals into action. Her workshops are consistently reviewed as lively, practical, and informative. Her website offers free articles, tools and resources. Tree is a founding member of Walnut Street Co-op in Eugene, Oregon.


Tree Bressen
1680 Walnut St.
Eugene, OR 97403
(541) 484-1156
tree [at]

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