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Practical Introduction To Group Facilitation

December 7 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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2 days workshop

2 days intensive workshop: £275

Many of us have witnessed in meetings, learning spaces and organisations the potential for action and learning being frustrated by the lack of listening and understanding.

Community CoLab as a creative centre for learning, social action and collaboration has partnered up with Latin America’s top Graphic Facilitator Zulma Patarroyo, founder of Pataleta Visual Sense Making and pioneer in the Art of Hosting and graphic facilitation in Colombia over the last decade, to bring some tools and practices to help us transform the way we gather and make sense of the data we generate.
We see the need to build capacity in individuals communities and organisations to improve the quality of engagement and participation by creative means and in support of different learning styles.

During this 2 day intensive and hands on workshop you will learn:

  • The History, principles and basic technics of graphic facilitation.
  • The basic ingredients of graphic documentation; text, people, places, containers, icons, process, colour, diagrams, hierarchy, organising information.
  • How to create visual worlds and pre-designed templates to organise information.​
  • Simple visual methods to increase the quality of collaboration.
  • Better listening and an increased sense of the impact of the quality of listening and presence in group processes.

As a result of attending this workshop you will:

  • Explore a range of diverse visual tools you can apply to your project, business or organisation.
  • Re-connect with your natural ability to comprehend and speak with images.
  • Communicate ideas in a concise and powerful way through simple and impactful images.
  • Make your workshops and meetings more productive, participatory, engaging and memorable.
  • Learn a number of tools you can apply to your work, studies or personal life immediately.

This training is for educators, trainers, facilitators, leaders, social entrepreneurs, change agents, innovators, community organisers, students and anyone who wants to explore how to ignite a more creative future in their life, work or community.

Whether you are a visual learner, an artist, a professional or a total beginner when it comes to drawing or facilitation… If you want to try something different to get better results in your learning, work or life we would love to welcome you on our training.

The Facilitators:

  1. Zulma Pataroyo is a consultant and a facilitator of participatory processes that brings to her projects the best of her training and experience in the areas of creative facilitation, pedagogics and design. For the past ten years Zulma has been busy promoting understanding and collaboration through the magic and power of visuals. With her company Pataleta, “tantrum” in Spanish, she invites others to listen, to make visible, to make possible. Zulma holds an MSc in Strategic Leadership for Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology, a MA in Multimedia from London College of Communication, a postgraduate certificate in education from London University and is trained as a creative facilitator and consultant from the Danish social entrepreneurship school kaospilot. Zulma has studied with some of the world’s foremost practitioners in graphic facilitation and related disciplines, including Ole Qvist Sørensen from Bigger Picture in Denmark, Alphachimp’s RockstarScribe, Brandy Agerbeck’s famous LABS and Kelvy Bird’s Visual Practice Workshops. With her additional background in pedagogics and experience as a facilitator, Zulma brings to her teaching the best blend of effective communication and extensive knowledge base, mixed with her own unique sense of fun.  Zulma takes pride in her ability to create a powerful learning experience for her course delegates, having successfully run her practical introduction to graphic facilitation courses for the past ten years in Sweden, Colombia, Argentina and Paraguay.
  2. Jose Augusto Barco Bermudez: A Community Organiser and Art of Hosting Practitioner, Jose is a social entrepreneur based in Bristol, UK and founder of Community CoLab. He is passionate about people power, social change and social justice and creating spaces for meaningful participation and collaboration at at organisational and grassroots level. Jose works designing and facilitating conversations and training in communities and with organisations in Colombia, Spain and the UK. Jose is a Member Organiser for Community Organisers Ltd, organisation which he is a former founding director of. His work is influenced by his creative practice, musical roots and permaculture principles.


December 7
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hamilton House – Mild West Room
80 Stokes Croft
Bristol, BS1 3QY United Kingdom
0117 924 9599


Community Colab