Facilitator Training

In order to offer Shadow Work, one must be fully certified.  The Shadow Work group facilitation path consists of the following three trainings, which must be done in order, followed by a mentoring and apprenticing certification process:

• Basic Facilitator Training (BFT)
• Advanced Facilitator Training (AFT)
• Leader Training (LT)
It is recommended that you attend at least one Shadow Work seminar before attending the Basic Facilitator Training.  Other valuable experiences include Women In Power and the New Warrior Training Adventure.  Training is also offered to become certified in Shadow Work Coaching for which the BFT and AFT are pre-requisites.

Basic Facilitator Training

The BFT training is the first step to becoming certified as either a Shadow Work group facilitator or a Shadow Work coach.  The scope of what you can expect to get out of this training is enormous and includes:

1) A solid grounding in the basic Shadow Work facilitation skills
2) A powerful experience of your own personal growth
3) A tool kit of professional coaching skills that you can apply yourself, at home or in your community
4) Insights about facilitation: our ‘chop wood, carry water’ approach takes you behind the scenes.  We will show you how we harness our shadows to make us better facilitators

This training is highly experiential, and has a small participant-to-trainer ratio.  The focus of the training is to provide participants with a solid base in the use of the basic Shadow Work facilitation tools.  It involves a great deal of hands-on facilitation time, both in practice situations and in real processes.  Participants in this training will receive the appropriate DVDs and manual well in advance of the training, so they can become familiar with the tools and processes before the training.

The training draws a rich diversity of people, including educators, therapists, group leaders, writers, lawyers, organizational development consultants, and others dedicated to their own personal and professional growth.  It is appropriate for people who want one or more of the following:
Insights about facilitation: our ‘chop wood, carry water’ approach takes you behind the scenes.  We will:

1) To enhance their own personal growth
2) To learn Shadow Work tool for personal and professional application
3) To become accomplished Shadow Work facilitators

Advanced Facilitator Training

The AFT is an intense and practical course further developing and adding to the knowledge, understanding and techniques learned in the BFT.  The scope of the skills you can expect to get out of this training is far-reaching and includes:

• Learning about the deepest wounds that human beings carry and how those wounds manifest themselves in various behaviours

• A solid grounding in advanced Shadow Work facilitation skills, including how to facilitate the four Identity wound processes

• A powerful experience of your own personal growth

• Professional facilitating skills that you can apply yourself, at home or in your community

As in the BFT, participants will receive the appropriate manual and DVDs prior to the training, so they can become familiar with the tools and processes before the training.  The training is highly experiential, and has a small participant-to-trainer ratio.  It involves a great deal of hands-on facilitation time, both in practice situations and in real processes.

The Advanced Training is the second step to becoming certified as either a Shadow Work group facilitator or a Shadow Work coach.  In order to qualify for the Advanced Training, you must first attend the Basic Facilitator Training.  After attending the AFT, you are eligible to attend the Leader Training and the Coaching Training.

Leader Training

The Leader Training teaches you how to hold a group of people doing Shadow Work and develop the necessary safety and trust levels within this container. On a practical level, it teaches you how to run a Shadow Work seminar, from registering participants to completing the workshop.  As a facilitator, it teaches you how to use the principles behind the Shadow Work Identity Wound processes in conversation.  On a personal level, it gives you a command of the emotional ‘circuitry’ underlying these processes.

For more information on facilitation or coaching trainings, contact Golden Opportunities.

The experiential learning really worked for me, balanced with discussion, sharing and explanation. I felt really trusted to have a go, whilst it was very safe to make lots of mistakes. The whole week was a joy, and I will treasure the memories and use everything I learned.

Anon, 2010

Nicola and John, it is a privilege to work with you. Together you bring an immense expertise gained over 20 years or more, and you bring it in a way that leaves room for everything that is human: fears, flaws…

Anon, 2006

To walk away with such a level of clarity and confidence after one week is, I think, a remarkable achievement on the part of John and Nicola. They created an environment of acceptance and trust in which we all had every permission to bring our whole selves to the training and then use our own experience to anchor everything we were learning.

Anon, 2013