5 Elements Hong Kong

What: 2 day retreat plus group coaching follow up and rich facilitation resources (workbook, templates, audio/ video resources)
For: Facilitators, leaders, adult educators, mediators, coaches, and OD Consultants
Why: You want to go deeper with your groups with more success and less effort and do this every time. You want to deepen your presence as a facilitator.
When: 3-4 October 2013 (Thursday & Friday) 9:30am – 6:00pm  both days with optional Thursday evening session
Where: Tao Fong Shan, Shatin, Hong Kong
Cost: HK$8,800 ($1,145 USD) early bird (includes one night accommodation, on a first come first serve basis)   HK$9,500 ($1,225 USD) after 23 August 2013

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What is Unique About This?

A process framework that is creative and easy to use.

Learn the framework and apply it to a real life example so you understand
its application to facilitation, consulting, training, and curriculum design.


The earth element – learn how to create stability, depth and cohesion in your design – factoring it in early and at critical stages of any workshop.
The water element – experience the importance of flow and transparency. What tools, tips and processes do you use to keep the water element flowing throughout?
The fire element – How do you give a group significant spark when it is lagging?  How can we create warmth and coziness of a fire? What do you say or do when fire energy gets out of control?
The air element – how do you keep the freshness of air circulating?  How do you “cool” the group or clear out old, redundant thinking as needed? What specific tools and processes have a clearing effect?
The space element – How do you set up the physical space according to the theme or content of the event? How do you ensure you have enough pauses and reflection?  What questions & techniques do you use to ensure there is just enough space?
What does a good process design look like when all 5 elements are integrated, balanced and paced for maximum impact?


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Course Content

In the introduction, we synthesize the theory and offer applications of the 5 elements of facilitation design. We then focus on each design element to ensure you know how to use each element creatively & effectively. The last segment summarizes so you can see how it looks when layered and integrated into your own examples.


  • Resources are offered; PDF workbook, replicable templates for practice, audio/visual support, and access to previous recordings of virtual course.
  • Activate multiple intelligences with audio, visual, print materials, discussions, personal reflections and fun.
  • Balance individual, small group and whole group experiences.


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Your Workshop Guides –
Barbara MacKay and Mari Mizobe Chu

Barbara MacKay, CPF®, CTF®, MS has been facilitating since 1981. She is a dual citizen, having spent most of her life in Canada and then 10 years ago, immigrated to Northwest USA. She founded her facilitation business in 1995. She has designed and led thousands of facilitated meetings, conferences and workshops all over the world. Barbara is also a certified assessor with the International Association of Facilitators and with the USA Technology of Participation ( ToP®) Group. She has certified facilitators from five continents. Barbara offers multiple courses in facilitation skills and has spent the last 20 years researching and practicing a variety of tools and approaches. She blogs extensively about facilitation on her website and has published over 45 lengthy articles on facilitation skills. Her core work is based in the Technology of Participation (ToP®) approach and this is supplemented with a rich infusion of accelerated learning techniques (the neuroscience of learning), cross cultural and non-violent communication methodologies. Barbara has a playful sense of humor and has been described as having a calm, wise, authentic presence. Barbara has been a presenter at the International Association of Facilitators’ (IAF) conferences for the last 10-12 years in North America, Europe, hopefully Asia this year, and Australia. She is currently mentoring many younger and diverse colleagues in North America and Asia. She is passionate about diversifying and globalizing facilitation competency.

Barbara has a strong meditation and yoga practice and in her spare time gardens, has global colleagues over to her house, and thinks about facilitation!

Learn more about Barbara at https://www.northstarfacilitators.com.


Mari Mizobe Chu’s journey as an advocate for peace and social justice began early. Born to multi-ethnic parents and raised in several different countries, Mari had a unique challenge and opportunity as a young child to experience first hand the complexities of difference. Discrimination and injustice around her affected her deeply. Yet at the same time, she was inspired by the capacities of people to engage in courageous efforts towards personal and social transformation.

Mari’s unique approach to facilitation integrates research and practice from a variety of perspectives including intergroup dialogue, critical pedagogy, restorative justice and non-violent communication. As a dialogue facilitator among young adults from Muslim, Arab, Jewish and Western backgrounds, Mari witnessed the power of listening and sharing stories in transforming relationships from those of blame and mistrust, to empathy, connection and collaborative action. Mari holds a M.A. in Conflict Resolution and a Certificate in Mediation from the University of Oregon School of Law, and was a Ph.D. candidate in multicultural education at Simon Fraser University.

Mari loves spending time with her family, swimming, biking, practicing yoga and cooking in her hometown of Vancouver, Canada. Learn more about Mari at www.marimchu.com.