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MAFN's November 17th Online Workshop: A Framework for Relational Facilitation

  • 11/17/2023
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Online using Zoom


Registration is closed

Duration: 90-minute workshop

About the workshop

Relational facilitation animates our potential to create and collaborate, share power and build equity, and move with energy and inspiration in the direction of our collective visions.

In this introductory workshop, we will share our thoughts (as well as our questions) about what relational facilitation looks like in action. Through the lenses of anti-oppression, systems thinking, and emergent strategy, we will take a critical look at the influence of supremacy culture on traditional methods and mindsets of group facilitation and share a living framework for a new model of relational facilitation. We will invite participants into individual reflection to explore their gifts and growing edges as relational facilitators, as well as collective dialogue to co-create our understanding of what it means to center relationship as a value and a goal in our work.

Learning Objectives 

In this session, participants will:

  • Learn how supremacy culture shows up in facilitation approaches and processes

  • Explore various tools and techniques for centering relationships as a facilitator

  • Reflect on and bring awareness to your own gifts and growing edges as a facilitator

NOTE: This workshop will be recorded for distribution to all who register (breakout rooms will not be recorded).

This is a 90-minute workshop. It will take place starting at 12:00pm EST.


Kasey Armstrong (she/her) grew up and currently lives in the northeast of the presently-called United States. She has been a group facilitator and collaboration designer for over a decade. If she wasn’t doing this, She’d be cooking. She’s introverted, playful, grounded, weird, and a big feeler. She loves, among other things, sandwiches, singing, jigsaw puzzles, and spending time with her people.

Kasey loves working with anyone who identifies as a changemaker, who is not here for the status quo. As a self-described process guardian, she tends to the how of things and strives to illuminate ways of making change - whether in the world or in our own lives - that honor our humanity, our creativity, our interdependence, and our wellbeing. She believes we can look to the Earth for guidance as we experiment our way into the future.

Sam Novak (she/her) was born and raised in Baltimore. She is the daughter of a Montessori school teacher and a salesman. She is the sister of an anti-human-trafficking badass. She is an educator, facilitator, and recovering “gifted and talented” student. Since 2009 she has worked in diverse roles to deepen relationships, develop leaders, and cultivate community at the intersections of social, environmental, and economic justice.

Sam comes alive at the interplay of systems theory, intentional community, nature-based learning, reflective practice, spiritual ecology, transformative justice, and facilitative leadership.

She is influenced and inspired by innumerable thinkers, artists, activists, stewards, educators, dreamers, and healers who are creating a more liberated world. And she is passionate about practicing our way into a future that is begging us to remember that we are nature.


  • No refunds or credits for registration cancellations.
  • Registration closes at midnight the day before the workshop.
  • Registered participants will receive instructions for joining the live session and any additional details 1 day in advance and the morning of the event. Please be sure to look for the link in your email.
  • Workshops begin promptly at 12:00PM Eastern.  Please log on at least 15 minutes in advance to ensure your internet connections, audio and other settings are functioning properly.
  • MAFN Members have access to all online workshop recordings via the MAFN website.
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