Better Meetings Ahead: Facilitation Basics

When well-planned and conducted so that all voices are heard, meetings can unify participants. This experiential workshop provides essential tools needed for productive meetings. A mix of short lecture sessions and practice will allow us to:

  • Apply tools to a group
  • Name four facilitator types
  • Cite at least four roles of a facilitator
  • Structure a meeting using proper meeting flow
  • Develop a meeting session plan so that desired meeting outcomes are met

Making the most of your internal dialogue

Internal dialogue gives us clues to our deepest thinking. Learning to capture and use this dialogue improves emotional intelligence and leads to better conversations. During this workshop, we will learn and practice techniques to uncover our internal dialogue. Using challenging statements and personal experiences we will:

  • Practice iterative listening
  • Capture primal thoughts and feelings
  • Turn personal triggers into useful responses
  • Explain feelings of inferiority common to all humans

Using language to cooperate, not dominate

Progress requires cooperation. This workshop will help you identify and use language that inspires cooperation within your teams. We will practice iterative listening and will leverage reactions to statements and/or personal experiences to help us:

  • Use shared meaning to reach shared goals
  • Discuss assertive versus controlling language
  • Learn the importance of ordinal process for everyone to be heard
  • Cite at least three differences between resistant and non-resistant language

Resolving conflict

Conflict is inevitable and there is a simple process to guide you to shared understanding and compromise. During this class, we will use a personal conflict situation to help us:

  • Identify different types of conflict
  • Apply a conflict resolution model to resolve personal or professional conflict
  • Explain a process to get “unstuck” from a stressful situation
  • Illustrate similarities to two other popular conflict resolution models

Breaking down stressful situations

Many people believe all stress is bad, but a certain level of stress can help us grow. While examining stressful situations at work or in our personal lives we will:

  • Define forms of stress
  • Outline stress in the conscious and unconscious to clarify action
  • Learn the four greatest personal fears and how they affect stress
  • Practice uncovering deep personal judgments that often cause undue stress


I can customize a wellness program to fit your company’s timeline and needs.

Introduction to the Enneagram

In this workshop, you will get a brief overview of the Enneagram and its use for personal growth. We will go over the nine types, their focus of attention as well as strengths and challenges. We will discuss how to use the system for personal growth and development. You will learn how the Enneagram can benefit you and your relationships at home and work by uncovering traps that keep us from being your true selves and taking your gifts out to the world.

Enneagram and Relationships

In this workshop, you will begin to discover the communication and conflict patterns of each Enneagram type. We will use the patterns to discuss our relationship “dances” and begin to explore how to respond during conflict. You will begin to make sense of behaviors in your relationships that may be baffling you. This is a deeper dive into the Enneagram, so you need to have a basic understanding of the tool.

Kicking Stress

In this workshop, we will discuss how certain levels of stress can help us grow. You will learn which of the four greatest personal fears is holding you back. You will use a personal stressful situation to walk through a process to uncover the inner critic that’s causing the stress. We will discuss actions for relieving personal stressors in the future.

Developing Resiliency

In this workshop, we will define normal in terms of how we adapt to life’s struggles. We will use a personal struggle to begin breaking down our thoughts, feelings and wants to determine specific actions. We will discuss how to use our strengths to overcome challenges.

Living Your Personal Standards

In this workshop, you will uncover your top 5 values and how they affect your relationships with others. When you are bothered by something it’s often a signal that your values have been violated by yourself or others. You will use a process to rank your values, give them meaning and conduct a values gut check. You will begin developing an action plan to help you live up to your personal standards for greater personal fulfillment.

Personal Goal Setting for a Balanced Life

In this workshop, you will learn the five life tasks and assess your current life balance and personal wellness. We will uncover what is working well and areas of concern to develop a plan for maintaining the good areas and strengthening the weak ones. We will discuss what we can do to expand our lives and how we can give life to others. You will walk away with a beginning plan and a system you can use to track your personal wellbeing.


All ecopsychology workshops utilize ideas from ecopsychology leaders including Linda Buzzell, Paul Shepard, Craig Chalquist and Theodore Roszak combined with the Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler. As a trained Adlerian, I believe in a holistic and socially interested approach to well-being. For more information on what it means to be an Adlerian, check out my blog [title here to be clicked].

The workshops outlined in this section are designed primarily for therapists. Please contact me if you represent an outdoor organization and want to learn about ecowellness, and partnerships with therapists and other wellness professionals. I can also help your outdoor organization or public-land agency create a wellness trail.

Introduction to Ecopsychology

Description: This introduction to ecopsychology is meant for teachers, therapists, psychologists, social workers, psychology students, or anyone dealing with their clients’ health and well-being. The goal of ecopsychology is to unite personal well-being with planetary well-being. Use of an ecological case study and examination of personal experiences with nature will help us acknowledge our personal beliefs about the natural world. Our personal knowledge will help us assess and develop appropriate nature-based interventions. This is a full-day workshop held indoors.

Participants will be able to:

  • Cite at least five principles of ecopsychology
  • Assess their own ecological beliefs
  • Learn to assess the ecological beliefs of others\
  • Apply at least three basic therapeutic nature interventions


This workshop will unearth the dimensions of Ecowellness based on Adlerian wellness models. We will correlate human goals of safety, significance and belonging to nature connectedness and will reflect on personal experiences to claim our environmental identity.

Participants will be able to:

  • Assess and write an environmental identity
  • State the significance of the three dimensions of ecowellness
  • Given a case study, summarize three different nature perspectives
  • State a conclusion between nature connectedness components and Adler’s three human goals

Deep Experiences in Nature

This workshop is designed to reveal how outdoor experiences in local environments aid in focusing and wellness. Using an Adlerian process, we will translate our experience with reference to nature’s wellness qualities.

Participants will be able to:

  • Structure an outdoor experience for wellness
  • Claim their own transcendent qualities of nature
  • Delineate tourist from pilgrim for deep nature experiences
  • Name at least three types of ecotherapy practices involving specific plants and animals

Ecopsychology Research, Ethics and Developing Ecoresilience

This workshop will analyze some of the research evidence in the field of ecopsychology and human/nature connection as well as ethical considerations when taking clients outdoors.

Participants will be able to:

  • Apply Adler’s five life tasks to ecoresilience and ecowellness
  • Characterize at least two aspects of ecogrief
  • Characterize topophilia and affirm their own principal place for wellness
  • Name at least three research sources supporting nature-based interventions
  • State at least three risk-management issues related to outdoor therapy/wellness