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The Art of Opening the Conversation: Finding Common Ground to Improve Health & Social Inequities, The Quaich Inc.

Vancouver, British Columbia
April 10-11, 2014

Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace, 1825 West 16th Avenue

This highly participatory two-day program is relevant to those feeling challenged by complex issues and interested in facilitating others in community development, health promotion and educational experiences. The program is grounded in theory, and introduces and expands upon transformative communication skills using the Circle of Health as a framework for conversation.

If you are eager to enhance your facilitation skills to work across sectors with diverse and marginalized populations, and increase your confidence in managing critical moments and varied perspectives in facilitating groups—in communities, organizations, and educational settings—then this workshop is for you! You will learn, reflect and apply transformative skills to issues that are relevant to your community and your workplace.

Schedule: Day 1 focuses on facilitation fundamentals within community groups and organizations from different sectors, exploring holistic health, health and social equity, intersectoral collaboration and cross-cultural knowledge exchange.  Day 2 focuses on using the Circle of Health to engage people with different learning styles in knowledge exchange, planning and partnership development.

The workshop is led by Julie Devon Dodd and Patsy Beattie-Huggan, two experienced facilitators who were instrumental in the creation of the Circle of Health, and use it frequently in their work.

Participation is limited to 20 individuals. To register and reserve your spot go to

Cost: $400, includes registration and training materials (Circle of Health kit, Facilitator’s Handbook)