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"This is the probably the best, most gracious, grounded and comprehensive training I’ve ever done out of dozens. I have deep gratitude to Lee and Doreen for providing such valuable training that has transformed my professional and personal life."

Doreen Blumenfeld, CHT


"This is transformational, expansive work that is uplifting of our humanity. There needs to be Facilitators in every community to spread this work to every person who wishes more out of their life and relationships."

Paula Friedland, LCSW, CPCC


"Thank you so much for creating a space and a process to facilitate my personal unfoldment and skill as a professional. You’ve opened me to new ways to teach, speak, coach clients, and be in situations that have truly unnerved me."

Linda Landon, ACC Business Coach, Speaker and Trainer


"For the first time in many years I found my power which turned out to be in my stillness. This power was power with another, not above or below another."

Jean Kasha, M.A., M.F.T.


"Beautiful leadership and blend of your talents. I appreciate so much how you 'walk your talk' -- very inspirational."

Leslie Lupinsky, Cofounder Business Catalyst Institute & Senior Faculty Member, Coaches Training Institute



Speaking Circle® Facilitator Certification Training

Three-month coaching and training program starting with 3- or 4-day core intensive


Prerequisite for Facilitator Trainings with Lee Glickstein and Doreen Hamilton in California is significant experience in Speaking Circles or equivalent practice, and a telephone interview wih Lee and Doreen.


Prerequisite for Facilitator Trainings with Koos Wolcken and Jennet Berghard in the Netherlands is Authentiek presenteren met Speaking Circles® with Koos and Jennet or programs in the Netherlands with John Dawson in United Kingdom, plus ongoing practice in facilitated Speaking Circles, plus application and telephone interview.

Coming soon: Facilitator Training in Japan with Pam Noda - for more information, contact Pam Noda.

To apply for the next training in California, with Lee Glickstein and Doreen Hamilton:

Email to discuss   CA: October 2018 dates TBA

To apply for the next training in the Netherlands, with Koos Wolcken and Jennet Burghard:

Register Utrecht, The Netherlands: May 2018 dates TBA

Information re Facilitator Training in California with Lee and Doreen


When you are accepted into the program, we are Speaking Circles International is committed to your success. This concentrated program works on the level of personal transformation while teaching you the skills and tools you will need to become a masterful Facilitator. Enrollment is limited, allowing for extensive personal attention for each trainee.


The program consists of two phases:


Phase 1


For people who are intending to integrate this transformational approach into other teachings they are offering, or into everyday life and work, without becoming Certified Facilitators. You can take Phase 1 without going on to become a Certified Speaking Circle Facilitator.


You will receive three days of Relational Presence training in a small group of 6-8. This is an experiential training where you will be actively learning how to facilitate a transformational experience for participants. You will be both leading as well as participating in Circles.


Fee is $1500.


Phase 2 (optional)


For those moving on to Speaking Circles Facilitator Certification this is the Certification Process. For the first 3 months, you will have monthly group coaching calls where you will receive further guidance and be able to get answers for your questions.


You will also receive camera training. We will arrange the camera training sessions with logistics customized for each trainee, working with you in ways convenient to your schedule and geographic location, whether via any combination of Skype, phone, or in person.


To demonstrate proficiency and qualify for certification, you will send in a video of you leading a Speaking Circle.


Upon completion of this phase you are qualified and licensed to offer Speaking Circles to the public for a fee, with a personal profile page on our worldwide Facilitator website. You'll also enjoy ongoing support from Speaking Circles International and the Facilitator community.


We recommend that you complete the certification within 6 months.


Fee is $1,000


Note: some Speaking Circle Facilitators do not use video. If you will not be getting the training with camera, the fee for this phase is then reduced to $500.


What is included in the costs:


Phase 1 program includes:

  • Three-day core training intensive
  • Printed Facilitator Manual
  • Access to the online Facilitator Resource Center with additional educational and marketing materials

Phase 2 program fee includes:

  • Three monthly hour-long group coaching call
  • Review of up to two video submissions with private coaching follow-up
  • Your first year license fee

Please note that the training fee does not include meals or lodging.


Preparation: In addition to the course prerequisites, you will be asked to read Be Heard Now! and the Speaker's Guide to Authentic Connection, both by Lee Glickstein, and Doreen Hamilton’s Essential Speaking: The 7 Step Guide to Finding Your Real Voice.


Phase 1: Three-Day Intensive: 10am-6pm


Day 1 of the training involves both the clarification of objectives and purpose for each participant and in-depth Speaking Circle experience designed to anchor and advance the essentials of Relational Presence. As a Facilitator it is important to be able to model luminous listening, authentic speaking, letting words flow from the heart, and allowing content to emerge naturally. The focus in the basic work is on presence, not performance.

Days 2 and 3 participants practice facilitating a Circle: introducing the work, giving instructions to the group, modeling and generating brief essence appreciations, coaching interventions when needed, and how to create and maintain safety for everyone in a group. Participants are coached as they lead their own practice Circles.


Phase 2: Certification and Licensing


After the three-day intensive, you will arrange and lead no-fee Speaking Circles as a Facilitator-Trainee. Monthly conference calls provide a support forum for the training group, and trainees are expected to deepen their understanding of the work by continuing to participate in Circles, either via a professionally facilitated Circle or by creating a peer Circle. When you feel ready, you can submit up to two videos of your work facilitating Circles, to be reviewed and discussed during private coaching sessions with one of the trainers.


It is expected that the first video will be submitted within the time frame of the three-month training, and in special circumstances this guideline can be extended up to six months without a new program of private coaching or retraining being needed.


Once you have passed the video review and receive your Certification, you will be able to sign a License Agreement with Speaking Circles International (SCI) which authorizes you as a Speaking Circle Facilitator for one year. The annual license fee includes a continuing education program to keep Facilitators informed in the latest developments of the work.


Facilitator Community: New Facilitators join a supportive community with many opportunities to share ideas, experiences and expertise. Benefits beyond your personal profile page on our website include participation in peer TeleCircles and on-site Facilitator Days, an online Facilitator Resource Center, a Facilitator LinkedIn forum, and significant discounts for Speaking Circles International workshops.

Certified Facilitators are now practicing in many different countries around the world. Not all Facilitators offer Speaking Circles to the public; some people integrate the basics of how to facilitate transformation into the work that they already do. We have coaches, consultants, professional speakers, bodyworkers, business leaders, psychologists, teachers, artists, lawyers, storytellers and more who apply this work to their particular fields of activity.



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