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.

This training is offered in two phases. Those who wish to to integrate this transformational approach into other teachings they are offering, or into everyday life and work, may take Phase 1 alone. Those who are called to become a Certified Speaking Circle Facilitator of in-person and, optionally, virtual Circles will continue on to Phase 2.

When you are accepted into the program, Speaking Circles International is committed to your success.

“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


“I started out with paralyzing stage fright which Lee’s brilliant work radically transformed. I now enjoy the pleasure of being a Certified Speaking Circles Facilitator!”
Audrey Seymour

Founder and Principal, Clear Change Group

“As a Speaking Circles Facilitator I get to witness participants who have a sense of burden to perform completely release this burden. They learn to speak up clearly and authentically just by returning again and again to the front of the room. Lee’s lifework is a gift to humanity.”
Tina Mertel

Certified Speaking Circle Facilitator and Coach

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.

More About Phase 1:

Fee is $1500 and includes:

  • Three-day core training intensive
  • On-line Facilitator Manual

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

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.

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

Phase 2 (Optional)

Fee is $1,000 and includes:

  • Three monthly hour-long group coaching calls
  • Review of up to two video submissions with private coaching follow-up
  • Camera training if needed
  • Personal coaching from Lee and Doreen
  • Access to the online Facilitator Resource Center with additional educational and marketing materials
  • Your first year license fee
  • Review of up to two virtual Circles, with private coaching follow-up

Certification and Licensing

You will arrange and lead no-fee in-person 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 our training team.

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.

Upon completion of this phase you will sign a License Agreement with Speaking Circles International (SCI) and receive your certification which authorizes you as a Speaking Circle Facilitator for one year. This qualifies you 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. The annual license fee includes a continuing education program to keep Facilitators informed of the latest developments of the work.

**We recommend that you complete the certification within 6 months.**

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, Expert Forums, on-site Facilitator Conferences, 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.


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

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

Email to discuss   October 18-20, 2024, Berkeley, CA

For information about the next Netherlands training, see Netherlands Facilitator Training.

Coming soon: Facilitator Training with Pam Noda in Japan. Contact her for information.