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Facilitating Small Rooms & Stages

January 14-June 23, 2024

Learn how to ask your own questions, organize your own events, emphasize song and embodiment, and facilitate in a way that disrupts racism rather than adds to it.


Build your capacity and resilience for asking difficult questions. Build relationship around anti-racism for life. 

This program will focus on how to hold space for stages and bring your authentic voice to the microphone. Learn how to search for stages that can expand your voice and message. Is the TEDx stage for you? Or are you more suited for small room?

The program will culminate in an in-person Summit in Boonville, CA to learn how to co-facilitate with nature and with each other.


Thank you for reaching for us in this work! Check out details below and email us with any questions. 

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Choose the parts that work for you.


We invite every facilitator who is hoping to work with Holistic Resistance to take all three parts to build relationship with us. We invite you to pick and choose is that it can be custom to each individual. For us to really be able to drop into co-leadership, we need a comprehensive whole narrative to work within Holistic Resistance workshops and to build relationship with you as you build your capacity for this work. 



Overview of anti-racist facilitation: Build your capacity to have, hold, and track racial justice and liberation conversations in your communities. 

  • How do you track your own trauma stories and emotional defenses while faciliating racialized conversations?

  • What are your community's trauma stories and emotional defenses around race? 

  • How to track a room and pace conversations around race?

  • How do you birth questions, how do you birth questions for more questions, and encourage community to practice scratch counseling?

  • Build a strong network of folks around you that you can facilitate with for years to come.

  • Start the impossible task of finding a co-facilitator to lead with.

January 14 - February 25
No Meeting Feb. 18



Digging deep into what our programs actually look like. Build your own capacity to dive deep into having and facilitating these conversations. This is a mentored and supported space for you to practice specific programming and designing your own programs, for example:


  • One-on-one programs

  • Workshops — Intros, sharing your own stories and asking questions, holding people's answers and growth

  • Consulting clients — How would you build a plan for them? What questions would you ask? Moving at their pace while taking care of your own energy

  • Caucus spaces

  • Parenting programs

  • Mediation

  • Facilitating intersectional themes: for example race and gender, race and queerness, race and disability, race and class

March 10 - April 14



The culminating section will focus on how to hold space for stages, and bring your authentic voice to the microphone, including microphone practice. How to search for stages that can expand your voice and message.


  • How to structure your speech or talk

  • Share a talk or a speech that considers your positionality (race, class, education)

  • How to speak across cultural lines of race/class

  • Trauma tracking a room from the stage (internally and externally)

April 28 - June 9
No Meeting May 26  



An In-Person, off-grid nature immersion experience. We want to find our resilience in being close to nature and caring for the environment as we move through facilitation. Learning how to co-facilitate with nature and with each other. We will be having our summit at Emerald Earth in Boonville, California an off-grid site of 189 acres that has natural building, camping options, and wifi. ​

June 21-23


    Sunday evening Zoom group calls, 4-6 PM PST. These will all be recorded. ​

    One customized phone consultation with each of the facilitators to work on the material from the training or your own facilitation program


    Build your facilitator muscles with various co-facilitators in a space that is supported by peers; receive feedback and emotionally support each other as you build community; hone your questions, and practice holding space.


    Holistic Resistance workshops and deep dives: Depending on what Holistic Resistance is up to during and after the training, there may be an opportunity to ass
    ist Aaron in programming including a chance to co-faciltiate in these spaces. 


We would like you to have attended at least one of the following events before considering participating: Deep Dives, 16 week 1-on-1 program, Disrupting Our Whiteness, or organizing a weekend of Holistic Resistance events with us. ​

If you have not attended Holistic Resistance events, we would you to have done some level of either public speaking, song leading, or have a basic exposure to and commitment to being anti-racist and anti-oppression work.


Apply for the Full Program, or individual parts. All parts include the In-Person Summit.

  • For any ONE of the parts of the program (2 months): $4,200 

  • For any TWO of the parts of the program (4 months): $6,000

  • For all THREE of the parts of the program (6 months): $8,000

  • For ONLY the In-Person SUMMIT (Weekend): $1,000**

**All parts of the program include the In-Person Summit. There is also a Summit Only option.

litator Training Program is a sponsoring program. The higher tiered tickets subsidize programming for People of the Global Majority to participate at low to no cost.

Work Trade


We have three partial work trade positions available for reduced program cost. Apply during application process.

  • Funds Shifter (Grant Writer) (6 months): Partial Tuition $600

  • Zoom Tech (6 months): Partial Tuition $750

  • Summit Videographer (June 21-23): Partial Tuition $750

Payment plans are available: complete final program payment by the 15th of the month, halfway through your program. Please email us to set up a payment plan. ​



Applications Closed

The application has two parts, written and video, with an option to send us a voice clip for all of it. The questions as they appear in the application are below.


Written (or Audio):

Send us in one paragraph (or poem, or written format that you choose). 

1. What is your vision for this work? What do you want to do with the skills and practice you gain from the Facilitator Training Program?

Video (upload in application) or Audio (here):


As a facilitator, you will be publicly speaking, and creating your own content of podcasts and videos, and building the muscle of getting more clear about what you're sharing. We don't need you to be perfect, but we want to know where you're starting from. We want your authentic voice. Read the question, don’t think about it, hit record, and answer each question for a maximum of 90 seconds each (3 minutes total). There is no right way to do this - screaming, crying, yelling about the question is all appropriate. 


1. How do you navigate your own trauma and overwhelm when you’ve committed to a longer program like this? How do you relate to other people when you’re in trauma and overwhelm?

2. How do you build connection with other people in anti-racism work when they trigger you? Specifically, how do you build connection in anti-racism work with other white people, and how do you build connection with People of the Global Majority, when they trigger you?


***Anti-racism and anti-oppression work is trauma work. It will rub up against our own personal traumas. For example, it is impossible to entirely separate sexual trauma, exploitation, and domination of black bodies from unraveling our racism in America. In this program, we aim to meet you where you are in tracking your own trauma and encourage you to let us know of any trauma points you may be particularly sensitive to.***

with any questions and to see if this program is a good fit for you.

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