Training 1.3

Designing Participatory Workshops

Dates: September 9-11, 2019
Facilitation skills are required in many different contexts whenever people come together to work, discuss, plan, evaluate, solve problems or share experiences. This course is very hands-on in character and will emphasize how to design and conduct participatory workshops or other group sessions with simple but effective tools and techniques. We will create together our “facilitation toolbox” and reflect on how to use methods and tools and adapt them according to different objectives, contexts and phases of interactive workshops. We will also practise some methods in plenary as well as different group work settings and try out planning and design tools according to your own workshop concepts. The course is directed to beginners without or with first experience in the design and facilitation of workshops.

Course Objectives:
By the end of the course participants

  • have a better understanding of how to plan, prepare and conduct participatory and dynamic workshops in different settings;
  • are able to use tools from the facilitation toolbox and have practised their visualization skills as well as energizers, different forms of brainstorming and the facilitation plan;
  • feel more confident to facilitate first workshops (or parts of it) and are motivated to further improve their skills
Course Content:
  • Responsibilities, skills and attitudes of workshop facilitators
  • Planning and preparing workshops
  • Facilitation toolbox: reflection on methods and tools for different phases
  • Workshop design for all phases from beginning to closure with practical exercises
  • Visualization tools and techniques for facilitators
  • Icebreakers, warm-ups and energizers
  • Handling difficult situations in workshops
  • Principles of adult learning


Preliminary course programme 2019


Tuition fee: 465,- euros.

Individual costs for travel, accommodation, visa fees, insurance and personal allowances are not included.


Annika Buchholz & Miriam Holländer are research associates at the Centre for Rural Development (SLE), HU Berlin. Before joining SLE in 2013, Annika Buchholz worked for the Federal Foreign Office, organizing training courses for international diplomats. Working with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in South America, she was responsible for preparing and facilitating participatory workshops in remote areas, international conferences and meetings with a variety of stakeholders. At SLE, she coordinates the international capacity development programme SLE TRAINING and is passionate about working with groups and the creation of motivating learning environments.

Miriam Holländer is a Social Scientist and graduate of the 52nd cohort of the SLE graduate study programme. Before joining SLE in 2015, Miriam worked as a project manager for a communication agency where she was in charge of organizing workshops, conferences and multi-stakeholder dialogues commissioned by national and international organizations like UNESCO, UNDP, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and GIZ. At SLE, she coordinates the postgraduate study programme “International cooperation for sustainable development” and is a passionate trainer for topics such as teamwork and communication.

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“The training I attended really enhanced my professional development.” & “SLE is a unique platform for intensive training.”

say two former participants who filled in our alumni questionnaire in 2017.


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