The River Under the River: 2021 Immersive Facilitator Training

An Immersive Training Program for River Writing Facilitators —
February 6th through May 23rd, 2021

Participants will learn learn and practice the methods that make River Writing work. This training will reveal what goes on under the surface of smooth facilitation. Each participant will have the opportunity to practice facilitating while together we grow the muscles required to witness, hold space, and listen with the heart.

Training Includes

  • Three Retreat Days: an opening retreat day and a closing retreat weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
    February 6th: Saturday Introduction Day 10-5— Creating the Container: Inviting Presence, Granting Permission, Making the Seven Agreements. In this practice-oriented training each participant will take turns leading these components in small groups.
    May 22nd & 23rd: Saturday 10-4 Practical Matters, Protocols & Boundaries/ Sunday 10-4: Poetry and Prompts, Engaging with the Mythopoetic. Participants will be assigned to bring poems and suggest prompts.
  • Online Practice Sessions: Twelve weeks of online practice sessions on Tuesday evenings on Zoom from 7:30- 9PM: 2/9, 2/ 16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16 ( 2 week break) 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27 
(Required for certification: attending 9 minimum including leading an online session as the facilitator. All participants are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible. )
  • A Meaningful Connection to a Circle of Peers, including access to a private conversation board on the Nan’s website where facilitators will share prompts.
  • Detailed Syllabus for an 8 week River Writing Series, including themes and poetry prompts. 
  • Marketing Guidance
  • Practical Business Help including templates for forms
  • 3 Hours of Personal Mentoring and Encouragement with Nan. At least one meeting will be scheduled as follow-up to your facilitation practice, with others to be scheduled when most needed. Available anytime in the year 2021. (A $450 value)
    I'll be pulling for you in ways we don’t even know yet!

Tuition $3500 
$900 non-refundable deposit required to secure a place. 
Limited to 11 participants.

  • Full tuition due before beginning of program. (Non-refundable and non-transferable due to limited space.)
  • Long distance participation will be possible via Zoom.
  • Two textbooks will be required: Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg + poetry anthology to be announced.

 Requirements for River Writing Facilitator Certification

  • Attendance live or via Zoom for all three training retreats
  • Full participation in at least nine online practice sessions
  • Participation as the facilitator of one entire practice session, followed by a personal consultation and reflection from Nan
  • A signed contract
  • A demonstrated proficiency at inviting and exemplifying the Seven Agreements