Group Facilitation Immersion

New dates announced: APPLICATIONS are Open!

Want to become a transformative facilitator?

Are you committed to contemplatively facilitating reflection, dialogue, and connection in communities working for justice and peace?

Have you been interested in how to effectively leverage spiritual wisdom and contemplative practices in facilitating secular or interspiritual groups?

Community rooted in spiritual connection is essential to the quest for justice and peace in our world.



There are many roles that a great facilitator can play within a social movement or organizational setting—from running effective meetings to designing multi-day retreats. Transformative facilitators have the skills to cultivate community and therefore co-create culture with the people they serve. At Still Harbor, we focus on the skills needed to facilitate groups in ways that create shared purpose, cultivate deep relationship, engage in dialogue about conflict and sometimes difficult social issues, and support both personal and collective transformation.

We have seen spiritual wisdom and contemplative practices deployed much more widely across our secular and interspiritual communities in recent years, sometimes it unlocks profound depth for participants and other times it falls short, maybe even feels gimmicky. We can help you design and deliver group programs that support people’s search for depth and transformation.



Participate in Still Harbor’s seven-month Group Facilitation Immersion to train and supervise transformative facilitators grounded in spiritual wisdom and contemplative practice. The program is centered around the hands-on experience of facilitating groups and also includes readings, group discussion, written assignments, self-reflection, and contemplative practice. Still Harbor’s program is set apart from other facilitation trainings by its groundedness in the practice of the ways the spiritual life can connect us more deeply in community and its orientation to training those facilitators committed to working for justice and peace. It is a practice-based training that offers the in depth experience needed to invite spirituality and use contemplative practices effectively and respectfully in secular and interspiritual settings.

The immersion program consists of:

  • Retreat-Style Learning: Two multi-day in-depth experiential immersion experiences that include various adult learning models in small and large group, contemplative practice and reflection, role playing, and participant case supervision.

  • Virtual Learning: In the months between the two immersions, there will be a series of live virtual coaching and learning sessions in small groups to support participants in designing and delivering their project (see "Facilitation Practice").

  • Reflection: Readings and two reflection papers to help participants integrate their experiential learning with other teachings.

  • Facilitation Practice: Participants will design and deliver three group sessions with supervision from Still Harbor instructors from February to May (the months between the two immersions).

  • Spiritual Practice: Continued development of a life of spiritual practice, prayer/meditation, and contemplation as well as discernment of the call to work with groups as a spiritually-informed facilitator.



Immersion One: January 18-20, 2020

January 18, 19, 20 (MLK weekend): 9:30 am - 5:00 pm (daily)

Virtual Learning coaching: DATES TBD

1.5 hour sessions to be scheduled in small groups during Immersion One.

Immersion Two: May 15-18, 2020

May 15: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
May 16 & 17: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
May 18: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

LOCATION: 298 Massachusetts AVE. Arlington, MA



$2000 includes all sessions

Scholarships ranging from 25% - 75% of tuition are available, in particular for Still Harbor alumni, activist and movement leaders, clergy from across all faiths, established leaders of social justice (20 years +), and young contemplatives (under the age of 40).

Note: Accommodations, meals, and travel are not included in the program fee.



  • Rootedness in a spiritual/contemplative practice or faith tradition

  • Willingness to reflect on personal experience and participate in immersion by designing and delivering three group session to a group you recruit/select.

  • Already sought out by or referred by others for this kind of facilitation / ministry

  • A commitment to attend all sessions

  • Application, including two recommendations



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Rev. Perry Dougherty is a Still Harbor Senior Partner, Editor of Anchor magazine, an Instructor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and founder of Rootwise Leadership. Perry serves as a facilitator, chaplain, and spiritual director at Still Harbor. She has a background in corporate training and development as well as non-profit development, communications, and management. Perry brings an informed perspective on social justice, pedagogy, and learning, which she studied at Washington University in St. Louis in receiving her B.A. in Social Thought and Analysis with a specialization in the Sociology of Education. Perry is an ordained Interspiritual Minister by One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. She brings her personal and professional interests together through her service by exploring where creative expression and narrative meet spirituality and social justice.


Rev. Monique Harris is a Still Harbor Senior Partner and also serves as a facilitator and chaplain /spiritual director. A transplant from San Francisco, California, Monique graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature in 1997. She earned her teaching credential in Moderate Disabilities from the University of San Francisco in 2003. A special education teacher by profession, Monique has worked in public education for more than 15 years and served as an Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Church for 13 years. A graduate of the Spiritual Direction practicum in 2017, Monique joined Still Harbor, as a Senior Associate, offering affinity group circles for African Americans (Emotional Emancipation Circles) to address racial stress, trauma and to offer tools for healing and well-being. In June 2018 Monique became a Senior Partner in the organization and continues her work with the EECs, in addition to lending her skills in operations, programming, and content creation.



Applications for the second cohort (2019-2020) are open.

Early Bird Deadline: October 30, 2019
Final Deadline: December 1, 2019

We encourage you to apply early as both space and scholarships are limited.

Contact the Still Harbor office at info[at] or 617-682-0259 with questions.