Facilitation skills that disrupt, innovate and empower

Good facilitators are worth their Salt



When was the last time you were in a room with an incredible facilitator?

Think about it.

It is rare to see someone facilitate a group well.  

Without realising it, as changemakers and leaders, you often find yourself facilitating meetings, processes, activities and teams. Are you the fabulous facilitator you want to be?

Do you get the results you want?  Is there room for improvement? Do any of these apply to you?

  • You want to lead a team to achieve their purpose
  • You want to facilitate more effectively
  • You want to understand group dynamics
  • You want to be a better member of a group, yourself
  • You want to build collaborative teams
  • You have never had formal facilitation training

If so,  it is time to book into The Art Of Facilitation programme.  It is a practical, experiential course where you will develop the skills and ability to facilitate any group to meet its purpose.

This experiential programme will introduce you to attitudes, develop your personal qualities and give you a presence that distinguishes a person-centred facilitator, grounded in place, space and grace.

You will be coached and receive feedback from programme leaders and the other group members as you facilitate the group.

Over the five day course, you will learn 

  • to understand group development cycles and the role of the facilitator
  • to clarify, identify and create a group purpose
  • to build a safe and empowering group culture
  • the whole personhood approach and, be present to yourself, others and the group
  • to practice a range of interventions, processes and techniques
  • to be comfortable with a wide range of behaviours
  • to effectively handle conflict for the development and benefit of the group
  • to recognise and work with different energy levels in yourself, others, and the group

Are these some of the facilitation skills you would like to further develop? If so, register or email the programme leaders Simone to find out more or go to the website.

The nuts and bolts – each day there will be

  • Topics to study and discuss
  • Sessions to facilitate
  • “In the Moment” coaching
  • Self, peer and programme leader assessment
  • Experiential challenges, and
  • Homework which will include core readings and preparation for your facilitation sessions

The practical details

Join the programme leaders  Simone MausLaurel Freeland and Akasadaka Robison for five days in Melbourne at CERES Community Environment Park from 5th to 9th March 2018.

By the end of it you will have developed your confidence and facilitation skill set to be truly effective and impactful.

The programme will run from

Day one: 10 am to 5 pm,

Days two- four 9 am to 5 pm, and

Day five: 9 am to 4 pm.

Your investment for everything is only $2510+gst, which will pay for itself many times over.

This includes refreshments, a copy of the Art of Facilitation and a comprehensive programme manual. Credit cards are accepted.

Book your place risk free with the 100% money back guarantee

You can book your places with complete peace of mind knowing that they will take all the risk. That’s right, book your place now, attend the programme and for any reason, you are not satisfied, simply contact one of the Programme Leaders at the end of day one and you will be given a full refund. No risk, no fuss and no hard feelings. Is that fair?

Three easy ways to book your place

  1. Simply call +61 481 296 728 and to reserve your place by phone or discuss any queries you have
  2. You can email your booking to simone@zenergyglobal.com
  3. You can go to our website and register  online
    You will receive full details, a tax invoice and confirmation of your booking by email.

There are limited places so book your now to avoid disappointment.  Simone, Laurel and Akasadaka look forward to meeting you in person and sharing the experiential learning with you.

If you decide to book your places within the next five days (ends 9/2/2017), you will receive the following bonuses.


• Early bird discount extension (saving $250)


• You can bring a colleague or a friend for 1/2 price (saving $1255)


Still thinking about it?  Read comments from past participants


“Thanks for inspiring this one awesome facilitation buddies 😊 the prickle zone article”  Ash Buchanan, Director of Benefit Mindset


“The programme made it possible to go on a very special journey with a group of colleagues and come out not only achieving our purpose, but gaining some powerful insight about each other and ourselves”  Ryan DeBruyn, Visa Business Banking Consultant


It’s hard to completely capture the magic that happens at Zenergy in words.  Apart from providing a comprehensive and dynamic set of skills that can be put into practice on a personal and organisational level, Zenergy goes above and beyond the ordinary.” Sina Saffari


What I found valuable was seeing conflict as an opportunity to move the group forward, the focus on purpose and culture, and the importance of checking in.”Sarah Finlay, Auckland Council


“The passion, committment, intent and purpose bringing experience, focus and momentum to the workshop whilst capturing (intuiting, thinking, feeling etc.) and promoting the potential energy and richness within the group. this created a warm, challenging and life changing learning and experience. Most powerful course I’ve ever participated in.” Ross Campion, QuestCoach, London


Read the book –

The Art of Facilitation by Dale Hunter










Register for one of the remaining available places.

The Art of Facilitation is the first stage of the Zenergy Diploma of Facilitation.

the place for purpose-driven business


27 & 28 February 2018



Purpose is the annual celebration of the incredible community who are growing and accelerating purpose-driven business in Australia.

Inspiration is on tap, new and rich experiences are explored, amazing connections are made and new ideas are hatched.

Music, nature, nonsense, wildness, excursions, reflections, a retreat, a rare treat, brain explosions and perspective shifts, all staged in a beautiful space that we have crafted with you in mind .
Many tell us it’s the best event they’ve ever been to. Or that to call it a conference is a disservice. It’s a festival, a gathering, the ground-zero for purpose-driven businesses.

In 2015 we realised the momentum behind purpose-driven business had reached the point where a place for this community to connect was needed. In its first year, Purpose was a runaway success and is a steadily growing community of like-minded businesses. Now in its third year, Purpose’s set of offerings cater to those that are re-writing 21st century business is refined every year.

Purpose is not only for business, it’s for individuals with shared passions to get together. It helps a lot to know there are people around you who are feeling the same way. We support people to be passionate and fearless, and give them the tools they need to succeed at doing things differently. You can start building your network at Purpose.

Purpose is crafted by Wildwon ( www.wildwon.com.au ). Here at Wildwon, we’ve built a reputation for exceptional, game-changing events and experiences that create deep impact and lasting connections, for the things that matter.

Those that come to Purpose know that they’ve been part of something truly special, and we’d love you to experience it.

More info about Purpose 2018 and the event’s themes, program, speakers, community and venue can be found at www.purpose .do.

When and where In 2018 we’re taking over the epic Commune for the conference on 27 & 28 February.



giving food businesses and conscious consumers a voice

Travel and find ethical and sustainable food

Paul Hellier Founder (Food Forager) with Costa

Why do you give a damn?

I have always loved to travel, see amazing places, particularly natural environments with incredible landscapes, plants and animals. I believe it is our responsibility to look after our world and at the very least, not make it worse than it was before we came.

The environment and the plants and animals in our world provide an amazing service to us, (too many to list). Through activities like surfing, skiing, diving and camping we find escapes from our sometimes routine and structured lives, and so it only makes sense that we protect it. Not to mention the millions of other reasons we need a healthy environment.

I now want to do everything I can to leave the planet in a better state than I found it and do what I can to feel that I am part of the environment, not something separate to it.  Interact, and help others do the same.

What do you do? 

My background is in restoring natural environments, and now I am looking for ways to help others live more sustainable lives, one little action at a time.

I founded Fair Food Forager, the app and website to highlight great food businesses being more ethical and sustainable.  We tell their stories and help consumers find and support them so they too can feel good about their daily actions.

We “make ethical easy”, and together we can make the change.

Why does it matter?

Food contributes to many issues facing our planet, and many of these issues have simple solutions. I believe all we have to do is support the people already running with these simple solutions and not the ones who aren’t. Everyone eats, and the food is one way that we can have a massive collective and positive effect on the planet if we contribute in small ways.

It can be difficult not to feel down sometimes about the state of the environment and what humans have done to it. However, I think we can be hopeful, and people all over the world are living more sustainably and educating others as they go.

Let’s give hope and talk about what we can do, not what we have done. Let’s work together and repair things. Most of it is not rocket science after all.

Founder: Paul Hellier pictured on the left above


YHER | Women Are The Best Levers For Change | YGAP

YHER  a Female-focused program run by YGAP 

Why Do You Give A Damn?

We believe that investing in local impact entrepreneurs will help the anticipated economic growth on the African continent in the next few decades be equitable. One of the best ways to achieve this equitable growth will be to invest in female African entrepreneurs.

We know women are vibrant and vital architects of society.

We know women are the best levers for change in our world.

We also know female entrepreneurs need to be championed.

More women are pursuing entrepreneurship in Africa per capita than anywhere else in the world. Unfortunately, they face greater challenges and are more likely to run low-growth businesses with few employees that primarily sustain their immediate families. For this reason, YGAP conduct a continent-wide search to bring together an unrivalled group of 15 African Female Founders for its YHER Accelerator. Founders running high-impact ventures aimed at improving the lives of women and girls.

What do you do?

Our mission is to help local entrepreneurs improve the lives of people living in disadvantage. YGAP believes in backing local entrepreneurs as they are the best positioned to find solutions to local problems.

  • ACCELERATOR A week-long intensive entrepreneurship program designed to fast track your early stage venture.
  • We’ll provide training and mentorship while also connecting you to an inspiring group of fellow female entrepreneurs MENTORSHIP Connection to a network of mentors from across the world throughout the Accelerator week.
  • HIGH-TEA An opportunity for you to network with investors, funders, mentors and supporters.
  • FUNDING Funding is available for the winners of our peer review and audience votes.
  • GROWTH SUPPORT Potential to qualify for Growth support, including ongoing tailored support and grant or investment funding to help scale your venture.
  • COMMUNITY Ongoing connection with our virtual community to help you along your entrepreneurial journey.

Why Does It Matter?

We truly believe that change is driven by socially conscious businesses and we want to see women running bigger and better ventures.

When it comes to venture capital, women receive only 3–5% of the funding available and less than 5% of venture capital firms are led by women, and the number is even smaller for women of colour.

For female entrepreneurs who are early stage and focus on social impact – the challenge becomes even harder.

We believe backing local entrepreneurs is the most effective, sustainable means of tackling poverty because it redistributes power and choice to disadvantaged communities. These local leaders understand the unique challenges and strengths of their communities and are often much better positioned to identify opportunities to change lives through the establishment of social business opportunities.

YGAP focuses on early-stage ventures that improve access to education or healthcare, create jobs or build safer homes.

Where can you be found 

The YGAP Head Office is in Melbourne, but we run in-country operations in

  • Bangladesh
  • Kenya and
  • South Africa

Websites  YHER  &  YGAP 

YGAP links | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Youtube channel 

hashtags: #TheFutureIsFemale #GirlItISPossible #BePartOfSomethingIncredible

One of our female Entrepreneurs – Peggy Mativo – PACE International 


Founders and Board Members

  • Elena Critchley: YGAP Co-Founder
  • Elliot Costello: YGAP CEO and Co-Founder
  • Aaron Tait: YGAP Chief Impact Officer
  • Adrian Lynch: Senior Associate, Nodco Legal
  • Daniel Madhavan (Chair): Former CEO, Impact Investing Australia
  • David Curtis: Director of Innovation, World Vision Australia
  • Kaitlin Tait: YGAP Impact General Manager
  • Manita Ray: YGAP Chief Operating Officer
  • Marianne Roux: Head of Consulting, Cirrus Asia Pacific.


Circular Food is part of this change

Inspiring Peeps 


The environment is a major passion
for the whole founding team.


Meet social entrepreneur & founder : Steve Morriss, Circular Food

Why I give a damn:  I read a relevant ancient Chinese Proverb just this morning –

“if we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.”

For the population of earth, where we are headed is not a prosperous future. Something needs to change. Circular Food is part of this change.
We give a damn because we want a bright future for generations to come. We give a damn because we want to “sit on our rocking chairs” at the end of our lives and feel good about being part of a solution, rather than resigning ourselves to the fact that we are the problem. We give a damn because without a healthy planet, what else is there to strive for?

What we do: Circular Food is a startup social enterprise, with the intent of reducing organic waste and improving soil health.

We take in organic waste (primarily food waste), blend it with other products such as organic compost, and process that waste through commercial scale worm farms to produce a high-quality organic fertiliser.

This fertiliser consists of essential elements for healthy soil, in a readily available form for plants.
Right now, we collect all of the food waste from a local Turkish restaurant, making it (as far as we know) Melbourne’s only zero food waste restaurant.

Why it matters:  Soil health is an extremely important issue for the world. Farms globally are under immense pressure to feed a growing population. For this reason, the use of chemical fertilisers has become a vicious cycle which farmers simply cannot financially afford to break. Unfortunately, the result of this continual chemical use is eroded, nutrient depleted soils, which cannot sustain growth on its own. This is not how nature intended it.

Food contains all of the nutrients needed to produce another plant. Food waste sits in landfill and rots, releasing harmful methane and CO2 emissions, when it should be back on the soil replenishing it for the next crop. Circular Food is restoring this natural cycle, by turning organic waste into a plant ready fertiliser.

We supply urban gardeners, hobby farmers, hydroponics growers and commercial farms.

Founder:  Steve Morriss. The founding team includes Chloe Morriss and Robert Scherini, as well as a team of other supporters.

Based: Melbourne, Australia. Our factory is in Somerton, north of Melbourne.

#innovation #foodtofertiliser #agtech

How to get in touch |  Circular Food Website  | Facebook 

#TDI #TwoFeet   TDi has been a huge learning opportunity for all of us. When we started the Circular Food journey, we didn’t identify as a social enterprise.

Now we wear those colours with pride.

The TDi team, as well as our fellow two-feeters, have helped us to define our business and our intent.



pst…  if you would like a free copy of Daniel Priestley’s book  Key Person Of Influence  here’s the link

My passions are the well-being of nature, animals, and people.

Inspiring Peeps 

Introducing Dr. Mahdi Mason 

Dr Mahdi Mason passionate about Nature, Animals and People


Why I give a damn: My passions are the well-being of nature, animals, and people.

My passions have led me to work in, and complete a doctoral degree in environmental management, start up a blog on how we can lessen our impacts on the planet, become an energetic healer and write a book on how people can empower themselves. My business allows me to combine all my interests. It aims to help nature, animals, and people. Therefore, running my business fulfils me, while also helping the rest of the world.

What I do: The Earth Healing Hub offers workshops, articles, events and products designed to give people the tools and resources they need to go out and help the world around them. It also teaches people simple ways they can help not only the environment but animals, themselves and other people too.

It educates people on how much the natural world does for them and gives them reasons to appreciate it so that they want to look after it themselves. It reminds everyone that we are not separate from, or superior to, the environment, but very much part of a larger natural system. As such, it’s imperative that we take care of everything in the system, not just ourselves.

Why it matters: So many people know that they would like to do SOMETHING to help the world around them but feel powerless to do anything because they don’t have the knowledge or resources. The information my business provides allows people to act within their own means (i.e. not costing money or much time) to help the world on a daily basis.

Founder Mahdi Mason, Brisbane, Australia

#earthhealer #powerofyoubook #lovenature

How to get in touch   Website  |  Facebook |  Instagram  |  Blog


pst…  if you would like a free copy of Daniel Priestley’s book  Key Person Of Influence  here’s the link

The Thinking Environment Foundation Course

Melbourne Event

October 20 & 21

Group size: 10 participants Max.

“The quality of every thing we do depends on the quality of the thinking we do first.  The quality of our thinking depends on the way we treat each other while we are thinking”.

Nancy Kline

Equip yourself with the skills to transform interactions and generate superb connection, thinking, and action over a two-day intensive workshop.

You will learn how to practically create thinking environments, by applying Nancy Kline’s research, spanning over 30 years.

Some of the outcomes you can expect from attending The Thinking Environment Foundation Course

  • A structure to generate better ideas, solutions and decisions
  • Make diversity, inclusion, collaboration and creativity a reality
  • Have greater quality and productive working relationships
  • Create an environment where people feel valued and as a result will do their best work

One of the trainings with the best ROI I have ever attended.  Easy to implement and immdeiate results.
Egon Zehnder – Consultant

The results from some clients

  • A saving of 62% of meeting time
  • A creative agency improved its industry ranking by 32% in four months
  • A pharmaceutical company achieved a 44% reduction in their decision-making costs
  • A Research team saved a month’s work of in a 30-minute discussion.

Your accredited facilitators

Candice talkpoint_headshots_high-21

Candice Smith – The Thinking Field

Candice thrives on shifting the quality of human interaction and creating new stories for the future of work, people and planet.

She was trained by the founder of the Thinking Environment methodology, Nancy Kline and is a Time To Think Faculty member.  She works with a range of organisations and individuals in contexts of societal change and transformation, and her organisational experience spans over two decades.

M: +61 404 276 460
E: candice@thethinkingfield.com
W: thethinkingfield.com

thinking Vanessa IMG_3880

Vanessa Porter – All Of You

Vanessa’s passion is helping clients carve out the time and space to focus on what really matters to them, their people and their stakeholders.

She is an accredited Time To Think Facilitator and a member of the international Collegiate. Prior to establishing her own business, Vanessa held senior executive roles for major global companies, across industries and markets.

These include McDonald’s, Disney Stores (UK),  Staging Connections, National Rugby League,  and the Australian Retailers Association. Her focus has been cultivating positive workplace cultures and developing talent.

M: +61 408 024 596
E: vanessa@allofyou.co
W:  allofyou.co

For more information about the course contact either Candice or Vanessa and visit the website  www.timetothink.com/thinking-environment/

Download and print the brochure


Corporate $1,875 plus gst
Non-Corporate $1,475 plus gst

Secure your spot

email  diana@thetoxicfox.com for the registration form and the brochure


t.t.e fb ad 1


2016: Ethical Awards : $32,500 prize pool

Submissions Close 5:00 pm – 15 September 2016


winner announced 20 October 2016


Moral Fairground has been a driving force in creating awareness and raising the profile of fair trade, and ethical business and consumer practices throughout the local communities and business sectors Australia wide. Through their many diverse events, they have reached hundreds and thousands of people, have created a community of conscious traders and consumers, and have inspired hundreds of advocates to take action in helping the fair trade movement gain more support in the community.


This year, Moral Fairground is going to hold the 4th Ethical Enterprise Award and the Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition to recognise and celebrate Australia’s most inspirational enterprises.

The Ethical Enterprise Award is open to any existing Australian business or organization of any size that delivers innovative work with positive social, environmental and economic impact locally and/or internationally.

The winners will receive the following prizes:
  • 1st Prize: $10,000 cash
  • 2nd Prize: $7,500 cash
  • 3rd Prize: Professional business coaching from One10 founder and entrepreneur Geoff Gourley worth $15,000.
Award applications for the awards open on the 1st of July 2016 and winners will be announced at the Ethical Enterprise Award dinner in Melbourne on 20 October 2016. Application deadline is at 5pm, September 15, 2016.

Apply Here 

Good Luck


Reduce eWaste ReUse Technology

Inspiring Peeps

 Mardi & Cat - Co-Founders PonyUp for Good IGD ed im

Introducing Mardi Brown and Cat Harding


Why we give a damn

We are all entitled to basic needs, yet some of us spend our days fighting for food, shelter, safety, water, medication, sanitation, education, care, connection – and sometimes even fighting for our lives.

Having travelled extensively in developing countries and working to build, run and fund an outreach school in Cambodia over the past 12 years – the team at PonyUp understand the senseless gap between those who have it all and those who dig through the dirt to find their next meal. It’s impossible to ignore. It changes you.

Knowing all too well the pain point of donor fatigue, we found a way to provide individuals and businesses with a simple and non-monetary opportunity to contribute beyond themselves via unwanted, second-hand technology, knowing that this action will better the future of those who need it most.

What we do

PonyUp for Good is a new social enterprise. Our mission is to provide a simple process for socially minded companies and individuals to turn unwanted, second-hand technology (phones, iPods, laptops and tablets) into charitable currency. We collect unwanted technology, provide a free and secure data cleansing service, sell the technology to wholesale partners and donate 50% of the profits to annual charity partners. We are making it easy to be nice when you upgrade your device.

By-product benefits of this process include; the reduction of e-waste, the clearing of cupboards and drawers across Australia, the provision of much required second-hand technology to those not in a position to afford it new and a warm fuzzy feeling for all those who PonyUp for Good!

Why it matters

Each year more than 5 million Australians upgrade their phones – 48% put the ‘old’ technology into drawers, just in case. Most of them are never used again and eventually become toxic landfill. More than 4 million computers are sold in Australia each year, 88% of these also end up in landfill.

We’re PonyingUp for Good because we have the opportunity to build a business that gives to others compassionately and ethically and has a bi-product of reusing technology and reducing the 18 billion tonnes of e-waste contributing to Australia’s landfill. It’s about conscious capitalism at its root.

We asked ourselves, ‘how can we use our education, knowledge, networks and resources to build a company that directly benefits others with meaning and environmental impact?

Who are the Founders?   Cat Harding & Mardi Brown

Cat is a communications and project management professional with over 20 years experience across a multitude of industries. She has launched music careers, dressed 20,000 people for the Commonwealth Games and managed communications projects for London Underground, Pacific Brands and CitiPower and Powercor.

Cat has two beautiful girls and wants to come home every day proud of the impact she has made in the world so she can teach her children that one person with the right attitude can make a difference.
Her dream is to make ‘PonyUp’ as much the common vernacular for what you do with redundant technology as Googling has become the term for how you search for information.

Mardi is motivated by a need to contribute positively, helping drive meaningful change for those who need it most. You will often hear her asking, ‘for what purpose are we doing this?’

Mardi is a trained Behavioural Specialist and has worked as Head of People & Culture with TEDxMelbourne, and in her own consultancy has helped businesses develop strategies and standards for their own workplace cultures. With a degree in Business/Marketing and 15+ years experience leading teams as a senior marketer across HR, Tourism & Hospitality in both Australia and North America.

Since 2009, Mardi has held the role of Co-President of Act, Change, Educate (ACE), who manage the Happy School project in Cambodia. ACE provides primary education, secondary school scholarships, vocational training and pathways to employment for some of the country’s most disadvantaged young people.

Mardi loves getting her hands dirty in every part of PonyUp’s growth. Her mission: To get everyone in Australia PonyingUp their old devices when they upgrade, to help those in need!

Website & social details

Website:   http://www.ponyupforgood.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ponyupforgood/

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Ponyupforgood

New tech new life horse ponyUpIGD ed im

BROTHABOY | Opportunities For Indigenous Students

Inspiring Founders

Andrew Taylor - creating opportunities for Indigenous Community

Introducing Andrew Taylor

Why I give a damn
As a proud Aboriginal man, I have seen many young people drop out of school and lose their way in life.  I want to help them stay at school, get a job and have a productive life.

What I do
At Brothaboy we employ 20 Aboriginal School Based Trainees each year in a Cert II in Retail or Creative Industries.  The students get involved in designing our streetwear clothing and man our online and retail shop.

Why it matters 
Our trainees get real work experience that helps them get and stay in a job when they leave school.  As part of the Brothaboy alumni, we continue to provide mentoring and someone to turn to if life gets tough.

Founder  Andrew Taylor backed by Ausum Initiatives

“BROTHABOY represents the independent, innovative and 

empowered modern Indigenous community;  turning talk into action.”

A & A in Shop

Aiesha and Anika Graduates of the program