Dialogue training 2019/2020

We are entering the next level on our Dialogue Journey at collaboratio helvetica!

  • Are you curious about holding the space for Dialogue, human connection and deep listening in a group?

  • What if you could facilitate deep dialogue in a way that brings forth vulnerability, truth and personal commitment to face those questions together and to shape a dialogue integrated learning culture?

  • What is the potential when dialogue could create an impact in educations?

The Dialogue Training intents to create a learning journey that invites space holders, facilitators, and educators together to strengthen their skills and understanding for Dialogue, and to be part of a community.

The Dialogue Training intents to create a learning platform and journey that invites space holders together to strengthen their skills and understanding for Dialogue, and to be part of a community.  

What is this training about?

The training is a 7-month journey that strengthens capacities for building community, resolving conflict and holding dialogue. Participants will embark on a personal development process and will both contribute to and be supported by the community of trainees. And they will learn and practice with new tools and techniques that will deepen their understanding of dialogue.

The course includes a practical component. In small teams the participants will work to develop their own prototypes for testing within their own community or environments. This year we want these prototypes to not only benefit the participants as practice space but that they also create an impact within educational institutions. Therefore we will collaborate specifically with 2-3 schools/institutions, wherein our prototypes will take place. As a community of dialogue facilitators we will role model, embody and share our dialogue practices together with students and teachers of these schools/institutions. Sidsel (one of the founders of this training) has already worked successfully with this model in Denmark at a number of schools and institutions. Read more here.

What can you expect?

  • You will experience first-hand the transformative power of dialogue with the founders of the program.

  • You will get the chance to participate and be enriched by a community where you will practice and learn together.

  • You can expect to go on a deep and intense personal discovery, within a shared safe space.

  • You will engage in a holistic learning experience that includes learning through practice, theoretical & conceptual inputs, dialogue research resources, and action-learning processes.

  • You will learn and experiment with new tools and methods that will serve as resources for you as a facilitator and process leader of Dialogue.

  • You will work on concrete prototypes within your own context.

  • You will build confidence to bring dialogue out into the world in all types of contexts, and take your vision and ideas of creating impact in your field and community further.

Whom are we looking for?

We seek 15-20 hungry, curious, and courageous educators or facilitators interested in dialogue and education. We are looking for you who resonates with the following questions:

  • are you interested in exploring the dialogue method on a deeper level?

  • Do you feel it is time to learn how to ask the uncomfortable and unspoken questions?

  • Are you looking forward to experiment with and to put your learnings to use right away in your own learning community?

Even if you do not belong to the upper groupings, but would like to learn the facilitation of dialogue, please contact us. The basis of dialogue is the inclusion of a variety of competences and perspectives, so that the developing dialogue space can lead to new possibilities, which would not be possible without the diversity of the participants.

Why education (SDG 4)


We turn our focus on our learning institutions as they are core building blocks of our community. They seem to carry all of the tradition and wisdom of generations past; they model and embed practices that are routinised at home, in our neighbourhoods and at work in all of our relationships; they are our first and most influential teachers about cooperation, rigor, work ethic, creativity and appreciation.

AND they bear the weight of those things that trouble us in our lives. 60 percent (article 20 minute) of class teachers list pupils with behavioural problems as their biggest source of stress. We see the frantic search for purpose, we feel the unrealistic expectations of success, we sense the extent that exclusion mirrors our own acceptance of ourselves… and the symptoms manifest as bullying, bursts of anger, loneliness, addiction, disengagement, self-criticism, self-absorption, lack of enthusiasm or even Enjoyment.

These problems are intensified by the rush of the school day. Demands on teachers’ time have multiplied; leaving little time for the reasons that many are called to the profession—connecting with students and creating community within the classroom, instilling a love for learning and fostering curiosity. How do educators navigate these complex potentially destabilizing dynamics? What could be possible if more dialogue influenced our learning cultures?

Why dialogue

We exchange information, we debate our opinions, we vent to express our emotions, and we lecture to teach our values yet somehow, amidst all of that, Dialogue sometimes seems to be a lost art. Dialogue holds the power to connect and to shift something elemental between individuals. When we learn to listen to one another without judgment, we see ourselves and one another for who we are and who we want to become. When we respect and appreciate each other, we lay the foundation for trust and we begin to engage from a place of genuine interest. Dialogue processes chaos and ambiguity to help crystallize a deeper understanding of a problem. Unlike striving for compromise, Dialogue engages on the heart level when we integrate all views with our own. It can feel at times intense and uncomfortable, but it is the way to bring resolution and peace. We may be out of practice with this art, but our memory and bodies know exactly what it is and how to do it. We long for this space and practice. We long for it to come back into our human capacity for relating, feeling compassion and collective problem solving.

What is the vision with this training?

Ultimately the Dialogue spaces hold the vision for a new way of empowering active citizenship and our current educational system with social technologies (in the form of Dialogue skills) that allow more dialogue integrated learning cultures.

We believe that the teachers, educators and facilitators who feel the need for such spaces to appear are already out there. Our vision is to empower those people with tools, skills, knowledge and attitudes, to become great Dialogue space holders and catalysers. Our vision is to provide a setting and a community to go on a journey that can enable these people to create dialogue, not just as part of their work, but for scaled social change.

Practicalities and overview:

ON-Boarding evenings:
Tuesday, 20 August - 1st Onboarding 18-21 h @ Zurich Tittlistrasse 16, Helmhaus
Tuesday, 24 September - 2nd Onboarding 18-21 h @ Berne

Dialog learning days:
Sunday, 8 September - Learning Day @ Zurich, Tittlistrasse 16, Helmhaus.
Saturday, 30 November - Learning day 10-18 @ Zurich
Saturday, 14 December - learning day 10-18 h @ Bern

Training modules
First module:
2nd to 3rd November 2019
Saturday & Sunday 9:30-17:30 o'clock,
Zurich or Bern

Second module:
10 to 12 January 2020
Friday 19:00 o'clock - Sunday 17:00 o'clock
Near Bern

Third module:
6 to 8 March 2020
Friday 10:00 o'clock - Sunday 17:00 o'clock,
Near Bern

Fourth module:
16 to 17 May 2020
Saturday & Sunday 9:30-17:30 o'clock,
Bern or Zurich

Curriculum Snapshot

The modules are about learning dialogue facilitation as a general methodology, that can be used in all areas and is not limited to the educational system.

Module 1: Awareness & Community building

  • Vision

  • Ownership of your Journey

  • Community building

  • 4 Principles of Dialogue

  • Dialogue spiral

Module 2: Deeper Understanding of Dialogue

  • Feedback

  • Inner and outer Tension Map

  • Conflict resolution

  • Start Prototyping

Module 3: Unlearning & Learning - Practise

  • Practise, Practise, Practise the dialogue

  • 3 Levels of Awareness for group process

  • Rank, Roles and Power Dynamics

  • Methods (Fishbowl, Dialogue Circle,...

  • Prototype Time

Module 4: Harvesting & Implementation

  • Rounding up (Prototypes & Training)

  • Future: Implementation and ideas

  • Celebration


  • Participation to all 4 modules (9 days)

  • Participation to min. 1 Learning Day (Nov or Dec)

  • Cocreating 1 Dialogue prototype (approx. 25 hrs)

  • Self-reflexion & studying

  • Writing 1 blog post

Financial investment:

The costs are 2940 CHF plus food & accommodation (Paying by installments possible - 7 x 450 CHF) Partial scholarship available - please apply for it per e-mail

Application Deadline: 15th of October





Upcoming events to hear more:


Here we share some testimonials from the last training and a video where the participants from the last training share their insights.

"The ripple effect in the community and the personal transformation have been possible only because of the competence, resilience, skills and experience Sidsel and Christine have consistently shown throughout the training to enable the facilitators-in-training to grow into the task and role of dialogue facilitators. I want to express my deep gratitude for having had the opportunity to embark on this journey and to engage in this training." - Riika Ussa

“What was striking, was the absolute authenticity with which the program was made. Christine and Sidsel put their hardest questions into the middle of the circle, not some sort of light exercise, but the fears and hopes they were holding, with regard to dialogue. They were guiding us, but we had to grow into our role, holding space for each other. And for ourselves. My greatest learning of the entire program was an indescribable experience, a visceral feeling of holding myself - not holding back, but holding myself with love and care, and even with curiosity and respect, and inquire into my own feelings, intentions and hesitations, before extending myself into the world. Before listening or talking to others. Before asking, demanding or defending anything. In the end, what we learned was to trust - to trust that any conversation can be held, no matter how difficult, when we all embrace ourselves and feel safe enough to open ourselves to hear the others - Katalin Hausel

" in the Dialogue Facilitator Training I am learning a lot about myself and about what I as an individual can contribute in order to generate a shift in human consciousness and the way we deal with complex challenges. But more than that I learn how being heard and investigating the same questions can bond human beings into communities that are capable of forming the ground for deep connection and transformation" - Tanja Sieger

“The dialogue facilitation training and the experience of being part of a loving and supporting community has been a deeply transformative journey. I have always been quite afraid of groups and my group experiences in personal development or collective intelligence based workshops have always been a bit difficult for me. I used to be very self-conscious when it was my turn to speak and used to compare myself with other participants mostly not to my advantage. As a defense mechanism I used to judge other participants and interiorly criticize them to put them down and value myself. Afterward I would feel very guilty and judge myself in turn. In the dialogue facilitation training I received so many positive feedbacks and felt so appreciated for who I am that I really gain self-confidence and trust in my personal value and in the value of my inputs to the group. By the middle of the training I realized that this habit of setting a distance between me and others by judging them almost disappeared and that I was perceiving me and the other participants as a whole” - Elsa Hoessli

“During this journey, I experience a safe space, created by all of us. Safe space enough to allow me to grow. To say what I feel, to understand more what is going on in me and actually getting to know me means trusting more myself. Each word I say comes back to me. Sometimes wondering wow did I really say that. Did I really do that? Each action empowers me to be myself. Thank you all for this ride.”

“Trusting myself brings me stability in a circle, in holding space, knowing my center and knowing what I want to create and where I want to navigate the space. Having myself means for me that I see your story and I do not need to jump to give you mine.” - Martin Salanda