Facilitation Training

Why RMPP is investing in training for rural professionals

The challenge
Over the past 30 years the sheep and beef sector has made big leaps in productivity.  Some of these gains can be attributed to participation in discussion groups, farmer field days, information on industry websites and the range of other ways farmers get their ideas and advice.

However, as farmers face more complex issues and we explore more about how farmers learn, we're here to help those providing support services improve their skills in facilitating conversations with farmers and between farmers. These conversations and support that are critical to help farmers:

  • Feel confident in a decision they are about to make on-farm
  • Own their own solutions to problems, and 
  • Grow their knowledge on a subject and apply the new learning to their own situation. 

Lead Facilitator workshop
A two-day workshop aimed at improving the knowledge and skills for rural professionals looking at leadership roles within their communities.

Gain an understanding of what facilitation is all about and learn the skills required to effectively facilitate groups and learning. This will enable you to work with farmers to help them build the confidence they need to increase practice change on-farm.

What you'll learn
The art and science of facilitation

  • How to adopt a facilitation mindset
  • The tools and techniques required for working with groups
  • How to design questions that engage, provoke and liberate
  • How to apply facilitation in other settings e.g. meetings

The ways we learn

  • How to understand and acquire skills and develop knowledge
  • How the brain learns
  • How neuroscience and behavioral psychology can help us
  • Strategies to facilitate real learning

Learning design

  • Key elements of an effective learning programme
  • How to design for maximum learning
  • How to use Information and experts
  • How to design and outline an event you are going to run

Workshop format
A practical and interactive workshop limited to 15 people

Lab Wilson

Locations and dates
Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
Wednesday 12 February 2020, 9.30am - 5.30pm
Thursday 13 February 2020, 8.30am - 3.15pm

$500 + GST per person

RMPP Action Network Fundamentals and Extension Design 

A two day workshop for rural professionals or farmers looking to run an Action Group/s under RMPP Action Network. Training includes designing and managing an extension programme to increase farmer participation in their own learning and apply this to their own business.

2019 workshop dates
Palmerston North 24-25 September

To register for this workshop please email ginny.vincent@rmpp.co.nz


  • Maximum of 15 attendees per workshop
  • No workshop fees - participants pay for own travel and accommodation

“I’ve been a facilitator at field days and seminars for a number of years as part of my farm consultancy role.  I wasn’t sure what value I would get out of facilitator training. However, these new courses really challenged me to reflect on my facilitation style. 

I now have a number of new tools to use when facilitating farmer discussions and groups that will add value to both their business and mine. It was a great chance to get some formal facilitation training after many years of learning on
the run.”   

Stephen Thomson
Consultant, AgFirst