Running Great Workshops - Learning Event in Nairn

Running Great Workshops - Learning Event in Nairn


Saturday 29th February, 10am - 5pm, Nairn Community Centre

Artists are increasing required to deliver sessional workshops, freelance facilitation and fulfil community arts roles and 46% of our members stated that delivering workshops was a primary source of income for them. This one-day course has been developed by Tripod Training and covers all aspects of creating workshops as well as guiding learners to understand the key principles of effective workshop design and experiential education methods. Develop an awareness of yourself and your strengths and acquire new tools to increase your options as a facilitator.


This course is for those starting out as freelancers wanting to gain new skills around workshop design and facilitation as well as those who have been operating for a long time and want to make significant changes in the way they deliver workshops. Suitable for our Graduate, Artist and Associate members from a range of disciplines – craft, visual arts and community projects.

Maybe you just need a confidence boost to go on and deliver great workshops! This is a chance to receive feedback from an experienced trainer and other participants in a small group setting, as well as learn skills for working with diverse groups. Another great opportunity to share your practice with other members and increase your network of like-minded artists over a free lunch.

The course will cover:

- Qualities of an effective facilitator/trainer;

- Container building – how to support participants to feel safe & comfortable;

- Active listening & questioning;

- Facilitation tools;

- Workshop design principles;

- Experiential learning cycle – how to support participants to learn experientially;

- Advice on rates of pay and effectively costing your time.

The course content will be tailored around the needs of those attending in order to assess key areas of focus on, please complete pre-course survey after RSVPing. There will be lots of time for self reflection, conversation, demonstrations, practical exercises, scenarios, and examples of good practice along with practical tips from the experts at Tripod Training. You will be working in small groups and pairs to undertake supporting exercises to break up the day and make the training as dynamic as possible.


About the Tutors:

Olga Bloemen is a trainer and facilitator with Tripod: Training for Creative Social Action. Tripod is an Edinburgh-based workers' cooperative that supports groups working for social and ecological justice in Scotland and beyond. Olga's background is in climate and food justice movements in which she’s focused both on grassroots movement-building and policy change. She also runs Work That Reconnects workshops that include storywork and creative writing. 

Léa Oval is part of Tripod's pool of volunteer trainers. She considers herself an artivist. Her first background is in film-making and theatre. She then focused on training and workshop facilitation as part of climate justice youth groups, and since then she’s led different workshops on climate justice and intersectionality. She’s also focused on how to be a good ally, and to identify privilege and challenge power dynamics within groups.


Spaces are limited to 16 people and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.

To Book: if you are a member you can simply click RSVP within our events page or alternatively email us at [email protected]

Not a member? Then why not join for £5 per month (£3 for recent graduates) and you can access all our learning events for FREE!



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