Transform Workshop Conversations with the High Tides Facilitator Certification Program

Experience the Power of Inclusive and Collaborative Learning

Are you a coach or workshop facilitator trying to take the “work” out of the workshop so your sessions are packed with lively discussion and valuable new insights? Apply now for our upcoming cohort and let’s embark on this transformative journey together.

High Tides is an approved recertifier of ICF and SHRM!



Traditional facilitation courses teach you how to drive consensus, effectively persuading your audience to accept a predetermined idea. The High Tides Program is different. We believe in the power of productive disagreement, creating a space where contrasting ideas fuel innovative outcomes, rather than competing against each other. Our goal is not to create a ‘winner’, but to cultivate an environment where all voices are heard and new shared understandings emerge. Collaboration is the name of the game.

Let’s face it, being a facilitator is a vulnerable thing and most people don’t know what it takes to get it all done with consistently magical results that leave all participants feeling empowered, inspired and above all else seen and understood.

Great facilitators hold space for diverse ideas, and manage productive tension and diversity of thought with the grace and ease of a professional dancer. But you and I know there’s a lot going on behind the scenes.



The Struggle of Content Creation

One of the most time-consuming aspects of any workshop is the content creation process. The time and energy spent in crafting each slide, each activity, and each discussion point can feel overwhelming. How many hours do you spend researching scholarly articles and relevant news clips, but how many nights are spent rewriting an exercise or activity? How many times have you redesigned the deck just because it didn’t feel “quite right”? At High Tides, we love facilitators because we know that for every hour you spend in front of a room, there’s 20 to 40 hours of work behind you.

And that’s why the High Tides Facilitation Program helps you streamline this process with our module on rapid instructional design with AI support. Say goodbye to the laborious hours of preparation and hello to efficient, engaging, data driven and research backed workshop content development.

And of course we all know that you could spend weeks and months preparing only to be met with a room full of wide-eyed and all too silent spectators…

When Conflict Arises

One of the most daunting moments in any workshop is when disagreement arises, especially when it escalates into an argument. Our agile facilitation techniques are tailored specifically to handle such situations, transforming potential conflict into productive disagreement. We teach you how to leverage these moments as opportunities for learning and growth, for you and your participants, rather than sources of fear and tension.

Every conversation gets to be an opportunity to co-create a culture through dialogue. In our facilitation program we explore culturally responsive techniques that allow for shared understanding to develop and make sure that tension is creative instead of destructive.

And of course no workshop gauntlet would be complete if at the end you weren’t trying to figure out if you were actually effective. I know the feeling. A facilitator’s job can often feel not just thankless, but completely absent of any acknowledgment at all.

The Silence in the Room

We’ve all been there – you pose a question, and all you get back is a sea of mute buttons or blank stares. Our program equips you with engagement strategies that work, both for virtual and in-person deliveries. We help you learn how to turn that silence into active, meaningful discussion, ensuring every voice is heard, and every perspective is valued.

A workshop is not a lecture and it shouldn’t feel like one. We share time trusted techniques for creating dialogue so that participants aren’t left waiting for you to tell them all the things or worse, redo your deck. Create rooms where the conversation is non-stop and the feedback you hear always is, “I wish we had more time.”

And then of course when conversation does get flowing, there’s always the fear that things could go left. Are you prepared for . . .

The Hunger for Constructive Feedback

It’s challenging to improve and evolve when you’re not sure what you’re doing right and where you might be going wrong. And as much as your program participants will rave that it was “great”, or “very informative” you know that in order for you to continue to improve and grow as a professional, you need actionable feedback on how you can improve. You need someone who’s going to tell you how and where to add that secret sauce that’ll make your content stickier, engagement richer and the dialogue more inclusive.

Our High Tides Program directly addresses this concern. We incorporate live peer-to-peer feedback sessions (with other professional facilitators) and provide a thorough rubric review with a trained facilitator and master coach. Moreover, we assist you in developing a personalized Action Plan post-program to guide your ongoing practice and skill development.

You want feedback? We’ve got it in troves.

As avid facilitators ourselves, we know feedback isn’t an afterthought – it’s an integral part of your growth journey, providing you with the insights you need to continually enhance your facilitation craft.

We get it.

With the High Tides Facilitator Certification Program, you’re not just overcoming these challenges, you’re transforming them into strengths, making each workshop an empowering and inclusive learning experience. And you get to do it with a community of professional facilitators in a feedback rich lab environment.

Ready to Conquer these Challenges?



When you join the Facilitation Program, you’re not just signing up for another course, you’re stepping into an environment that has been crafted by years of experience and knowledge. Over the last 20 years, I’ve been at the heart of Learning and Development as a Director, a certified professional coach, a Master Coach for the Mind Gym, and an international speaker.

I have distilled the essence of my extensive experience and expertise into this Facilitation Program. This isn’t just training.

This is an interactive space where you will gain from my direct experiences in delivering on-demand content to over 16,000 learners across 121 countries and leading over 100 workshops every year through my firm, High Tides Consulting.

In this program you benefit from:

Expert Guidance

Learn directly from an established professional in the field, whose knowledge spans across various industries and continents

Proven Strategies

Benefit from tried and tested strategies for effective facilitation, refined over thousands of workshops and international speaking engagements

Holistic Approach

This program goes beyond basic facilitation techniques. You will develop an understanding of group dynamics, hone your listening skills, and learn how to create a safe and engaging environment for all participants

Community Support

Be part of an inclusive community where you can learn from others, share your experiences, and grow together. You will join a network of motivated individuals with diverse perspectives and backgrounds

Scalable Skills

Facilitation skills are highly transferable and can significantly enhance your professional growth. They can be applied in any setting where groups need to work together effectively, from meetings and workshops to team building and conflict resolution

Professional Recognition

Earn a Certificate of Program Completion, a testament to your upgraded skills and expertise


The Result

You will emerge as a confident, capable facilitator, ready to guide any group effectively, and make a positive, lasting impact on your personal and professional community. This is more than a skill; it’s a transformative journey.

Our comprehensive program, spread over 70 days, equips you with:

  • Accelerated Learning: A concentrated 2.5-day live synchronous Zoom course (18 hours), designed for efficiency and respect for your busy schedule.
  • Comprehensive Learning Materials: Access to insightful pre-course work, readings, and video content, and a handy course workbook for continued reference.
  • Personalized Feedback: Direct, actionable 1:1 feedback sessions with experienced coaches and a tailored 2-page Action Plan for ongoing skill development.
  • Supportive Learning Communities: Join post-program communities of practice at 30 and 60-day intervals post program for shared learning and professional exchange.
  • In-depth Course Content: Wide-ranging course modules covering vision & values, culturally responsive teaching, your facilitation style, and more.
  • Practical Experience: Live peer-to-peer feedback sessions and teachbacks with a trained facilitator and coach for hands-on learning.

I can’t find the words to express how much I learned this past weekend.

Kerry Ann Elliott, Values Alignment Coach

FCP, February 2023

Marie has a magical way of empowering people to unlock their authority & presence

Dennis Quinn, Creative Group, Washington Post

Public Speaking Workshop

I never experienced a space where we got loving guidance on how to take rest!

Betty Chan, Authenticity Coach

FCP, February 2023

The workshop was amazing! I'm an introvert and particularly avoid public speaking more than most

Milan Staples, Writer, Artist, Project Manager

Pitch Better than a PSA

Marie picked up on my strengths immediately. This made me feel even more confident in her advice

Sarah Quartey, Product Specialist, Facebook

Public Speaking Workshop

I am just so grateful that you opened this opportunity to me

and I just had honestly the most incredible day with you. Yeah, you’re magical, you and your team, absolutely magical so just thank you so much.

Akua Nyame-Mensah, Leadership and Culture Advisor

FCP, September 2023

This was an incredible gift of an experience

you gave me. It has impacted me so greatly and I’m truly grateful. I’m better now and will grow more in my craft because of you.

Heather K Symone, Certified Life Coach

FCP, September 2023



The High Tides Facilitator’s Certification Program is for you if:

  • You are an aspiring or experienced Learning & Development leader, coach, speaker, or consultant who aims to deepen your facilitation skills.
  • You strive for workshops and meetings that are dynamic, engaging, and inclusive, transforming disagreements into collaborative discussions.
  • You wish to learn how to better manage time and content creation for workshops, making the process more efficient and less daunting.
  • You desire to foster an environment where every voice is heard, and collective intelligence is harnessed instead of highlighting one dominant perspective.
  • You are committed to enhancing your facilitation skills but feel stunted by the lack of meaningful feedback in your professional environment.
  • You are excited to employ innovative facilitation techniques and tools, including agile methods for productive disagreement management and AI-supported rapid instructional design.
  • You envision yourself as a facilitator who creates safe spaces for exploring varying perspectives and challenging established beliefs.
  • You aspire to handle both virtual and in-person deliveries with dexterity, ensuring engagement in any setting.
  • You wish to join a community of like-minded professionals for collective growth and peer-to-peer feedback.
  • You acknowledge the need for facilitators to evolve with changing times and are ready to step out of your comfort zone.
  • You are ready to turn your fear of conflict in workshops into an opportunity for driving creative ideas and meaningful conversation.
  • You believe in the power of ongoing learning and are ready to invest in your evolution as a transformative facilitator.


Schedule and Commitments

Pre Certification (pre-work)

  • Complete a facilitation style inventory: Identify and understand your natural style in moderating dialogues and fostering learning.
  • Review Facilitation rubric: Get acquainted with the Six Core Competencies for Excellent Facilitation.
  • On-Demand Video Learning: Dive into Assessing Cultural Knowledge via a 6-Part International Model.

DAY 1 (10AM-5PM ET)

  • High Tides Facilitator Framework: Learn our core competencies and culturally responsive teaching & learning facilitator framework.
  • Instructional Design and Rapid Workshop Development: Learn how to use AI for rapid instructional design.
  • Review of Facilitator Style Inventory Results and practice flexing different facilitator styles in a lab environment

DAY 2 (10AM-5PM ET)

  • Container Setting and Skill Building: Focus on psychological safety, engaging participants, and the use of powerful questions.
  • Adaptability Framework: Learn how to handle diversity, acknowledgement, and reflection in your workshops.
  • Facilitator Support: Understand the roles of facilitator, producer, and support team, as well as technology engagement resources.
  • Project Assignment and Breakout Group Work: Get hands-on experience running a structured run of show for workshop delivery with the support of a professional event producer.

DAY 3 (10AM-2PM ET)

  • Continue with Project Work Groups, supported by our producers.
  • Final Presentations: Showcase your learnings with real-time feedback and facilitator rubric completion.
  • Post Survey, Final Reflections & Wrap Up: Conclude the program with key takeaways and plans for future application.

Certification (post program)

  • Review your certification results in a 1:1 session with a High Tides Facilitator. Discuss your rubric review, feedback, and action plan for ongoing practice and skill development.
  • Join our 2 Community of Practice Calls, 30 and 60 days after completion, to continue your learning journey and share your progress. LEARN MORE…
  • Upon completion, receive 21 CCEUS towards ICF Coach Credentialing (16 core competencies and 5 resource development)
  • Eligible for 14.75 SHRM PDCs

We maintain a tight-knit, intimate group of participants in the High Tides Facilitator’s Certification Program to ensure every participant has a voice and receives personal attention to their development.

This transformative experience is intentionally designed and available by application only. Secure your spot now for our next cohort!

This is a supportive and intensive workshop for

people who facilitate via Zoom can find this beneficial to hone their practice in leveraging tools like AI, apps, somatics, and community knowledge.

Lyncy Yang, DEIB Consultant

FCP, September 2023

I learned a wealth of ways of

being and strategies that will help me to improve my skills as a facilitator.

Kerry Ann Elliott, Values Alignment Coach

FCP, February 2023

The pre-event communication was stellar.

We got just enough reminders and Cassandra’s tips were a pleasant and helpful surprise.

Betty Chan, Authenticity Coach

FCP, February 2023

This experience was fulfilling

if you are looking to learn or expand your skills as a facilitator. If you are a BIPOC woman looking for like-minded business women to learn from and with, this is a great and safe place for you.

Sharon Drapeau, Coach, Writer, Virtual Assistant

FCP, September 2023

I'll be honest: a lot of the "learning" came

from being in the space where I got to experience / receive the benefits of Marie and Theon in their superpowers!

Professional Speaker

FCP, February 2023

I loved how interactive each

session was. Marie did a great job establishing a sense of inclusion and comfort in the group setting.

Amanda Green, Creative Director, Washington Post

Public Speaking Workshop



The investment for this immersive learning experience and certification is $2500, payable in full. Alternatively, we offer a flexible payment plan with 2 payments of $1299.

Hoping your job will want to sponsor this professional development on your behalf? We hope so too!

After you enroll in the program, you will receive a receipt for your course purchase. You can forward this directly to your team for reimbursement. Please reach out at help@mariedeveaux.com if you need help adding custom information, such as your company name and address. For those needing manager approval, prior to enrollment, Download this template for how to request professional development support from your organization.

We are a community of creative, courageous, and values-aligned professionals, committed to advancing our skills and pioneering new ways of conducting effective, engaging workshops. This is a space to harness your potential, refine your facilitation abilities, and make your mark in your chosen field.

If you resonate with this vision and are eager to level up your facilitation craft, we invite you to join us on this transformative journey.



Hello and welcome,

I am truly thrilled that you’ve found your way here. Like you, I am passionate about the transformative power of skillful facilitation. Over the years, I have dedicated much of my life to understanding the art and science of effective facilitation – whether it’s creating engaging workshops, fostering open dialogue, or navigating the occasional heated discussion.

This program is the culmination of countless hours of experience, reflection, and fine-tuning. It is born out of a desire to empower others with the tools and confidence to lead, teach, and inspire in their own unique way.

If you’re here, it tells me you’re someone who values the art of facilitation as much as I do. You understand the profound impact that a well-run workshop can have on a group’s dynamics, learning, and outcomes. You’re ready to elevate your craft and create workshops that captivate, engage and inspire.

It would be my utmost honor to accompany you on this journey, to support you as you refine your facilitation style, and to celebrate your evolution as a facilitator.

I see you. I appreciate your passion. I am excited for the facilitator you’re becoming.

In gratitude and anticipation,

Marie Deveaux



What is the cost of the program?

The Facilitation program costs $2500 if paid in full. We also offer a split payment option: 2 payments of $1299.

What is your refund policy?

We are fully committed to delivering high-quality training, and we put significant effort into preparing each participant’s materials and resources. As such, we do not offer refunds or transfers once you commit to the program. We expect you to be fully engaged and committed as well. Your investment includes your time and energy, and we are dedicated to providing you with an enriching and impactful learning experience.

Do you have payment plans?

Yes, we understand the financial commitments everyone has and hence provide an option to split your payment into two installments of $1299 each. For additional payment plan options, see the Pay through PayPal link found on this page.

Is this program virtual?

Yes, the Facilitation Program is fully virtual. This allows us to serve a broad range of individuals from various geographical locations and enables everyone to participate in a comfortable and safe environment. Your pre-work will be sent to you via the email address used at the time of enrollment. The two and a half day live Zoom course will be conducted synchronously with your cohort group. And the two communities of practice held one month and 2 months after your course days are also held on Zoom so all learners are able to join remotely.

How can I get my company to pay for it?

Many companies are willing to invest in their employees’ professional development. You can request your employer to sponsor your participation in this program by highlighting the benefits it will bring to you and the organization. Explain how the skills you’ll gain from this program can improve your performance, contribute to team efficiency, and positively impact the organization’s culture. After you enroll in the program, you will receive a receipt for your course purchase. You can forward this directly to your team for reimbursement. Please reach out at help@mariedeveaux.com if you need help adding custom information like your company name and address. We’re also happy to provide you with a template sponsorship request letter to aid you in this effort. You can download that template here.

How much time should I expect to spend completing the pre-work?

The pre-work is a crucial part of the program designed to set you up for success. You should anticipate dedicating approximately 5-7 hours to complete the pre-work, which includes completing a facilitation style inventory, reviewing the facilitation rubric, and engaging with on-demand video learning.

Who is teaching this program?

This program’s lead facilitator is Marie Deveaux, an experienced facilitator with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field. Marie has facilitated countless workshops, dialogues, and learning experiences across various industries. Her passion for skillful facilitation and commitment to empowering others is at the heart of this program. The program will also feature co-facilitation by High Tides resident coaches and event production staff. You can read more about the High Tide facilitator team on our company About page.

Do you offer private cohorts for organizations?

I am so glad you asked. We do offer private cohorts for organizations with a minimum participant count of seven people. To discuss the possibility of bringing the High Tides Facilitator’s Certification program to your organization, please download the program brochure and reach out to our team for a discovery conversation regarding the specifics of your train-the-trainer needs.


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