Workshops

Zarafa Consulting is currently offering the following workshops:

At Zarafa Consulting, we believe that opportunities for learning and growing are available to everyone, in every waking moment, and all that a person has to do is to be on the lookout for such opportunities while remaining open and receptive.

But in addition to appreciating this natural learning, we also recognize the importance of participating in a structured environment that’s dedicated to the learner’s growth, an environment that allows people to learn much more efficiently because of the help and guidance that teachers, trainers, facilitators, and mentors are able to provide them.

The workshops offered by Zarafa Consulting reflect a simple conviction: Just as natural learning doesn’t cease when we complete our formal education, there is no reason why our structured learning has to end on the day of our graduation. Inspired by this conviction, we strive to provide unique and transformative possibilities for life-long learning and continuous growth through our various workshops. In designing these workshops, our goal is to create welcoming and stimulating environments in which all participants can learn and grow to the best of their capacity.

Prosocial 101
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3.5 hours)

This workshop will introduce you to Prosocial, a comprehensive, evidence-based program for increasing collaboration within and between groups, while also contributing to the well-being of individual group members.

Prosocial takes advantage of the latest research on psychological processes and interpersonal dynamics for the purpose of creating equitable and productive groups. In a prosocial group, individuals experience a greater sense of meaning, cohesion, belonging, and acceptance, all of which contributes to their subjective well-being (i.e., happiness).

The workshop will offer a bird’s eye view of the key elements of Prosocial and the process of its implementation in a team, department, or organization.

The Circle Process
(6.0 hours)

This day-long workshop will help you become familiar with the ins and outs of the Circle Process. After completing this workshop, most participants should feel confident enough to start hosting their own Talking Circles.

The Circle Process is based on millennia-old indigenous practices, and has proved its effectiveness through its sheer longevity. It can be defined as a set of values, intentions, and simple protocols that help create a safe atmosphere for deep and satisfying conversations. The Circle process has a unique structure that encourages open and honest communication, empathic listening, trust building, and mutual connection. The Circle process makes it possible for people to show up as full and complex individuals, while also cultivating a shared sense of respect for the needs and concerns of the group. Perhaps the greatest gift in the Circle process is the way in which it facilitates the emergence of community wisdom.

This workshop will introduce you to the basic assumptions underlying the Circle process, as well as its most important guidelines, principles, and practices. You will personally experience the Circle process while learning about how it works, since the workshop itself will be conducted in Circle format. In addition, you will receive a booklet, designed specifically for this workshop, that will guide you in your journey as a Circle host and participant.


Prosocial: Beyond the Basics
(6.0 hours)

Going beyond a basic introduction, this intermediate level workshop will expand and deepen your understanding of all aspects of Prosocial, including its grounding in science.

While understanding the relevant science is not necessary for benefiting from Prosocial, this part of the workshop will significantly increase your appreciation for exactly how Prosocial works and what makes is so effective. Having a general sense of what is supposed to happen “under-the-hood” will be particularly useful to you if you are a leader trying to decide whether or not to implement Prosocial in your team, department, or organization.

This day-long workshop will include several short presentations as well as both individual and group exercises to facilitate experiential learning. You will also receive a booklet, designed specifically for this workshop, that will allow you to further enrich your understanding of Prosocial in the weeks and months following the workshop.


How to be a Giraffe in a Jackal World
(12.0 hours)

This two-day workshop will introduce you to Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a powerful approach for relating to oneself and others that reduces the chances of all forms of violence while increasing the likelihood of everyone’s needs being met.

Sometimes referred to as “Compassionate Communication” or “Giraffe Communication,” NVC was developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg (1934–2015), a clinical psychologist and author of several books.

The workshop is designed to cover the essentials of Nonviolent Communication, including both theory and practice. Workshop facilitators will provide clear explanations of all aspects of NVC through short, easy-to-understand presentations that will include examples drawn from everyday life. You will also participate in several activities and exercises during this workshop, each of which is designed to help you practice one or more aspects of NVC.

You will also receive a booklet, designed specifically for this workshop, that will serve as a reference as you to continue to grow in your practice of NVC.


Engaging with Culture & Complexity
(3.5 hours)

This workshop will provide you the tools you need to better understand the culture of your organization and to gauge its capacity for dealing with today’s unique challenges. Individuals in leadership positions who care about the health of their organization are most likely to benefit from this workshop.

An individual’s effectiveness depends not just on his/her strengths, skills, and experience but also on the culture of the larger organization and the micro-culture of particular departments or teams. At the organizational level, culture is the vital link between strategy and execution; this link becomes even more critical as the world increases in complexity, i.e., as it becomes more interconnected and therefore less predictable.

An organizational culture developed during simpler, slower, and more predictable times cannot effectively deal with the challenges of an increasingly complex world. To meet these new challenges, the organizational culture must rise to the occasion, which requires change. This workshop will help you think critically and creatively about about the type of cultural changes that your organization needs to make in order to thrive in the face of complexity.


What is Racism (and How do I Know if I have It)?
(6.0 hours)

This day-long workshop is designed to equip you with the essentials of racial literacy, which is a prerequisite for recognizing racism in its many different forms and for taking appropriate anti-racist actions. You will learn several important concepts, such as culture, socialization, bias, prejudice, privilege, whiteness, intersectionality, and microaggressions. Overall, the workshop will present a deeper and more complex understanding of racism than what is commonly held.

An important aim of this workshop is to provide specific tools and techniques for overcoming one of the major obstacles in the path of racial progress. It is hard for many Americans to participate in a conversation on race issues without experiencing strong emotions, which is why the type of honest, open, and authentic communication that is necessary for tackling racism rarely happens.

In order to make such communication more likely, we need to learn how to stay engaged in a conversation with people we may disagree with even when we are experiencing a great deal of emotional discomfort. Towards that end, this workshop will help the participants learn some of the ways in which one can use “Acceptance & Commitment Training” (or ACT) to remain fully engaged in a difficult conversation, without falling into anger, guilt, shame, or defensiveness.

This workshop will be most useful to individuals who identify as “White” (or are perceived as such).

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