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Visual Facilitation Workshops in Vancouver Canada 2019

2019 Visual Facilitation Workshops in Vancouver Canada

I want you to have meetings with more belonging and connection – and visual facilitation is a way to do that. There’s no shortage of information anymore. Even when we have all the data and people in the room, it doesn’t always add up to a great meeting. What’s missing are people who can help groups make sense of information and tools to help people feel heard. This is the moment where graphic recording and graphic facilitation have impact.  Invest in your meeting skills with this two-day foundational course in Graphic Recording and Graphic Facilitation. In 2018, workshop participants came from the UK, Japan, the US and across Canada – join us in 2019! 

REGISTER: May 11 -12th, 2019 with an optional third day 


REGISTER: October 5-6th, 2019

When we see visual process work in action, our eyes, ears, mind and heart begin to make connections. We listen more deeply. The seeds of action start to take root. When we see our words and thoughts expressed in front of us – live – we are rooted into what is happening in the room. 

Graphic recorders and graphic facilitators use listening and drawing skills to help groups reach a deeper understanding, engage with each other, and solve problems. With this 2-day foundational workshop, you can make meaning and affect change at your next meeting.

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  • Expand your leadership tool-box with visual superpowers
  • Elevate your ability to include diverse voices in meetings
  • Develop your capacity to distill information
  • Sharpen your tools to have more effective meetings
  • Teach the visuals you need to improve group engagement
  • Hone your creative thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Explore visuals as a key tool for systems change
  • Have deep conversations about working wisely with visuals and cultural safety

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Day 1 Graphic Recording & Facilitation Workshop Highlights:

  • Understanding the field: graphic recording and graphic facilitation
  • Work big! Learn how to use space on a large scale
  • Build your visual vocabulary: simple icons to make an impact
  • Lettering: ways to bring your flip charts to the next level
  • Listening: even more important than drawing. Listening for story and synthesis
  • Putting it all together: Understanding layouts
  • Time for hands-on practice
  • Resources for your success
  • Visual tools for facilitating different meetings, in addition to graphic recording:  templates, timelines, photo-based tools, and other contexts

Day 2 Graphic Recording & Facilitation Workshop Highlights

  • Introducing the new “9-part model for reflection” custom-designed for visual practitioners
  • Visual processes: choosing the right visual processes for strategic planning, coaching, curriculum development, and more
  • Case studies: graphic recording skills for listening and drawing live and graphic facilitation opportunities
  • Building your business: how to develop your capacity for visual thinking within an organization and as a consultant
  • Opportunity for participants to co-create part of the agenda, focussing on conversations about visuals and diversity, visuals and conflict, and what is important to you

We’ll also have co-trainers from the Drawing Change team and guest speakers to share their experiences. Last year we held a talking circle about Truth and Reconciliation led by Indigenous graphic recorders and the 2019 trainings will also feature these teachings.

What else? Friday Evening Social 

We would like to invite you to an optional social evening to encourage learning and community building. This is an informal opportunity to meet fellow visual practitioners before the workshop begins. It is optional, and there are some folks travelling from out of town who may enjoy meeting others. We’ll send more details later, but save the date for now!

DATE: evening of Friday, May 10th 2019 (optional) or Friday, October 4th, 2019
6:00 – 8:30 pm


This workshop is for facilitators, educators, managers, and innovators – anyone who finds themselves working with groups (isn’t that everyone?).

As part of your work, you might spend a significant amount of your time in meetings or working with people who have competing demands. In those meetings, you might have wondered, “What is this meeting about? Is this the best use of my skills and my talents?” At Drawing Change, we’ve learned there can be a better way.

You don’t need to be a super-sketcher to be able to communicate visually. If you’ve ever drawn two overlapping circles to explain something, you’re already using visual thinking. This workshop will enhance how you connect ideas, listen and create visual summaries for meetings and events.



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This investment aims to push the boundaries of what you do and where you want to go. And I promise you don’t need to be a super-drawer.

In 2018, workshop participants came from the UK, Japan, the US and across Canada – so great to work with you, fellow visual thinkers!

Do I need to be able to draw?

Nope! Just bring yourself and a willingness to be creative in a group setting.

What are the course dates and times?

  • Saturday May 11 and Sunday May 12th 2019 in Vancouver Canada, with an optional third day on the Monday for a smaller group.
  • Saturday October 5th and Sunday October 6th, 2019 in Vancouver Canada.

Doors open at 8:30 am, workshop begins at 9:00 am, and ends at 5:00 pm. Stay tuned for detailed logistics. We will take great care of out of town guests. And, don’t forget about the optional social Friday night, from 6:30-8:30pm. 

Where’s the workshop?

Creekside Community Centre is a beautiful venue with a full wall of windows, wood panelled walls, elevator, accessible washrooms, and lots of natural light. Creekside Community Centre is a central hub on the edge of Vancouver’s Seawall.

Remind me what’s included?

  • Two full days of instruction
  • Catered lunch, as well as morning and afternoon coffee breaks for both days. Food will be a catered hot lunch. Last year we were treated by Potluck Catering, a social enterprise that creates jobs and provides healthy food for people living in Vancouver’s inner city, and Indigenous catering small biz Big Heart Bannock. 
  • Templates, handouts, a book of icons, tools for practice, and a list of favourite books and resources –  Valued at $100
  • PLUS participants receive an exclusive Neuland® Ambassador gift
  • A new network of visual practitioners to support your learning and development after the course!

You’ll be able to start using your new skills right away!

How many spots are available?

21 Spots are open and previous drawing experience is not required

How much does it Cost?*

  • Early Bird Rate $1300 Canadian + GST until April 1st 2019 for the May workshop
  • Regular Rate $1500 Canadian + GST 
  • Community Scholar Mentorship Program Rate $200 + GST 

*Payment plan options available by request.

Curious what other graphic recording workshops cost? I made a chartAnd, this workshop is in Canadian dollars, so if you’re American, you can take advantage of extra savings.

Community Scholar: Mentorship Program (1 spot for May, 2 spots for October 2019)

There are community spaces available, with priority given to self-identified Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour under 30 (ish). 

  • We will collect names and then select two people before the workshop, so it’s not first-come-first-served. Community Scholars will receive a full supply kit, and there’s no volunteering expectations.
  • Instead of taking the workshop then jumping in, I’ll provide support and small suggested projects/assignments before the workshop for you.
  • You pay $200 to hold your spot, to cover the costs of supplies/room rental
  • I’ll offer you at least $200 in paid work after the session to continue your practice. 
  • Email some short information about your facilitation and examples of your drawing skills, along with what organization / movement you’re part of, or what plans you have to share these skills afterwards – and read this note about how to apply here. 

Volunteering (4 spaces)

If you’d like to volunteer, there are four spaces available at each workshop. Please read this note about volunteering, and email

What’s the refund policy?

We will happily refund the cost minus a $300 processing fee. If you wish to receive a refund, please send us a written request by email before midnight one month before the workshop. Please note we are unable to process refunds less than 30 days before the workshop, however, we can transfer your registration fee to another person at no additional cost.  

Can I update my registration information?

Absolutely! Send us an email and we will be happy to update your information. Please contact Drawing Change at

Is my registration fee transferable?

We are happy to transfer your registration to another participant. Please contact Drawing Change at

I have more questions. How do I get in touch with you?

We’d love to hear from you! Please contact Drawing Change at


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REGISTER: May 11 -12th, 2019 with an optional third day 

REGISTER: October 5-6th, 2019


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