Reflective Conversation Training

Learn to Lead Reflective Conversations

Participants at an Oregon Humanities facilitation training

Our reflective conversation training is available to the public and offered in different formats (in person or online via Zoom) throughout the year. In-person trainings are held at different locations throughout Oregon, as well as at our main office in downtown Portland.

During the training, you will:

  • learn about facilitation and reflective conversation
  • have an opportunity to practice new skills and techniques
  • reflect on and share your own beliefs and assumptions and listen to beliefs, backgrounds, and experiences different than your own
  • design and participate in reflective conversations and debriefs that analyze facilitation tools and choices.

You will leave feeling more confident and equipped to:

  • observe and respond to group dynamics
  • design and facilitate conversations that allow people and groups to learn more about themselves and each other
  • use our framework and tools to facilitate a reflective conversation at your workplace or in your community work. 

"I really appreciated the tools for creating a space. A facilitated conversation is much different than a meeting to 'accomplish an action item,' and I feel I learned some valuable strategies for creating a space for conversation that is meaningful even if there is not a tangible outcome."

Upcoming Trainings

In-person trainings

In-person trainings are limited to the first twelve to sixteen people to sign up. Over the course of two days, we’ll spend our time together talking in large and small groups, in small to mid-sized rooms. We’ll provide a light breakfast and lunch on both days.

May 2024 - Klamath Falls

This training will take place at Klamath Community College in Klamath Falls over the following days:

  • Day 1: Thursday, May 16, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Day 2: Friday, May 17, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To register for the May in-person training, click here.

August 2024

This training will take place in the Oregon Humanities office in Portland (610 SW Alder St., Suite 1111) over the following days:

  • Day 1: Thursday, August 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Day 2: Friday, August 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To register for the August in-person training, click here.


Virtual trainings

Virtual trainings are limited to the first twelve people to sign up. Please note that these trainings will take place on Zoom, and we’ll ask participants to turn their video on and keep it on as much as possible during the training. There will be plenty of screen breaks during the first two training days, and a lunch break off screen for at least an hour on both days.

July/August 2024

This virtual training will take place online via Zoom over the following sessions:
  • Day 1: Thursday, July 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Day 2: Friday, July 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Day 3: Friday, August 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

To register for this virtual training, click here.

If you'd like to receive updates about upcoming facilitation training dates and information about other Oregon Humanities programming, you can sign up to receive our monthly newsletter.

"I learned so much about reflective conversations—how to pick a topic and narrow down the focus, great tips on things to do and not do in facilitating, the importance of remaining neutral and not trying to steer the conversation, the impact of just allowing people to share and be heard!"


All of our trainings are pay-what-you-are-able. On the registration form, you’ll have the opportunity to let us know what you can pay for the training. Your answer does not affect your registration. By paying the full amount, you cover the cost of your participation and allow us to offer the option for individuals and organizations with fewer resources to pay what they are able. Payment by credit card or eCheck is due at the time of registration. Please contact our programs team at with any questions. 

In-Person Trainings - $549 or pay-what-you-are-able

Virtual Trainings - $449 or pay-what-you-are able


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