Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation


Almost ten years ago, out of the desire to share my passion for experiential education and the art and science of group facilitation, I completed the first edition of Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation. Now, a decade later, I’m offering a new edition which includes updated connections to research on the brain and learning, additional reflective activities, and practical strategies, as well as an improved flow overall. It includes field notes with new insights gained from another decade in the field and new information coming from educational neuroscience. As a result, the ideas and methods focused on active engagement, ownership in learning, and facilitating meaningful reflection have been greatly expanded.

What readers are saying about Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential
 Group Facilitation, Second Edition:

“Tips & Tools is chock-full of great ideas for facilitating truly
 meaningful group programs. Jen pays great attention to details,
 making every activity more impactful, and her suggestions are easy to
 adapt to a wide range of participants types. My staff uses this book as a
 resource for program planning on a regular basis.”
—Suzanne Coffman, 
M.Ed, Manager of the Kohler Experiential Learning Center

“I first recognized Jen Stanchfield’s genius as a facilitator many
 years ago when she and I co-facilitated a group at Minnesota State 
University. As I watched her work I was astounded at how effective 
and competent she was. I just got out of her way and learned from her.
 That is the key to this second edition: It is an opportunity for anyone
 who reads the book to learn from a genuine, world-class, master 
facilitator. I endorse it with great enthusiasm and excitement.”
—Jasper S. Hunt, PhD, Professor of Experiential Education and Leadership 
Studies, Minnesota State University, Mankato

“For the first time in almost 30 years of practice, I have a text that I can wholeheartedly give to my students to learn about experiential facilitation. I appreciate how this edition is sequenced. I love the field notes and their placement. Still and all,
the best book out there for students to learn about the how-to’s and why-we-do’s of experiential facilitation. Well done!” —Tony Alvarez, LMSW, University of Michigan School of Social Work

“As a practitioner, educator and administrator, this second edition 
of Tips & Tools has applications for the many hats I wear. It serves 
as a resource for my own professional development as well as a text 
for course instruction. The content and writing style are accessible
 for beginning facilitators and relevant for those who are already well
 steeped in the practice.”—Nathan Harlan M.A., Director, Adventure WV,
 West Virginia University

“Jen Stanchfield really knows how to entice, engage, and continually
 motivate not only the trainer, but the learner. Hands-on techniques,
 visuals, and drawing from her audience create unforgettable lessons. 
I was so motivated to help teach, train and co-train after reading this 
book and attending her training!” —Sarah Neilson, MA, Educational
 Program Coordinator, Center for Professional Excellence in Child Welfare,
 University of New Hampshire’s Social Work Department

“Jen molds theory, activities, research, facilitation tips, philosophies, 
and lessons she’s learned throughout her experiences into one melting 
pot—a true representation of the intentionality, enthusiasm, and drive 
every facilitator should use when working with any group. Whether 
you are new to the field or a seasoned practitioner, this book will help
 you grow as a facilitator.” —Rachel Murray, M.S., Outdoor Experiential
 Education Program Coordinator, Loyola University Chicago

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