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Leading Groups Course

Learn how to confidently lead any group, anywhere. Gain the tools, techniques and mindset to manage engaging meetings, design interactive workshops and host events - online, offline & hybrid.

  • 8 live sessions
  • 8 weeks
  • Certification Upon Completion
  • Online / Offline / Hybrid

Lead the change

Unlock potential in people and projects, engage conversations and drive true impact.

With this training and community, you'll be ahead of the game and fully equipped for the era of remote, hybrid and flex-workforce.

Learn by doing

Learn by directly trying out and experiencing hybrid facilitation in each session. There is a dynamic mix of live sessions, theory, feedback and reflection - with tools you can directly apply in your own work.

Last but not least you put all your learnings into practice within the final delivery for a real client brief.

Grow confidence

Build your toolkit of exercises and techniques for leading groups with confidence and embrace/develop your unique facilitation style.

Develop your own authentic hosting style, and how to adapt and react confidently to any scenario or group dynamic.

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What you will learn

Gain the skills to lead any group with confidence. From hosting, to guiding team collaboration or designing interactive and participatory sessions - you will level up your facilitation skills through deliberate practice and hands on application. As well as expert feedback, and personal reflection you get the benefit of peer learning and joining a passionate community of practice, with fellow professional facilitators.

Some of the key learnings include:

  • Group dynamic models

  • Design workshop, meetings and conversations

  • Engagement hacks

  • Challenging participants & scenarios

  • 60+ tools and templates for leading engaging meetings, workshops and events


Week 1

Launching your learning experience. Laying the foundation for the why, how and what of group leadership.

Week 2

Baptism of fire into experiential learning, facilitate in front of a group and uncover where you’re at now and how you want to grow.

Week 3

How to design, plan and craft sessions that achieve tangible goals. From intentions and desired outcomes to seamless flows across different platforms and set-ups.

Week 4

How to lead smooth conversations, host interactive activities and keep all participants engaged. How to cope with any situation that pops up in your own style.

Week 5 - 8

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Course structure

This is an 8-week course with one live session per week.


You can join from all over the world.
If you're based in Amsterdam, you can join 3-4 of the course sessions at our mischievous workshop space in Amsterdam East.

Upcoming Courses:
16. - 18. August (3-day Summer Course)
10. October - 2. December


  • 6 Evening Classes

    Tuesdays, 6.30 - 9.00 pm CET

  • Weekly challenges & reflection tasks
    (individual time investment)

  • Group workshop challenge

  • 1 Coaching Call

  • 1 Workshop Facilitation

    Saturday, final course day

  • Ø Time investment per week: 3 - 4 h


Next course date

New course dates coming soon; register interest to stay in the loop!

Is this for me?

Who should take this course

Designed for Team Leaders, Project Managers, Service Designers, Educators or anyone who must help a group to work collaboratively.

Facilitation skills empower every role within a team, enhancing your ability to collaborate, communicate and to achieve specific outcomes.

Some of our alumni

How we do it

Experience based learning

Experiential Learning

We facilitate learning journeys where practical examples, first-hand experience, application and reflection are all part of the process. Part of the course experience is applying all learnings to a real client case, and design and host a live session.

Asynchronous Working & Learning

Do things on on your own schedule. Aside from the fixed live sessions, you choose when and how deep you'd like to dive into the provided contents.

Blended Learning

We provide you with a mix of different materials and formats. Each session is accompanied with an extensive Learning Kit including a range of contents from articles, videos and podcasts to exercises...

Expert Coaching

There’s continuous support througout the course and group coaching on session design and the final workshop delivery

Wanna have a taste?

Join our free info event

In this a 45-minute session, we share details about the course, answer any questions you might have, and hear about the experience of some of our course alumni.

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Meet your facilitators

The course is led by the Mischief Makers dream team, sharing their facilitation experience from a broad range of client meetings, workshops, and events.

Katharina Jacobi

Program Lead / Facilitator

She’s a curious mind combining creativity with structure; always inviting people in, taking care that they’re included and bringing warm friendly vibes.

Mischief Expert Facilitators


To experience different facilitation styles you’ll be trained by a diverse range of facilitation experts throughout the program.

Frequently asked questions

How many spots are there?

The course is open to a max. of 18 bright minds.

Who will be leading the course?

The course will be led by the Mischief Makers core team as well as other expert facilitators from the Mischief Makers Network. Like this you'll experience a diverse range of facilitation styles.

Who can sign-up?

All bright and mischievous minds may join! This course is open to all of you out there who are working (or are about to be working) in roles, which require leadership and people management. Whether you’re an educator, a project manager or team lead, and L&D manager,... if you're in positions where a group of people is looking to you for guidance or support: this one’s for you.

Can I join with my team / a group of people?

Absolutely! Joining this course with your colleague(s) will be a great asset; it can help you to reflect on facilitation within your specific context and support in implementing and introducing learnings. We do offer special deals for groups joining with 3+ people. Please reach out directly to or schedule a call below.

Can I request a course like this for my company?

You can indeed! We offer tailor-made in-house facilitation training. Please reach out directly to and we'll be happy to explore how we can bring this training to you and your team.

I need help with fees. How can I apply for a scholarship or payment plan?

One of our core values is and always has been accessibility, we believe that this new way of working (hybrid!) should be available to everybody. With that in mind, we have two scholarship spaces available so if you are out there and would like to take the course, all you need to do is send a motivational letter to

To make the course fee more accessible, we offer to set up a payment plan, which splits the total amount into smaller instalments. You can choose to split those over a max. of found months. Please contact us to set things up.

What is the STAP-funding?

The STAP budget is an education support fund that helps pay fees, courses and training sessions. You can get up to €1000,- each year via the STAP budget.

You can apply for the STAP budget once a year. A new application period starts every 2 months. If funds have run out for a particular application period, you can re-apply in the following period.

Each time more funding is released, it’s allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Demand is high, so you need to be quick! This is why it’s key that you register with us and finalise your application in the STAP portal as soon as you can when your funding window opens.

Am I eligible to receive STAP-funding?

The government makes the final call on eligibility. They officially state that you’re eligible if:

  1. You’re between 18 and 67 years old

  2. You’ve earned Dutch income for at least 6 months in the last 2 years

However, even if you don’t seem to meet these requirements, it’s worth double-checking! Log in at and click on “Vraag STAP-budget aan” to see if you’re eligible.

How do I get the STAP-funding?

To request funding for a course through the STAP program at UWV, you need to pre-register with Mischief Makers and obtain a registration certificate ("aanmeldbewijs").

A new STAP budget is released every 2 months. Make sure to mark the next date in your calendar and register for the course beforehand.
January 2, 2023
March 17, 2023
May 1, 2023
July 3, 2023
September 4, 2023
November 1, 2023

Have your aanmeldbewijs ready to take the following steps and claim your funding:

  1. Log into the STAP student portal
    You'll be using DigiD; be patient if there is a wait time and don't navigate away from the page to keep your spot in the queue.

  2. Upload your STAP aanmeldbewijs
    We email this to you when you register for the course.

  3. Fill in your student ID number
    This is listed on your aanmeldbewijs.

  4. Confirm the course
    In case there's a course listed for you already, you can confirm it. Otherwise select the course listed on your aanmeldbewijs.

  5. Complete the student background survey.

  6. Submit your application.

  7. Wait for the UWV's response.
    You'll receive a confirmation email from STAP if your application has been successfully sent. They'll take up to 4 weeks to make a decision on your application. If approved, the government will transfer payment to STAP and they will convert your approval into enrolment on the course.

If you encounter any issues, contact STAP for assistance. Please note that approved budget requests are paid directly to the course trainer before the course begins.

Good luck with your application!

Do I need any previous experience?

Not necessarily. If you're new to the game but you've got a knack for it our door is open! However, this course is for people with an aptitude and passion for facilitation so previous experience is a plus (also, as a reference point for content within the course).

How can I mess this up?

By not applying for this course.

Once again though, what do you mean by facilitation?

The dry definition: "Facilitation is a process that trainers, team builders, meeting leaders, managers and communicators use to add content, process and structure to meet the needs of an individual, group or team. In an overall description, facilitation is used to help a group of people to achieve their goal, their reason for holding the meeting."
The Mischief definition: "Empowering."

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