Welcome to the official site of AFN, the Australasian Facilitators Network. Each year, in a different place, a conference is organised by volunteers.

Ballina Beach VillageFollowing the successes of the great gatherings in the ‘glamour’ of Sydney, in 2013, and the ‘rawness’ of Alice Springs in 2014, the conference moves to the magic of the Byron Bay – Ballina area.

We invite you to join us at the 18th AFN conference at Ballina Beach Village on 5–6 November 2015.  Pre-conference workshops will be running on 3–4 November.


The conference

AFN conferences are for the benefit of AFN members and new facilitators and workshops are delivered by AFN members. The volunteer conference organising group intends to bring together the best of AFN, the best of Byron Bay Shire as well as the best of the local Bundjalung people. It is intended that the conference will be an exciting learning and networking experience for us all.

Anyone who has attended a previous AFN conference will have experienced a deeply supportive community of facilitators who willingly demonstrate and share their knowledge, capabilities and experience. This enables profound learning opportunities for members and others attending the conference as well as making invaluable connections with other facilitators.

The conference organising group has brought together the people and systems to make this conference truly memorable. Consisting primarily of workshops presented by AFN members, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy networking, ceremonial and social activities.

You may want to run your own workshop of 30, 60 or 90 minutes on one of the conference themes.  If so, please use this form.

Should you wish to offer a pre-conference workshop, please use this form.


Overall Theme: Facilitating Wholeness

What does Facilitating Wholeness mean to the different presenters and to you?

The conference will explore this theme using four different tracks.  Each track poses a number of questions that are intended to provoke new ways of thinking about what it means to Facilitate Wholeness. We are looking for topics, ideas, challenges, and opportunities to deepen our understanding of Facilitating Wholeness.

Track 1 – Embodiment: Self & Other

Embodiment - self in contextThis track explores the idea of self in context. What does it mean to prepare and manage oneself in facilitation? How do we perceive ourselves as facilitators? What does an embodied facilitator feel and look like? How do we know when we are embodied? How can facilitators help others to become embodied learners? How do we work with our own energy and with others? And what does it mean to be vulnerable in facilitation?

Track 2 – Mindfulness & Presence

How does mindfulness and presence help facilitators? How might these concepts help when working with groups? What are some of the practical ways facilitators can work with mindfulness and presence with groups?

 Track 3 – Creative Spirit

Inspiration, imagination, passion, energy and healing are some of the ideas linked to creativity. We ask the question why is creativity needed in facilitation? What does it mean to bring creative spirit into being in facilitation? What creative methods are available to facilitators? How can creative methods be incorporated into the facilitation process? How do facilitators work with others to inspire creativity?

 Track 4 – Experimental Works

This track gives space to emerging and experimental ideas and workshops. It provides a safe environment to pilot new ways of thinking and working in relation to facilitation that may as yet not be fully formed. It is an opportunity to seek feedback from others.

 Pecha Kucha 20 x 20 presentations

There is also the opportunity to present Pecha Kucha style. Pecha Kucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. That means your presentation is 6 minutes 40 seconds in total! This is a dynamic, creative and fast moving communication format. The presentations can be about anything related to one of the four tracks.


How to Register

You will need to register online here and book your accommodation directly with the venue.

The conference fee includes attendance at all workshops and events as well as morning and afternoon refreshments.  Accommodation and meals are separate.


Why you should register early

  •  You will receive the early bird rate until 20 August 2015
  • Accommodation will be on a first in basis direct with the venue, so you are more likely to get the accommodation you want.
  • Once we receive the first 70 registrations we can secure the whole venue for our conference alone, so you are assisting the whole AFN community.
Register here now

Early Bird rates until 20 August 2015 for attending the conference are:

OrganisationalMy organisation is paying$300 ($307.50 with booking fee)
Self employedI pay myself$250 ($256.50 with booking fee)
Full timeI am a full time student or retired$150 ($155.02 with booking fee)
Scholarship I have an approved scholarship$50 ($53.50 with booking fee)

The conference fee includes attendance at all workshops and events as well as morning and afternoon refreshments.



There is a range of accommodation options onsite.  It is advisable to book early to obtain the best choice for you. Should you wish to find other people to share a cabin with, you can use the accommodation bulletin board.

You will need to book your accommodation directly with the Ballina Beach Village Office:



A conference package is available for $150 that covers 3 meals a day from Wednesday evening to lunch Friday. This includes the conference dinner on Thursday evening. Otherwise you are able to purchase the meals you require. Breakfast $20. Lunch $20.  Dinner $35.



A limited number of scholarships are available. Each scholarship holder attends the conference and receives free accommodation and meals. Please contact Shel O’Toole .

Register here now