During our 1:1 sessions, we will dive into the unique logistics of your program language, logistics, and launch. During our in-person days, we will cover the following topics (and more!), rooted in a pedagogy of engagement. 

  1. Appreciation vs. Appropriation

  2. Befriending Feedback

  3. Biases + Blind spots

  4. Creativity-Infused Lessons

  5. Engaged Listening

  6. Facilitating Difficult Conversations

  7. Group Dynamics

  8. Knowing Your Unique Audience

  9. Leading with Questions

  10. Maintaining Calm in the Chaos

  11. Planning + Presence — The Perfect Blend

  12. Popular Education + Theatre of the Oppressed

  13. Powerful Openings and Closings

  14. Rooted Ritual — Using Our Own Cultural Legacy

  15. Setting the Foundation

  16. Strength-Based Facilitation

  17. Your Story + What You Bring to the Room


The 2019 Spring-Summer Cohort runs from May-August, with three in-person immersions.

May 17th, 18th + 19th

  • We’ll gather for a welcome dinner on Friday, May 17th and will be in session from 10am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday

June 22nd + 23rd

  • We’ll be in session from 10am-8pm on Saturday and 10-6pm on Sunday

August 24th + 25th

  • We’ll be in session from 10am-8pm on Saturday and 10-6pm on Sunday


In addition to our 48+ in-person immersion hours, you and I will connect for an hour-long mentorship session by phone every month.

We will gather virtually as a group for one live monthly call via zoom. You will also receive one recorded teaching each month.

Every month you will be matched with a different peer partner and will be invited to connect with them for an hour or more outside of our workshop time.

Like is true with most things — the more you put in, the more you will get out.


We'll be gathering in a gorgeous studio space in NE Portland  — with ample room for circling up, large tables to spread out art supplies, cozy corners for reflection, and plenty of open space for spontaneous dance parties.   

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This program is open to cis women, trans women, and genderqueer and non-binary folks.

If you feel this is the right program for you, then it likely is. Welcome. 

  1. Three weekend-long in-person sessions with our Cohort (approximately 48 training hours). We’ll meet one weekend in May, June, + August. ($4,000 value)

  2. Four one-on-one hour-long consulting sessions with Anya to craft your unique curriculum ($1,000 value)

  3. Twice monthly zoom calls (one live, one pre-recorded) with focused teachings about facilitation

  4. Guest facilitators — experts in their field ($1,000 value)

  5. Monthly peer-to-peer accountability and support (Invaluable!)

  6. The Catalyst's Companion Resource Guide ($250 value)

  7. All the steps needed to graduate with your own program plan, curriculum, and course of action

  8. Vibrant, healthy snacks throughout each day

  9. All art materials and supplies provided

  10. Designation as a Catalyst Cohort graduate


Cost + logistics for the 2019 Cohort will be announced in early February.

When you register, you'll have an option to select your preferred payment plan. 


“I have had the privilege of working with Anya over the last twelve years and never cease to be amazed by her emotional sensitivity, inspired creativity, and genuine compassion. I can always count on Anya’s sensitivity and her ability to speak in an authentic voice – a rare ability that grants her the capacity to work and be comfortable with diverse groups of people.” – Lesli Mones, Founder, August Wilson Red Door Project; Founder, LeadershipLab


“Anya has an amazing ability to convert even the most skeptical participants at the beginning of a retreat into engaged members of a supportive community by the end of the day. I believe retreats with Anya are directly connected to staff retention and job satisfaction.” –Elizabeth Stock, Former Outreach Coordinator, Boys & Girls Aid


“Anya is immaculately sensitive to student needs. She consistently goes above and beyond to ensure that every participant has what they need both logistically and emotionally. Her attention to detail and ability to organize vast, creative ideas into concise and thoughtful content is incredible. I highly recommend Anya to anyone seeking heart-centered, multifaceted support to move their dream forward.” – Flora Bowley, Painter, Writer & Workshop Facilitator