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the curious art of visual

communication + facilitation,

a 2 day learning experience

Now 2 days!

May 21 + 22, 2018

2018 from 9am - 4.30pm

in Philadelphia, PA (exact location coming soon)

All supplies included - even breakfast, lunch and snacks!

Curiosity is a great place to start when you're looking to include visuals in your work! This training gives you space to play with your serious work. It allows you to see in ways that just might help your thinking explode out of its normal thinking box. It's okay to admit it. We all have our own default way of thinking and as scary as it can be when that thinking expands a bit, it can also be incredibly liberating. Imagine that!


Beginners and intermediates will practice elements of communication and design, graphic recording and visual facilitation in our experiential learning process. Whether you work in a corporate, non-profit, academic or community environment, you will find these skills applicable. No prior drawing experience necessary.

drawing at the wall
Kelly listening
Linda designing her strategy
Lyons facilitating
deep listening
reflection matters
DRAW it OUT cohort photo

Essentially, we're going to practice using visuals to solve problems and bring people together.


Something remarkable happens when we spend time learning hands-on with folks from other industries - when we cross-pollinate ideas and experiment with visual techniques to make them directly applicable to the big picture as well as how you do your part. You'll engage differently and the visual will help you see blind spots you may not usually see. Whether you spend much of your time in a corner office, a conference room, a classroom or on the streets organizing, you'll build and expand your own visual language in a way that fits your working style.

Here’s what you can expect to get from the training:

* Reflect upon your current communication strategies

* Create visual intentions for your work throughout the training and beyond

* Experience graphic recording and graphic facilitation in action, recognizing their differences

* Learn concrete drawing techniques to build your visual library

* Participate in visual exercises that you can later apply in your own way

* Practice listening & filtering conversations to pick out the content for recording

* Begin to practice graphic recording in real-time

* Reflection time to help process your learning

* Plan your individual visual project or strategy going forward

* Learn ways to use a variety of visual tools and techniques in facilitation 

* Receive feedback about your graphic recording/visual strategies 

* Learn logistical tips and tricks for setting up your space for graphic recording/using visual strategies

It can be incredibly liberating to allow yourself to be creative!

Maybe you're looking to capture the essence of a conversation in real-time. Or you want to use drawing to clarify complexities within a system. Or you are upset with words and want to have a new kind of love affair. Hello, my new drawn world! Whatever your reason, jump in!


Tier 1 – $850 early bird rate (sign up before April 1)

Tier 2 – $900 standard training rate

Tier 3 – $1000 includes training + private 1-hour consultation with Amanda Lyons (in person or online)

Tier 4 - $1,600 includes training for 2 (bring a friend or colleague for a $100 discount each off our standard rate)

Tier 5 - $450 Apply to volunteer to pay this rate. DRAW it OUT Alumni can attend just Day 2 for this rate.

Tier 6 - by donation By donation rates allow our workshops to be open to everyone. We have a limited number of by donation slots.

*all rates include breakfast, lunch & snacks

You will receive a confirmation email once you have secured your registration via the form and payment.​

"My biggest take away is how connected you can feel in the experience of listening and drawing at the same time. It's kind of magical. Even though you're very internal in the process of creation - getting to what you want to draw - you're deeply connected to [what you're hearing and feeling in the room]."

                                                                              - 2017 DRAW it OUT participant

About the trainer

Amanda Lyons is a graphic facilitator, experiential education professional and organization development consultant. As an experiential and visual thinker she facilitates engaging experiences in all types of business settings including conferences and retreats. Amanda’s professional credentials include a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey School of Business and a degree in Studio Art and English from Lafayette College.

Shout out to our hosts at Outward Bound!

HUGE THANKS to NYC Outward Bound Schools for hosting our training and to those behind the scenes that support such an event - Heather, Badari, Trevor, and all! I hold a sweet spot in my heart for Outward Bound and the incredibly impactful work everyone there does. In both typical classroom settings and in nature's classroom, Outward Bound's leadership in experiential education elicits students of all ages to find their best selves while also figuring out what that means for the community within which they learn, live and work. I'm honored to partner with y'all! Thank you! (Curious to know more?!)


Amanda + crew

"It was great to discover that something that seemed so foreign to me was actually quite attainable with practice. I liked the four organization paradigms. Made me feel that with practice this could be a really powerful tool."

                                                                              - past DRAW it OUT participant

Wait, there's more?

You can also read reflections and see pictures from past Draw It Out workshops.

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