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MAFN workshops feature a variety of topics related to deepening and broadening the skills of facilitators. Our workshops are designed to be interactive and provide experiential learning for all participants as they learn from the expertise of others. 

MAFN offers a variety of learning opportunities, such as monthly online workshops, networking events, in-person 3-hour workshops, communities of practice events, and various multi-part online learning series.  Our individual online workshops offer grounding and resources on the focus topic and are included in MAFN membership.  In-person workshops and multi-part learning series offer more time for discussion and practice and are discounted for MAFN members.

See details below for upcoming events. 

MAFN offers a wide range of learning opportunities to develop new skills and master new techniques and approaches. For almost 20 years, MAFN has been the leader in professional development opportunities in facilitation across the Mid-Atlantic region. Catering to all levels of facilitation experience, MAFN's workshops receive rave reviews from participants!

Upcoming events

    • 05/21/2024
    • 10/15/2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Online using Zoom
    • 2

    NOTE: There will be no session in July 2024. We will start again in August 2024.

    Duration: 60-minutes

    About the CoP

    MAFN is pleased to announce and launch its first Coaching CoP to support the many coaches of MAFN. Its leaders, Holly Martinson and Dawn McAvoy, seek to build a community that is based on safety, collaboration, learning, and feedback. We will meet on the third Tuesday of each month 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT. Our first meeting is Tuesday, May 21st, at 12:00 pm EDT.  

    NOTE: This workshop will NOT BE recorded.

    This is a monthly Community of Practice workshop. It will take place starting at 12:00pm EDT the third Tuesday of each month.

    Speakers: Holly Martinson with Patient Minds and Dawn McAvoy with McAvoy Consulting

    Holly Martinson, M.Ed., is an Integrative Executive Function Coach supporting neurodivergent individuals. She has 20+ years of experience in the field of coaching, education and curriculum development. She combines coaching for Executive Functioning skills with tools for wellbeing from a holistic perspective. In addition to coaching clients, she presents and teaches on topics related to coaching, neurodiversity, stress management, mindfulness, and wellbeing.

    Because Holly is passionate about wellbeing, she is also a Registered Yoga Instructor (E-RYT-200) with several hours of mindfulness training. Her experience has included working as an adjunct faculty teaching yoga through the Department of Health and Human Performance at Marymount University and serving on the faculty of a yoga teacher training program through a studio in Northern Virginia.

    Holly earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction and her bachelor's in psychology. While working in the public school system, she participated in extensive coaching and facilitation training. Holly is currently pursuing her ACC coach credential through ICF and is a member of MAFN and ICF.

    Holly is on the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization, The Heart Leaf Center, which provides mental health services for underserved children and families.

    Dawn McAvoy has over 25 years of professional experience (nonprofits, corporations, small businesses, higher education, and early education). In her coaching practice, she brings empathy, curiosity, and support to each client experience. While building a collaborative partnership, and incorporating action planning and accountability measures, she sets her clients up for sustainable success.

    Dawn earned her master’s degree in organizational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in English. Her professional certifications are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, EQ-i 2.0/360, and Certified Professional Career Coach (with PARWCC). As a certified FranklinCovey facilitator, she has facilitated leadership development courses, including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Project Management Essentials, and The 6 Critical Practices for Leading Teams, in the Federal government.

    She is a member of the Project Management Institute and Mid-Atlantic Facilitator’s Network, where she currently serves on the Board. She is also especially passionate about supporting organizations that elevate women and girls, the environment, and education.


    • If you register and cannot attend, please cancel to allow someone else to come. 

    • Registered participants will receive instructions for joining the live session and any additional details 1 day in advance and the morning of the event. Please be sure to look for the link in your email.

    • MAFN CoP discussions will not be recorded in order to support space for learning.

    For registration or membership questions contact registration or membership questions contact
    • 09/30/2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online using Zoom

    Duration: 90 minutes

    About the event

    Starting in September, we will begin quarterly New Member Orientations. The first one will be Monday, September 30th, from noon to 1:30 PM Eastern. This will allow members to quickly get up to speed with all things MAFN. These sessions are designed to:

    • Introduce MAFN's benefitsand resources, ensuring you know how to access and use them.

    • Connect you with fellow new membersand MAFN leaders, building your professional network.

    • Engage you with interactive discussionsabout effective facilitation and navigating our community.

    Whether you’re looking to enhance your skills or connect with like-minded professionals, our orientation is the perfect start. And even if you have been part of MAFN for a while yet are not totally sure you know about all the organization has to offer - please join us! 

    NOTE: This meeting will be recorded for distribution to all who register (breakout rooms will not be recorded).


For our online workshops, there are no refunds or credits for registration cancellations. Unless specified, the online workshops are recorded and the recording will be sent to those registered.

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