Mastering ToP is an intensive skill-building experience from the Institute of Cultural Affairs Technology of Participation (ToP). The year-long program helps you hone facilitation dexterity and leadership capabilities during quarterly intensives, field work and mentoring. 

Deepen your knowledge and have fun while learning new tools, processes and applications for engagement and facilitation methods. Your cohort of peers will become a network of support for years to come! Register now. Popularly known as MToP, the program includes:

I. Learning Intensives: Each quarter, MToP cohorts meet in-person for three days of intensive work:

 Intensive 1: Facilitating Depth Reflection  Learn to create participatory environments, and dive into the science behind focused conversation, wave methodology, and image shift methods.

 Intensive 2: Facilitating Consensus Building to Build your skills in creating a multi-sensory impact.

 Intensive 3: Orchestrating Group Action Co-facilitate Action Planning sessions with real clients and deepen knowledge of Strategic Planning.

 Intensive 4: Designing for Transformative Change Learn to design exceptional events, produce effective results and explore integrating other methods.

II. Field Experience: Practice and learning in between intensives

 Apply methods between sessions.

 Develop a personal inquiry project.

 Study materials: MToP Handbook, The Art of Focused Conversation and The Workshop Book.

 Those interested in certification can be part of a special cohort group.

III. Mentoring: Group mentor meetings with colleagues

 Exchange experiences designing a diverse array of events.

 Participate in joint facilitation and observation.

 Share feedback to foster growth and insight from mentor facilitators.

ToP Facilitation Methods and Strategic Planning are prerequisites.



Minneapolis MN MToP Courses

 April 24-26, 2019: WeWork – Minneapolis, MN

 July 24-26, 2019: WeWork – Minneapolis, MN

 October 23-25, 2019: WeWork – Minneapolis, MN

 January 29-31, 2020: Location TBD.

Orlando FL MToP Courses

 May 7-9, 2019: Location TBD

 August 6-8, 2019: Location TBD

 November 5-7, 2019: Location TBD

 February 4-6, 2020: Location TBD


Stephanie Ahles


NOTE: Attending Every Course is Necessary for Completion of the Program


This course is for people who want to:

Master facilitative leadership skills

Improve team-building effectiveness

Enhance engagement techniques

Strengthen meeting design competencies

Tap into the creative energy of groups 


HueLife uses a sliding scale to improve access for underserved communities. Per-person prices for the mastery program are: 

 Large Organizations: $5,500

 Government: $5,000

 Self-Employed to Midsize Orgs: $4,500

 Students to Small NonProfits: $3,500


“MToP transformed my business in ways I never imagined.”

John Baker

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