Creative Workshop – Visualisation in Participatory Programs

Colin Anderson Events

Visualisation in Participatory Programs (VIPP) is a methodology for conducting effective group events which puts people at the center of the process to generate ideas, develop collaborative skills or arrive at collective plans and program designs with vision, creativity and sustainability. It is unique as it provides a systematic combination of different participatory approaches, which emphasise participants’ involvement through many visualisation and group dynamic techniques but is not wedded to one framework or theory. Please refer to to learn more about the history, the philosophy and the community of practice. 


May 2 – 7, 2021
Monastery St Ulrich Training Centre, Black Forest
SW-Germany near Freiburg
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Designed for Facilitators and Trainers  

This Training of Facilitators is a specialised workshop for interested facilitators and trainers, who want to engage in global or local institutional work. We expect a group of 12 – 15 trainers and facilitators, who want to learn VIPP and…

  • update and improve your visualization, presentation and dialogue skills to enhance communication and decision-making in meetings, planning and training workshops, multi-stakeholder conferences, business meetings and other group events,
  • enhance your skills in designing and planning smaller events, workshops or larger conferences, employing interactive methods and creative tools of facilitation that will improve the atmosphere, productivity and outcome of the event,
  • learn how the application of VIPP supports approaches, policies and actions which “bring people back to the center”, thereby confronting basic inequities in social development,
  • design and commit to future events or action plans that will address burning issues in your context (social mobilisation, gender equity, human centred design, democratic governance, agro-ecological transformation, peace keeping, climate crisis, etc.), and
  • discuss and integrate other facilitation approaches that support an organisational culture to facilitate understanding of differences and enable groups to achieve shared goals.

The Workshop Process – No Death by Power Point

In this training we combine short, visualised inputs; individual tasks; group work; team cooperation; learning by doing and constructive feedback. Key concepts, quality standards and training formats are generated by all participants, a cooperative working style is encouraged and constructive group dynamics are essential parts of learning and practicing. We emphasise experiential learning, using a variety of senses and both cognitive and emotional components. 

The participants will form different groups each day, including evaluation committees (eyes, ears and hands) to listen to content, to see the processes and to organise the training facilities and materials. You will enjoy one week without PowerPoint boredom.

As we want to link also participants who cannot travel due to Coronavirus we offer an online participation (for 5 days with online tutorial and full virtual participation) which leads to a hybrid form: face to face in St. Ulrich and face-to-face online with all participants.

Participatory methods are widely known in health, social and environmental change programs or in overall development planning processes for fostering the rights of civil society or local communities. However, managers and professionals often encounter resistance in the use of such methods in their own institutions. They often lack facilitation skills as one part of their basic skill set. To break this impasse, it is necessary to train people at all levels with the knowledge and skills to be engaged in reorganising their institutional cultures and social institutions towards effective participation, creating a culture of democratic facilitation and structured dialogue. 


St. Ulrich Monastery Training Center, 

St. Ulrich, Black Forest, Germany

D-79283 Bollschweil, Germany

Tel.: ++ 49 – 76 02 – 91010

Fax: +49 76 02 / 91 01 90

This is a secular training center, linked to the Catholic Church and the Rural Society of the Upper Rhine Valley and the Black Forest. The center offers life skills training and capacity building for rural households and farmers in Southwest Germany. Natural food from the region, single room lodging with private bathrooms and wireless Internet in a mountainous and forested environment are all part of the attraction. 

Note: Nearest airport is 1 hour away in Bale/Mulhouse (and 2 hours from Frankfurt – to the north and 2 hours from Zürich, Switzerland – towards the southeast). We provide transfer from Freiburg Train (Bus) Station to the center and back.


May 2 – 7, 2021

Arrival date is on Sunday 2nd of May afternoon, departure date & time is after lunch on Friday May 7th. 


Timmi Tillmann (Germany) 

Partnership Society for VIPP-Practice and Creative Learning

Gomaringerstr. 6

D-72810 Gomaringen, Germany

Trainer Team 

Maruja Salas, VIPP Core Team, a cultural Anthropologist (BA at Drew University, Madison, Lic. At Catholic University in Lima, PhD at Nijmegen Catholic University) with a specialization on indigenous knowledge systems in the Peruvian Andes and the Eastern Himalayas. 

Timmi Tillmann, member of the VIPP Core Team and together with Maruja founder of the VIPP approach with Neill McKee in Bangladesh in 1992, he is an agricultural Anthropologist (MA and PhD at Freie Universität Berlin) with a regional specialization in mountain regions and peoples in Latin America, SE-Asia and SW-China.

Registration Fee

1150 Euro 

This includes training fee, one VIPP-manual, local transfers, full board and lodging in single room. COVID 19 imposes certain restrictions of distancing, hygiene, regular cleaning and disinfection, that is why St. Ulrich has risen their fees for food and lodging. 

The cost for the online participation depends on the number of participants – if we can gather a significant group (in St. Ulrich and online) we will need to add one more trainer who can take care of the whole online part of this hybrid course – we estimate a cost of 500 € for online registration. 

For CSOs of the Global South and for postgraduate students we provide partial grants of the workshop fees, please contact us for further information.

Deadline for registration is 

March 1, 2021