Have you ever been to a meeting that was efficient, productive, and fun? How can facilitation better serve your organization, business, or community and revitalize your group process?  How can conflict be a creative opportunity to transform your organization and achieve more of what you want and need?

                                                                                                        photo by Silvia Pini

                                                                                                        photo by Silvia Pini

Maria and Joe Cole work as facilitators, mediators, and consultants with non-profit organizations, consensus-based groups, and intentional communities.

2016-2018: Maria is the Co-Teacher for the upcoming two-year training in Integrative Facilitation with Laird Schaub.   The training takes place at host communities in North Carolina starting in September of 2016.  Students can attend a training weekend at any time during the course.  For more information and registration, contact Becky Laskody, blaskody@gmail.com


In the Fall of 2017, Joe completed the Design for Sustainability Certificate program through GAIA Education and the Global Ecovillage Network.

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Joe taught a day-long Intensive on Facilitation and a half-day Intensive on Conflict Tools, plus a weekend session on Sharing Circles at the National Cohousing Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, May 18-21, 2017.

Link to the Conference: http://www.cohousing.org/2017

Link to the Intensives: http://www.cohousing.org/2017/intensives


New Service: Phone Consultation!  Maria and Joe now offer phone consultation for individuals and communities who are navigating conflict, wishing to improve group dynamics in their organization, or needing assistance with planning meetings or developing policies.  Contact us for more information: drjoecole@gmail.com


We offer

  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Facilitation Training
  • Group Process Consulting
  • Consensus Education
  • Retreat Planning and Facilitation
  • Phone Consultation


Maria Stawsky was raised in Argentina, and immigrated to the United States in 1994. For the last 10 years she has worked as an interpreter in LA and NC, where she’s currently the head court interpreter for her District.  Maria has been a member of Blue Heron Farm community in Pittsboro NC since 2003.  She was the community’s main facilitator for several years, leading the group into a phase of deep healing and learning about how skilled and conscious facilitation can make a profound difference in the strength of groups. Maria completed the two-year training in Integrative Facilitation with Laird Schaub in 2010, and is the Co-Teacher for the upcoming two-year training program in North Carolina starting in September of 2016.

Joe Cole was one of the original residents of Pacifica Cohousing Community, and was a Lead Facilitator there for several years.  At Pacifica he crafted policies and practices to improve decision-making and develop a stronger culture of consensus.  Joe completed the two-year training in Integrative Facilitation with Laird Schaub and Ma'ikwe Ludwig Schaub, and has also trained in World Work/Process Work with Arnold and Amy Mindell.  He has a Certificate in Design for Sustainability from GAIA Education.  Joe has a Ph.D. in Philosophy, and is a Visiting Instructor of Philosophy at UNC-Greensboro.


Site photography by Joe Cole