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22 November, 2019
5:30 PM
Tatamagouche Centre, 259 Loop Route 6, RR#3 NS

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APPLY NOW – The application deadline has passed but we are still accepting applications to the waitlist.


a group of black youth sitting on the floor, one of them animatedly speakingJoin us for an intensive training designed for experienced facilitators wanting to revitalize their work, new trainers wanting to inspire, teachers, community leaders, activists — anyone wanting to take their skills to a new level and learn how training can be used more effectively.

Training and facilitation skills are vital to successful organizing and movement building. People with these skills support groups by developing new leaders, transferring knowledge between generations, increasing participation among members, educating and engaging constituents, supporting meetings and decision making, navigating conflict, and supporting successful, creative and disciplined actions. Yet, people who play the role of educator, trainer or facilitator rarely get an opportunity to hone their skills among other trainers. With this in mind, The Training for Social Action Trainers (TSAT) is designed to give people the opportunity to develop a stronger sense of the training tools, approaches and choices that will work for them to be most powerful and useful in their trainer role.

This training at Tatamagouche Centre will highlight how to facilitate the conversations on anti-racism while honoring the wisdom many of us bring to the table.

Program Cost:

We work hard to make our programs accessible, while ensuring that the true costs are covered.

When we get grant funding towards our programs, we name the true cost of the program in order to allow those who are able to pay this cost. If you need financial support, we really would like to receive your application as early as possible.


Leadership – Matthew Armstead

Matthew Armstead works at the intersections of art, spirituality, and social change in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Matthew serves as a core trainer with Training for Change, and roots his approach in their Direct Education pedagogy – which challenges traditional education, confronting the beliefs, conflicts, and oppression that keep leaders and groups from being their most powerful. He has organized for environmental justice, racial justice, and LGBTQ liberation, and is currently working with masculine-identified people to be better listeners and actions partners.

As a facilitator, he has worked with diverse groups of people from Black Lives Matters activists to B Lab executives, and led sessions on a variety of topics such as campaign strategy, racial justice integration, organizing skills, nonviolent direct action, spiritual organizing, experiential education, and organizational development.

Leadership – Shreya Shah

The founder and director of Saltwater Social Justice Training, Shreya Shah (also known as S.D.), is a South Asian facilitator, healer, artist activist, and writer. Shreya has over 10 years of experience providing impactful workshops and educational services to various communities. S.D has taken on the roles of youth worker, HIV/STD Tester & Counselor, health educator, social worker, community organizer, and facilitator. Much of Shreya’s work centers around the intersections of media, racial, gender, economic, health and healing justice.  

Shreya is a core trainer with Training for Change (TFC), and serves as a Judith C. Jones Fellowship Program Co-Coordinator for trainers of color to strengthen the impact of organizers, trainers, and activists of color around the States. S.D. has also been active in many people-powered direct action movements like Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street. Shreya was also a 3-year member of the Funding Queerly Giving Circle, distributing resources to build the capacity for community organizing by/ for LGBTQI communities across the U.S. Before being called to SALTWATER Social Justice Training & Consulting, Shreya co-directed the Rhizome Consulting Project. S.D. is a certified ThetaHealing Practitioner, supporting individuals to deconstruct ‘old stories’ to heal and actualize their goals and visions. S.D. integrates a body-based approach into facilitation & healing work to create depth, moving groups through challenging dialogues in embodied, grounded ways. Shreya has organized many community creativity and self-care events for people of color in collaboration with other artists, writers, and healers.


About the funders that make this program possible:

Tatamagouche Centre recognizes funding from the Support4Culture, a designated lottery program of the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation.


Tatamagouche Centre recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

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