11th-16th of September 2023

Oxford, UK (on-site)
Price: £1200*

The course was incredibly inspiring.

I never learnt so much on a personal and professional level in such a short space of time!”

Joe Jenkinson, former trainee


This intensive and rigorous 6-day course will cover everything you need to know to design and facilitate your first participatory video projects. Our trainings are designed around principles of experiential learning: employing a wide range of techniques that enhance creativity, sharing, reflection and learning. During the course, you will have the opportunity to experience, explore and practice a wide range of games and group exercises. The course includes sessions that focus on developing basic technical editing skills as well as sessions that address the unique approaches to editing within the context of participatory video projects.


The next face-to-face course will take place between the 11th-16th of September 2023 in Oxford: 6 full days for gaining practical experience in facilitation and video skills.

If you’re looking for private group training, please contact us at trainings@insightshare.org.

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Course Price

£1,200* including:

  • Vegetarian buffet for lunch
  • Online follow-up session on project design and management
  • Copy of our popular handbook “Insights into participatory video: A Handbook for the field”

* See special offers below: We do offer a limited number of discounted places for those who really cannot afford to take part at the full price. Get in touch to find out more!

Special Offers

  • Book with a friend or colleague and receive a 15% discount on both bookings.
  • Charity Rates: £1750 for 2 people to attend the Participatory Video Facilitation course if they are from an eligible non-profit.
  • Charity Rates: £1750 for 1 person to attend both the Participatory Video Facilitation course and the Participatory Video and Most Significant Change course if they are from an eligible non-profit.
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Book your place

Book your place on the September 2023 course here.

Please note that places are not confirmed until full payment has been received.

Places are served on a first-come-first-served basis.

What is Participatory Video?

Participatory Video is a set of techniques to involve a group or community in shaping and creating their own film. The idea behind this is that making a video is easy and accessible, and is a great way of bringing people together to explore issues, voice concerns or simply be creative and tell stories. This process can be very empowering, enabling a group or community to see improvements and also to communicate their needs and ideas to decision-makers and/or other groups and communities. As such, PV can be a highly effective tool to engage and mobilise people helping them implement their own forms of sustainable development based on local needs.

The inclusion of Non-Violent Communication (NVC) and consensus-making processes into our approach helps to foster a safe space for deep sharing between people and our energisers and team-building games promote a fun and fully experiential learning environment.

Find out more about our methods here and watch our TedX talk ‘This is not a video camera‘ and our animation ‘What is participatory Video‘.

Who is it for?

  • Project managers and other staff responsible for project delivery
  • Community workers and development practitioners
  • Researchers and academics using participatory approaches in their work
  • Volunteers and activists
  • Anyone who seeks ways of strengthening the capacity of groups to mobilise themselves or influence decision-making processes to achieve positive changes in their lives and environments

Although knowledge of digital editing will be helpful, the course is suitable for trainees with little or no prior experience in computer‐based editing!

What will you learn?

  • Experience a complete participatory video process
  • Develop technical and storytelling skills
  • Learn methods for participatory video planning, shooting, editing and screening events
  • Explore exercises for topic exploration, prioritisation and analysis
  • Practice and enhance your facilitation skills
  • Discuss the most common ethical challenges in participatory video projects
  • Extend your toolbox of ice-breaker, energiser and evaluation exercises
  • Gain valuable insights into the most common PV applications through case studies
  • Receive guidance on key project management issues around equipment purchasing, participant selection, safety, consent, intellectual property and video dissemination
  • Develop your first PV project design plan
  • Receive advice from our experienced trainers during the course

About us

As leading practitioners in the field of Participatory Video, we have dedicated ourselves to delivering transformational projects with some of the world’s most marginalised communities. We have directly facilitated hundreds of projects in over sixty countries, working with diverse people to address a wide variety of issues.

Founded in 1999, our organisation is committed to improving and shaping the use of Participatory Video in all its forms and building a grassroots movement of practice to sustain its role as a powerful community engagement tool. We have trained hundreds of facilitators, founded numerous community video ‘hubs’ and produced free resources on various approaches. Read more…

For More Information

For more information about the course or our work, please get in touch with us by email: trainings@insightshare.org or call us at +44 (0)1865 403127.

To know more about us and our work over the last 20 years, visit our Website.

Download our PV Facilitation course brochure.

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Testimonials from past courses

“I came into the workshop doubting if I could facilitate a workshop, as I had no group participation skills and no video filming or editing skills. I left full of confidence, knowing I had the skills and knowing precisely what areas I had to do further work on to make participatory video the invaluable tool that it is fast becoming.”

“The core of the training for me was to use video as a tool to help others get the best out of themselves. Along the way, as an unexpected bonus of this process, I got reconnected again with my inner self in a very powerful way. InsightShare created a safe, creative and cheerful space and methodology to make this happen. It has been a truly inspiring, rewarding experience for me.”

“The style of teaching suited me perfectly, learning by mixing talks, games, experiments, practicals and allowing us to make mistakes, then analysing these experiences, cemented so much new information which conventional teaching could have never done.”

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