SNE Essentials in Coaching and Facilitation

Accredited course in SNE (Strategic Narrative Embodiment) Essentials

This course is now presented in partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand.

Logo's of Drama for Life, Wits School of Arts and Wits University

Can these tools work for you?

Tools that allow you to:

  1. Structure the experience while allowing fluid,  playful  interaction
  2. Focus on the needs of the client and yet open up possibilities for new ideas

They are

Strategic allowing you to meet and exceed client needs and expectations.

Narrative in the way they close the gap between people’s fantasies and their realities

Embodied so that new ideas can filter down into renewed systems and behaviours.

Experience how these tools can increase your presence, access your genius and the genius of your clients and impact your business.

Re-frame how you coach and facilitate forever.

Here is what others have said about the tools in trying them out:

“The Playing Mantis Essentials course has enabled me to do the most meaningful work of my life.” – Ester Kruger – Senior Consultant Neuroscience and Change at Bioss Southern Africa

”The tools and insights I gained from the Playing Mantis Essentials course have really enriched the workshops I run. They connect fun, creative activities with opportunity for meaningful reflection and learning.” Tracy Brownlee – Brand Strategist and Facilitator



The SNE Essentials Course will give you:

1. An overview of the Strategic Narrative Embodiment TM model and the techniques that relate to it.

2. A toolkit filled with activities and templates that you can use in your coaching and facilitation practice.

3.A deep personal experience to reconnect you to the purpose and significance of your own coaching and facilitation work.

4. Opportunities to try out and experiment with the tools in real time with peers to get used them and get feedback on your own facilitation technique.

Materials and other benefits:

  • An SNE Essentials Toolkit including:
    • 15 improvisation exercises that prepare people for deeper work
    • 10 Strategic Narrative exercises that take them further into story
    • A handbook that contains explanations and theory on all the techniques
  • Templates for designing experiences according to the Strategic Narrative Embodiment TM model.
  • Access to the Playing Mantis online community.
  • A special price for attending Playing Mantis Coach and Facilitator practice sessions.

Course Overview

The course consists of two modules of two days each,  plus an assessment. Both modules and the assessment must be completed before certification is possible.

This leading edge course blends the latest neuroscience theory and experiential learning techniques for better results than you thought possible. With over 18 years of experience and research in organisational psychology, theatre arts, applied improvisation and coaching Playing Mantis has developed a powerful model, the Strategic Narrative Embodiment model, to create meaningful shift in an increasingly volatile, ambiguous and complex world.

MODULE ONE: Introduction and Story-Strategy

This module runs over two days.

1. An understanding of the relationship between the facilitator’s structure and the participation of the attendees using the Strategic Narrative Embodiment model.

2. The ability to argue for the Ethical principles that support applied theatre facilitation in general and SNE in particular.

3. A basic understanding of the 10 essentials of Narrative Strategy and its uses including how to begin a process so that everyone get on board, how to structure the middle so that people develop understanding and skill and how to close in a way that empowers participants to take the learning forward.

4. Applying SNE to your individual story for the purpose of personal growth and leadership development..

5. An opportunity to integrate the SNE methodology into other models that you are already familiar with.

MODULE TWO: Applied Improvisation

This module runs over two days.


1. An experience of Applied Improvisation and the 10 essentials of embodied improvisation that it teaches including: How to listen, how to step in with confidence and how to collaborate in a flow of give and take.

2. An understanding of the importance of embodiment in learning.

3. The opportunity to facilitate exercises with peers and receive or give feedback.

4. Receiving input from other practitioners in the field in the form of guest performances and/or facilitation.

5. Designing an experience for a client towards practical assessment and written examination.


Your assessment has a process component as well as an exam component. T

he process component consists of peer assessments during class time on Day 2 of each Module as you try out the tools and techniques you are learning.

The exam component consists of you implementing the intervention you planned on the last day of the course and submitting your planning and a written essay in which you reflect on the experience.

We’ve packed the best and most useful techniques into these 2 modules. As you learn to love the tools, you can come back for advanced training in increasingly sophisticated techniques that can change the world for good.

Dates for 2017:

Course 1

  • Module one: Fri 30 Jun – Sat 1 July
  • Module 2: Fri 7 -Sat 8 July

Course 2

  • Module 1: Fri 6- Sat 7 Oct
  • Module 2: Fri 13-Sat14 Oct

For more information or to book contact

Also see:

The theoretical foundations of SNETs
Where does SNETs come from?
Listen to a Podcast about Snets

If you have any contacts regarding this course please contact me.