International Masterclass Socratic Dialogue

25-27 November 2022, Akoesticum Ede (The Netherlands)

Facilitated by Erik Boers & Kristof Van Rossem

Practical aspects

1. online training

If you are not familiar with the Socratic Method, it is recommended that you follow the introductory online course. It runs on Wednesday evenings starting 7th of September 2022. It  is led by Kristof Van Rossem. Click HERE to see the dates, the costs and to the way to register.

2. Offline training weekend 

Date: 25-27 November 2022

Location: The training takes place in Ede, The Netherlands. We stay in Akoesticum, a venue where musicians rehearse, close to the beautiful National Park Hoge Veluwe.

How much?

€ 695,- excl. vat incl. accommodation when you enroll before the 1rst of October 22
€ 725,- excl. vat incl. accommodation when you enroll after the 1rst of October 22

Minimum: 8 participants (one facilitator)
maximum: 20 participants


Learn how to:

  • set up and lead a Socratic dialogue in small and in larger groups;
  • facilitate long and short versions;
  • be flexible and creative with the Socratic method;
  • explore the levels of logos, pathos and ethos;
  • use the liberal arts dialectics, rhetoric and grammar;
  • articulate the theoretical background of the Socratic dialogue (epistemology, anthropology, logic and ethics);
  • implement Socratic dialogues in unconventional settings;
  • design Socratic exercises;
  • develop your own style of facilitation.

For whom?

This seminar is meant for you when

  • you are acquainted with the German tradition of Socratic Dialogue (Nelson/Heckmann);
  • you are a facilitator of philosophical dialogues;
  • you have followed a training course in SD facilitation;
  • you are a researcher of Socratic Dialogues;
  • you want to explore new ways of working with SD in organizations.



Preliminary Program :

Friday :

10.00 : Welcome : introduction + questioning exercise in/and getting to know each other (Kristof + Erik)
12.30 : lunch
14.00 : essential requirements of questioning behavior  : exercises in efficient and effective questioning (Kristof)
17.00 : break + dinner
20-22 : The ‘midwife’ attitude : exercises in suspending your judgement (Erik + Kristof)

Saturday   :

9.00 : Intro (Erik)
9.15-10u30 : full Socratic Dialogue : demonstration with observations (Erik)
10.30-10.50 : break
10.50 -12.30 : Exercise Socratic Dialogue one-on-one (Socratic Consultancy) : demonstration + observations (Kristof)
12.30 : lunch
14.00 : The Socratic style in questioning one person : exercises (Kristof)/Exploring short versions of Socratic Dialogues (Erik)
17.00 : break + dinner
20-22 : logic, epistemology, ethics and anthropology of the e Socratic Dialogue (Erik + Kristof)

Sunday  :

9.00 : The objectives of Socratic questioning : exercises (Kristof)
10.30 : Taking turns in facilitating SD : 2X 7 min. of facilitation with direct feedback on questioning behavior
12.30 : lunch
14.00 : Taking turns in leading variants of SD in group (Kristof + Erik)
16.00 : back to everyday life : tips and tricks about special cases in organizations
17.00 : farewell drink


Upon completing his studies in Philosophy and the Dutch language, Erik Boers (1960) decided to work in the area where philosophy and organisation intersect. He wished to provide structure for reflective conversation in the hectic reality of daily life. For that is his passion: conducting and facilitating interesting conversations; conversations which are relevant in an environment replete with special interests. For the past 25 years he has facilitated Socratic Dialogues for innumerable groups of professionals, individuals, management teams and boards of directors in profit and not-for-profit organisations.
He is the author of several books and articles in this field. In spring 2020 his PhD thesis “From science to conscience; the Socratic Dialogue revisited” will be published.



Kristof Van Rossem is Master in Science of religions and Master in philosophy. He works as an independent trainer in different organisational settings. He is specialized in the art of questioning and in applying variations of Socratic dialogue in reflection- and coaching processes. He is leading an annual training course in Socratic dialogue facilitation at the ISVW (International School for Philosophy – Leusden, the Netherlands). He is teacher in Business Ethics at Odisee University College of Brussels and he is teacher trainer in the department of philosophy of the University of Leuven.


Background Literature:

From Science to Conscience; the Socratic Dialogue revisited by Erik Boers (2020)

How to lead a Socratic Dialogue by Kristof van Rossem in: Detlef Staude & Eckart Ruschmann eds. Understanding the other and oneself (2018)

Free Space: Field Guide to Conversations by Jos Kessels, Erik Boers & Pieter Mostert (2009)

Socratic Dialogue and Ethics by J.P. Brune & D, Krohn Eds. (2005)

What do participants say?

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I experienced this training as groundbreaking. What was obvious to me changed constantly to new points of view …

Wim van den Brink, owner, socratic dialogue facilitator



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