A transformational youth leadership training programme

In these times of climate and ecological emergency - do you want to be a part of the solution? Would you like to find ways for your voice to be heard, to make actual change? Would you like to work with local communities to find solutions to climate change and ecological breakdown - and make those solutions happen?

The Change-Makers programme is year long weekend course - 15 days in total in over five weekends, based on a beautiful location above the River Dart, near Totnes in Devon.

Course Includes:

Helping you find the confidence, the skills and the knowledge to work with local communities, organisations and even local governments to make genuine change. Learning how to communicate with clarity and heart, working collaboratively with peers to form dynamic and effective groups and campaigns.

Each weekend will take you on a learning journey through the skills you need:

  1. Finding the solutions - learning and researching climate change and ecological regeneration
  2. Creating your campaign
  3. Speaking powerfully, motivating others, looking after yourself
  4. Navigating the systems - dealing with organisations, local politics, communities.
  5. Convening and influencing - holding ‘peoples assemblies’, leading change

The course will feature classroom learning, field trips and one to one mentoring from a range of skilled facilitators as well as discussion, research, planning, action and reflection in peer groups. The weekends will be ‘immersive’, heartfelt and fun. We will cook together, eat together, plan, learn, dream and act together for a better world.

Camping optional.

Cost: Whole course £800

A place is booked on receipt of a £30 deposit and the balance is to be paid by the first day of the course

Each weekend: £160 (Friday Eve - Sunday Afternoon)

Bursaries and Concessions Available

Booking via email:

Telephone: Chris 07886 917937

Lead Facilitator:

Kanada Elisabeth Gorla

Kanada is a leadership and transformational change consultant, group process facilitator, executive coach & mentor. Her core work is developing leaders and change makers of all ages and walks of life, releasing the innate genius of individuals and teams, launching young adults powerfully into the world, and contributing wherever she can to the co-creation of human cultures ‘worth coming home to’.

Kanada has many years’ experience developing values-led leadership and cultures of resilience, wellbeing and high performance. Her approach is intuitive and pragmatic, holistic and results-oriented.  She is adept at working in different sectors, cultures and countries. To find out more visit Shine.

Kanadahas lead various courses at Embercombe; The Journey, Catalyst and Speaking Out, and on bespoke programmes for On Purpose and Brighton Dome’s Miss Represented. Kanada also leads Sustaining Ourselves with Sharpham Trust; coaches on the American Express Leadership Academy with Common Purpose; serves on the Advisory Group of Huxham’s Cross Farm, an innovative farm and wellbeing centre in Dartington bringing together permaculture, biodynamic farming and process-oriented psychotherapy; and is on the Core Advisory Group for New Futures Academy.

Kanada’s approach is informed by her background as a community arts animator, improviser and opera/theatre director; her understanding of the transformational power of presence; her recognition that humans are not only physical and mental beings, but also emotional and spiritual ones; and perhaps most importantly her core insight that at the heart of all transformational change is found personal responsibility, awareness and choice.


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