Learning for Sustainability: Facilitation & Leadership course

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Developing the skills for facilitation, learning, participation, change, influence, and persuasion 

Taking place over two sessions.
TBC April 2020 (Part 1) and TBC Summer 2020 (Part 2)

Hosted in an eco-building in Stroud, Gloucestershire

What is Learning for Sustainability facilitation and leadership?

Sustainability requires us to live and work differently and this involves social learning in facilitated groups where new ideas and practices can be created together. It involves the transformative learning, change and influencing required by leaders for change.

Who is this course for?

Environment/sustainability champions in organisations, NGO staff, educators, local government, teachers, lecturers, community leaders.

Why should you do this course?

This course is about enabling you to run creative, facilitated events and workshops for change.

You may find yourself grappling with the need to make personal and organisational changes that are intended to lead towards a more sustainable future. But how can you engage others in this?

As a pioneer or champion you may be working in isolation, but know you need to involve other groups to work effectively for change – you can’t do it on your own!

This course will show you how!

 How is it different?

This is a unique course in the UK and brings together facilitation techniques with learning theory, social learning, behaviour change and practice. It focuses on sustainability and the learning processes needed when groups come together to develop ideas.

You will:

  • Learn about learning
  • Learn about leading change
  • Develop your own action learning
  • Be supported online
  • Have the opportunity to state what your needs are in advance of the course so we can provide additional facilitators as appropriate

What will you be able to do?

  • Design and implement facilitated events or workshops
  • Deliver effective action learning processes
  • Facilitate groups for learning, creativity, change, and collaborative working

Course structure

  1. Two days of experiential learning (April 2020)
  2. A few weeks of action learning with online support
  3. Two days follow up experiential learning (Summer 2020)

This course size is kept small to maximise each individual participant’s learning (20-25 people in total). Reserve your place soon! Join the 100 plus trained facilitators who are making a real difference!


The cost is £600 per head for four days making it great value for money. This covers all four contact days, support during the action learning stage, materials, meals and refreshments. If 10 of your staff could benefit from this course we offer it for £5250. A whole organisation bespoke course can be created. Contact ann.finlayson@se-ed.org.uk or rachael@se-ed.org.uk for more details.

SEEd members get a 10% discount. Reduced rates are available for unemployed persons and students


Ann Finlayson, Executive Chair of SEEd

Ann_FinlaysonAnn is known as one of the best facilitators and experienced educators in ESD in the UK. She is an award winning evaluation expert.

As the Commissioner for Education for the Sustainable Development Commission, she facilitated workshops within government departments and with senior officials. She has worked in as an independent facilitator both within the UK and internationally, including Australia, Papua New Guinea, Canada, Japan, Greece, USA, and Sweden.

Ann is recognised for her work by being invited, through SEEd, to be a Key Global Partner with UNESCO where her work on whole institution approaches and ESD continues to influence and be embedded around the world.

Doug Hulyer is an environmentalist, educator, independent advisor, heritage advocate, writer and artist. Chair of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site,
Chair of The Earth Trust, Woodchester Mansion Trust and Vice-president of Surrey Wildlife Trust (including delivery of one of the first educational nature reserves in the UK at Nower Wood, Surrey).

One of the founders of the Real World Learning Campaign; BBC Breathing Places; Chair of Defra Education and Public Understanding group, Project Director for London Wetland Centre, Barnes. Formerly Director with Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust, Board Member of English Nature and then Natural England (2002 – 2014) and Trustee of Heritage Lottery Fund (2006-2013).

Depending on the interest of the group, one or more experts will be available to teach different sessions. In the past these have been on community engagement, values and frames for influence, environmental education, biodiversity etc.

To reserve your place on the course or for more details, contact rachael@se-ed.org.uk

Event details

DATE: Taking place over two sessions, April 2020 (Part 1) and Summer 2020 (Part 2) TBC with participants.

TIME: 9.00am-17.00pm

VENUE: Stroud, Gloucestershire

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