Learning for Sustainability: Facilitation & Leadership course

Book your place on our next Facilitation & Leadership Changemakers Course!

Our Learning for Sustainability: Facilitation & Leadership Course is specifically designed to give you the skills, tools, and support you need to embed sustainability, and make real change happen. It brings together facilitation techniques with learning theory, social learning, behaviour change, and practice, with a focus on sustainability and the learning processes needed when groups come together to generate and develop ideas and actions.

Due to the coronavirus, our April course has been postponed again, and will now be running on the 3rd & 4th of October 2020. We run this course once a year and are limited to 12 places per course. There are still some spaces remaining for October 2020 – please email isa@se-ed.org.uk to book.

Who is it for: Anyone working in any capacity who wants to learn to design and facilitate creative events and workshops for sustainability change.

Learn About: 

  • Learning
  • Leading Change
  • Behaviour Change
  • Facilitation Techniques 
  • Developing Action Learning
  • Designing and Implementing facilitated events & workshops
  • Delivering effective Action Learning
  • Facilitating groups for Creativity, Change & Collaborative Working
  • And more…

The course is made up of two weekends of experiential learning, held at our eco-venue in Stroud, separated by an eight-week action learning period during which you will carry out your own action learning project with online and phone support from SEEd.

The course fee is £600, however if you’re a SEEd member you can get 10% off. We also offer discount for students, and those with special circumstances, email isa@se-ed.org.uk.
This fee can be paid in one sum or in instalments to suit you.
Confirmation of your place on the course is secured through successful receipt of all or part of the payment.
Lunch and refreshments are included in your course fee and will be provided throughout both weekends, and we are happy to cater for any dietary requirements.

If 10 of your staff could benefit from this course we offer it for £5250. A whole organisation bespoke course can be created. Contact isa@se-ed.org.uk

We look forward to meeting you!

To find out more, or book your place on the course, please email isa@se-ed.org.uk.

What previous Participants have said:

If you work with groups of people in sustainability, and you have the opportunity to do training with SEEd then you must.

Ben, 2017

Collectively it has been a fantastic experience of building ideas, sharing knowledge, and inspiring actions. Facilitation is a powerful tool, and we have had fantastic phenomenal mentors on the course who kindly shared their vast experience. 


I haven’t been on such a friendly, relaxed, and educational session for years.


This has been a course full of energy, with lots of new ideas but also a refresher of previously learnt ideas. 

Jenny, 2017

These last 2 days have been very helpful/useful/inspirational, and I have learned so much about how to facilitation interactions and gather ideas in an efficient way. I also understand that each person has a different role in a working group and a different way of learning, and each of them is essential! 

Ant, 2017

It is an intense experience, it empowered me with a range of tools and techniques to deliver, manage, and gain results from any group.

Joseph, 2019

Inspirational weekend, that helped make sense and put names and meaning to some of the techniques. I loved the energy and the way the environment was created for connecting people, building ideas, and a community.


This course has been totally transformative for me and will change the way I interact in groups from now on! 

Laura, 2019

Ann and Doug have shared their knowledge and experience in such a friendly, open, and tailored manner. They’ve inspired me to keep my momentum going and given me the tools to make it effective. 

Victoria, 2019

To find out more, or book your place on the course, please email isa@se-ed.org.uk.

Course Facilitators

Ann Finlayson, Executive Chair of SEEd 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 find out more, or book your place on the course, please email isa@se-ed.org.uk.