Changemakers – Facilitating Learning for Sustainability

Contact us now to book your place on the SEEd Changemakers – Facilitating Learning for Sustainability course

SEEd Changemakers Course coming up:

Autumn 2022:

  • Foundation course starts Monday 12th September – 1 hour per week. Take a look at the timetable here.
  • Weekend 1: October 22nd and 23rd from 8.30-5.00, at Tranquility House in Stroud, Glos.
  • Action Learning Period: 12 weeks to work on your own project with full support and mentoring from our team.
  • Weekend 2: January 14th and 15th from 8.30-5.00, at Tranquility House.

This course is for anyone, working in any capacity, who wants to learn to design and facilitate creative events and workshops for sustainability change.

Our Changemakers 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, and practice, with a focus on sustainability and the learning processes needed when groups come together to generate and develop ideas and actions.

The part time course runs over a period of four months and takes place both online and in person. Contact Isa at to register.

Probably one of the most useful things I’ve done in a long while in terms of immediate practical application.

Zoe – 2020

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Changemakers Impact Videos:

We’ve just finished a workshop with our Information and Digital Services directorate who wanted us to help them develop a sustainability road map and action plan, and I can genuinely say that it is one of the best things I’ve run – entirely due to that weekend.  Great to have had the opportunity to put things into practice

Zoe 2020

….the course changed something for and in me. I feel like I now have clear value, purpose, vision and confidence in my workplace, whereas before I felt overlooked, underutilised and confused about the way I work/learn/think.

Kerstin – 2020

How the course is structured:

The Changemakers – Facilitating Learning for Sustainability course is broken down into four components:

Foundation – The course begins with a series of online sessions, seven weeks prior to gathering for the first intensive weekend. This is designed to lay the foundations for your learning and begin the thinking necessary to make the course truly transformative. (A full timetable will be available soon)
Weekend 1 – We will meet for the first time at Tranquility House, our eco-venue in Stroud, for two days of intensive and participatory learning. Over the weekend we will examine how we learn and communicate, what factors affect behaviours, how to influence, as well as developing your own action learning projects. The focus is on how to embed transformative approaches for sustainability and develop the skills and tools you need to make real change happen.
Action Learning: This supported and mentored six to eight weeks is where you will work on your own action learning project, putting the learning from the course so far into your own work setting.
Weekend 2 – During the second face to face weekend of the course we will feedback and reflect on what has been learned. We will also delve deeper into learning, and complex facilitation processes, and how to make lasting change.

Learn About: 

  • How we learn
  • Leading 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…

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

Course cost:

The cost of the entire course, running over a period of around four months, both online and in person, is £990. With over 50 hours of learning, and personal mentoring, this represents extremely good value for money.

If 10 or more of your staff could benefit from this course, we can offer it at a reduced rate. Please contact us to find out more.

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Read our Changemakers – Action Learning Review Report to see the real impact this course has had on previous participants work and lives.

Read our Learning for Sustainability – Facilitation and Leadership course Evaluation Report to see the impact the course has delivered over the last 12 years.

Your Questions Answered:

How much time do I have to commit?

The course runs over a period of 3-4 months and is made up of different elements. As with most things the more you put in, the more you will get out of it.

The online Foundation part of the course is seven weeks long and you will need to commit around an hour per week. This is a gentle start and you will see the workload increase as the time goes on.

There are two face to face weekends that take place at our eco venue, Tranquility House. Each day begins at 8.30am and goes on until 5.00pm. Both weekends are intensive learning periods that will support you with skills and tools for your own work.

Between the two weekends is a period of Action Learning when you will work on your own projects with support and Mentoring from us. The length of time available here will be decided according to the needs of the group. There are additional online sessions, and Zoom catch-ups with your assigned Mentor.

A more detailed timetable for the whole course will be sent out once you sign up.

How many contact hours are there?

The contact time you have with us will vary slightly according to your needs, but there is a minimum of 45 hours of planned learning over the whole course.

What if I can’t attend one of the weekends?

It is important to commit to attending the whole course. We fix the date of the first face to face weekend before the start of the course. The second weekend is arranged to suit all participants once we come together. This way we aim to make it as easy as possible for you to attend the entire course. It’s important to note that the two face to face weekends cannot be attended virtually.

Where is the course held?

The course is held at our eco venue Tranquility House in Stroud, Gloucestershire. Over time we are aiming to demonstrate good practice in sustainability within a building, and we have ambitions to continue improvements. During your time on the course you will have an opportunity to look around the house and gardens to see what has already been achieved.

What does the course cost include?

The cost of the course includes:

  • All course materials and resources
  • Over 50 hours of facilitated learning
  • Personal Mentoring and support
  • Tea coffee and refreshments

Is lunch provided?

Due to covid restrictions we ask you to provide your own lunch

Where will I stay over the course weekends?

There are a number of excellent AirB&B’s in the area, and well as reasonably priced Travelodge and Premier Inn Hotels. For a little more, there is the Bear at Rodborough Hotel which is just 2 minutes walk from the venue. We can help you with a list of options once you sign up to the course.