Catalyst Programme


Today’s young adults face unprecedented environmental, social and economic challenges. Catalyst is a 5-day residential programme for 18-29 year olds who want to do things differently:

  • Develop authentic leadership and change-making skills
  • Gain a clearer understanding of your self, your gifts and your direction
  • Meet uncertainty with creativity and resilience
  • Experience living sustainably and intentionally in community
  • Meet a diverse and growing community of like-minded people

Catalyst Programme

Catalyst is an exceptional programme. It connects young people to the world, each other and their own leadership potential.
Jean-Paul JeanrenaudDirector of One Planet Leaders, WWF International

Catalyst is not a standard classroom based leadership programme.  It is an immersive, inspirational, transformational experience.

The programme is a rich weave of group challenges, creative collaboration, one-to-one mentoring, personal reflection, conversation, peer coaching, and practical work on the land. 

Catalyst is designed to help you develop the tools and resources to navigate uncertainty and find your place in a time of unprecedented challenge and opportunity. It provides the space for a deep exploration of the key issues you face. You will come away with the insights and learning you need to step fully and powerfully into your life. 

The Future

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dance and movement


My ability to work and collaborate with colleagues improved dramatically after participating in Catalyst. The skills I have gained in self-confidence I have applied to my life by taking a leadership role in a youth-led community project with national impact.
CharlieCatalyst Participant

Who are the facilitators?

Catalyst was co-created by Johannes Moeller and Kanada Elizabeth Gorla in 2008, initiated by Johannes and now co-led by Kanada with Ben Mali Macfadyen.

Ben Mali Macfadyen

Ben Mali Macfadyen

Joey Waterson

Joey Waterson


Upcoming Dates and Booking

Register interest for 2019

If you have any questions or difficulties with your booking please call us on +44 (0) 1647 252 983 or email

We will do what we can to make the Catalyst Course affordable.

  • The full cost of the Catalyst course includes 5 nights accommodation in yurts, delicious home-cooked organic food and course facilitation.
  • Places on Catalyst are already subsidised to keep them under £500. We also offer an Early Bird price that is lower still. However if this is still more than you can afford we have a limited number of bursary places.

Bursary Places

  • Embercombe has a Catalyst bursary where generous individuals and companies donate money to allow young people on lower incomes to participate.
  • Please use the button below if you are interested in making a donation so as many young people as possible can attend Catalyst
  • To apply for a bursary place please fill in the bursary application form.

Please note:

There are rare occasions when we may need to reject a booking on Health & Safety grounds. This would result in a full refund of your course fees. If we have any concerns about the suitability of the Catalyst Course for you, we will contact you to discuss the matter further.

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