Catalyst (for 18-29 year olds)
Catalyst is a 5-day residential programme for 18-29 year olds who want to do things differently. Catalyst is an immersive, inspirational, transformational leadership programme for tomorrow’s change makers.
With Kanada Elizabeth Gorla, Ben Mali Macfadyen and Lydia Newman
|6th August - 11th August||Catalyst - 2022||Book Now|
Is This For You?
Catalyst invites you to step into self authority, and into community. Join with people from a wide range of backgrounds to explore self, others, nature, the world. 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.
Set in our beautiful 50 acre valley in Devon on the edge of the wild moor, 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.
On this programme we will be helping you to:
- Develop leadership and change-making skills that are authentic for you
- Gain a clearer understanding of yourself, your gifts and your direction and purpose in life
- Meet uncertainty in the world and gain skills in personal and collective resilience
- Explore and vision positive futures together – at the micro and macro levels
- Experiment with tools and practices for wellbeing
- Learn to powerfully voice your self and speak out about things you care about
- Find the balance between the ‘I’ and the ‘We’
- Deepen your connection with nature
- Play, sing, laugh, catch a vibe and find your tribe
6 – 11 August 2022
Residential course based in Devon, at Embercombe
Accommodation is at Embercombe in our yurt village or selection of vintage glamping caravans
FEE: £550 includes accommodation and food.
We have a limited number of partial bursary places available with a fee of £350 click here to fill out an application.
Kanada Elizabeth Gorla
Senior Associate — leadership, resilience and transformative learning
Kanada is a leadership and transformational change consultant, group process facilitator, executive coach and 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 contributed to Embercombe from the beginning, from the early days of dreaming in the Council to her current work leading The Journey, Catalyst and Speaking Out, and on bespoke programmes for On Purpose and Brighton Dome’s Miss Represented. 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. Kanada 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 has been invited to join the core faculty of New Futures Academy, a micro-college for 16-19 year olds offering the first Ecological Design course at A Level in the UK. 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.
Ban Mali Macfadyen
I first came to Embercombe at the age of 16, having just left school and recovered from M.E. I was drawn to the place by my commitment to environmental activism, but it has been a deeper, more powerful cause that has kept me returning. My involvement with the Catalyst course has been the most fulfilling work I have ever been involved in. From participant in 2009 to Facilitator from 2013, my journey has been one of continual learning and growth. It is a place that launches people into their lives with such power and I feel blessed to be a part of its story.
Lydia has a passion for and excels in using the power of creative practice to generate change. She is skilled in the facilitation of drama and visual arts techniques to encourage exploration and generate introspective ‘Authentic Leadership Thinking’ in the individuals and groups she works with. She has a wide range of experience in leading visual art workshops and directing drama programmes in schools, community centres, prisons and corporate organisations in the UK to working with schools, orphanages and NGO’s through The Vessel UK in Tanzania, Kenya and Gambia. Her deep listening and easy rapport make Lydia a dynamic and perceptive workshop facilitator. Over the last eleven years Lydia has managed community projects and led staff training for Save the Children, Crossroads Care CNL, KORI, Jackson’s Lane and NSC The Challenge. Her practical and administrative knowledge gives her a 360 view of creating, delivering and documenting youth and community projects to an exceptionally high standard.
|6th August - 11th August||Catalyst - 2022||Book Now|
There are also a limited number of bursary places available for this course at £350. In order to apply, please go to our bursary application page.
If you have any questions please call +44 (0) 1647 252 983 or email email@example.com
- The full cost of the Catalyst course includes 5 nights accommodation in yurts, delicious home-cooked organic food and course facilitation
- 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
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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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.
Catalyst was one of those incredible, life-changing experiences that has had a profound effect on me and will continue to shape the rest of my life for the better.
This is the single most profound opportunity for growth I have ever encountered.
It’s a place for talking about and learning the kind of things we usually don’t converse about around us, but we all need to lead positive lives of positive impact on the others and the world.
It will change the way you go through the world – go into it with an open mind and open heart and you will be amazed what you get out of it. I can’t describe it, you just have to go and find out for yourself!
Catalyst was truly one of the best things I ever did for myself, and was by far worth every single penny.
Catalyst has changed my outlook on life — I have more self-belief and feel a lot more equipped to take on the challenges I will face.
I left Catalyst knowing the story of myself, I left with the tools to write and speak the story I want to tell when I look back at my journey upon this one blessed earth.
People need a solid launchpad. Most don’t have it – Catalyst provides it.
I think the main thing Catalyst gave me was courage. It really helped me to be bold and accepting of things I knew I wanted to do. Returning to creativity and to using my hands became a big priority, previously being something I had dismissed allowing myself to seriously pursue. Reminding myself of the importance that art and creativity have to me was quite grounding. I think through the challenges the week brings up, alongside the incredible support of the people around you, I found a trust in myself which was really exciting and empowering. This allowed me to tackle the next section of my life with faith in my own decisions.
Catalyst has brought me a deep desire to share this feeling of limitlessness and unity with every person I pass on the street.
Catalyst is an exceptional programme. It connects young people to the world, each other and their own leadership potential.
You must try it, it’s amazing. One of the fullest and best weeks of your life! It will open your eyes. It will allow you to be more yourself.
One of the most important educational experiences I have ever taken part in. I’ve learnt how each of us can apply our unique qualities in the world in powerful ways.