Speaking Out

With Kanada Elizabeth Gorla and Deborah Antoinette Ward

Join us for this two day public speaking course which will allow you to communicate with impact and authenticity.


Fee: £620

Limited bursary places are available at £420 on application.

What is the ground you stand on? What are your values, beliefs and assumptions? Using this platform, you will explore the source of your passion to communicate and find the calm centre from which you can speak with confidence and authenticity.

In this course you will be coached at multiple levels – energetically, vocally, physically, creatively and emotionally – as you hone your approach and develop a new and exciting relationship to speaking out in the world.

Who is it for?

‘Speaking Out’ is for you if you wish to become a confident, competent public speaker whether in formal or informal settings.

What will you get from this course?

Speaking Out will arm you with practical skills, helpful techniques and useful information that will help you to meet your deep intention, be authentic and develop strong self-esteem. The challenges most people experience while speaking to an audience have their roots in complex issues connected to self-esteem. Speaking Out cuts a path to addressing underlying issues that have inhibited your full and free self-expression.



Kanada Elizabeth Gorla

Senior Associate — leadership, resilience & transformative learning

Kanada is a leadership and transformational change consultant, group process facilitator, executive coach & 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.

Deborah Antoinette Ward

Deborah’s passion is how playfulness leads to creative acts whether on stage or in life. For her this work starts with body-connection, nurturing imagination and being willing to be bold.

After graduating from London International School of Performance Art, LISPA, in 2011, she has worked as an actress, storyteller, performance poet, assistant director, casting director, director and independent producer.

Including performances at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Theatre Des Carmes – Avignon, Keochang International Festival of Theatre – Korea, The Cube & The Wardrobe – Bristol. She has also directed shows at the Space theatre – London and The Warren – Brighton Fringe.

With SynaesTheatre she facilitates workshops at Hamilton House, Bristol, in Storytelling, Clown, and Mask, in partnership with Coexist & CoResist Collective. She associate produce shows with Ed Littlewood and with CoResist – Transformative Arts Programme. She is an independent creative consultant for solo artists and small companies.

Upcoming Dates & Booking

We aim for all of our courses to be as inclusive and accessible as possible – please contact us for information on paying in installments.

There are also a limited number of bursary places available for this course at £420 on application.

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The Speaking Out course helped me get my head around my fears about speaking in public.
Fritha Lewin