Activate creative change making SKILLS

rapidly enhance your leadership skills and put into play your passion for a positive future with our IMMERSIVE AND EXPERIENTIAL PROGRAMS



UNSCHOOL FARM PROGRAMS

 

3 TO 5 Day Workshops

These intensive face to face workshops elevate your skills rapidly in small groups. All farm workshops share the same structure, with modular learning experiences according to the facilitator and topic area. 3-Day workshops offer the option of adding on a night before with a 5pm evening arrival and dinner on the terrace (when available).

A sample of a 3-Day workshop structure:

Day 1
9-11am Arrival on farm (if you haven't arrived the night before)
11am - 12.30pm Introduction session
12.30pm - 1.30pm Farm lunch
1.30pm - 6pm Afternoon & evening session (with break)
7pm Farm dinner

Day 2
Breakfast 9.30-10am
10am - 12pm Active farm session
12-2pm Farm lunch
2-4pm Afternoon session (activities & free time until dinner)
7-8.30 Dinner & post-dinner fireside chat

Day 3
9.30-10.30am Breakfast and room pack up
10.30am - 12.30pm Morning session
12.30-1.30pm Farm lunch
1.30-3pm Afternoon session
3-4pm Close and pack up with transport to the train station

creative RETREATS

Our self-directed Creative Retreats at the CO Project Farm are the perfect way to jump start your project or professional development in a beautiful relaxing and inspiring setting. 

We run 2 weekend creative retreats per month for our summer and winter programs. Retreats offer a mini exposure to the UnSchool methodologies and approaches in systems thinking, design and sustainability.

The farm-stay creative retreats are designed for professionals wanting to enhance, build, reflect, create or collaborate their career, personal or project development in creative change-making.

Our lightly curated 3 day program starts on Friday and ends Sunday afternoon with the option of extending your stay into the week (when available).

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CIRCULAR EDUCATION WITH THE UNSCHOOL

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All of our programs now have points associated with them. Each time you participate, you gain points which you can apply towards certification in one of our three tracks in our Circular Education Model. 

Collect them all to become a Practitioner, UnMasters or Certified UnSchool Educator.

To see all the details and self-register, visit the certification page here.


WHAT TO EXPECT ON FARM PROGRAMS

 
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Our farm-based programs are a beautiful mix of intensive learning and recreational enjoyment. We have an incredible emerging creative space on the CO Project Farm that is being designed with sustainability and experience in mind.

Set in the rolling hills of a central Portugal on a 100 year old olive and orange grove, you will be able to enjoy nature walks, freshwater river swimming, organic healthy vegetable-centric eating, relaxing spaces, and amazing local wine.

We have a natural swimming pool on site and a fantastic classroom for connecting and collaborating. Aside from the awe-inspiring setting, you will be learning the tools of the creative change-maker trade: multi-perspective thinking, complex systems identification, problem loving, hyper- reflexivity, and creative approaches to problem solving, along with cognitive, social, and sustainability sciences.

In addition to the on-farm experience, you will get access to a pre and post workshop online learning pack designed to work through our core content at your own speed. But with any UnSchool program, expect the unexpected and a little bit of chaotic magic!


THE FOOD

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Food is part of our philosophy for making change. Organic, fresh, locally produced, lovely prepared, shared and celebrated.

Our vegetable-centric approach to nourishment inspires creative, colourful and delicious shared meals for all.

Our custom built outdoor BBQ and pizza oven area uses traditional building techniques and run on scavenged wood from the grove. A marble prep table was found buried on the property and restored to use for this outdoor kitchen. 

A long front area serves as communal outdoor dining space, along with various pockets for quiet meals by yourself, as you wish. Currently stone, we will be building out a large patio next to a natural swimming pool. The dining area looks out over the olive grove, a serene place to watch the sky turn pink as it sets.


All your meals at the retreat space are included in your program costs, and are often made right from our own vegetable garden along with local markets


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THE ACCOMMODATIONS

We have on site accommodation options as Phase 1 of our Portugal Campus development. When you sign up you select and pay for your accommodation based on your room preference and availability, the quicker you book the more options you will have! The guesthouse has 4 private rooms and 1 large shared bunkhouse, we also have an onsite triangle cabin for more adventurous visitors!

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Our Farmhouse accommodations are comfortable and retain the original charm of the building. When booking you can select you accommodation option based on availability. 


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INVESTMENT 

OUR CURATED PROGRAMS ARE relevant for any industry and professional background.

These experiences are designed for people specifically interested in positive impact and creative change making. Our growing global community of 350+ UnSchool Alumni come from over 39 countries. The only requirement is that you have a burning passion and desire to actively participate in positive change! We help you do the rest. The UnSchool is for creative rebels and change makers. 

What's on the menu for OUR programS?

Beautiful relaxing natural environment for effective learning and brain rejuvenation 

Nutritious vegetable-centric food and local wine throughout the program

Online course preparation pack with 3 months of post program access from our online school

Downloadable versions of all of Leyla’s handbooks and 3 of the toolkits for activating creative change and facilitation

Experience with cognitive sciences and human experience design

Communication techniques and creative ways of engagement and confidence building

Personal development in language, communication and articulation, interpersonal communication and facilitation

Creative change-making in practice

A wonderful community of likeminded change-makers

PROGRAM INVESTMENT

Our program cost varies depending on your accommodation choices for the program, along with the option to sometimes add additional nights on the farm.

Farm tuition includes accommodation during the program, food and wine, lots of coffee and tea, access to an online learning preparation and post program continued learning pack through online.unschools.co courses. A book pack is also provided through the program. 

Tuition for all non-farm programs vary according to location.

Places are very limited as these are personalized and intensive learning programs. Apply now and complete the information form so we can prepare for your learning journey.


SCHOLARSHIPS AND PAYMENT PLANS

As part of our effort to make our programs equitable, we offer both partial scholarships and payment plans. Our limited number of scholarships are awarded based on demonstrated need. We fund these to promote equitable access to our programs. Please help us build change by only applying for a scholarship if you have clear need and have no other way of raising the tuition costs. 

Since we started our immersive educative programs in 2015, we have given +40 recipients over $120K of scholarships to our programs.

Please contact programs@unschools.co for more information on scholarships and payment plans. 


Not ready TO JOIN US IN PORTUGAL?

Take one of our courses in Systems Thinking, Sustainable Design, Circular Economy and more much more at our online school to get ready for the next level, and check out our other 2018 programs.