Activate your career in creative change making, rapidly enhance your leadership skills and put into play your passion for a positive future with our leadership bootcamp on the CO Project Farm.


SEPTEMBER 28-29-30th, 2018


designed to help you elevate your creative change-making skills alongside fellow positive disruptors in an amazing farm-based natural setting


dr leyla acaroglu unschool founder

Level up and advance you leadership, facilitation and presentation skills in this intensive training with TED speaker, UNEP champion of the Earth and internationally acclaimed sustainability expert Dr. Leyla Acaroglu.

You will uncover your unique leadership flair and have direct one-on-one mentorship for elevating your presentation, facilitation and communication skills. This is for people who have already established their professional career in making a positive impact and have advanced knowledge in their domain and want to rapidly level up in systems and sustainability change along with emerge their leadership role.

Utilizing Leyla’s unique experience in given over 30,000 hours of public instruction and her deep knowledge of human engagement, you will be guided through a discovering, establishment and advancement process for you own capacity building. This is next level leadership training for creative change makers.


This program is an intensive leadership training in creative change-making. It is designed for established professionals from a variety of fields, not just traditional creative industries such as design, art, and communications. We design your leadership series to help elevate your pre-existing knowledge bank with new skills in systems thinking, sustainability, and Disruptive Design for positive change. The program is a small group of creative rebels and positive disruptors who are established or in the making! No matter what your professional background is, if you have a desire to effect positive change through your work and life, then this is for you.

  • Do you want to do more public presentations in your tacit knowledge arena of sustainability and systems change?

  • Are you an educator or facilitator who wants to further develop your communication techniques and design hyper engaging knowledge experiences?

  • Are you an emerging leader who want to level-up your personal development in communication and facilitations?

  • This is not just for extroverts! We believe that leadership comes in all forms so we strongly encourage you to attend if you are more of an introvert or find public speaking and leadership difficult.

  • This program is for people of all professional backgrounds who have several years experience in their field 



unschool points

This intensive 3-day 3-night workshop is a perfect kickstart program for anyone wanting to track to Practitioner or UnMasters in our Circular Education Model.

Upon completion of all the program’s requirements, you will gain 15 points that you can apply to your learning journey to track to UnSchool validation.



Dr. Leyla Acaroglu is recognized internationally as a leading expert in disruptive design, sustainability and education. Leyla has a PhD in disruptive design for social and environmental change. In addition to being a TED speaker, Leyla is a well seasoned and respected author, award winning designer, activator and educator. She started the award winning, multi-disciplinary design studio Eco Innovators in 2009, which has become a leading provider of unique educational resources for design thinking through sustainability. Leyla is the founder of The Un-School of Disruptive Design, pioneering social and environmental change by and through design. Her work spans across a variety of locations, fields and mediums. Leyla is driven by her strong desire to effect, create, and see positive pro-sustainability change in the world as a sustainability strategist, designer and social change agent.


Emma Segal brings two decades of experience in designing and producing local and international manufactured consumer goods. She has a wealth of experience in sustainability, design and systems change that she brings to our dynamic creative approach to challenging the status quo by design. Emma has a wide range of work from creating multi-million dollar apparel programs to extensive work in print, retail and packaging design, specializing in information graphics & illustration. Her experience includes creating large scale fashion shoots, and design production trips to India, Thailand and China. She creates and leads sustainable design workshops around the world and has won several design & illustration awards. Emma is on the Board of Directors for The UnSchool of Disruptive Design and is a workshop facilitator for Disrupt Design.

Your Program

Dive deep into your leadership development while you enjoy your stay in our rural retreat facility in the 100 year old farm house or custom built cabins in a 200 year old olive grove. 

This program is designed to elevate more young and engaged leaders (especially female and marginalized community leaders) into empowered and effective leadership positions.

Sept 27th: Optional evening arrival
5pm arrival and settle in to your room
7pm Group dinner on the outdoor terrace

Sept 28th: Day 1
9.30am – 6.30pm Skills of a Creative Change Maker Workshop
7pm Group dinner on the outdoor terrace  

Sept 29th: Day 2
9.30am – 6.30pm Knowledge & Leadership Workshop
7pm Group dinner on the outdoor terrace  

Sept 30th: Day 3
10am – 3pm Program closing, with enough time to get the train back to Lisbon for evening flights


The 7 crucial skills of a creative change maker

Applied systems thinking

Cognitive sciences and how to apply change

Contemporary approach to behavioral and cultural change

Activated leadership and communication skills

Career hacking for positive change



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, 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!


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.

co farm organic food
co project organic veg food


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!

co project triangle cabin
co project master bedroom

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



The LEADERSHIP program is relevant for any industry and professional background.

The experience is 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 leading positive change! We help you do the rest. The UnSchool is for creative rebels and change makers. 

What's on the menu for this program?

  • 3 full days of intensive direct knowledge transfer

  • 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

  • Direct experience with cognitive sciences and human experience design

  • Communication techniques and creative ways of engaging audiences, on stage presence 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


This program is €1300 €1440 (depending on your accommodation choices and optional early arrival) for the program. This includes accommodation, food and wine, lots of coffee and tea, access to an online learning preparation and post program continued learning pack through courses. A book pack is also provided through the program. 

Places are very limited as this is a personalized and intensive learning program. Apply now and complete the information form so we can prepare for your learning journey.


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 for more information on scholarships and payment plans. 


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.