join Leyla Acaroglu and Laura Storm, two leaders in systems thinking, sustainable design and POSITIVE CHANGE

JUNE 20-22, 2018

The world is made up of beautiful interconnected and complex systems. Learning to identify and design within the social, industrial and ecological systems at play in the world around us is a critical toolset for activating purpose-driven change.

In this 3 day workshop, Leyla Acaroglu and Laura Storm lead an immersive, reflective workshop on capacity building, leadership, systems, regenerative design.  

The program is designed for professionals from a variety of backgrounds interested in making an impact, fostering a systems based and regenerative mindset, and activating applicable skills and tools for enacting positive change.

JOIN US FOR A 3-DAY DIRECT MENTORSHIP PROGRAM at our BEAUTIFUL PORTUGAL farm based unschool brain spa campus


Laura Storm

Laura is the Founder of the Regenerators, a collective focused on regenerative design, organizations, leadership and living. She has spent her entire career working in the intersection between business, sustainability, climate change policy and innovation. She has started and led multiple international organizations focused on the global transformation to sustainability - including the Copenhagen Climate Council, the World Business Summit on Climate Change, Project Green Light, and Sustainia.

Under Laura's leadership, Sustainia became a global mega-brand with an outreach of +150 million people, a database of 4000 sustainable solutions, multiple state-of-the art publications and a unique partner network. She has been awarded the title ‘Worldchanger’ by Greenbiz and selected by the WEF as a ‘Young Global Leader’.

Laura hosts the podcast Cracks of Light - Leadership for a Thriving World that engage leaders in a dialogue around the paradigm shift towards a world where purpose, people, planet & profit collectively thrive.

dr leyla acaroglu unschool founder

Leyla Acaroglu

The UnSchool model is the brainchild Sustainability provocateur and cultural protagonist Dr. Leyla Acaroglu who challenges people to think differently about how the world works.

As an award winning designer, UNEP Champion of the Earth, sociologist, and entrepreneur, she developed the Disruptive Design Method and designs cerebrally activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help people make the status quo obsolete. Her mainstage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she leads presentations around the world on activating positive social change through creative interventions.  

Leyla’s given over 30,000 hours of public instruction and with her deep knowledge of human engagement, you will be guided through a discovering process for your own capacity.

Watch Laura and Leyla's Ted Talks


This program is designed for emerging and established professionals, impact intrapreneurs, and entrepreneurs, designers, architects, project managers, system-changers, creatives, engineers, creative rebels and creative professionals.   


Insights and understanding of regenerative processes and projects (in a design context but not just product-design) and how to become a regenerative practitioner/change-maker.

Deep systems thinking toolset. 

Tools for designing regenerative projects and systems.

Understanding of how the brain works in creative processes and how to better access surprise-driven creativity.

How to find inspiration in natural systems to inspire systems change outcomes.



Held on our new beautiful rural retreat facility in Central Portugal at the CO Farm brain spa campus, you will experience the tranquil beauty of our 200 year old olive farm. Be some of the first to stay in our rustic retreat facility in our restored farm house or custom built gnome cabins amongst the olive grove. 

Wednesday June 20th
11am - 12.30pm introduction session
12.30pm - 1.30pm farm lunch
1.30pm - 6pm afternoon & evening session (with break)
7pm farm dinner

Thursday June 21st
Breakfast 9.30-10am
10am - 12pm morning active farm session
12-2pm farm lunch
2-4pm afternoon session (activities & free time until dinner)
7-8.30 dinner & post-dinner fireside chat

Friday June 22nd
9.30-10.30am breakfast and room pack up
10.30am - 12.30pm morning session
12.30-1.30pm farm lunch
1.30-4pm afternoon session & close


Regenerative development & approach to problem solving and value creation

Regenerative design principles & USING nature as inspiration

Regenerative Living & Leading

Authentic leadership

Activating your agency to make change

Natural systems exploration on the farm

Observational research and perspective shiftinG

What's on the menu for this program?


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 our outdoor kitchen. 

A long front area serves as communal outdoor dining space, along with various pockets for quiet meals by yourself, as you wish. 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.


Set on our beautiful emerging COFarm Campus in Portugal, you will not only get the best brain food, but also time to regenerate and recharge in nature.

Additional Brain Spa activities include:

  • Natural systems exploration on the farm

  • Observational research and perspective shifting with a nature walk

  • Fresh water lake swimming

  • Animal engagement and behavioural sciences reflections

  • Time for refelction and relaxation 



The 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.

The investment is 1200€, for the 3 day workshop, including a tailored online learning experience for pre and post workshop continued learning. Tuition is available in payment plans to all participants granted a place in the program, and all accepted applicants who are citizens of Portugal receive an automatic 25% scholarship. Accommodation is separate, but food is included! 

This is a small group program with a maximum of 12 people. 


We have rustic on site accommodation options as Phase 1 of our Portugal Campus development. Once you have been confirmed you will be sent an accommodation option and this will be added to your program costs (see below for options).

Our Farmhouse accommodations are comfortable and retain the original charm of the building. Some rooms overlook the grove.

What's included in the tuition fees?

  • 3 full days of intensive direction knowledge transfer

  • Beautiful relaxing natural environment for effective learning and brain rejuvenation 

  • Online course preparation knowledge building 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

  • Creative change making in practice

  • A wonderful community of likeminded change makers

  • Nutritious vegetable-centric food and local wine throughout the program included in the investment

  • An incredable expiernce with 2 progressive sustainabaility leaders


Our rustic on site accommodation options are part of Phase 1 for our Portugal Campus development. Once you have been accepted and participation is confirmed, we will send you the accommodation options and it will be added to your program costs. We have a series of options to fit various budget levels:

Private guesthouse room: 45€ per night (4 nights = 180€)
Twin share guesthouse room: 35€ per night (4 nights = 140€)
On farm sleeping cabin: 30€ per night (4 nights = 120€)
BYO-tent set up on the farm, we can provide a sleeping mat: 15€ per night (4 nights = 60€)

You can also book local accommodation in guesthouses and Airbnb’s near by.
We will provide you with all of these options in the course information pack.

scholarships and payment plans

As part of our effort to make our programs equitable, we offer both scholarships and payment plans. Once our selection is made, we offer a limited number of scholarships, which are awarded based on demonstrated need. We fund these to make sure that our community is diverse and there is always 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. Fill in the appropriate spot on the application to register your interest.


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.