Natural Change Short Course

A five-day residential course for people who want to improve their ability to lead and bring about change.

who it is for

The Natural Change Short Course is for people in the private, public and third sectors who want to improve their ability to lead and bring about change – in their team, organisation, community or across wider society.

Participants can join a programme alone or with a group of colleagues, for example a group working together on a project. The short course runs once per year in Spring.  Each course has a maximum of 12 participants.

How it helps

Participants will gain rich insights and practical skills they can apply to be more effective in their work and to enhance and maintain their motivation and wellbeing.

By the end of the course participants will have:

  • new insights into how organisational and social change happens;
  • practical tools and techniques for creating, leading and supporting change;
  • started developing new personal strategies to tackle professional challenges.

“Natural Change has increased my awareness, effectiveness and influence. Without NC I wouldn’t have the same focus or ability to build the relationships required to deliver real change.” Senior Sustainability Professional, Global FMCG

The added benefits

To be effective as leaders we need to develop our personal resilience. In the face of set-backs, finding ways to avoid burn-out and the cycle of frustration and ineffectiveness is pivotal. The challenge is to stay engaged, healthy and motivated – and to breakthrough to a new balance of personal wellbeing and professional capacity. Participants will:

  • feel refreshed and inspired;
  • have developed renewed sense of purpose;
  • learnt practical skills to maintain and build their effectiveness.

The course directly addresses many aspects of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability core competencies of: engage with stakeholders; influence and persuade; and plan, develop strategy and manage projects.

what to expect

You will spend five days and six nights in wild and beautiful Glenfeshie in the Scottish Highlands. During the course we will mostly work outside, weather permitting, and we will support you to ensure that you feel comfortable and safe outdoors. Some sessions will run indoors if the weather insists.

The course includes:

  • small and whole group work plus individual tasks;
  • structured wilderness ‘solo’ time;
  • reviewing experiences;
  • theory sessions on the psychology of change and the science of systems thinking;
  • and practical skills and techniques.

Together we explore our capacities to support and lead the type of change that recognises our connections with each other and the rest of nature.

To find out why this approach is so effective, read about Our Approach.

 course details

Dates: September 30th – October 7th 2017
Location: UK, venues to be confirmed
Cost: Full rate: £ 980.00
Group bookings: All bookings for two or more participants made by one organisation for their own staff and/or staff of partner organisations will attract a 15% discount.
Referrals: Attend with one or more colleagues, collaborators or associates, be invoiced individually if required, and all receive a 15% discount.
Includes: Five days of facilitated professional development, Accommodation and catering for five days / six nights,
Professional liability insurance.
Course Leaders: Drawn from NC team.
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…but not ready to make a decision yet? Need more time or more information? We’ll also give you priority consideration if the course is over-subscribed and let you know of any changes and future dates.

further information


Once you have booked and your place on the course is confirmed, extensive information is sent to you about equipment, travel, accommodation and other preparations.

Personal Fitness

This course is not a test of endurance! We are committed to making Natural Change an experience accessible to a wide range of abilities.  Our pace is set to that which can be comfortably managed by all group members and we design the programme to meet the needs of everyone in the group.

As a guideline – you will need to be able to carry a day pack containing your personal equipment (waterproofs, spare jacket/jumper, lunch, flask, etc.) for periods of up to four hours in a natural environment, sometimes without formed paths.  However, for participants who would find this difficult for any reason, we are happy to adapt routes, terrain and activities. If this is the case, please contact us as soon as possible before booking to discuss your needs.

Accommodation & Catering

Accommodation is usually on a twin-share basis with shared facilities. Single rooms are sometimes available by negotiation with the rest of the group. Bedding and towels are provided.

All meals, snacks and drinks are provided throughout, prepared fresh every day by our in-house cook.


We have over 20 years experience delivering outdoor-based programmes world-wide. Risk assessments are completed for every location where we work. These are reviewed each time an activity is delivered.

Natural Change facilitators complete a specialist two-year programme of training. They each hold an outdoor first aid certificate and undertake regular CPD training. They also receive ongoing supervision support whenever they are leading a programme. All outdoor elements are led by facilitators with National Governing Body qualifications in outdoor leadership for the activities undertaken.

Our risk management system is reviewed annually.


Natural Change facilitators hold professional, public and product liability insurance covering all the outdoor activities involved in Natural Change.

Going further

The Natural Change Short Course equips people with insights and approaches they can use to create, lead and support change more effectively.

For people who want to learn more, hone their skills and deepen their effectiveness as a leader and change maker, we recommend the Natural Change Leadership Programme.

More information about the Natural Change Leadership Programme >>

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