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Nature Based Leadership Training

This immersive, nature-based leadership program is the first of its kind in Australia.

Beginning and ending with nature immersion retreats outside Melbourne, this program will be offered again in 2023

$6,500 – 9,500
10 months

Coming in 2023
This immersive, nature-based leadership program is the first of its kind in Australia. It aims to create the kind of earth-based leadership and resilience we and our communities will need in the coming decades. Please read the Course Guide for more info. Beginning and ending with nature immersion retreats outside Melbourne, the program will cover six core modules that seek to explore both the philosophy and practice of nature-based leadership.

  1. Tending the Wild
  2. Deep Nature Connection
  3. Village Building
  4. The Wider Story
  5. Leadership, Authenticity and Purpose
  6. Spirituality & Sacred Activism

This program is presented in partnership between CERES and Nature’s Apprentice.

Nature Based Leadership Training 2022 – Video by Martin Stringer from CERES Brunswick on Vimeo.

Corporate rate / pay it forward


Student and unwaged

If your application is successful, a 10% deposit will be required to secure your place. Payment plans are available on request, but full course fees must be paid by the end of March 2022. A limited number of partial scholarships are available (including for First Nations people).

Tuition includes in-person workshops, online seminars, camping and catering on retreats, program supplies and mentoring.

Sieta Beckwith has worked for over 15 years in strategic communications roles in social enterprise, for-profit and non-profit organisations, assisting to discover, share and live the deeper mission and vision of the places she works. Through her work as Narrative Director at CERES, Sieta is using stories centred on universal human values, to articulate the potential power of bringing people together across divides to take action for the Earth. Inspired by the work of Emergence Magazine (US), since 2014 Sieta has been actively engaged in the emerging Spiritual Ecology movement, which seeks to explore what is the role of spirituality in social, economic, political and ecological change. She has found joy in bringing together small groups of humans from all ages and backgrounds to explore heart-centred practice, and learning to live from a place of love and compassion for all beings. Sieta also loves supporting millennials to creatively explore new ways of thinking and being together, in a time of significant challenge. Sieta was born on Noongar country but has made her home on Wurundjeri land, and loves to rockclimb, dance, weave baskets and have conversations with trees.

Claire Dunn is a writer, speaker, barefoot explorer, rewilding facilitator and founder of Nature’s Apprentice. Claire is passionate about human rewilding and believes that a reclaiming of our ecological selves and belonging is key to regenerating wildness on the planet. For the last 15 years, Claire has been facilitating individuals to dive deeply into the mysteries of nature and psyche through the pathways of deep nature connection, ancestral earth skills, deep ecology, ecopsychology, soulcentric nature-based practice, village building, dance, ceremony and contemporary wilderness rites-of-passage. Claire is the author of memoir My Year Without Matches, which tells the story of her year living wild. Her soon to be released memoir Rewilding the Urban Soul explores how we might embody wild consciousness within a modern city context. Claire lives in Melbourne where she lovingly tends her garden, community and her own wild heart.

This course features guest presenters in each topic. Details to be announced.

CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers.

If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.

If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee.

If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

Should CERES have to cancel the course due to Government changes relating to the COVD-19 response, we will let you know as soon as possible. Affected participants will be sent a notification that includes details on how to re-book another date or workshop. While cancellations on our part remain refundable within the specified time period, we do hope you will consider bearing with us in these precarious and trying times, and consider the rescheduled date where possible.

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