WORKSHOPS FOR PURPOSE DRIVEN PROFESSIONALS
ACTIVATE YOUR MIND TO CREATE CHANGe join us for A BRAIN SPA EXPERIENCE in RAPIDLY recharging your NEURONS and LEARNING the SKILLS for systems change. SHORT. IMMERSIVE. MIND-BLOWING. SMALL GROUPS. REAL WORLD PROBLEM-SOLVING. CEREBRAL STIMULATION. RICH GLOBAL NETWORKS.
Our on farm workshops are designed for purpose-driven professionals across disciplines. Over the course of our 3, 5 or 7 day workshop program, you will learn to apply the Disruptive Design Method, systems thinking, sustainbailty sciences, regenretaive living and creativity enacting for positive social change.
All our workshops are different but focus on helping you actively apply systems thinking and regenerative design approaches to complex problems. We share the Disruptive Design Method and a host of tools to help you activate positive social and environemtnal change now and in the future. Our programs cover:
The Disruptive Design Method
Regenerative Living and Design
Gamification & Game Theory
Life cycle thinking
Problem identification and exploration
Leadership training and agency activation
Ethical and empathetic research strategies
Problem Loving Mindset
Ideating, creativity and innovation training
Sustainable, zero waste and post disposable living
OUR UNIQUE APPROACH TO ACTIVATING SYSTEMS CHANGE
Our unique three-part method in the Disruptive Design offers a holistic approach to complex creative problem solving. It combines sociological inquiry methods with systems and design thinking approaches to create a method of developing systems interventions that enact social and sustainable change.
Using applied systems thinking, action research and the ideation process, participants will uncover new ways of thinking through the complexity of the issues at hand, and develop disruptive approaches to evolving system failures and externalities.
These workshops and the DD method is relevant for any industry and professional background. Our growing community of 100+ people comes from 28 countries. The only requirement is that you have a burning passion and desire to actively participate in leading positive change!
Our programs our set formats, tried and tested to offer an immersive, regenerative and productive experience. The minimum workshop time is 3 days and the maximum in 7 days. 3 day workshops offer a pre night arrival as an optional extra so we can get started right on 10am on day 1. With our 5 and 7 day workshops they start by 11.30am on the first day so you can make your way to the farm that morning. Check the booking options to register for any program specific extras (such as post program creative residencies or extra nights stays!).
All our programs are small groups and offer a high level of curated experiences from river side swimming to fire side conversations we make sure that each program is unqiue, beautiful and regenerative no mater what the season you will be immersed in nature!
Programs are facilitated by experts in their field with support from our cohosts and our incredable on farm team.
We are a small emerging space and every program you invest in helps up build more tools and offer more programs. All programs have a tuition fee and an accommodation fee based on your room selection. All your on-farm expenses are covered including delicious organic food and wine.
We work hard to make sure our programs are accessible and offer equity access scholarships.
What's on the menu?
An immersive experience packed with activities and tools you can use immediately in an incredible location in nature
Each day is programmed with a full set of sessions from 10am-6pm, so put all your emails on hold! We do offer some down time to catch up on personal work, reflection and relaxation
Group work and one on one peer mentorship
Dynamic, immersive, experiential face to face learning
Home cooked, organically grown, incredibly nutritious and tasty vegetarian meals throughout your stay accompanied by an endless supply of local wine, coffee and tea
Online pre and post workshop courses designed to accelerate your learning speed and retention with access for 6 months after the program
After the workshop, you become part of our growing alumni group of activated change agents from 20 countries around the world. This gives you access to our mentors, and alumni only opportunities such as hosting programs, apprenticeships and many other exciting leadership opportunities
Please review each program as some have generous scholarships
OUR PICK YOUR OWN ADVENTURE CERTIFICATION SYSTEM
The UnSchool is all about positively disrupting the world in ways that make it work better for everyone, and one thing that desperately needs to be challenged is the way we engage, distribute, and share knowledge. So, we have developed a choose-your-own-adventure style circular learning model that is designed to help you spiral up into a leadership role as a creative change maker.
Any of our UnSchool programs or retreats offered at The CO Project have points associated with them, when you successfully complete the program you are allocated points and you accumulate them over time, at your own pace until you have enough to be challenge certification as a Practitioner, UnMasters or Educator.
You can level up from one to the next and build your capacity over time. Our gamified approach enables you to collect points that equate to learning skills and practical experience that you then challenge when you feel you are ready to obtain the certification level that you are working toward. We offer mentorship and apprenticeships on the farm to help you deeply learn the craft of creative change-making.
GETTING TO THE FARM
Arrival at the farm is arranged by yourself once you have booked. You will find a very detailed welcome information pack once you have registered and in this you will find all the details on how to get to the CO Project and your check in times.
Access to the farm from Lisbon is easy by a 2 hour train from Orient or Santa Apolonia and then a short taxi or local bus from Tomar train station to the mountain town of Serra where the farm is located near. You can also drive in 1.5 hours from Lisbon.
From Porto there are trains and buses that will get you to Tomar and then a local bus or taxi to the farm and you are here!
Train station pick ups can be arranged upon special request.
All programs can be booked based on a first in first served basis once we announce them. They sell out fast so please be sure to book the program you want as soon as you can. Through our online booking system you can select your room preference based on remaining availability for the program. We work hard to make our programs accessible so please look at all the different prices and payment options.
Each program is unique and so we can not guarantee we will offer another the same!