There are three components to the WELA program: 12 days residential component, a mentoring program and a group project.

The residential component, held in three 4-day blocks during the year, will have a daily flow with a team of facilitators for the whole 12 days and a range of special visitors on particular days within the program.

There will be a mentoring program attached to the 12 day program where each participant will be matched with a woman environmentalist. This facet of the program will be organised at the first residential and we are flexible about the pairing that you would like.

Group project
We envisage group projects either face-to-face or online throughout the year.

When and where?

Participation will be based on a commitment for the year 2017 to attend 12 days of residentials in Victoria and take part in collaborative work throughout the year. All three residentials will be located at Commonground accommodation and conference facilities near Seymour. Access to Commonground will be via train to Seymour or car from Melbourne and will be organised for you and include pickups and drop offs. Travel is included in the course fees (see below) and will be the same for all participants. Clearly you will have very different travel times to make the start of each residential depending on your state of origin.


Dates for WELA 2017 residentials are:

  • May:  Monday evening May 8 – departing Friday afternoon May 12
  • July: Monday evening July 17 – departing Friday afternoon July 21
  • October: Monday evening October 16 – departing Friday afternoon October 20

How much does it cost?

The registration fee is $4950 (GST included). It is the same for everyone and covers all costs associated with participation in the Program and its three residential workshops (over 12 days). The fee includes travel support for those who need it, food and lodging for the three workshops, and materials, course time and mentorship time. We prefer if you are able to pay on registration but are also open to instalment payments throughout the year.

The registration options on the application form are:

  • I/my organisation will pay the full registration fee
  • I would like to apply for a part scholarship reducing the registration fee by $2000 to $2950 (GST included)
  • I would like to apply for a full scholarship
  • I would prefer to pay the registration fee in instalments (usually 50% on registration and 50% by 15 July 2017).

We are actively fundraising to be able to offer part and full scholarships and to underwrite some of the cost of preparing and delivering the program. We encourage you to fundraise or seek sponsorship for your registration fee. Donations to the Green Institute are tax deductible.

WELA approach

The educational approach includes both community organizing and education for sustainability principles and practices (or pedagogy) underpinning our work and include:

  • experiential and empowered learning
  • listening and reflection
  • questioning, not telling
  • peer support and mentoring
  • exercises linked to real and contemporary change work
  • building a ‘container’ or learning environment characterised by trust,
  • openness, honesty, self-critique, mutual respect and support.

At the residentials, there will be times for mobile talking and email answering and there will be times without mobiles!

Information and application

WELA 2017 Information

WELA 2017 Application Form