Participating in WELA was initially confronting. Meeting such amazing and diverse activists was inspiring, but brought a feeling of being an ‘imposter’. WELA really facilitated my growth, confidence and acceptance for myself and I feel encouraged to push myself deeper into environmental and social activism.

To get out of your everyday activism, meet other activists, hear their stories, feel their hopes and fears, learn new stuff and take it all home! What a fantastic, luxurious experience. Gillian Reffell

WELA is an amazing gift. It is a rare chance to stop, listen deeply, learn from other passionate ecofeminists and reflect on your own practice. What makes it tick is women at all different stages of environmental action and life coming together to make the movement and themselves stronger. So it’s a chance to give back as well. Sandy Killick

I would recommend WELA to any women interested in building their leadership skills in the environment movement. The skills you learn and the amazing women you meet will change your life. Jody Larke

WELA provides a space for analysis, exploration, personal growth, thought provoking concepts, support, strong bonds, action learning and reflection. The relationships forged at WELA provided the perfect environment for transformative learning, friendships and national networks. Cherry Muddle

WELA was an amazing opportunity to meet and learn from a wonderful group of women. It was a very supportive environment in which to learn and grow. I think one of the most important outcomes is connecting people together, which as a whole helps create a more connected environmental movement. It was a blessing and a gift to be part of it and I feel stronger and ready for more challenges. Tiffany Harrison

The time at WELA has been an amazing experience. I have been privileged to learn with these amazing women, some from the original Franklin Dam campaign. It is wonderful to have space where you can be open and honest about everything relating to activism while also making sure to take care of self. WELA has made me trust and believe in myself and connected me with these wonderful women who I know have my back. Melinda Wilson

WELA was great. Spending time with other committed, caring, supportive and super fun people was refreshing and invigorating. There are challenges that I took on because of it, including difficult conversations and working out ways to live the life I want to the best of my abilities. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to reflect and connect with their core purpose.  Imogen Jubb

A wise feminist said that the best thing you can do for your health is to get a girl gang. WELA introduced me to women who are inspirational, wise, generous and experienced in a wide range of environment and social justice work. With these new relationships I have a wealth of resources to draw on, to help me be a powerful campaigner, organiser and to navigate life’s challenges too. WELA is a fantastic way to build relationships that could support our work for life. Phoebe Howe

Overcoming various environmental challenges and creating a future where people and nature can thrive demands a new type of leadership across our organisations and communities. The WELA program provided the teaching, relationships and space for reflection that allowed me to identify with and accept this challenge and recognise the role I can play in leading, generating and empowering that change. Victoria McKenzie-McHarg

WELA has been an amazing opportunity and privilege, building new relationships. It has encouraged me to look at reasons and causes of gender bias in society, no matter how subtle and why we need more women leaders. Working the main part of my professional life in a male-dominated industry this has been a most eye-opening process. WELA has given me the confidence and techniques to deal with gender issues and I have many more goals to take my climate action leadership to a whole new level!

WELA has been wonderful. A chance to learn from and connect with diverse women all trying to save the planet. It is pretty special. Training for your whole self, as a campaigner, a woman, an ally. Highly recommend it. Jess Panegyres

WELA has helped me create a clearer vision of where to head and brought together a strong raft of sisters to carry our journeys into the white waters of social injustice and environmental degradation that we are trying to remedy. We have been given permission to be strong and knowledge to be effective. WELA has helped me figure out where to contribute and start a journey toward leadership. Sally Newell

WELA has been the best leadership program I have been involved with. The coming together of women from all ages and from across Australia passionate to make a difference has been totally inspiring. Its emphasis on supporting women to step up in their leadership is essential to our world. The program has been challenging, rich in theory and practice with excellent guests and resources. So great to know others will have a chance to participate in WELA 2017. Dr Louise Duxbury