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Date: June 29th, 2020 at 19:00 to July 13th, 2020 at 21:00
Price:Standard €40.0
Price:Mulit-buy Ticket €20.0
Venue: ZOOM Online Video Conferencing

For those of you who wish to purchase tickets for more than 1 programme, you will receive a 50% discount on all tickets subsequent to 1st purchase. To avail of this, you must purchase 1 ticket and email the order number to

You will then receive a code by return email which enables access to multi-buy tickets for subsequent events.


Creativity and change Masterclass Programme 2020

Online Summer School

Calling artists, activists, youth workers and educators:This summer, we are taking our Masterclass programme online with a package of meaningful engagements and training opportunities taking place over three weeks via Zoom from 27th June. This will include a seminar opening that explores the power of creativity to connect imagination and action for a more sustainable future with guest speaker Rob Hopkins; a technology lab, supporting you to use technology to engage with others in transformative learning practices in times of limited physical contact; a range of short evening experiential training courses exploring a variety of creative approaches and a closing festival to share our learning called Widening Circles.

Online Seminar: Via Zoom

Saturday June 27th 2020 2.00-4.00pm 

Participants of all the masterclasses

“The impossible is possible after all.” An afternoon of exploration of the power of creativity to connect imagination and action for a more sustainable future. 

Facilitators of all the masterclasses exploring the questions that will form the foundation for the training sessions.

Guest speaker: Vicky Donnelly:  Vicky is coordinator of the Galway One World Centre, and works on the design and delivery of the Global Teachers Award CPD programme, as well as development education and antiracism workshops for schools, community groups and universities. She has recently launched a new teaching resource called Beyond Borders, which supports educators in exploring the sensitive and complex issues around the refugee crisis. 

Keynote speaker: Rob Hopkins: Rob is an activist and writer on environmental issues, based in Totnes, England. He has written four books on environmentalism and activism most recently the inspirational “From What Is to What If”. He is best known as the founder and figurehead of the Transition movement, which he co-initiated in 2005.

Seminar will be hosted by Clare Mulvany. 

Questions we will explore:

-Is the impossible possible after all? Things that were impossible before the pandemic were implemented  overnight (e.g., universal health care, basic universal income, etc.), so what else that is impossible would we like to see happen in our communities and world?

-What does the current pandemic highlight and accentuate about interconnection in our world?

-What sort of leadership, values and attitudes are needed as we move to a fairer, more sustainable future?

-What is the role of creativity and imagination in transformative learning and learning for sustainability?

Technology Lab: IT training Date Saturday, 4th July, 2pm to 3pm

Participants of all the masterclasses

Exploring platforms, possibilities and challenges in engaging with others in creative transformative learning in times of limited physical contact. 

Trainings: Short series of online masterclasses in Creative facilitation in a range of media.

Each masterclass is separate and will need to be registered for individually if people are attending more than one. Since this year we cannot bring people together for the usual two day block, we have redesigned our trainings to run over three weeks, to avoid long hours of workshops in front of screens and to ensure participants have time between workshops to explore new resources and activities as it suits them and also to enable those who wish to attend more than one masterclass to do so.

The Story of Self - Clare Mulvany

Monday evenings, 29th June, 6th, 13th July from7.00-9.00pm 

Creative Activism - Claire Coughlan and Helen O’Keeffe 

Tuesday evenings, 30th June, 7th, 14th July from 7.00-9.00pm 

Visual Facilitation - Eimear McNally 

Wednesday evenings, 1st, 8th, 15th July from7.00-9.00pm 

Spoken Word Poetry - Chriszine Backhouse 

Thursday evenings, 2nd, 9th, 16th July from 7.00-9.00pm 

Festival: “Widening circles” : An event creatively connecting participating artists, activists, youth workers and educators to share the creativity and learning that took place in the evening courses.

Saturday the 18th July from 2.00-4.00pm

General enquiries can be made to

Here’s a link to where you can find the video series created at last year's masterclasses.

The Story of Self

Craft compelling leadership stories for social change.

Monday evenings via Zoom: 29th June, 6th and 13th July at 7.00-9.00pm 

Cost: €40 (The cost is subsidised by our partner Irish Aid Development Education Unit)

Trainer: Clare Mulvany: Clare Mulvany is an experienced writer, leadership mentor, storyteller and educator. She has an MSc in International Education from the University of Oxford and is the author of ‘One Wild Life - A Journey to Discover People who Change our World’, published by Collins Press. Previously a lecturer in English Literature at China’s top university, Peking University, she was a founding member of Suas - one of Ireland’s leading educational non-profits where she led leadership programmes in India and Kenya. She later went on to co-found The Trailblazery - an organisation which hosts cutting edge talks and learning events in inspiring venues around Ireland and which has been broadcast on RTÉ and The Washington Post. She is currently guest faculty at UCD’s Innovation Academy and at the Law Society of Ireland.

As a story-teller, her craft was honed as an international documentary photographer when her camera led her to tell stories for social change organisations from Eastern Africa, Asia and as far away as the Pacific Islands. Alongside this, she is a classically trained hatha yoga teacher and teaches a regular class and workshops. Clare is a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland awardee and The Irish Times named her as one of Ireland’s 60 most creative people. She lives in Schull, West Cork, often seen swimming in the sea, while her little dog waits on shore for her to return.

Workshop description: Great leaders learn to tell great stories. A great story will make people think differently, but also feel and act differently. Having a clear and compelling story, which captures your callings, values and purpose, is a way of engaging others in your vision, and inspiring wider change. Whether you are an activist, educator, artist, entrepreneur, or concerned global citizen, the narrative you choose to tell, shapes the life you will live into- for yourself and for those around you. When you can change the story, the outcome changes. 

In this workshop you will learn to craft your own leadership narrative while gaining powerful storytelling tools for personal and social change. These hands-on, practical workshops will change the way you think and work with story. 

In this workshop you will:

Learn about the power of story work and personal narrative to build empathic leadership

Discover your values and find compelling stories to communicate them

Discover your ‘why’ story 

Learn to re-frame your own narratives to harness your personal power and voice

Craft and practice your own leadership story

During the workshop you will use a range of journaling, writing, reflective and creative practices

Learn tools for working with groups to effectively inspire action using story

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