The Fellowship Program

7 months, 21 Mar - 15 Oct 2017 See the intensive program

Grow your capacity to influence others and create positive change

The CSL Fellowship program is based on rigorous academic research and business best practice. The program features industry leading curriculum and employs innovative and experiential pedagogy. ­­

Enviable networking opportunities
We bring together a diverse range of high-calibre participants and give them access to a great network of speakers, mentors and alumni.

Highly experienced facilitators
Through course participation, our highly experienced facilitators will determine exactly what you need to be more influential and effective as a leader in sustainability.

Real-world projects
To do this, you will be encouraged to bring a real world project to life that engenders change for a better tomorrow.

What alumni say

The whole can be greater than the sum of the parts - CSL Alumni will change the world

KATY REED, Green P’s
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Program format

The program consists of retreats and weekly evening workshops.

We estimate a minimum time commitment of approximately 2–5 hours a week over and above workshops and retreats.

This includes preparation for workshops, coaching, mentoring and working on a collaborative prototyping project.

  • Week 1: Weekly workshop and Retreat one

    The first weekend retreat is held in Regional Victoria (Melbourne Program) and Regional New South Wales (Sydney Program)

  • Week 2–9: Weekly workshop

    Participants identify development and growth areas that they’ll explore throughout the program with the Team, the Fellows and a selected Mentor. They also define goals and strategies to make needed changes within themselves. This first ‘going within’ phase covers much of the theoretical underpinnings of the program.

  • Week 10-17: Weekly workshop

    Participants translate vision into action; in groups, they create a prototype project designed to test some of the tools learned in phase two, ‘stepping up’. Participants see the power of collaboration unfold as they work with others as a team member or leader to create change.

  • Week 18: Retreat two

    The second week-long media training retreat is held in Regional Victoria (both programs)

  • Week 19–26: Weekly workshop

    Final skills are added to the tool kit and prior learning is reinforced; participants are prepped to brace the world – to create real change as a sustainability leader in phase three ‘stepping out’. In particular, there’s a focus on harnessing communications skills, further reflection and deeper learning.

  • Week 27: Retreat three

    The third and final weekend retreat is held in Regional Victoria (Melbourne Program) and Regional New South Wales (Sydney Program)

  • Post-program

    Your CSL experience and leadership for sustainability journey doesn’t end with the conclusion of the Fellowship Program. There is phase four ‘staying connected’. We offer access to residential retreats, online learning programs, additional coaching, support, and opportunities to engage with the CSL community online and in person.

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Our facilitators are highly skilled in guiding our participants to the top of the leadership mountain.


Matt Wicking

Melbourne Fellowship Program Facilitator and Alumni

For the past decade, Matt has worked as a sustainability consultant and facilitator specialising in change, strategy and communication. He’s worked with organisations and individuals from all sectors – business, government, the arts, education, science and more – helping them to green their practice, embrace sustainability and communicate clearly. He has a Masters of Environment, plus degrees in Psychology and Commerce. Matt has a particular interest in working with passionate people, and in applying his intellect and intuition equally in what he does.

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Laura Hamilton

Sydney Fellowship Program Facilitator

Laura grew up in the wild spaces of South Africa and cares deeply about land, including the people and animals who live there. She has a life long love affair with learning and has over a decade of facilitation experience across NGOs, SMEs, Corporate and Government sectors. She has a Master’s in Education (Social Ecology), as well as, a Bachelor of Commerce (Business Strategy and Law). In addition, she completed the CSL fellowship program in 2013. Laura is genuinely incapable of containing her enthusiasm for helping others learn and delights in supporting them to realise their vision for a fairer, more sustainable future.


Alesha Younghusband

General Manager, Melbourne Fellowship Program Manger and Co-facilitator

Alesha has 10 years experience in the transformative education space and transitioned to the sustainability field from film and video production after being inspired by the the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? She has since committed to enabling and building communities that incorporate securing a safe climate for all species and all generations. She has extensive experience in personal and professional development, with a focus on leadership, team management and teamwork skills and has worked with community groups, universities, NGOs, government and business. Alesha holds Bachelor Degrees in Media Arts (Film and Video) and Social Science (Environment).


Our guest speakers are experts in their fields, providing participants with access to crucial knowledge and networks.

Alex First

First Communications

First Communication, lead by Alex First, is an integral long-term supporter of CSL. They have provided media and communications training to CSL participants for many years; always bringing the best out of participants while they practice for the hardest media scenarios...

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Who are we looking for?

We look for applicants who have the potential to influence change in a variety of ways, and intentionally recruit for a wide cross section of skills and experience.

We encourage a high degree of diversity of professional backgrounds, industry insights, learning styles, and personality types.

We look for individuals who are early to mid career in any field, though there is no age limit.

What alumni say

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CSL taught me some valuable lessons about leadership and about the importance of finding one's place in the world where you can make the most difference with your skills and talents.

Ellen Sandell

Melissa Macpherson

I felt so supported during the course and it is this example of support that showed me just how important it is that people feel supported to change, and to make change.

Melissa Macpherson


Not only do I have a greater sense of confidence and direction, but I also have the tools and awareness to engage others.

Michael Sale


The program’s full value is worth over $15,000 per participant, which is subsidised by our generous and in-kind support.

Fee does not include travel costs. Concession fees apply to students, those not currently working, or experiencing financial hardship.

Please read the Participant Fees, Refunds and Cancellation Policy.

Fee Type Cost
Early Bird Full Fee – paid within 7 days $6000 + GST
Early Bird Concession Fee – paid within 7 days $5500 + GST
Full Fee – paid within 6 weeks $6500 + GST
Concession Fee – paid within 6 weeks $6000 + GST
Post program option - 3 alumni coaching sessions $712.80 + GST includes 20% discount

Key dates

Event Date
Free online Leadership Lab and Fellowships info session TBC
Melbourne Information Session TBC
Sydney Information Session TBC
APPLICATIONS DUE 13 November midnight
Interviews - in person and Skype 22-23 November
Offer of Places 28 November
Early Bird Fee Full Payment OR/ 5 December
30% Deposit Payment Due 5 December
Final Payments Due 2 January 2017

Melbourne Dates

CSL Fellowship program Melbourne, 2017

Classic program: 8 months, March 21 to October 15, 2017 Melbourne, Tuesday evenings

Event Date
Workshops 21 March – 10 October 2017 Tuesdays 6-9pm
Retreat 1 in Regional Victoria 24–26 March 2017
Retreat 2 in Regional Victoria (both programs) 21-26 July 2017
Retreat 3 in Regional Victoria 13-15 October 2017

Sydney Dates

CSL Fellowship program Sydney, 2017

Classic program: 8 months, March 22 to October 15, 2017 Sydney, Wednesday evenings

Event Date
Pre-program Dinner 15 March 2017
Retreat 1 in Regional New South Wales 24–26 March 2017
Retreat 2 in Regional Victoria (both programs) 21-26 July 2017
Retreat 3 in Regional New South Wales 13-15 October 2017

Frequently asked questions

Many people have questions. We frequently have answers.

What are the key differences between the classic and intensive Fellowship Programs?


The Classic Fellowship Program:

  • delivered through a combination of retreats and weekly in person workshops
  • requires participants to be within weekly commutable distance to Melbourne or Sydney
  • duration: 8 months
  • ideal for those who want to evolve and explore
  • locations: Melbourne & Sydney


The Intensive Fellowship Program:

  • delivered through a combination of two, bookend six-day retreats and weekly online workshops
  • suited to those who are beyond weekly commutable distance to Melbourne or Sydney
  • duration: 4 months
  • ideal for those who want to learn hard and fast
  • locations: regional Australia

How much time am I expected to dedicate outside of the workshops and retreats per week?

2-5 hours for the 8-month Fellowship Program and approximately 5 hours for the 4-month Intensive Fellowship Program; this includes preparation for workshops, coaching, mentoring and working on a collaborative prototyping project.

Am I eligible for concession?

An evidenced based concession fee may apply to health care card holders and/or those able to demonstrate they are experiencing financial hardship.

What is your policy regarding refunds?

Cancellations will be accepted without charge if CSL is notified in writing at least 30 days prior to the course start date. Additional circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please read the Participant Fees, Refunds and Cancellation Policy.

This is expensive and I personally can’t afford it; what are my options for funding my Fellowship place?

Employer sponsored place, micropatronage/crowdfunding, private sponsorship or a low interest loan with zero set up fee thanks to our Community Banking Partner Bank Australia.

Applications for 2017 Fellowship Programs are now open

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