A 6 month, peer-led Learning Marathon exploring a collective vision of 21st Century fatherhood.
Online / In person (UK)
4 hours per wk
A blended online and in person journey, bringing together dads across the UK to explore how we can build a healthier culture around fatherhood, fit for the twenty first century.
Together we will seek solutions to the challenges of modern fatherhood, both personal and collective... as well as celebrating its joys! Forging powerful bonds within the group, we also support each other to develop fruitful ideas and practices to seed in our respective communities.
Is it for me?
Are you a father, or considering fatherhood? Would you like to build a more collective and supportive culture around fatherhood?
Do you have an idea regarding fatherhood you’d like support to develop? Would you like to connect to a group of diverse yet like-minded dads around the UK? Are you excited about the prospect of collaborative learning? Are you able to commit to an average of 4 hours a week for 6 months?
Do it to
Be part of driving a bold experiment in what the conversation around modern fatherhood can look like.
Strengthen and deepen your own relationship to fatherhood.
Build a national support network of other fathers with the potential to last far beyond this 6 month journey.
Sam is a multidisciplinary facilitator, interested in the relationship between fatherhood and the wider challenges of our time, from mental health to the climate crisis.
As a host Sam draws upon a career spanning community building and participatory arts, and is driven by a passion for collective joy. He founded secular congregation Sunday Assembly East End and mental health festival A Mindful Mess, and once facilitated a father’s circle within a giant womb!
“Sam is committed to listening to all voices, and is skilled in letting collective wisdom emerge.”
Liz Slade - Chief Officer, Unitarians
How do you approach diversity and inclusion?
We believe that placing peer-to-peer relationships at the heart of learning creates huge potential for a more inclusive approach to education. We also know that a very deliberate effort is required to deliver those benefits in reality. A top cited value point for Enrol Yourself participants is that they learnt alongside people they wouldn't otherwise have met and were able to exchange their perspectives, ideas, experiences and more.
We want to welcome and support anyone with a strong intention to take part in our programmes, and aim to ensure that your identity or background will not be a barrier. Whilst we don't have it all figured out yet, we are working on it.
What does the programme look like?
There’ll be a rhythm of fortnightly workshops on Tuesday evenings, alternating with 1:1 buddy sessions. Participants will take it in turn to lead a workshop exploring fatherhood from different angles, and we will use our skills, experience and resources to support each other in our collective learning. The journey is punctuated by 2 'power up' sessions in which we report back and receive input on our progress, and culminates in a showcase in which we will demonstrate and celebrate our learnings.
How will the blended online/in person work in practice?
It is impossible at this stage to know what COVID restrictions will be in place over the 6 months, however alongside the regular online meetings the hope is to include national and regional meet ups… maybe even a camping trip! We will aim to remain fluid and adaptive in response to the changing situation, as well as participant’s personal circumstances.
How much does it cost?
Cost ranges from £750 - £1650 dependent on your circumstances, and can be spread over 6 or 12 months if you prefer. There are also bursaries available, and a 5% discount for early bird applications. If you are able, we encourage you to contribute to our higher tier. This makes it possible to offer these lower cost places to those with less income. We are aware that this is a financially precarious moment for many, so please reach out if you need support.
I'm a new dad, will I have time / capacity?
Though you should expect this to involve a degree of time and effort (estimated 4 hours a week on average) , as a group of fellow parents we will be flexible and understanding - this should very much be something which supports you as a dad rather than adds to your stress! Get in touch if this is a worry and you'd like to discuss further.
What does the application process look like?
The application process is simple. You can download more information at the bottom of this page, and feel free to reach out to Sam for an informal chat. If this feels like something that calls you then you can sign up via the application form. After the deadline Sam will find a time to speak with you, before offering a limited number of places.
Register your interest with the Host to receive the information pack. You can also request a phone call and some resources to take to your employer if you think they might be able to (partially or fully) sponsor your place on the programme.