We'd like to host the
Learning Marathon in London
Hi we're Katie and Sophie. We want to host a multidisciplinary peer group for cross-sector adults in the London area, all ages. Help us launch by letting us know you might be interested.
What's the Learning Marathon?
A 6 month learning accelerator where you grow yourself, together with a dozen peers, each tackling a different challenge.
With support from your host, you pool your ideas, skills, experience, perspectives and momentum to create a rich 'soil' that will fuel your growth. Together you take on the Path, 6 months of activities designed to maximise your collective potential.
Katie Slee lives in London, but originally hails from Durham in the North East. She values spontaneity, kindness and variety - and tries to live life in a way that makes room for all three.
In 2014, Katie co-founded Settle, an award-winning social enterprise that trains and supports vulnerable young people to move out of temporary housing and into their first home. She now works part-time, trying to find the right balance between freelance & personal projects.
Katie's learning question will be 'how can I explore my love of public bathing in a way that brings me joy?'
Sophie Howarth is an artist, curator and facilitator. She designs objects and hosts gatherings that deepen connection to ourselves, one another and the wider web of life. All her work is a way of honouring and welcoming the soul.
Sophie was the co-founder of The School of Life and founder of Department Store for the Mind. For several years she was a curator at Tate Modern and has written a number of books about art and photography.
Today she teaches creative leadership at Year Here, leads Sister Stories circles, facilitates The Work That Reconnects, and creates transformative gatherings such as A Midlife Invitation and A Walk In the Woods.
Sophie belongs to a global community of Shambhala Warriors and she is training as a spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition. I offer my creativity in service of all life on earth, and try to tread lightly and joyfully amid its wonders.
Sophie's learning question will be 'how can I develop the craftsmanship to meet the magic of my imagination?'
Dates and details
What does the programme look like?
All the detail is here. The Learning Marathon is designed to fit alongside work. Fortnightly meetups are therefore on weekday evenings and longer intensive days tend to be over the weekend.
What's the application process like?
The application process is simple. You'll tell us a bit about yourself and make a short proposal for the project you'll work on via an application form. If you're shortlisted you will have an interview with your host over the phone.
What's the time commitment?
The guideline we give is that you will need to be able to commit 5+ hours per week. Some weeks it will be more, other weeks it may be less. Some of this time will be spent in meetups and workshops, some of it will be self-initiated.
What do we look for in participants?
Commitment to a Learning Question that you will pursue as a self-led project.
Real interest in learning with and from a group of peers. You'll have great listening skills and be able to work in collaboration, articulate your ideas and make them visible.
A proactive spirit. You come with lots of ideas and creative energy to make them a reality.
We also welcome applications from pairs or collaborators working on the same goal or project.
Your host will be thinking about the range of skills and attributes that applicants will bring, looking for connections between Learning Questions, and aiming to connect you to peers who will multiply your learning.
Expressions of interest
You can help Katie and Sophie launch their peer group by making an expression of interest and/or spreading the word. You'll be first to know when applications open. You can send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.