The Learning Marathon
Grow yourself, together. The Learning Marathon is designed to help you grow to meet a professional, personal or societal challenge that really matters to you. Growing yourself is an interdisciplinary activity. So, we connect you to a dozen peers, each tackling a different challenge.
With support from your host, you pool your skills, experience and creativity to fuel your growth. Hosts initiate peer groups of 10-12 in their local area. Your host is trained in our approach and they will guide you through and participate alongside you. They are not there to lead, there is no hierarchy. Together, you embark on a 6 month journey, designed to maximise your collective potential.
Space to tackle a specific professional, personal or societal challenge that matters to you. You'll tackle your challenge as a live project, adding something of real value to your portfolio.
A dozen peers who are also working on something that sets them alight. Pooling ideas, skills, experience, perspectives and momentum creates a rich 'soil' that will fuel your growth.
You can forget subject silos. This is an interdisciplinary learning environment, fit for upgrading 21st Century capabilities like collaboration, complex problem solving and continual learning.
A host, trained in the Enrol Yourself philosophy and approaches, there to guide, not to lead. Your host will participate alongside you.
A carefully crafted 6 month Path that provides structure and accountability to keep you moving, whilst harnessing the collective potential of the group.
Access to the wider combined network of the group and associated connections. Plus access to Enrol Yourself community activities such as an annual 'Enrol Camp' retreat.
Would it be a marathon without a medal?
"I came out with a business idea, a small team of collaborators and my first client."
- Julian Thompson, 2017 participant
"I can't believe how much I've made happen. I couldn't have done this without the peer group and structure of Meetups."
- Roxana Bacian, 2016 participant
Is it for you?
Can you answer yes to these four questions:
Is there a professional, personal or societal challenge you want to grow to meet?
Do you want to challenge traditional learning formats - and yourself -
by joining a peer group?
Do you recognise the value of working toward more cooperative social patterns of behaviour?
Are you an adult human, ready to commit to an average of 5 hours per week over 6 months?
This year you can join the Learning Marathon in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh and Sofia.
If you're based somewhere else and you'd like to see the Learning Marathon happen in your area, leave your details here.
Upcoming programmes listed below:
A peer group collectively exploring how we can 'embed more human connection in services and systems'.
Kick Off will be Nov 2019.
Find out more and sign up here.
A peer group open to adults aged 25–45 from any professional background.
Kick Off will be early 2020.
Find out more and sign up here.
How does it work?
The Learning Marathon has three central pillars:
Your peer group is the heart and soul of the experience - the more you put in, the more everyone can take out.
The group thrives on diversity of backgrounds and experience, creating a rich pool for each to draw on.
A scaffold of meetups, intensives, a showcase event and more, designed to harness the power of the group.
You'll be guided by your host: a group member who also takes on the role of facilitator and guide.
Scroll through some of our previous participants and their projects:
The Path in detail
6 months of activities designed to maximise the collective potential of your new community:
Kick Off Weekend
The Marathon kicks off with an intensive weekend of introductory presentations, coaching training, skills and networks mapping, co-designing the journey and getting to know each other.
A full evening once every two weeks, bringing the whole group together. This is the spine of the experience combining workshops, challenges, discussion and guests.
Buddy groups check-in between every evening Meetup. You decide when to meet and whether to make it face-to-face or online. We'll provide you with session outlines.
Power up days
You invite an external panel to give critique and feedback on work in progress and we'll boost motivation through creative challenges and reflection. You'll have two of these.
You will have one-to-one coaching and you'll learn the skills to coach your peers. Your facilitator will support your journey and help make sure you maximise your learning potential.
Get Shit Done Sundays
We schedule these across the programme. This is important 'heads down' time where you'll come together to work on your project with encouragement from the group.
Finish Line Weekend
A co-designed retreat, making space for deep reflection, self-assessment, peer endorsement, storytelling, celebration and planning the next steps of your journey.
What does it cost?
We have several options when it comes to fees - to keep the Learning Marathon as accessible as possible.
Fees: Your fees make it possible for your host to make the experience happen. Learning Marathon fees are determined by income. If your annual income is:
< £15k - some bursaries available
< £25k - you pay £750
< £35k - you pay £1050
< £45k - you pay £1350
> £45k - you pay £1650
Payment plans: All tiers can make their payments over 6 or 12 monthly instalments to spread the cost.
Bursaries and trades: We usually offer 3 bursaries per peer group. Criteria for these bursaries will vary from group to group, so please refer to the page for the peer group you're applying to.
Employers: We welcome employers fully or partially covering your fee. We have resources to assist you in making the case.