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I'd like to host the

Learning Marathon in Edinburgh

Hi I'm Sarah. I want to host a multidisciplinary peer group for cross-sector adults between ages 25-55. Help me launch by letting me know you might be interested.


What's the Learning Marathon?

A 6 month learning accelerator where a dozen peers come together, each tackling their own challenge but from within the collective. 

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.

Your host

Sarah Howells is a published writer working as a Lifelong Learning Library Advisor at Edinburgh’s Carnegie palace of books.

She devises and facilitates creative groups of all ages and abilities, from new parents or carers learning baby massage, through creative writing for primary age children, to life writing and literary appreciation for adults, in Singapore and Scotland.


With a background in marketing and television/ theatre production, Sarah embraces each new challenge as a learning process and brings her diverse experiences to the table. She is committed to making positive connections whilst embracing difference and enabling others’ creativity which empowers her own as a result, in both a voluntary and professional capacity.

In Sarah’s first Learning Marathon, she will explore the question “How might I develop the skills needed to bring my creative project for marginalised people to fruition?”

She will aim to produce a fully-inclusive, charity fundraising event for inspirational performance artists (and anyone who wants to have a go) as a preliminary round to the well-established Alternative Miss World in London 2022.

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?

  1. Commitment to a Learning Question that you will pursue as a self-led project.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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 Sarah launch her 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