We’ve created a pair of play programmes to support you on your journey of personal mastery and effective leadership. Both of these programmes are available as public courses (see dates below) and as part of your organisation’s inhouse leadership and well-being training. Both programmes offer complementary aspects of learning which deepen and reinforce play theory and practice in terms of personal mastery and effective leadership.

Four Seasons of Play

Four Seasons of Play is an online play programme designed to mark, explore and celebrate each season of your life’s play adventure in 2022. This series of half-day workshops focus on enabling individuals to develop the systemic mindset and skills necessary for an individual to lead effectively – be it yourself, your team, your family or your life.

Playful Leadership in 2022

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the revised and improved course in 2022 in the form of a ground-breaking 3-day course, jampacked with fresh ideas, tools and techniques – Playful Leadership: Emergence. This first course in the programme will take place in the beautiful setting of Ashridge House, Hertfordshire, UK. Come one, come all and bring your friends!

Playful Leadership is an in-person leadership programme enabling personal mastery. It’s based on the powerful quadruplet of Play Science, neuroscience, psychology and coaching designed to enable individuals to learn, lead, collaborate and be at their best.

According to child development experts, play is the most effective and efficient way of enabling children to learn, lead, collaborate and be at their best. It turns out this also holds true for adults, especially when it comes to organisational change, based on Portia’s 20 years of working and playing with adults in organisations large and small.

This programme began in July 2019 in the beautiful play space of Chicheley Hall in Buckinghamshire, a stunning Grade I listed mansion as featured in film and television projects as Pride and Prejudice, The Meaning of Life, and Black Beauty. Until recently, Chicheley Hall had been the home of the Kavli Royal Society International Centre, a venue for residential events. As the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, The Royal Society is dedicated to promoting excellence in science and is a fellowship of many of the world’s most eminent scientists.

Playful Leadership Programme

It’s never too early to start playing again. And it’s never too late to get started. The Playful Leadership programme consists of 3 modules. Although we recommend beginning the programme with Playful Leadership: Emergence, each module is stand-alone to provide participants the opportunity to follow their interest and complete the modules in the order they wish to at a particular point in time. A bit like collecting seashells or following your dreams. And like serendipity, the process of becoming a person is rarely linear.

Each course is available as an internal course at a venue of your choice or the beautiful Ashridge House in Berkhamsted, UK – inspiration for Hogwarts. Courses are also available as public courses at Ashridge House.

Playful Leadership: Emergence

A 3-day foundation course to a groundbreaking leadership approach for new and experienced leaders who wish to discover their own leadership style and way of working based on a mashup of cutting edge research in Play Science, neuroscience, psychology and coaching tools and techniques.

Playful Leadership: Transformation

A 3-day course on the art and science of creating enduring change and transformation in individuals and systems so joy and value can flow through your people and throughout your organisation.

Playful Leadership: Rejuvenation

A 3-day course on cutting edge creativity tools and techniques for enabling empathy, compassion and resonance in ourselves and when working in service for others. Essential experiential training for leaders who wish to become even more effective and efficient in the way they lead and live.