Playful Leadership: Creation

Do you feel somewhat exhausted from the daily grind? Do you, at times, find yourself baffled by the behaviours of those around you as well as your own? Do you long to feel more joy and experience relationships of mutual growth?

If your answer is “Yes…” to one or more of these questions, then it’s time to act swiftly before the zombie virus gnaws away the last bit of your playful brain and stymies forever your chances of leading from a place of empathy, compassion and resonance.

Playful Leadership is a unique approach to leadership based on the powerful quadruplet of Play Science, neuroscience, psychology and coaching. 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 23 years of working and playing with adults in organisations large and small.

Playful Leadership is founded on a principle we call “Inside Out“. That is, in order to achieve effective change in a system, the first system we need to explore is our own. A notion inspired by the work and play of Bert Hellinger (discoverer of Family Constellations).

This course offers you the chance to hone your creativity through your passions, skills and wishes so you can play your way towards an even happier and more productive adulthood. Immersed in an exquisite and inspirational play space, you’ll be invited to re-connect with your younger self and explore gifts from your younger self as you move deeper into your adulthood. During this playcation, you’ll also learn different ways to play with ambiguity, how to make creative connections by joining the dots around you and how to build trust in yourself and with others.

There will be plenty of chances to play, on your own and with others, as you learn through practice the secrets to creativity that matter for greater good. Catch a glimpse of what being on the Playful Leadership programme looks and feels like here.

This course is limited to 9 participants in order to maximise participants’ learning experience.


  • Increase your creativity by harnessing your passions, skills and wishes 
  • Cultivate a sense of profound inner knowing
  • Increase your resourcefulness in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges
  • Build trust in yourself and when working with others.


The course will take place 20-22 September 10.00 – 17.00 on all 3 days.

Depending on the enthusiasm of participants, there will be the option to attend The Night School of Play each evening, likely to run from 19.30-21.30 BST.


This course is ideal for individuals and teams interested in creating systems, such as workplaces and families, where people will thrive and deliver great outcomes. Suitable for progressive leaders and managers, coaches, organisational catalysts, Agile coaches, Scrum Masters, product managers, project managers, organisational change agents, HR and consultants.


The curiosity to explore and a desire to enable oneself and others to be fully themselves and at their best.


We’re super-excited to announce this course will take place on 20-22 September 2023 in the idyllic play space of Ashridge House in Hertfordshire, England, a property which dates back over 700 years with significant residents such as King Henry VIII, a wartime hospital and most recently, the world-renowned Ashridge Hult business school.

Ashridge House is a tranquil retreat set in 190 acres of parkland, moments from the national rail and road network. Convenient for London, its airports and the Midlands, Ashridge House is accessible from Berkhamsted Railway Station (from Euston-Berkhamsted 40 minutes), complete with extensive on-site parking.

And yes! Ashridge House was a source of inspiration for Hogwarts which is why it looks and feels Hogwartsy inside and out. Why not come try out the magic at The School of Play for yourself?

Bonus Fun: Participants will have the option to stay overnight at Ashridge House or in accommodation in the friendly and beautiful town of Berkhamsted, referred to fondly as “Berko” by its residents. More details available in the FAQs.


We hope you will come join us to experience the magic of true transformation!

Tickets will be available from 22 May 2023.


This brand new course is one of three modules in the Playful Leadership programme created by Portia Tung. It is an emergent creation as a result of Portia’s passionate pursuit for a healthy balance between purpose, play and work.

Find out more about the history of this course and the Playful Leadership Programme here.



You’ll find more details here.