Inclusive Leadership Adventure April 12 to 14

April 12 to 14, 2018

Get set for an inclusive diversity education experience as exciting and life-changing as travelling to different countries around the world!

Where: Cowichan Lake Education Centre, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

When: Friday, April 12 1:00 pm to Sunday, April 14, 1:00 pm

Cost: It takes a village of stone-soup fund-raisers to cover the costs of $300 per adult and $200 per youth for venue rental, delicious food and comfortable accommodation.

Funding: You and your intergenerational team from your school, group, or community contribute what you can afford. Together we will share leadership in seeking sponsorships and coming up with fund-raising ideas to cover the rest.

Families, schools, service clubs, government and businesses are asked to help cover these costs so that everyone who wants to come can come.

Email the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative for more information: or phone 250-746-6141

And read below!

Inclusive Leadership Adventures are three days of experiential diversity education as exciting and life-changing as travelling to different countries around the world.

Inclusive Leadership Adventures are for intergenerational, intercultural, diverse ability teams of youth, young adults, adults, and elders who want to develop skills, awareness, and action plans for building welcoming and inclusive communities based on respect for diversity

By bringing our differences together we can build communities free of racism, bullying and other forms of exclusion.

What if… woke up one morning and everything was the same as it has always been except that people are no longer reacting against differences as problems?

What if…. people are now responding to differences as gifts that enrich schools, work-places, and entire communities?

How could embracing diversity transform your school, workplace and community? How could embracing diversity transform you?

What is an intergenerational team? 

Two or more participants from different generations are invited to register together up to a maximum of six people on any one team.

(For example: teachers and students, family members from different generations, mentors and mentees, youth leaders and youth group members.)

Cost: It takes a village to cover the costs of $300 for adults and $200 for youth for six delicious meals, two nights accommodation at Cowichan Lake Education Centre, venue rental, insurance, materials and supplies.

Funding: The Inclusive Leadership Co-operative keeps costs as low as possible by running on the spirit of generosity.

You may have heard the “stone-soup” story where the inhabitants of a poor village managed to make a tasty and nourishing pot-luck soup by everyone contributing a little bit of this and a little bit of that. This is how we are sharing leadership in covering the costs of this Inclusive Leadership Adventure for everyone who wants to come. The bottom line is that if you want to come, you can come:

  • You and your team are asked to contribute what you can each comfortably afford toward the costs of food, accommodation, venue, insurance, supplies.
  • You and your team are asked to seek financial support from your families, schools, community organizations, service clubs and socially responsible businesses.
  • The Inclusive Leadership Co-operative is also seeking financial support from these generous people and organizations who value diversity.
  • We have found over and over again that by all of us sharing the spirit of generosity in these ways, we always manage to cover the costs for everyone who wants to come.

For More Information and To Register: or phone 250-746-6141

Who Facilitates an Inclusive Leadership Adventure? 

  • Inclusive Leadership Adventures are co-facilitated by a diverse team of trained and experienced volunteer Inclusive Leaders from diverse generations, cultures, abilities and other backgrounds
  • Everyone who comes to an Inclusive Leadership Adventure shares leadership to create an unforgettable, transformative weekend for everyone involved.

Read below for more information:

” I would recommend involvement in Inclusive Leadership Adventures to anyone looking to broaden their world-view. The skills I learned of empathetic listening, of respectful communication and of accessibility and inclusiveness for all were key as I went forward to pursue my passion in social justice and human rights work. (Rachel Singleton-Polster, Human Rights Worker)

Inclusive Leadership is a great reminder of how beautiful people are. We can collaborate and work together and live in a way that we can keep giving back and taking from and with our Earth. This is inspirational. I hope to go forward in my life living and being aware of all these great things all the time. (Nikolai Lamspon, High School Student)

I love it here. Everyone here is so kind. I really appreciate it. I hope I can come as many times as possible. I have been to Buddhist Temples that show monks meditating. To me Inclusive Leadership is similar to meditation for the mind, in that it is meditation for the heart. (Shuwei Wang, International Student from China studying in Canada).

One of my take-aways from the weekend is just how amazing each of us are when we have the opportunity to show up in a space of respect, openness and support and share our stories. The gifts of our lives can really shine through. So much healing can occur in such an environment – as I say, I wish it for everyone. (Joy Emmanuel, Turning Times Research and Consulting)

Click here for an article about our February 2018 Inclusive Leadership Adventure

Click here for more comments from past participants.

Learn through Participatory Experiential Education, Co-operative Activities, Indoor and Outdoor Challenges and Heart to Heart Interactions: 

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  • Experience Cowichan Valley’s award winning inter-generational protocol for building inclusive, welcoming and sustaining communities.
  • Meet new and experienced Inclusive Leaders from diverse cultures, generations, and other backgrounds.
  • Learn with and from the founding facilitators of the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative (Dr. Linda Hill, Kix Citton, Linda McDaniels, Art Phipps).

  • Safely, respectfully, equally, and joyfully develop your skills for connecting with differences, communicating with compassion, building bridges within and between groups, and standing up for diversity and inclusion.
  • Be inspired by all the life-enriching ways we are caring for people and the planet.
  • Leave with your own possible and inspiring plans for leading inclusively in schools, work-places and community settings where you work and volunteer.

Sample Agenda:

Day 1: 

1:00 Registration and settling in

2:00 Opening Circle and Inclusive Community-Building Activities

6:00 Dinner and a chance to meet different people

7:00 Heart to Heart Groups

8:00 Presenting Our Differences as Gifts to the Community

9:00 Inclusive and Welcoming Free Time

10:00 Quiet Time

11:00 Lights Out

Day 2: 

8:00 Breakfast

8:45 Inclusive Community Building

10:00 Challenge By Choice: Choose One Workshop

  • Skills for Connecting With Differences
  • Skills for Communicating With Compassion
  • Anti-Discrimination First Aid Training
  • Journey Into the Heart of Nature

12:00 Lunch and a chance to interact with different people

1:00  Challenge By Choice: Choose One Workshop

  • Skills for Connecting With Differences
  • Skills for Communicating With Compassion
  • Exploring diverse identities through dance
  • Exploring diverse identities through art

3:00 Free Time and chance to prepare for our Community Celebration

5:30 Dinner and a chance to interact with different people

6:30 Heart to Heart Groups

8:00 Inclusive Community Celebration

9:30 Free time

Day 3

8:00 Breakfast

8:45 Heart to Heart Groups

9:30 Break

9:45 Action Planning

12:15 Lunch

1:00 Closing Circle

1:45 Clean up and good-byes.

2:00 Time to go home

For more information and to register:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 250-746-6141