Early bird discount - save $100 and apply by June 8th!


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Are you in a time of transition?  We'll help you get unstuck and find your path forward.  In Explore, you will get clear on what you'll need to start creating meaningful work for yourself through self-employment or social entrepreneurship.  

In this one month,  part time intensive program, we'll help you uncover your confidence and kick start the momentum you need to take a serious step towards the future you want for yourself.  We meet you where you're at, and we'll treat you like you're already that best version of yourself, so that you can realize your dreams.


Program Content

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Starting a business is the best personal development you can do.  Test the waters in this course to find what you’ve already got within you, so can venture into a new path ahead. 
- Gilad Babchuk, EXPLORE program lead educator

You will be guided by a team of experts in personal development and hands on learning.  Gilad Babchuk leads EXLORE's Discovery Workshops to take you deep into your potential and connect you with the opportunities around you that can lead you to building the best version of yourself.  David Kohler and Cole Nakatani facilitate the Habits Workshops, an opportunity for creating sustainable changes in your behaviour and empowering you to effectively reach your goals.


Kick Off Weekend

You'll begin with an intensive weekend connecting with social entrepreneurs and local change makers, learning about socially-driven initiatives, and examining your own journey and ambitions.

In the Habits Workshops you will:

  • Access to the most recent and cutting edge developments in neuroscience and cognitive psychology without having to immerse yourself in its literature. Theory

  • Engage in research-based tested activities and practices which give you the biggest leverage point to create and maintain new habits. Practice

  • Learn how to bring awareness to unconscious habits and strengthen your willpower, dramatically expanding your abilities to take new actions in your life.  Mindfulness

  • Unearth blindspots and integrate new knowledge with previous beliefs, giving you a brand new look at yourself and your life. Reflection

In the Discovery Workshops you will:

  • Map your lifeline to identify your patterns and triggers for failure and success.

  • Clarify your true strengths and weaknesses, and see which opportunities are in front of you through a personal SWOT analysis.

  • Explore the changing nature of work, your relationship to money, innovation and social entrepreneurship.

  • See where your passions and skills connect with the change you want to make in the world, and explore how you might create your own work from this. 

  • Connect with people just like you who have built their own self-employment or social business venture to learn and grow your network.

2018 Schedule

Program dates: September 14  - October 15 (no Wednesday class on last week)
Kick Off Weekend: September 14 - 15
Regular weekly schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30 - 8:30  pm

Program Cost

Early bird discount - save $100 and apply by June 8th!
$850 before June 8th.
$950 regular subsidized fee. 

The Groundswell Explore and Build programs are designed to fit together. We encourage people interested in Build to take Explore first, and take advantage of tuition savings by putting your entire Explore tuition fees towards Build, so both programs combined will total only $3450.

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We've created a microfinancing program with Vancity so that Groundswell program participants and alumni can access up to $15,000 to cover their tuition and start-up costs. Read the FAQ here.

Big thanks to all our funding partners for subsidizing the cost of Groundswell programs with their generous contributions! 


Get in touch

If you have any questions about the program, please use this form to get in touch with us and we'll get right back to you. 

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