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Are you in a time of transition?  Get unstuck and find your path forward.  We’ll support you to get to the right place before venturing into social entrepreneurship, self-employment, or a new life path. You’ll be clear on what you want to do and what skills you have to do it with, and we’ll give you new tools that are critical for anyone who wants to have more control over their life.

In this one month,  part time intensive program, you’ll 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.  Two workshops streams, Discovery and Habits,  run parallel with guest speakers adding extra special expertise to the program. 

2019 Dates

Fall : September 27 - October 16

  • May 16: Applications open

  • September 2: Financing Application deadline (optional)

  • September 23: Explore Application Deadline

  • September 27: Explore starts!

    • Kick Off Weekend: Friday, Sep 27 (5:30pm - 8:30pm) & Saturday, Sep 28 (10am - 6pm)

    • Saturday and Wednesdays, Oct 2 - Oct 16, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Ready to turn your idea into a social business in the fall Build program? You’ll get access to a monthly workshop until Build starts to keep you on track and kick start your process!

Explore Program Content

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 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.

The Habits workshops are an opportunity for creating sustainable changes in your behaviour and empowering you to effectively reach your goals.

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

Meet the Facilitators

You will be guided by a team of experts in personal development and hands on learning. 

Gilad Babchuk developed and leads Explore'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.  

Gilad has extensive experience establishing, developing and running various organizations, and has founded or co-founded numerous schools, social enterprises and NGOs.  Both an educator and social entrepreneur, he was named one of the 50 most influential people in the field of education in Israel (Ha’aretz, 2009). He consults several international companies and institutions in the fields of e-learning, progressive education, and doing business development for bio-tech company (in India, Germany, Singapore, and Israel).   

At Groundswell, Gilad is highly involved in all aspects of program development, delivery, and mentorship.

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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


Cole Nakatani facilitates the Habits workshop stream and developed the curriculum with David Kohler.

Cole has a passion for designing and facilitating transformational learning experiences. He is the founder of Ideahack Creative, an innovative digital services agency. He helped launch two innovative courses for first year students and senior students at UBC, and instructed senior level courses on career fundamentals, and personal and professional development.

As a self-proclaimed ‘education hacker’, Cole has been exploring and testing alternative methods to education and learning that enable post-secondary students, and young professionals to thrive.


David Kohler, Ph.D., developed the curriculum for the Habits workshop stream with Cole. He works in behaviour intelligence, creates transformational education experiences, and is a coach.

Empowering people to get how awesome and powerful they are is one of David’s biggest drives in life. He holds a doctorate degree in mathematics and has been teaching this discipline for 15 years. In the past 4 years, he has taken on to expand his education mission and now trains other educators and is also a coach for personal training and development. 

David strongly believes that the time is ripe for a revolution in education and he has received several awards for his innovative teaching methods. His secret power: pushing you just out of your comfort zone without you even noticing it.


$1200  - fully creditable to the Groundswell Build program Come to an info session and receive a $300 discount!

Financial Aid

Financing available through Groundswell-Vancity Microfinancing.
Bursaries are available for immigrant and refugee women, indigenous people, POC, trans people, people with disabilities, and low-income inner city residents.

Learn more here, or indicate your interest in financing or bursaries on the application form.

Build Program Credit

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 fees towards Build tuition, up to $1200 in savings.

Got a question?

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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This program is offered by Groundswell Education Society, a charitable organization providing personal development and entrepreneurial education.
Thank you to our funders and donors for keeping Groundswell programs accessible!