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Empowering Sustainable Leaders – Residential Leadership Programme

A sustainability leadership training course for senior nurses, midwives & AHPs

Our unique leadership development programme is for senior nurses, midwives and AHPs with an interest in or responsibility for the environmental sustainability agenda. 

The three-day residential programme, in a remarkable setting in Cornwall, offers an immersive learning experience to develop leadership identity, capacity, and capability and to take sustainable change back to your organisation.

Delegates will connect with nature and leave with the tools to influence and transform the sustainability agenda in their work setting, as well as a renewed sense of clarity, balance and motivation.

You can expect:

  • Time in the only ancient temperate rainforest in the UK
  • Walks* and talks to inspire and equip you for environmental sustainability 
  • Increased self-awareness and emotional intelligence 
  • Generation of practical regenerative ideas and projects 
  • Practical tools for personal presence to influence sustainability projects 
  • The opportunity for a Digital detox 

Participants in our leadership programmes report the “life changing” leadership experience and its professional and personal impact. They feedback about feeling better able to influence improvements in patient care and health outcomes. 

Regenerate yourself and your leadership!

Participants will also join the FNF alumni community and receive ongoing networking and leadership development opportunities through events, webinars, media engagement and policy thought leadership.

* Please note that this is a very active programme. Whilst some elements are classroom based it also involves some walking through the forest and up and down hills, often on rough terrain. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss this further.

“The future health of our people and our planet is something anyone in healthcare has to work to tackle.  The problems are huge and we all need to take action and lead on sustainability change and improvement and actively drive change. In the current role I hold, I spend the bulk of my work sat at my desk indoors. Having the opportunity to learn, develop and grow as a leader whilst appreciating nature, the beautiful surroundings, and the elements, made this course even more impactful. The course was meticulously planned and encompassed so much in the time.Read more here. Lucie Planner CYP Lead,  NHS England



  • You will be staying at the Cabilla retreat, Cornwall, in a ‘Koyt’ cabin. Cabilla is situated deep within the heart of Bodmin Moor, the UK’s first true dark sky environment within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You will have exclusive use of this unique retreat, home to an extremely rare ancient temperate rainforest which hosts a diverse range of plant, fungi and animal species. Please note that the cabins have a woodburning stove but no electricity or running water. The (high quality!) toilet and shower facilities are situated a short walk from the cabins.
  • Described as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, the Eden Project is a dramatic global garden, a gateway into the relationships between plants and people, and a fascinating insight into the story of our connection to nature.

Programme Structure

The Leadership programme is fully-catered and residental over three days:

Day 1

11am Arrival and Welcome to Cabilla

Framing of the programme with a walk around the only temperate rainforest in the UK, allowing time to regenerate and reconnect.


Understanding Self: Session on self-awareness, Emotional intelligence (EQ) and a Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment to explore how personality preference influences personal leadership styles and how awareness can enable the promotion of high performing teams.


Tour of the Beaver hide.

Day 2: Regenerative Leadership

Led by the Eden Project facilitators

Taking inspiration from Eden founder Tim Smit, and other experts in the field of leadership, this day takes you on an immersive learning journey through the Eden Project, which will inspire and encourage you to think big, to push through obstacles, to be renewed in a passion for the environment, and to hear how small changes can have a compounding effect for the better. 

The second half of the day, we will lean into the above and start to generate some practical sustainability ideas, home in on one or two relevant to your organisation and start to craft a Sustainability Change Business Case or Concept Note for you to take back with you. 


Dinner in a tropical rainforest at the Eden project.

Day 3: Personal Impact, Influence and Leadership

It’s one thing to have great ideas and a business case for Sustainability, participants also need the skills and confidence to bring about that change. 

This session will take a practical approach to support participants to develop themselves to have influence and lead change: to upskill the ‘change-makers’. 

Using experiential learning methodology, participants will come to a greater awareness of their communication styles, and be given some really practical tools, and practice to enable them to communicate more effectively in a variety of settings. 

Finish around 4pm. 


The three-day fully catered residential programme will cost £3,600 per delegate.

Places can be funded by the employer using CPD funding or self-funded by the individual. If your application is successful then payment will be required before starting the programme.

Please note that you will need to fund your own transport costs to the venue. Once there, all food (vegetarian) and accommodation is included.


10 September 2024

11am – Arrival and Welcome to Cabilla

Rainforest walk and framing of the programme with FNF/ Eden – time to regenerate and reconnect


Understanding self – Self-awareness, Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and MBTI assessment, hopes for programme

Evening – Dinner in the tropical rainforest at The Eden project

11 September 2024

Morning – Eden

Regenerative Leadership

Afternoon – Eden

Regenerative Leadership (continued)


Tour of the Beaver hide and time to reconnect

12 September 2024


Personal Impact, Influence and Leadership – Reconnect with self to have influence and lead change


Summarising session and concrete actions to lead to regenerative change

Close – 4pm approx


Hosted by Merlin

Merlin Hanbury-Tenison – founder of Cabilla and Trustee and Cornwall Wildlife Trust Merlin grew up at Cabilla. He is passionate about helping guests to understand the incredible biodiversity and vibrancy of the forests in the valley.  After a career in the military and a number of years working in London and abroad he is the driving force behind Cabilla’s restoration journey.


Richard Good (Eden Project) Richard is a coach and facilitator who brings 30 years of experience designing and delivering transformational experiences for individuals and groups at all levels of an organisation. His practice has evolved from training with Earth Wisdom Teachers people and combining knowledge from eastern and western philosophies.

Pam Horton (Eden Project) Pam has a background in environmental education and conservation, and extensive experience designing and delivering the Eden Project’s experiential learning programmes, Pam has a passion for helping people learn from nature. She believes that engaging the head and the heart is key to motivating people to embrace change.

Application Process

Join our waitlist to be the first to find out when applications open.

What you will need to demonstrate:

  • How you will use the programme to work with others, learn from, and share experiences
  • How the programme will support your personal development plan (PDP)
  • How you will use the experience to improve patient and health outcomes
  • Your aspirations to develop as a leader
  • Your ability to influence a sustainability project within your organisation
  • Support from your line manager to enable you to attend all learning sessions/opportunities as part of this programme (they need to complete the Sponsor form below)

You will be required to upload the following information:

  • Personal, employment and education information
  • A copy of your Professional registration documentation
  • An electronic photo of yourself (head and shoulders in high resolution)
  • A completed sponsor form (completed by your line manager) with authorisation to join the programme (link below)
  • Completed terms and conditions

Remember: if your application is successful then payment will be required before starting the programme.

If you have any questions please contact [email protected]

Line Manager Sponsor Form

Programme Details