You want the world to be different; more caring, more equitable, more sustainable. You want to feel capable and strong. You want to contribute to this world and help bring it into being. You want to use your creative skills to make a difference in your own life and in the lives of others. But how?
We need to learn from beings which embody the qualities we want good leaders to have: strength, empathy, flexibility, resilience. We need to learn these attributes through a medium that works for us, as creative people – one that allows self-expression and individuality to thrive. And we need to do it all without getting stuck in front of our screens and forgetting about the planet we live on.
Our current vision of leadership is one-dimensional. We picture a dominant, aggressive, linear-thinking individual who controls their ‘followers’ and only serves themselves and their friends. But that’s not what true leadership is.
Leadership can be collaborative, intuitive and compassionate while still being strong. It can serve many, not just an elite few. It can be expressive, joyful – even loving.
This style of leadership emerges from the people who are empathic, intuitive, emotionally intelligent, resilient and community-focused.
People like you.
We often wish for the world to be different, forgetting that we can be the ones to make it different. By stepping up and show self-leadership, you can encourage and influence others around you to change our world for the better.
And it all starts here.
welcome to root&branch: a 12-week audio course that gets you out in nature, making art and learning self-leadership.
“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”
OUT IN NATURE
Together, we are going to travel up, down, inside and around one of the most important beings on our planet: trees.
Through exploring the tree as creative inspiration, you’ll learn the qualities you need for confident self-leadership. You’ll establish what you need to create more, contribute more, and better influence positive contribution in others – all through your own creativity.
Art teaches us so much without us even realising.
As a creative person, you will be learning the skills of decision-making, listening to intuition, critical thinking, negotiation, handling change, empathy, compassion and foresight … simply by being creative.
In this audio course, the power of art to teach leadership skills is made visible and conscious through a medium that reconnects you to the planet and improves your wellbeing at the same time: trees.
Every culture across time and space has a special place for trees. They are some of the oldest beings on our planet. They help create the air we need to live, taking carbon from the atmosphere and transforming it.
They give shelter, food, firewood, medicine, and habitats to entire ecosystems. Their importance is noted across the fields of science, spirituality, environmental studies and human behaviour.
And they are incredible teachers.
root&branch is a 12-week audio course that gets you into nature, spending time with trees, making art and learning self-leadership skills in the process.
Each week focuses on a different leadership attribute that aspiring artist-leaders need in order to feel confident they can step up, model meaningful behaviour and influence positive change in others around them.
The course has been developed over five months, drawing from my years of expertise as an educator, artist and writer.
listen, create and learn.
Over 12 weeks you’ll receive 12 audio lessons via email to download and listen to while you spend time with trees near you.
The lessons are your guide to the whole of the tree and its environment, exploring each part in turn and creating art to express this experience.
Each lesson has an accompanying set of art and journal prompts. These will engage your creative mind and your subconscious in developing self-leadership skills through your sketchbook and journal.
You’ll also be introduced, over the 12 weeks, to a library of over 60 curated extra-curricular resources to enhance your learning and inspire your art.
Alongside the 12 audio lessons, art and journal prompts, and extra-curricular material, you’ll have access to a seasonal live lesson every quarter.
This audio-visual lesson draws your attention to the current season and what new lessons trees can teach us as leaders about traversing changes – whether internal or external – with resilience and grace.
Each season you’ll also be invited to join in with a quarterly art chronicle.
This is a three-day art-making challenge encouraging people to spend time in nature, make art, and document the living world around us through their creativity.
yours, for as long as you want.
The audio lessons and accompanying art and journal prompts will be delivered to you via email to download to your computer or phone.
Once you’ve downloaded the learning materials, you can keep them and return to them for as long as you want.
You’ll also be able to join the seasonal live lessons free of charge for as long as they run, and join in with the quarterly chronicle for as long as it runs.
My intention for your ownership of the materials is that no-one does root&branch just once: it is a course for all seasons and all stages of our artist-leader life.
“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.”
My name is Eleanor and I’ve been teaching in art and design higher education for nearly 10 years.
I’m a certified coach, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have foundation training in NVC – all of which means I teach to empower people, spark their curiosity and positively change the world.
As with all of my business activities, 5% of the net income from root&branch will be invested in charities or sustainable projects.
The two charities this course will support are:
- The Woodland Trust, the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity which works to plant, restore and protect the forests of Britain
- Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods, a local charity who look after the woodland which inspired this course
The price for root&branch is £99.
For this price you get:
- 12 audio lessons
- 12 art prompts
- 12 journal prompts
- All delivered via email for you to download, keep and re-use
- + 4 live lessons each year
- + 4 invitations to the quarterly chronicle
- + a library of over 60 curated learning resources.
For the launch, I’m operating a staggered pricing system.
This is to benefit both those people who know this is a course they want to take and are ready to invest now, and those people who may not be able to access the course at the full, standard price.
The doorway to root&branch officially opens on Wednesday 26 August.
Buy before the official launch on Wednesday 26 August: £69
Buy before the first quarterly chronicle on Tuesday September 1: £79
Buy after that: £99
No. This course is for people who are interested in art and how they can use it to explore themselves and the world around them. If you’ve got existing art skills, great! But you don’t have to have studied art or even picked up a pen before.
My aim is to make this course as inclusive as possible, which means any and all sorts of art are welcome. Whether you are a poet, writer, sculptor, painter or love drawing with markers – you will be able to take part in this course.
No. For this course I’ll be encouraging you to get out in nature and find a tree (or trees) that you can use as your inspiration. That tree might be in your garden or street, in a local park, a patch of woodland or an ancient forest. It doesn’t matter where it is – it’s still a tree that you can learn from.
No. Your chosen art materials – whatever you normally use – will work. Because I’ll be encouraging you to use the materials while you’re out and about, you may want to think about a ‘travel’ version of what you use already, or focus on sketching which you can then transfer into a different form (for example, if you are a sculptor).
If you have no art materials at the moment you can use whatever you have to hand – a biro, pencil, felt tip pens … they are all valid art materials.
The only thing I would encourage you to get is a sketchbook which you can use just for this course.
Yes. If you prefer to learn through reading there will be transcripts of the audio lessons included with each email.
Not really. You can access the email via your phone when on WiFi and download the materials to listen and read when you are out and about.
However, many of the curated extra curricular readings are online-based (such as videos). You may wish to use mobile data while out and about to look at these. Or you can wait until you’re on WiFi and look at them then – it won’t affect your learning.
The course itself is 12 weeks long and you’ll receive an email with the relevant materials each week.
The minimum I recommend spending on listening to the lesson and working on the art prompts is 20-25 minutes. The journal prompts will take around another 20-25 minutes. Each piece of extra curricular material varies in length but might take between 5 and 20 minutes to look at.
However you don’t have to do it all on one day!
Set aside 20 minutes a day for the duration of the course as a sustainable time frame for your learning.
I really, really recommend it. The lessons will guide you in looking at your tree and the nature around you, so if you’re not there … it’s not as easy to do.
There are also a huge number of health benefits to actually being out there in nature, so if you can – get out there!
No. The course is not self-paced – it’s spaced out over 12 weeks to help you really embed what you’re learning and stay consistent with making art.
Once you have received all 12 lessons, you can re-use the materials in whatever order you wish, as often as you wish!
I truly hope you take this opportunity to invest in yourself through root&branch.
Together we can bring more art into the world, learn from our natural environment and step up to be the leaders our community truly needs.