Leadership Intensives

Upcoming WELA Leadership Intensives

Highly targeted leadership program tailored to the specific needs of a geographic, sectorial or issues-based community over the course of a 3-4 day retreat.

  • A 3 to 4 day in-person retreat at a local facility, connected to nature
  • Facilitated workshops, presentations and panel discussions tailored to the needs of the group
  • An opportunity to develop your own leadership, while forming deep connections and relationships with other women environmental leaders
  • Online connection to participants and WELA’s growing network across Australia
  • Comprehensive resources and materials
  • A tailored, intensive course to re-energise and strengthen a specific group

Who it's for

Women and gender diverse people in regional, local or state-based communities across Australia, actively working (paid or unpaid) for the environment or climate, looking to take the next step in leadership. This includes women working in the not-for-profit, government or business sectors, and unpaid volunteers.

If your community could benefit from a WELA program, please contact us to discuss options. 

Become a Partner

If your community could benefit from a WELA Leadership Intensive program, please get in touch to discuss collaboration opportunities. We’re currently exploring program options in partnership with state-based conservation organisations, local government authorities and a regional university.

Intensive Leadership Program Queensland

Case study:

This first edition of the WELA Intensive Leadership Program regional programs, called the WELA Weekend — Queensland Program 2022 was held in partnership with the Queensland Conservation Council.

The program aimed to address the ways in which women’s crucial leadership can transform our response to the environmental and climate crises that we face, especially in the context of Queensland.

The results of the evaluation indicate that the program has successfully helped develop the confidence of participants to lead in the ways that make sense to them, and increase their sense of influence and ability to advocate for themselves and others.

Misty Nelson
Ecologist: Research & Funding Officer, Burnett Catchment Care Association and WELA Leadership Intensive Alumna

“WELA helped me build connections and a clearer understanding of how to be impactful in my work.  It expanded my mind and confidence that what I do matters and that I can be and do more. Since the program I have expanded my on-ground environmental program work, strengthened my networks and collaborated on new projects. I have also been asked to speak at leadership forums, been invited to represent regional communities in the plan towards decarbonisation and consulted on environmental accounting projects.” 

Get in touch


Our fundraising supplements our program running costs to keep prices lower and we provide a range of full and partial scholarships, which you can read about here.

We also don’t want anyone to miss out on applying for our programs for other reasons. If you find working on a computer difficult or face other barriers, please email us at info@wela.org.au so we can arrange to talk it through.

WELA x Green Music Australia

Sound Country Artists' Leadership Intensive 2023

Watch this short video from our WELA x Green Music Australia Leadership Intensive designed for musicians to share stories, gain critical skills, and build community at the intersection of environment, climate, system change, and music.