Seagulls Resort in Townsville, on Wulgurukaba Land July 8 - 11

The WELA Great Barrier Reef Leadership Intensive

Are you ready to bring your unique leadership approach to protecting and enhancing our precious Great Barrier Reef? 

Designed by and for women and gender diverse people working for and committed to our environment, the WELA Great Barrier Reef Leadership Intensive, in partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) aims to support a new wave of women’s environmental and climate leadership in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) region.


 The WELA Great Barrier Reef Leadership Intensive will bring together up to 21 women and gender-diverse people who work in and along the GBR area for a four-day leadership development program on Wulgurukaba Country (Townsville) in North Queensland. 


Monday 8 July – Thursday 11 July 2024

WELA Leadership Programs are transformational for participants who want to accelerate positive change. We empower people to identify their own approach to leadership, and to recognise and step into their power to influence.

The WELA Great Barrier Reef Leadership Intensive will build the leadership capability and capacity of women and gender-diverse community leaders actively working with Reef catchment communities to support grassroots community climate action and coastal and marine resilience for the Reef. Targeted at diverse participants leading practical and on-the-ground actions with their community, this program will unlock and extend your impact as change-makers for climate and the Reef. 


What to expect




What’s included

Our programs are designed to help participants create the change the world needs through:


Our curriculum

Our curriculum is centred on four key themes: 

  1. Personal development Increasing wellbeing, resilience, self reflection, confidence and effectiveness
  2. Evolving your leadership – Increasing leadership at workplaces, the visibility and effectiveness of women and gender diverse people in their environmental and social change efforts
  3. Approaches to impact community building and change making skills and tools to understand and respond to impacts of gender bias, inequality and climate change and how to lead action to maximise impact
  4. Systemic change Understanding the big picture of power within society and how it links to climate change, and how gender and leadership are constructed and influenced by them and where to intervene.



Our facilitators

Your program will be led and supported by our team of experienced facilitators, including:

The core facilitation team is supported by various guest speakers and facilitators throughout the week. Participants are also invited to present or co-facilitate table talks during the program to share their experience and expertise in the group.


WELA Great Barrier Reef Leadership Intensive



The program will be located at Seagulls Resort in the heart of Townsville by the beach, on Wulgurukaba Country. The space is a lovely beach side location with exceptional eco-friendly accommodation and amenities.  All meals are provided as is bed linen & towels. 

We will ensure COVID-safe precautions and measures are taken throughout the week.. 

Please note that travel is not included in the program fees, and participants are to organise their own travel arrangements. 



Retreat: Monday 8 July – Thursday 11 July 2024

This program is designed to encourage everyone’s active participation. There will be free time each day for participants to enjoy the environment, to exercise or take time out to nourish themselves. Time for work is limited and it’s recommended that people take the time off completely. 

There will be 2 online sessions before and after the retreat to attend as part of the program: onboarding on Tuesday June 27 2024 from 11am to 1pm AEST and integration on Tuesday August 6 from 11am to 1pm AEST.


Selection Criteria

This program is for you!

WELA is committed to supporting a diverse and thriving community of changemakers. Women and gender diverse people from First Nations communities, people of colour, culturally and linguistically diverse communities from diverse ages, social backgrounds and ability and in paid or volunteer positions, and from across all sectors are encouraged to apply. 



The Great Barrier Reef Foundation has provided a grant to assist with the costs of this initiative resulting in the affordable fee structure and provision of subsidies for those who would otherwise be unable to attend.  

Payment is required upon acceptance into the program to ensure commitment to the program.   


How to apply

Complete the WELA Great Barrier Reef Leadership Intensive  Application Form.

Applications close Monday 6 May 2024.

In your application, please share: 

If you struggle with working online, don’t let that be a barrier to applying! Word document or hard copy application forms can be provided if required. We can also phone you to gather information.  We actively encourage a wide diversity of participants.


Submit your application by Monday 6 May 2024 at 11:59pm. Applicants will be advised whether they are successful and will be expected to confirm acceptance of the program by Thursday 6 June 2024 to provide applicants with a reasonable planning horizon.  


More information 

WELA is empowering and supporting women’s leadership for our environment, and transforming Australia’s response to the climate and environment crises (

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Get in touch with Asmaa Guedira Lead Facilitator [email protected] if you have queries or send to [email protected]

The leadership intensive is funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.