EXPLORE
Foundational Course

FALL 2019 course: October 4-23

WINTER 2020 course: February 7-29


Why take this course?

During this 3-week intensive course, you’ll learn the mindset, tools and behaviours that can help you take ownership of your own path. You’ll be surrounded by experienced, patient facilitators and diverse, collaborative peers who work with you each step of the way.

Think of this course as building a solid internal foundation before you begin your next chapter. Whether you’re launching a social enterprise or pursuing a values-led career, you need to know who you are, where you want to go and how to lead yourself to get there. EXPLORE will help you in:

  • Discovering your strengths and passions with powerful reflective exercises.

  • Mastering your behaviours and habits with practical tools and techniques.

  • Navigating change and transitions with purpose and clarity.  

Participants have often referred to EXPLORE as a ‘life-transforming positive experience’ so we are offering it as a standalone course for anyone who wants to start putting their values to work.  


EXPLORE is for anyone who wants to learn about themselves. I would for sure recommend it to someone who is starting a business, but also someone who wants to reevaluate their life, their patterns, the people they have around them, and what they want to do with their lives.
— Julia, EXPLORE Student

Who is this course for?

By 2020, nearly half of all Canadians will be independently employed. Some of you are already impacted by the changing nature of work and employment - from recent graduates and newcomers to Canada to parents returning to the workforce. And some of you know that a more collaborative and sustainable economy is what you want to contribute to.

Tuning into your purpose and strengths is the first step in creating the future you want for yourself and your community. 

  • If you’re in a time of transition and not sure what your next step will be, this course is for you. 

  • If you’re feeling stuck where you are and want your work to be aligned with your values, this course is for you. 

  • If you want to make a positive impact in the world and you’re not sure if this social entrepreneurship thing is for you, this course will help you figure that out. 

At Groundswell we create a generous space for people to dig deep, reflect and make sense of it all. If you are ready to trust the process and be vulnerable, then EXPLORE is for you. 


Tuition Fees & Course Dates

The EXPLORE Foundational Course costs $950, payable in installments.

FALL 2019 Dates: October 4 - 23, 2019

  • Friday 6-8:30pm, Oct 4 (Kick-off Night)

  • Saturdays 10am-4pm, Oct 5, 12, 19

  • Wednesdays 6-8:30pm, Oct 9, 16, 23

WINTER 2020 Dates: February 7-29, 2020

  • Friday 6-8:30pm, Feb 7 (Kick-off Night)

  • Saturdays 10am-4pm, Feb 8, 22, 29

  • Tuesdays 6-8:30pm, Feb 11, 18, 25

And if you discover that you need to launch your big idea? Your tuition for the EXPLORE Foundational Course is fully creditable toward the BUILD Incubator Program if you enroll within 12 months of starting this course.


EXPLORE Foundational Course Highlights

In this transformative personal leadership program you will:

  • Expand your understanding of the changing nature of work, the new economy and your relationship to money.

  • Map your lifeline to identify your patterns and triggers for failure and success.

  • Clarify your true strengths and the opportunities that are in front of you through a personal SWOT analysis.

  • Access the most relevant, evidence-based developments in cognitive psychology and practical ways to apply them. 

  • Unearth your blindspots and unconscious habits that are holding you back from taking mindful action in your life. 

  • Learn about the innovation mindset and how it connects to entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. 

  • Explore where your passions and skills intersect with the change you want to make in the world using the Groundswell Kite tool. 

  • Connect with people just like you who are putting their values to work and grow your support network. 

  • Apply what you’ve learned to your Personal Development Canvas to keep the momentum going after you finish the course. 

It’s time to meet the future YOU. You don’t have to navigate this transition alone. Join Groundswell’s supportive and inclusive community to take the next step toward creating the future you want. Sign up for a free Discover Groundswell session to get started.