Our Catalyst Workshops

Our Catalyst Workshops bring together filmmakers, social media managers, campaign strategists, and activists for an intensive 4-day collaborative retreat. With only 10-15 participants, each workshop is a unique capacity building & networking experience. Makers and sharers are paired with organizations on existing campaigns to create new media and strategies for significant change. These action-focused workshops act as an incubator for developing ideas, strategies and media for driving change in conservation. Participants will collaborate to develop a video project at a nature-focused retreat center while developing new connections and laying the groundwork for future projects.

Upcoming Workshops

TBD: Sign-Up Below for Announcements

Past Workshops

Oceans & Plastic - May 1 - 4, 2017

Islands & Climate - November 10 - 13, 2016

Healthy Oceans - September 29 - October 2, 2016

Renewable Energy Solutions - July 12 - 18, 2015

Healthy Oceans - July 5 - 11, 2015


  • "The workshop helped our organization become better informed about the use of film and media as a tool for action. It gave me a better understanding of how to work with filmmakers and how to navigate the creative process to have an outcome that we are, collectively, satisfied with... I also learned a lot about the importance of the engagement strategy associated with distributing video and measuring the results."
    Sam Hallowell
    Director, Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership
    Energy Catalyst Workshop
  • “The individual connections I made at the workshop were invaluable as well as the lessons and introductions to many of the foundations and organizations out there doing similar work. VERY useful and practical workshop - I LOVED it.”
    Cynthia Matzke
    Documentary Producer & Professor, UCSD/Sally Ride Foundation
    Ocean Catalyst Workshop
  • “The workshop has helped me embrace a new way of seeing my work.”
    Lisa Daniels
    Executive Director, Windustry
    Energy Catalyst Workshop
  • “The Workshop has caused us to consider video production & elements much more in the brainstorming and production of future campaigns. The attendees were also a great group - I ended up hiring one of our workshop team members for a full-time position at our foundation.”
    Jarrod Curry
    Marketing & Operations Manager, The Ocean Foundation
    Ocean Catalyst Workshop
  • “I wanted to thank you again for hosting a memorable and fruitful workshop. I'm excited to see it grow and would love to participate again.”
    Jordan Fein
    Documentary Filmmaker & Points North Fellow
    Energy Catalyst Workshop


Our Catalyst Workshops will be held at Alnoba in Kensington, New Hampshire. This spectacular 400-acre retreat is near the coast, just 45 miles northeast of Boston.

Who Should Attend

Media Makers & Filmmakers

Social Media & Campaign Strategists

Activists & Organizations