Who we are

We are facilitators, consultants and thought-partners. We facilitate learning conversations that support culture change.

What we do

We create robust learning environments where participants hear from each other, challenge themselves and arrive at new insights.

Who we work with

People come to us when they want to disrupt default patterns, invite fresh voices and nurture new ways of thinking, being and doing.





We are facilitators, educators, academics and artists. We draw on our experience in the community, not-for-profit, government and business sectors. Our work is enriched by our diverse interests in education, performing arts, ecology and the humanities.

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Dr Ananth Gopal


Ananth holds a PhD in Human Geography specialising in socio-ecological adaptation. He has taught at the Universities of Wollongong and Melbourne and is an active researcher. Ananth has worked as an actor in Australia, New Zealand and the UK for the last 15 years and is an associate artist at Melbourne Playback Theatre Company. Ananth was trained by Marty Linksy and Ron Heifetz at Harvard Kennedy School in the Adaptive Leadership approach. He holds a Cert IV in adult education (TAE), BA (Hons) and a Diploma in Spanish language.

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Tom Henderson


Tom has a background in journalism and politics. He has trained at the Harvard Kennedy School with Marty Linksy and Ron Heifetz and holds an Advanced Diploma of Facilitation from the Groupwork Institute. His work with Polykala has included supporting the renegotiation of the Regional Forestry Agreements; delivering adaptive leadership training to LGAs in Victoria and the Northern Territory and a range of Universities and NFPs. He holds at Cert IV in adult education (TAE), a BA (Uni Melb) and a graduate diploma in Psychology (Uni Melb).

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Lina Patel


Lina works with people and organisations around the world who value positive social outcomes and want to get better at how they work together. She has 20+ years experience working across all tiers of government; a variety of industry sectors; and in a range of operational functions. She was a facilitator at the Centre for Sustainability Leadership and has designed and delivered a range of workshops and retreats for a variety of community groups, government and private sector organisations. Her mission is to alleviate needless workplace suffering and bring more kindness into the world, one team at a time.

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Chyonne Kreltszheim


Chyonne is a facilitator, coach and former lawyer with over 16 years’ experience working with organisations across Australasia.

Chyonne is an expert negotiator having completed the Advanced Negotiation training at Harvard’s Negotiation Institute. Her facilitation is attentive and artful. She weaves together conceptual frameworks to help clients get a handle on their challenges and make a difference. She holds an LLB (Hons) and a BSc and a Graduate Diploma in Ontological Coaching.



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