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Polykala designs and delivers experiential training programs focussing on:

  • Leadership Development
  • Group Facilitation
  • Effective Communication

Our Harvard-trained facilitators use experiential and improvisational learning methods to generate insights, make connections and catalyse actions. Our work draws on systems thinking, positive psychology and artistic practices that combine mind and body.

Our programs are delivered in-person and online.

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Services

IN-PERSON

We design and deliver bespoke in-person training, facilitation and consultancy.

ONLINE

We offer engaging remote workshops using a range of collaborative online tools.

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Programs

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Team

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

Director

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

Director

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 is pursuing graduate study in Psychology.

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Chyonne Kreltszheim

Associate

Chyonne is a facilitator, coach and qualified 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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Rachael Dubois

Associate

Rachael is an actor, theatre-maker and facilitator. She is the current Artistic Director of Melbourne Playback Theatre Company.

Rachael has 14 years experience working across Australia and New Zealand as an actor, director, facilitator and teaching artist. She applies the tools of improvisation, acting technique, storytelling and play to encourage people to connect to themselves and their community authentically.

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Joanna Baker

Associate

Joanna is a social entrepreneur and fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Program. She is driven to help communities and organisations to tackle tough challenges and thrive. She is the co-founder of Youth Food Movement, a national for-purpose organisation that mobilises young people to create a better food system.

Joanna is passionate about building purposeful and profitable businesses ‘for good’.

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Simon Nette

Associate

Simon is one of Australia’s most innovative and effective facilitators of experiential training. He is a teacher, playwright, actor, business coach and leadership consultant. He studied at Harvard University and has trained people for over three decades in Australia and Asia.

His style of facilitation places the trainee as their own case study and emphasises practical, action-oriented reflection.

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