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.





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 is pursuing graduate study in Psychology.

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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 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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