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

Focus: Coming Soon - October 2 - 5, 2017

Focus: Coming Soon - November 2 - 5, 2017

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

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Create & Build

Create new content & build working relationships with conservation organizations.



Work with other activists, media makers & strategists in an immersive environment.



Expand your opportunities for grants & fellowships with CMG & our partners.

  • "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

Workshop Details

Small Focused Group
Each workshop is limited to 10-12 participants with a focus on workshop subject
Immersive Programming
Schedule includes 4 days of engaging talks, development activities & collaborative work
Shared meals & housing at the retreat center are provided on site
Real Deliverables
Participants work together to develop projects for active campaigns
Funding Opportunities
Workshop participants are actively considered for future CMG grants
Intimate Setting
Meet new colleagues & build connections that last


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