What is Bloom?
BLOOM is a team of educators, facilitators and counsellors that develop and implement educational programs for schools and organisations as well as delivering dynamic facilitation training based on our innovative approach.
BLOOM is based in Melbourne Australia, however operates internationally, partnering and delivering projects all around the world.
In the education and leadership space, dynamic and engaging facilitation is essential in inspiring learning, growth, exploration and change in those around you.
Facilitation is a fundamental leadership skill, yet truly creative and dynamic facilitators are difficult to come across.
We are passionate about teaching leaders and educators in schools, non-profits and corporates the most innovative and creative facilitation tools and approaches.
We believe that an effective and holistic education needs to focus on the synergy of two realms: academia and formation of the self. BLOOM is dedicated to instituting the latter realm of self-formation education into schools and educational institutions worldwide.
To achieve this, our programs focus on bringing self-exploration, character development and leadership actively into play. We use this formative process as a springboard for students to cultivate self-belief and become empowered to pursue their best selves and a life of their choosing.
In 2009, Michael and Aaron (meet them below) were hired by one of Melbourne's leading and most successful schools - Bialik College - to be a part of building an 'Informal Education' department, the first of its kind in Australia. The school's mission was to encourage student pursuit of self-fulfilment through exploring one's identity, culture, purpose, character and leadership. This was the content. Over the next four years, with the school's support and vision, Michael and Aaron built curriculum, leadership structures, programs, camps, seminars, festivals and more.
They endeavoured to build a department that would continue to thrive long after they left. Six years later, the department is still growing with four full-time staff members, a whole host of new programs and is an indispensable part of the school’s education and culture. The Bialik College Informal Education department is a leading school model in 'self-formation education'.
"Aaron and Michael co-led Bialik’s journey into deep, meaningful and impactful experiential informal education at Bialik College. Their ability to plan and lead programs that promote emotional, social and physical health is second-to-none and their strengths in nurturing, relationship-building, conflict-management and spirituality have led to real growth in the College community." Jeremy Stowe-Lindner, Principal Bialik College