The Institute for Collaborative Learning

The Institute for Collaborative Learning (i4cl) is a training and consulting collaborative of dedicated professionals who share a similar philosophy of education but have a broad range of experiences to draw upon. Incorporated into the institute is the work and history of the Centro Espiral Mana (CEM), a training center in Costa Rica that, since 2001, has provided transformational learning experiences for teachers, leaders, and staff from ministries of education. The institute is proud to include CEM; to build on its legacy of humanistic, collaborative training and development; and to bring CEM’s transformational approaches to individual and organizational learning to a broader audience through our expanded work.


Learning is the process by which we change our organizations, our world, and ourselves. Our mission is to cultivate potential together by fostering stronger, easier, more effective learning. We assist clients, colleagues, and communities fulfill their needs and aspirations while building a climate and context that promotes lasting learning and strong professional relationships.


We envision a future in which collaborative learning is recognized as a necessary and solid foundation for sustainability and success in both organizations and individuals.