Wilderness Leadership Academy

מדרשה למנהיגות בטבע

أكاديمية القيادة البرية


The Wilderness Leadership Academy  provides programming for youth to learn leadership skills through

internationally recognized outdoor programming.

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Participants from the Upper Galilee Academy in the inaugural trek of the Wilderness Leadership Academy

On September 3-4, 2021, the Wilderness Leadership Academy embarked on its first trek from Karmiel to the Eshbal Campground in Misgav, Lower Galilee. The participants were from the Upper Galilee Academy, a program run by the Leadership Academy Association.

During the experience the participants hiked and took part in discussions on leadership. There was a text study on how Jewish Identity fits in the multicultural region of the Galilee. Shabbat prayers and meals were a part of the program that was interspersed by guest lectures and time to bond as a group.


Our next stage is to work with startup accelerators to launch regular programming for non-Jewish participants and mixed groups. Structured dialogues in nature will encourage the process of engaging with the "other in our midst".

The certification program is a recognition of environmental education and leadership training in nature that took place at the institute and throughout the Galilee, and provides a way of action for participants who are dedicated to activism that builds a shared society.

 The model is based on learning principles about leadership in the environment, implementation of a sustainable lifestyle, and student activity that promotes change in social consciousness and behavior. Teacher training and mentors are an integral part of the Institute.

Alumni is the founding cohort of an institute that certifies experts in conflict transformation, whose aim it is to bring about the upbuilding of a shared society to benefit all residents of our Land. ​

Vision Statement

Other goals of the program

Improving the atmosphere in the environment and reducing violence

An increase in the level of academic achievement among participants

Creating an affinity between the participant and their place of residence

Reducing waste and dirt in the environment

Use of waste reduction technology

Increasing environmental awareness

Advertising and Branding of the Midrasha

Make connections with other universities around the world

The Wilderness Leadership Academy is a long term programming goal of the Spirit of the Galilee Association. 

Please contact Rabbi Raanan Mallek for more information about this project.

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