Fabian Dattner conceived Homeward Bound and then co-founded the project with Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas. Homeward Bound is largely self-funded, with each participant contributing towards the cost of travel and accommodation on the boat — as well as their own time.

We are currently approaching a range of other funding sources to offset the $US26,000 per person cost of the program. The primary cost, in excess of the normal cost of a trip to Antarctica, is for the four programs that will be delivered on board, the on board faculty, materials and project management.

The Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency, Professor Kate Warner, is a patron for the project.

We are incredibly grateful to the large, diverse, and talented team that are personally and corporately sponsoring Homeward Bound! 



Human Synergistics – helps organisations improve effectiveness by developing leaders, teams and organisational cultures.

Thank you to Human Synergistics for donating a world class diagnostic to Homeward Bound participants over 10 years, The Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI) and for engaging coaches globally to voluntarily coach participants. This is a stunning company, with whom we have a close partnership.

LSI Coaching Team 

A personal thank you to the global LSI Life Time Accredited Coaches who donated time to coaching multiple Homeward Bound participants through their LSI Reports:

HB18 Coaches: Michael Peacock, Rod Andersen, Corinne Canter, Fernanda Afonso, Marion Stanway, Jo McAlpine, Angela Chapman, Deanne Heidrich, Arthur Rindfleisch, Karen Delvin, Simon Osborne, Margit Mansfield, Beverly Sacks, Elana Kohn, Andrew Gross, Ross Anderson, Kim Dutton, Jenny Krasny, Alison Browne, Jessica Layden, Graciela Szwarcberg, Ian Pimblett, Susan Francis, Alan McGilvray, Terence Seymour, Sonya Hughes, Jill McCorkell, John Pollaers, Margaret Weber, Michelle Crawford, Gai Roper, Jenny Postlethwaite, Mandy Holloway, Sheryl Brosnan, Shirley van Schagen, Lesley-Anne Houghton, Greg O’Brien, Tracy Keevers, Mary Lemonis, Gauri Maini, Diana du Plessis, Annette Gray, Graham Richardson, Tayn Pavelic, Campbell Forsyth, Tammy Turner, Rhonda Jansz, Nicole Millar, Paola Uliana, Myra-Ann Pickens, Renata Marucci, Roberta Fairbairn, Peter Ivett, Sue Constable, Kevin Wren, John White, Lori Vanston, Chris Woodhouse.

HB16 Coaches: Andrew Gross, Anita Payne, Catherine Duvel, Fernanda Afonso, Graciela Szwarcberg, Jenny Kransy, Jo Cornick, Jo McAlpine, Karen Delvin, Kerryn Velleman, Mandy Holloway, Margaret Parkinson, Margit Mansfield, Marion Stanway, Michael Peacock, Peter Ivett, Ross Anderson, Simon Osborne and Steve Cartledge.

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Dattner Grant
– leading management consulting experts in Melbourne. Specialising in strategic advice, leadership development for business, change management and team building strategies.

Dattner Grant have donated the project management and leadership content of Homeward Bound along with many others in the Dattner Grant team giving to the Homeward Bound cause. They are also donating the facilities, materials and office space. Thank you Dattner Grant!


Australian Antarctic Division  based in Hobart, Tasmania, is a Division of the of the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Energy.
Thank you to the Australian Antarctic Division for providing in-kind support to the science program of Homeward Bound.


Kathmandu – For 30 years, Kathmandu has designed gear to endure the rugged landscapes of their homeland – New Zealand. With Kiwi ingenuity, and an open mind, we continuously adapt our gear to endure different weather conditions, diverse terrains, and the ever–changing needs of travellers. We act with people and the planet in mind – from the creative minds of our designers, to the careful hands of our suppliers, to the backs of our customers all around the world.

We are so proud and excited to be traveling in beautiful and top quality Kathmandu jackets not only this year but over the next 10 years. Thank you to Kathmandu for providing Homeward Bound with a jacket, backpack, drink bottle and beanie for each participant and discount vouchers for the rest of their needs.


Paige Digital – A one-woman graphic and web design studio based in Melbourne. Paige Digital excels at translating the personality of a project or product into a beautiful, complementary brand and website.

Thank you to Paige Digital for donating many hours of web development and design services for the Homeward Bound website.

Acciona are a strategic partner of Homeward Bound’s.

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania  based in Hobart, Tasmania.

Thank you to the University of Tasmania for providing in-kind support to the science program of Homeward Bound.

Thank you to the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies for providing in-kind support for the science program of Homeward Bound. We also wish to acknowledge the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), the College of Arts and Law, and the Institute for the Study of Social Change for providing significant financial and in-kind support for the longitudinal research project on leadership for women in STEMM led by Dr. Meredith Nash in the School of Social Sciences.

 ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, The University of Queensland – based in Brisbane,
Australia. Funded through the Australian Research Council is the world’s largest leading research centre for solving environmental management problems and evaluating outcomes of environmental actions.

Thank you to the The University of Queensland for providing in-kind support to the science program of Homeward Bound.


Elmwood – the world’s most effective brand design consultancy.

We are so grateful to Elmwood for their precious time, generosity and skills in creating Homeward Bound’s branding including our logo and tag line.


Homeward Bound has been made possible by sponsors past and present. Homeward Bound is grateful to the sponsorship of the companies below.

EB Psych

Evidence Based Psychology  help organizations harness the power of people by taking on the tricky stuff: emotions, beliefs, and behaviors. Their boutique consulting style is personal, connective and rooted in science. We thrive at the nexus of psychology and business, working to uncover potential and bring out the best in you and your people.

We thank Evidence Based Psychology for looking after the MSCEIT testing process for HB16 and for engaging with their accredited coaches to donate coaching to participants.


MHS – is a leading publisher of psychological assessments in the areas of ADHD, offender management, and emotional intelligence.

We thank MHS for the donation of the MSCEIT assessment (Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test) to HB16 participants.

MSCEIT Coaching Team 

A personal thank you to the global accredited coaches who donated time to coaching multiple HB16 participants through their MSCEIT Reports:

HB16 Coaches: Angela Chapman, Caryn Cridland, Frieda De Ley, Garry Trotter, Jenny Postlethwaite, Juraj Ondrejkovic, Justin O’Brien, Karen Gotthelf, Kate Chaffer, Kerryn Velleman, Margaret Burnside, Michelle Morrison, Muffy Churches, Nad Philips, Nancy Hromin, Nerolie Golder, Nicole Norris, Paulette Awais, Robert Gordon and Shawn Price.

Eltham Office Choice – Eltham Office Choice is a wholly owned Australian and family operated business located in busy Bridg
e Street in Eltham (directly opposite Bunnings). They specialize in supplying small to large businesses, home offices and local residents with all their stationery requirements. Their aim is to make the purchase of stationery as easy and cost effective as possible. They are small enough to provide a very personal service, and yet large enough to offer a fast and reliable service to all our valued clients.

Thank you to office choice for the donation of key stationary items for the on-board program in 2016 that can continue to be used for many programs to come.

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About Learning  – About Learning is an educational training and publishing firm that works with organizations throughout the world on how to create high performance learning. They offer 4MAT, a transformative process for improving the quality of teaching and learning in any educational setting. Their corporate Division—4MAT 4Business—works with corporations throughout the US and Canada to help them improve their training and development programs.

Thank you to About Learning for donating 4MAT assessment to each our our HB16 participants and team members as well as Dr Bernice McCarthy donating her time to talk to our participants and debrief them about 4MAT.


i-nexus Strategy Execution software to help you achieve more goals, faster with less effort. Transforms the way you plan, execute and track your actions.

We thank i-nexus for donating their world class Strategy Execution Software to Homeward Bound in 2016 making great execution possible.


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