Our History

Our History

Over 25 years, we have grown and developed our mission to facilitate the learning and development of individuals and organisations through coaching, training and organisation development (OD).

We have a long and rich history originating from the Order of Marist Brothers. Established in 1817 in France, the Marist Brothers were founded by Marcellin Champagnat. As a young priest, Champagnat visited a dying boy whom he discovered had limited formal education. Conscious of the significance of education in helping people realise their personal potential, Champagnat made it his life’s mission to provide learning opportunities for young people. Champagnat’s desire was to create change in order to give young people the best opportunity to be all they could be. He saw education and learning as a key to this. Presently, the Marist Brothers have an international presence working in 76 countries with nearly 500,000 young people.

Our early educational focus centred on residential youth work with a mission to support young people from the ages of 16 upwards to make meaning of the world around them. This grew organically into a focus on adult education, training and development with a focus in counselling and psychotherapy. As well as providing a highly successful counselling service, we were the first institution to deliver university accredited counselling training in Scotland at post-graduate and MSc levels.

Inspired by the original Marist vision of releasing potential through education, we have now developed a focus towards people in the contemporary workplace. Our mission is to facilitate the learning and development of individuals and organisations through coaching, training and organisation development (OD). Whilst the Brothers founded Kinharvie as a project in 1980, we are non-religious in our ways of thinking and working. We remain faithful to the spirit of Champagnat in our mission to release individual and organisational potential by facilitating change.