About St Anselm's

The Institute of Saint Anselm

Established in 1984, the Institute of Saint Anselm has provided leadership training programmes primarily for Catholic religious communities, congregations and seminaries world-wide. Under the guidance of its Founder/Director, Doctor Leonhard Kofler, the Institute has developed a distinctive portfolio of sound, innovative programmes in leadership expertise and human development, which it offers to religious and non-religious community leaders and facilitators. All the courses offered are also suitable for those who are doing a sabbatical.

Over the years, the Institute has sought out and integrated the best innovative methods and techniques to enhance its original courses. The outstanding courses that resulted have drawn praise from all quarters. Most recently, recognizing the importance of the emotions in personal growth and of the need to clear destructive, detrimental emotions from the body, the Institute enhanced its curricula further with the addition of EQ Development Therapy, incorporating Bodywork, a science-based hands-on system of clearing the emotions, ultimately a necessary part of spiritual evolution.

The Institute of St. Anselm is accredited by ASIC (Accreditation Service for International Colleges).




NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) Licence

The Institute of St. Anselm has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) Centre. The IIQ Licence is designed to give formal recognition to our bespoke courses that fall outside the Qualification and Credit Framework. NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in England.

Download PDF of the 2016 Inspection report.



To meet Home Office requirements, the Institute of St. Anselm was inspected by Bridge Schools Inspectorate – Colleges Inspections, until this was changed by the Government to School Inspection Service (SIS). The most recent Bridge Schools Inspectorate report can be viewed here


Following Fr Len’s core belief, “Who I am as a person determines who I am as a leader”, all programmes centre on developing the psychological, emotional and spiritual maturity of the leaders and facilitators themselves.