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Three Day Workshop: Starting a Successful New Ecovillage or Intentional Community Register

creating a life togetherWe are excited to host Diana Leafe Christian, author of “Creating a Life Together”, for two consecutive weekends.  Her many decades of experience with communities around the world offer us a wealth of information for helping us not just avoid the pitfalls that cause most communities to disintegrate, but rather to thrive in ecovillages, co-housing, and other community formats.

During this three day workshop, Diana will cover  basic aspects of starting a successful community.

Topics include

  • Three aspects of a healthy, thriving community (see short video – Three Aspects of a Healthy, Thriving Community).
  • Antidotes to “structural conflict”;
  • “The Timeline Game” (the typical steps of starting a successful new community);
  • common pitfalls community founders can avoid;
  • community Mission & Purpose;
  • a clear, thorough membership process.
  • “The Community Board Game” (crucial relationships between membership process, community purpose and governance method);
  • overview: self-governance & decision-making( (classic consensus, modified consensus, and Sociocracy. (See workshop, Sociocracy for Intentional Communities and Member-Led Groups,” Oct. 14-16.)

Plus guest trainer Jonah Mesritz, founder of Activated Villages intentional community consultation and Emerald Village intentional community in North County San Diego will be joining Diana to add his depth of experience to

  • How communities own land, find land, and finance land;
  • zoning and housing styles;
  • legal entities for co-owning land &/or managing educational programs,
  • Creating internal community economies and community labor issues.
  • Successful, field-tested ways to reduce community conflict.

We will culminate the three day workshop with an “Ecovillage & Intentional Community Clinic” where workshop participants present their community projects for Diana, Jonah, and other participants to offer advice and suggestions.

Cost: Early Bird Discount, till October 1: $250;

General Admission, after October 1, $350.

Group rate (3 or more people), $200 per group member.

We will also give $100 off General Admission codes to attendees of the West Coast Communities Conference (September 29-October 1, Escondido) in which Diana Leafe Christian will be giving the Keynote Address as well as presenting several workshops

Discount for taking both** 3-day workshops: $200 per person per workshop.   

 ** The second three-day workshop is “Sociocracy for Intentional Communities and Member-Led Groups,” Oct. 14-16. More information on the Sociocracy workshop.

San Diego’s own Sustainable Living Podcast featured Diana several months ago.  Check out this podcast to learn more about Diana’s work.

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Participants hamming it up with one of the workshop’s musical skits.

Comments about Diana’s work, presentations, and this workshop:

One-minute video of Kevin Bayuk, founder Urban Permaculture Institute, San Francisco Bay Area, on Diana’s work:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksRESIgk6rs&feature=em-upload_owner

“Your presentation was one of the best I’ve seen. . . . down-to-earth, humble, extremely knowledgeable, realistic, practical, insightful, and inspiring (and funny).” 

    —Laura Allen, 2015. Los Angeles Eco-Village; author, The Water-Wise Home

“I love the way you teach — supporting the questioner and question, being totally honest, and keeping a smile and positive, hopeful attitude about everything.” 

    —Dave Henson, 2011. Co-founder, OAEC Community, California

“You’re truly a master at taking complex material and making it simple. The way you engage participants is brilliant.” 

     —Gaya Erlandson, 2012. Lotus Lodge Community, North Carolina

“You are a sparkling trainer and a joy to work with. L.A. Eco-Village was energized for a year after your workshop.”  

      —Lois Arkin, 2006. Co-founder, Los Angeles Eco-Village

 

Location Terra Corazon
11945 Mesa Verde Drive
Valley Center CA

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Hosted By San Diego Sustainable Living Institute




Instructor
Diana Leafe Christian
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October 7, 2017 - October 9, 2017 Bancroft Center Bancroft Center
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Early Bird $250.00
General Admission $350.00
Group Rate $200.00
Both 3 - Day Classes $200.00

Three Day Workshop: Sociocracy for Intentional Communities and Member-Led Groups Register

We are excited to host Diana Leafe Christian, author of “Creating a Life Together”, for two consecutive creating a life togetherweekends. Her many decades of experience with communities around the world offer us a wealth of information for helping us not just avoid the pitfalls that cause most communities to disintegrate, but rather to thrive using Sociocracy as a means of decision making.

Sociocracy, “governance by peers and colleagues” (sometimes also called Dynamic Governance), is an effective self-governance and decision-making method Diana now highly recommends. Based on the values of equivalence, transparency, and effectiveness, when Sociocracy is used correctly it tends to result in better meetings, getting more done, being better organized and feeling more connected to other group members.

This workshop covers the basics of Sociocracy and will enable a group to start a study circle or implementation circle to learn more about Sociocracy and begin implementing it in their group. (Groups don’t usually replace their governance and decision-making method with Sociocracy, but decide to try Sociocracy for 18 months to two years in order to see how they like it and want to keep it. Usually they do!)

Workshop topics include:

  • the basics of Sociocracy;
  • how it works well (everyone learns it, they use all seven parts, and they use it correctly);
  • building feedback loops into every proposal;
  • Circles & double links;
  • Vision, Mission, Domains, & Aims;
  • Consent Decision-Making;
  • introducing and implementing Sociocracy in a group;
  • Proposal-Forming, Selecting People for Roles (elections).
  • Overview of and resources for learning more about Role-Improvement Feedback and Consenting to Circle Members.
  • Policy Meetings and Operations Meetings.

Workshop format includes visual/verbal presentations with drawings, a slideshow and short videos;  small-group discussions and exercises; and lively, interactive “readers’ theater” musical skits.

Cost: Early Bird Discount, till October 1: $250;

General Admission, after October 1, $350.

Group rate (3 or more people), $200 per group member.

We will also give $100 off General Admission codes to attendees of the West Coast Communities Conference (September 29-October 1, Escondido) in which Diana Leafe Christian will be giving the Keynote Address as well as presenting several workshops

Discount for taking both** 3-day workshops: $200 per person per workshop.   

 ** The first three-day workshop is “Starting a Successful New Ecovillage or Intentional Community” Oct. 7-9. More information on the Intentional Community workshop.

San Diego’s own Sustainable Living Podcast featured Diana several months ago.  Check out this podcast to learn more about Diana’s work.

Comments about Diana’s work, presentations, and this workshop:

One-minute video of Kevin Bayuk, founder Urban Permaculture Institute, San Francisco Bay Area, on Diana’s work:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksRESIgk6rs&feature=em-upload_owner

“Your presentation was one of the best I’ve seen. . . . down-to-earth, humble, extremely knowledgeable, realistic, practical, insightful, and inspiring (and funny).” 

    —Laura Allen, 2015. Los Angeles Eco-Village; author, The Water-Wise Home

“I love the way you teach — supporting the questioner and question, being totally honest, and keeping a smile and positive, hopeful attitude about everything.” 

    —Dave Henson, 2011. Co-founder, OAEC Community, California

“You’re truly a master at taking complex material and making it simple. The way you engage participants is brilliant.” 

     —Gaya Erlandson, 2012. Lotus Lodge Community, North Carolina

“You are a sparkling trainer and a joy to work with. L.A. Eco-Village was energized for a year after your workshop.”  

      —Lois Arkin, 2006. Co-founder, Los Angeles Eco-Village

 

Location Terra Corazon
11945 Mesa Verde Drive
Valley Center CA

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Hosted By San Diego Sustainable Living Institute




Instructor
Diana Leafe Christian
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October 14, 2017 - October 16, 2017 Bancroft Center Bancroft Center
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Early Bird
General Admission
Group $200.00
Both 3 - Day Classes $200.00

West Coast Communities Conference: Thriving, Not Just Surviving Fiscal Health in Community Register

Organized by SWICA – South West IC Alliance

And co-sponsored by the Fellowship for Intentional Community, Cohousing California and Terra Madre Gardens

Welcome to the 3rd Annual West Coast Communities Conference.  Taking off from last year’s subject of economic justice, we are organizing this year’s topics around the subject of equitable and sustainable income and affordablity.  We have workshops…

Some of the potential topics:

Financially feasible ways to start Community and ongoing affordability

Organizing for affordability in less able neighborhoods

Intentional Business (IB): Kinds of businesses that may be suitable with Intentional Community

A look at Worker Cooperatives (Collectives)

Fairness of equitable effort: Everyone pulling their own weight while respecting those less able

Balancing Intra (local) Economy and Extra (global) Economy

Alternative Trade Systems: LETS, TimeBank, HourWorld, etc.

Sources of Funding

Click here for Reservations

Call for Presenters:  Please see below for contact information.

Call for Volunteers:  Help make this year’s event even better.  There are several roles we can use help with.  People are needed for registration, volunteer coordination, website administration, among others.  Those who would like to get involved or for more information, please contact:

Contact Us: Conference Email; Conference FaceBook Page; South-West Intentional Community Alliance (SWICA) website; SWICA Email

Event organizers: Werner, Event Coordinator (949) 551-2800; Steve Fuji, SWICA Committee Head (505) 715-1418

Location Terra Madre Gardens
9928 Protea Gardens Rd
Escondido CA 92026

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Hosted By South West Intentional Communities Alliance



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September 29, 2017 - October 1, 2017 Terra Madre Gardens Terra Madre Gardens
Registration $180.00
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