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

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:

“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


October 14, 2017 to October 16, 2017Terra Corazon
11945 Mesa Verde Drive Valley Center CA
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ticket Prices
Early Bird
General Admission
Group $200.00
Both 3 - Day Classes$200.00