Tell your story...

In this time of global unravelling, millions are losing hope that a regenerative, meaningful and just future is even possible. But those of us connected to ecovillages not only know a better future is possible, we’re living it now! Developing and sharing our personal narratives of living well and lightly can inspire others to help manifest this (re)emerging story of our being in community with each other and all life.

So, what’s your story?

  • What is something you wish everyone knew about your life or community? Why?
  • How did you find your passion or purpose? Why is it so meaningful to you?
  • How have you struggled with bringing your vision into reality?
  • How has living in community transformed you, surprised you, or challenged you? 

This course is for anyone who…

  • is curious about the art and practice of storytelling
  • is wanting to delve into, craft, and share meaningful personal stories
  • would value working with an intimate cohort of peer storytellers
  • understands the power of storytelling and would like to become a better storyteller
  • is comfortable with Zoom and working on a computer
Enroll now!

Programme Overview

  • Type: e-Learning
  • Start Date:  3 June 2024
  • Registrations: until 10 June 2024
  • Study Time: 3 to 5 hours / week
  • Facilitation: by Daniel Greenberg
  • Live Sessions: Mondays at 3 PM UTC
  • Length: 8 Weeks

Course Objectives

Through eight 1.5 hour sessions we will…

  • Create a safe online community to support our story crafting and sharing
  • Learn about why stories are so important in this time of transition
  • Explore what makes a great story that can impact others and the world
  • Develop, revise, and share a meaningful personal story
  • Learn basic audio/video recording/editing using the online platform WeVideo
  • Craft our “digital stories” with narration, images/video, and music
  • Optionally, share our stories on Gaia Education's YouTube channel with each other and the world

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Course Outline

Week 1 - Deep Welcome

  • Block A: Welcome and personal Introductions, Intentions, Agreements
  • Block B: Course Overview: Map, Weekly Themes, Intro to Storytelling, Writing prompt
  • Homework: Personal map, Outline a story to share, Review Guides

Week 2 - Deep Time

  • Block A: Indigenous Wisdom and the Great Turning
  • Block B: 1st Story Circle: Breakouts with Feedback
  • Homework: Revise or draft new outline

Week 3 - Deep Stories 

  • Block A: What Time is It and how did we get here?
  • Block B: 2nd Story Circle Breakouts with Feedback
  • Homework: Finalize Script

Week 4 - Deep Adaptation

  • Block A: Where are we now and where are going?
  • Block B: 3rd Story Circle Breakouts with Feedback
  • Homework: Collect/create images

Week 5 - Deep Sustainability

  • Block A: What is an ecovillage? What is your ideal community?
  • Block B: Intro to WeVideo, Audio Recording; 4th-Story Circle
  • Homework: Record story

Week 6 - Deep Relationships

  • Block A: Choosing to Love, Conflict and Communication
  • Block B: 5th Story Circle and Feedback, Video Editing
  • Homework: Rough Cut Video

Week 7 - Deep Meaning

  • Block A: Finding our Why; Mapping our Stories
  • Block B: 6th Story Circle and Feedback, Advanced Editing
  • Homework: Final Cut Video

Week 8 - Celebration and Next Steps

  • Block A: Screen Final Stories
  • Block B: Gratitude Circle
  • Homework: Course Evaluation and Release Form

Course Instructor

Facilitator: Daniel Greenberg, Ph.D.

Daniel has been involved in the ecovillage movement since 1988 when he pursued his doctoral thesis on “growing up in communes.” He then spent a year at Findhorn in northern Scotland where he was inspired to found the non-profit Living Routes, which partnered with University of Massachusetts to run study abroad programs based in ecovillages around the world. Over the years, Daniel co-founded Gaia Education, served as President of the Global Ecovillage Network from 2015-2019, was Director of Education at the Findhorn Foundation from 2022-2023 and now co-directs the Foundation for Intentional Community. This course arises from his passion to bring forth stories that can help put “flesh on the bones” of a more regenerative and peaceful world.

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