Becoming a Communitarian
5-Week Online Course | Resuming in 2023
Communitarians are the ambassadors of the future–a future of intentionality, collaboration, and expanded consciousness. Join us for a transformative journey as we dive deep into self literacy, community living, culture repair, and satisfying intimacy. We will emerge as elders, of all ages, who are ushering in a new paradigm.
Embark on a transformative journey towards community.
Your journey as an agent of change begins with the transition from toxic individualism into holistic community building. Becoming a mature, engaged, and embodied steward of the commons provides you with profound meaning and contributes to much needed cultural transformation–whether you already live in community or are looking for a community to join.
This course offers a comprehensive look at how to thrive in cooperative culture using relational resilience as a roadmap. We’ll learn about the emerging science of trauma, discuss the celebrations and challenges of intentional living living, explore best practices for self-knowledge and care, and cultivate effective skills and attitudes for community success.
In order to experience true community, we are each called upon to do our own deep work. This allows us to step fully into our sovereignty as well as broaden our capacity for emotional intimacy.
Participants will set personal goals, engage in contemplation, dialog with fellow students, and deepen their understanding of conscious relating in all areas of life.
You will leave this course with…
- Clear goals to achieve greater relational resilience for yourself and others
- An understanding of our biology including the brain, the nervous system, regulation, and window of tolerance
- An overview the cultural context of patriarchy, colonization, capitalism, and injustice
- Insight into common hurdles, traps, and challenges in community
- Helpful attitudes for community living and self-knowledge
- Your enneagram and how to use other multiple intelligences models
- Effective communication skills for community living
- A grasp for cultural repair work and a new cosmology for a life-giving culture based in community
- The best of the collective toolkit through NVC and the Zones of Intimacy
- A conscious relating toolkit
- Best practices regarding positive and responsible sexuality in community
Meet Your Instructor
Lee is a devoted community builder. She is delighted by community of all kinds, shapes, sizes, and intentions. Her life purpose is to provide leadership in the building of community in accessible, natural, and blissful ways. To that end, she is committed to reweaving the cosmologies as well as regenerating the cultural wisdom that allows for us ALL to “return to the village.” The village is a metaphor for the collaborative approach to life that will repair historical damage and create a sense of coherence and unity. Cultural repair looks like conscious relating to self, to land, to dying, to living, and to other. As we return to the village, we create cohesive, supportive, inclusive, and life-giving systems that tend to the whole, most especially to the “more than human world”. In the midst of this deep reverence, we will come to see the divine in all things. All aspects of life are sacred opportunities for presence and soulful engagement. sustainable economics, conscious dying, and community of all kinds.
The Online Course Experience
Live Interactive Sessions
Each week will feature a 2-hour live class with the course instructor so you can learn in a dynamic setting and get your questions answered directly. Get ready for interactive presentations, group discussion, small cohort activities and personalized support. Plus, each week there will be bonus sessions with guest speakers and panelists.
Journey with a Cohort
Join participants from around the world who are embarking on creating community for better living and more connection. You’ll have opportunities to network with like-minds and develop a network of support to carry your community project forward. Welcome to your global community of communities.
Participants will have access to a private online space to connect with the instructor and other students through a discussion forum. Each week new learning materials will be uploaded to the space, including videos, worksheets and articles. You’ll be able to watch previously recorded sessions and stay on track with your weekly assignments.
- Class 1: The Water we Swim in: Exploring the Biological & Cultural Landscapes
- Class 2: Ahhh, Community: The Celebrations & Challenges
- Class 3: Right Relationship to the Collective
- Class 4: Self Care & Self Literacy: The Basis of All Relating
- Class 5: Building Intimacy with Others
All classes will be recorded and viewable with other class materials for up to 3 weeks after the last class. Live classes will be hosted via Zoom.
Please click on the month below to view the respective class dates and times.
All classes are on Saturdays from 9-11am Pacific / 10am-12pm Mountain / 11am-1pm Central / 12-2pm Eastern
All classes are on Tuesdays from from 9-11am Pacific / 10am-12pm Mountain / 11am-1pm Central / 12-2pm Eastern
This is a great way to introduce yourself to the idea of living in a community. You will get a light into to the basics of socialized connecting and living with others from someone who ahs been doing it intentionally and with awareness for a long time, and the info is delivered in a very easy-to-follow format. Plus, you get to connect with some really interesting and heart-based people. It’s perfect even if you’re not ready to join a community or if you have already live in one and want to learn more about it
– Angela Conte
I enjoyed Lee’s breadth of knowledge and experience and her ability to introduce and articulate important concepts that may be completely new to her students. She is open, welcoming, charismatic, and passionate about her subject.She offered exposure to a multitude of rich resources for further exploration, and I think this was the main strength of the course. She also created a very affirming, inclusive environment among the participants.
— Sara Bruya
Lee has a ton of knowledge on living in community and I loved how passionate she is about sharing that with others. The course has a really wide variety of information and gives a good overview of many of the things to consider in community.
— Shawn Lauzon
This course covers the vital social-emotional aspects of community that just isn’t talked about openly enough. I so appreciated Lee’s candid sharing of her own experience and warm encouragement of our own self-reflection. I truly believe that if more folks did the kind of personal and interpersonal work Lee outlines in this course, more communities would thrive!
— Teri Grunthaner
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Need financial support to attend a course?
Apply for a scholarship. Those with low-income and from marginalized groups are encouraged to apply. FIC is committed to ensuring everyone has access to intentional community learning opportunities.