EcoSattva Training FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

This is the list of frequently asked questions pertaining to One Earth Sangha’s EcoSattva Training.

General

What if I'm not familiar with Buddhism and/or don't have a mindfulness practice?
Without exception, everyone is invited to be a part of this training. Our only criteria for participation with others is that you engage the material with a sense of curiosity and thoroughly respect differing points of view.
What are the live dates for the course?
  • The course officially opens with a live, online, 2-hour session on Sunday, October 1, 2017 9:30 am PST.
    Note that if you’re not able to join this session, it will be recorded and available by 4:00 pm on Tuesday following each Sunday session viewing.
  • There is a session each Sunday until Sunday November 19 with one break on Sunday, October 22.
  • The live course officially closes on Sunday, November 19, 2017 9:30 am PST.
  • All course materials will still be available to all registered users for the following 10 months, until July 31, 2018.

Accessing the Course

What do I need to attend live video sessions?
We use the zoom platform for our live webinars which works on Macs, PCs, Android and iOS devices. You can download the small Zoom client here.

When the meeting time comes, you have the option of audio-only or joining the video conversation. For the latter, you’ll need a good internet connection. If you want to contribute to the conversation, it’s best to be in a place without a lot of background noise.

If you’re joining from outside the US, the Zoom client will allow you to connect with both video and audio over the internet. If you won’t have internet access but still want to join the live session, here’s a list of all of Zoom’s in-country numbers.

What if I'm not able to attend the live video sessions?
No problem! All sessions will be recorded and made available on the Course Resources page by 4:00 pm on the Tuesday following each Sunday session. You, together with your group if you have one, can watch the full sessions on your own schedule.

What is included in registration?
Registration includes:

  • Access to the live webinars. After registration, you’ll receive information on how to join the video calls. You can join by computer or phone.
  • Access to all session materials on the Course Resources page. After registration, you’ll be given a link to create an account on our site. Once you log in, you’ll be able to access all course materials which include recorded audio sessions, “homework” to prepare you for the audio session and optional follow-up resources.
  • All course materials will still be available to all registered users for the following 10 months, until July 31, 2018.
  • We invite you to reach out to members of your local community or to form an online group to do the training together. Group members receive a discount on registration. Learn more about groups and create one here.
Where can I find the recordings, homework and other resources for the course?
Once you’ve registered, you’ll have access to our Course Resources page where all materials, including live session recordings, will be available.

I'm having difficulty downloading and/or playing a session's recording. What do I do?
Since these recordings are such large files, they’re especially vulnerable to any network interruptions. Try downloading the session again as a new file.

Do we need to complete the training by November 19? Will my account or access to the materials expire?
You can run the training with your group anytime for up to ten months after which your account will expire. We request that you do not download and share these materials (unless those individuals are registered or the materials are available elsewhere on the internet) as the EcoSattva Training is a core offering of One Earth Sangha.

Are transcripts of the sessions available?
We are grateful to volunteers who transcribe sessions. If you are interested, learn more here. As they become available, transcripts of each session will be posted on our Course Resources page.

Registration Fees and Dana

How much does this training cost?
What if I can't afford the registration fee?
Through the generosity of our community, scholarship rates are available. Our goals is to have no one turned away from this course for lack of finances. Learn more and apply for a scholarship rate.

Will there be an opportunity to contribute Dana (donations)?
We invite you to engage in the practice of Dana, or generosity, to support these trainings and the work of One Earth Sangha. You can make a donation any time or do so as part of registration, once it opens.

EcoSanghas: Training as a Group

How does the group pricing work?
The Training is better together! Members of registered groups can pay a reduced rate. Group leaders or facilitators can register their group here and, if you chose, the group name will be listed on our registration form for members to select and pay at that rate. Groups need only three members to qualify and can be open for anyone to join through our directory.

Does everyone in our in-person group need to register?
While it’s easy enough to share the materials and video with others in your in-person group who are not registered, we request that all who participate in more than one session go ahead and register for the training. This helps us understand the reach of our training and improve future offerings. If anyone lacks financial means, we are providing scholarship support (see the application here).

I don't have an online or in-person group but would like to join or even lead one. What can I do?
Find a an online or in-person group on our Groups Directory. If you don’t see what that works iwth your schedule, consider creating one! Register your group here and consider listing it on our groups directory to attract members.

Groups must be 3 or more to qualify for the group rate. If your group doesn’t find three members, we’ll contact you and invite you to combine with other online groups.

How many people should be in a group?
To receive the group member rate, your group need have only three members. After that, there is no set size to a group. Each participant in a group registers individually for the course at the group rate (see our explanation of registration fees).  Groups of 6 to 10 work well but we encourage you to do what will be most effective for your community.

Can group members get scholarships too?
Yes, if the group rate is not affordable, group members can apply for scholarship support.  Since the discounts cannot be combined, individuals should apply for the full amount of support neededApply for a scholarship before you register for the class. If your scholarship application is approved, you will receive a “Discount Code” to use on the registration form (again, since discounts cannot be combined, you won’t need the group discount code).

Other Questions

I don't see my question. Now what?
We have a small staff of volunteers doing our best, and will try to answer all of the e-mails we are receiving. We ask that you check this FAQ and the discussion forums and only if your question isn’t answered there, send us your question at connect@1earthsangha.org and we’ll do our best to get back to you.