Great! We’re so glad you’re interested in forming a group to take the training together. In order to access course materials, all group members must register and, once your group is created, can do so at the group registration rate.
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).
Once you create a group using the form below, be sure to share the link that we provide you with your group members to use on their registration form. You, as a group organizer, will use this same link when you register for the training.
There are several decisions and considerations:
To receive the group discount, you and the other members provide the group name that you will specify in the name below.
Open to New Members?
Group leaders have the option of having their group listed in our groups directory as open to others in the One Earth Sangha community and providing an approximate location, schedule and an (obfuscated) email address as a means of contacting you for more details.
In-Person or Online Location?
In-person groups are a great way to build local community around the intersection of Buddhist/mindfulness and ecological well-being. You might gather at local Dharma, community centers or member homes, with the opportunity to rotate hosts.
Online groups can include people from all over the world and offer a wonderful experience of a globally responsive community. To host an online group, you’ll need to decide on a platform for meeting (free platforms include Skype, Google Hangouts, Join.me or Appear.in and more).
Schedule and Format
In determining a schedule for your gathering, you’ll also be deciding how you want to interact with the sessions. You might:
- Gather for the 2-hour live Sunday sessions with discussion afterwards (this allows group members to interact with the moderators and teachers)
- Agree to view all, part or none of the recorded sessions individually and then gather during the week as a group to watch the remainder and then engage in discussion.
We encourage everyone, whether as part of a group or individually, to join us for the live sessions. If your group is not attending the live sessions together, you can start your group meetings on a date that best meets the group’s needs.
If your group will be open to new members, decide on a date by which members must join in order to not be too disruptive to the group. You might choose to be relaxed about this in the first week of your schedule.
Online groups that are open will be listed with the start time and associated time zone. By providing your time zone, others anywhere in the world can join you so long as it works well in their home time zone. If your group ends up with international membership, you’ll want to take note of the variable transitions from daylight savings to standard time which occur during the training.
Register Your Group