TLA Right Livelihood Professional Training
From Your Callings and Passions to Your Work and Community
June 7 - October 12, 2018
Discover, clarify, and manifest the Transformative Language Arts work -- writing, storytelling, performing, coaching, facilitation, and more -- to follow your passion, earn a living income, and serve your community. Working with experienced teachers and participants as committed as you are, and guided by Right Livelihood -- the Buddhist term for doing work that serves your calling and community -- you’ll unearth and develop best practices for ethical paid work and community service, and craft a strategic business plan.
You’ll also create a sustainable marketing plan, explore funding and partnership opportunities, practice ongoing self-care, and find community support through fellow practitioners and mentors. Unlike cookie-cutter career programs, this visionary training guides you toward what constellation of vocation works best for you now, and when the path meanders, whether you’re leaping into a new career or form of service or developing your new work while keeping your current job.
This 110-hour training begins with a long weekend workshop June 7-10 at Unity Village in Kansas City, MO., and continues June - September with online study and community support, video conferences with entrepreneurs and leaders in the field, and individual consultations with Laura and Caryn, all culminating in a day-long seminar October 12, 2018. Upon completion you’ll be granted a certificate, presented at the Power of Words conference at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont Oct. 12-14, 2018. The training also includes special discounts on and a toolkit of resources for planning, marketing, further training, and next steps. Read an interview with Laura Packer and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg from Chrysalis: A Journal of Transformative Language Arts.
By the end of the training, you will have:
Learn from luminaries in the field during weekly video conferences with your fellow participants and facilitators. Each week, on a Sunday evening for an hour 8 p.m. EST/ 7 p.m. CST/ 6 p.m. MST/ 5 p.m. PST between June 17 and Aug. 28, the following people (more to be confirmed) will present some of their work, and join us in conversation when you can ask your questions. Special guests include Harriet Lerner, Gregg Levoy, Patti Digh, Rob Peck, Priscilla Howe, Donna Washington, and more to come. Sneak preview: See a SPARKS session, hosted by the TLA Network, featuring Gregg Levoy talking about callings and right livelihood.
Who Would Benefit?
This training is for transformative language artists: writers, storytellers, activists, facilitators, organizers, educators, musicians, artists, health professionals and others who deeply engage with the power of words for changing our world. We specifically envision people who are ready to make the leap into TLA-focused work, whether they plan on leaving their current job or not.
You will be linked through a private Facebook group where you can share triumphs and questions, ask for help, and find continuing community beyond the training. We also offer a discount package -- resources, coupons, and special opportunities -- for you to consider as you launch your work, including resources and, in some cases, discounts for:
This is a low-residency training, which means you attend an opening weekend workshop in Kansas City, Missouri, and a one-day closing retreat in Plainfield, Vermont. In between you work with peers and the facilitators through a 12-week online class and 10 tele-conference seminars, all through your computer. The training also includes individual consultations with one or each of the facilitators.
Opening Weekend Seminar: Unity Village, Kansas City, Missouri - June 7-10, 2018
We meet at beautiful and accessible Unity Village, a short drive from Kansas City and Kansas City International Airport. Unity Village is set in lush hills and filled with rose gardens, fountains, walking trails, and Mediterranean-style award-winning architecture. The Unity Village hotel promotes environmental stewardship, and is among the first “green” hotels in the U.S. Visitors find Unity Village to be an exceptional yet affordable retreat center. http://www.unityvillage.org/. Our opening weekend begins 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7, and continues until our closing circle, ending 11:30 a.m., Sun., June 10, and consists of group workshops, discussions, and discoveries interspersed with individual consultations and homework to further develop your future work and the pathways toward it.
Work Together Mid-June to Mid-October: Online June 13 - Sept. 18, 2018
For 12 weeks, you’ll work with peers, facilitator-mentors, and on your own through a weekly interactive online class, and ten video-conferencing meetings (to be scheduled during the opening weekend). The online class will introduce you weekly to new lessons; relevant writing and research exercises to develop your livelihood holistically and comprehensively; and ample interaction with peers and facilitator-mentors, who will share feedback, offer thoughtful questions, ideas, and observations along the way. Our video conference guests include leaders in Transformative Language Arts, sustaining yourself as a working artist, self-care, marketing, resilience, social justice, and funding. The online classes and video conferences run from June 13 - September 18, 2018 (skipping a week for the July 4th holiday, and Labor Day).
Closing Session: Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., October 12, 2018
Goddard College is a one-of-a-kind institution of higher education with a history of creativity and chaos, invention and experimentation, of growth, decline and reemergence. This 15-year-old institution has survived with integrity and adherence to its founding values. Our closing session ends just as the Power of Words conference, organized by the Transformative Language Arts Network, begins so that participants can further enhance their education, network with others doing similar work, and spark their imaginations and inspiration.
Hours: 110 hours
Participants must complete at least 80% of each class component to receive the completion certificate, including attending in-person sessions, video conferences, participating in class discussions, and completing assignments.
Tuition: Early bird rate by December 1, 2017: $1,450 (regular rate: $1,580) plus travel, meals, and lodging.
Unity Village three night’s lodging: $357 for single, $178.50 for double
Unity Village nine meals: $162.92 (continental breakfast); $191.16 (full breakfast)
Goddard College one night’s lodging: $70 for single, $50 for double
Goddard College one day’s meals: $42
(Additional costs for lodging and meals for Power of Words conference, starting Fri. night 10/12)
To make sure this is a good fit, we ask that all applicants apply. You will discuss your readiness, work and TLA experience, hopes for the training, and any questions you have. We also require two references. Applications will be reviewed by the facilitators and an additional representative from the TLA Network. The training is limited to 16 people. Applications will be accepted until the training is full, or until two weeks before the training begins. Apply here
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Ph.D., the 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate is the author of two dozen books, including the forthcoming Miriam's Well, a novel; Following the Curve, poetry; and Everyday Magic, a collection of beloved blog posts and personal essays. Her previous work includes The Divorce Girl, a novel; Needle in the Bone, a non-fiction book on the Holocaust; The Sky Begins At Your Feet, a bioregional memoir on cancer and community; and five poetry collections, including the award-winning Chasing Weather: Tornadoes, Tempests, and Thunderous Skies in Word and Image with weather chaser/ photographer Stephen Locke. Founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College where she teaches, Mirriam-Goldberg also leads writing workshops widely, particularly for people living with serious illness and their caregivers. With singer Kelley Hunt, she co-leads writing and singing retreats. She also is a writing and right livelihood coach, working with people to bring of what wants to be written and lived into being. For over three decades, Caryn has worked extensively with many arts and ecological/bioregional not-for-profit organizations as a grant-writer, fundraiser, staff, board member, and consultant, and she also founded several long-term groups. With her husband Ken Lassman, she also offers consensus-based decision-making and other organizational development workshops and retreats. Born hard-wired to make something (in art, music, and especially writing), Caryn’s long-time callings include writing as a spiritual and ecological path, yoga, cultivating a loving marriage, family, and community, and helping herself and others make and take leaps into the miraculous work of their lives. www.CarynMirriamGoldberg.com
Laura Packer has been performing, coaching, writing, consulting, and leading the storytelling field for almost 25 years. She knows the best way to the truth is through a good story, and that this universally accessible artform creates empathy, builds bridges, and has the power to both heal and change the world. The winner of multiple awards for performance and leadership, Laura has told, taught, consulted, coached, and considered storytelling around the world. When she isn’t performing, Laura is the sole proprietor of thinkstory, llc, one of the nation’s foremost organizational consulting firms. thinkstory helps both for- and non-profit organizations communicate more effectively through coaching and storytelling techniques. Her one-day storytelling workshop, Stand Up and Speak Out: Tools for Effective Self Promotion, presented at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center was endorsed as “more useful than you could possibly imagine.” Laura knows that following your passion may be hard, but life and the world around will be richer for it. Laura considers her whole life her calling, which includes the depth and breadth of her storytelling and writing work, building and growing healthy relationships, loving the people in her life, practicing radical forgiveness, spending time in nature, cooking, listening, demystifying and destigmatizing grief and other powerful feelings, and trying to live as authentic and engaged a life as possible. You can learn more about her storytelling and coaching work at laurapacker.com, her organizational work at thinkstory.com, and read some of her writing at truestorieshonestlies.blogspot.com.