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New Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Living

From: Stephen
Sent on: Monday, November 21, 2011 1:47 PM
Hi Permies - I'm helping to coordinate a new 2-year certificate program with the Common Fire Foundation combining cooperative living, consensus, conflict resolution, and permaculture/local agriculture movements. See below!

Pass it on! Or stay tuned for announcements for individual trainings 2 hours from NYC. 

We're also looking for housemates for our Tivoli, NY cooperative house starting Dec or January 1st. 

be well,
Stephen Switzer - Program Coordinator 
Common Fire Foundation 
Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Living
[address removed]

"Creating the Just and Sustainable World of Tommorrow - Today" 

Earn a Certificate in Sustainable Community Living!

Transform yourself and your life though learning to make a difference! In the face of the overwhelming challenges of our times, the Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Living is an inspiring 2-year program that involves direct living experience and monthly trainings in topics such as:

Ongoing Personal Growth & Interpersonal Dialogue

Dynamic Conflict Resolution

Consensus and Facilitation

Identity and Patterns of Oppression

Home Food Production and Storage

Meditation, Yoga, and Other Mind-Body Practices

Led by respected trainers from around the country, the program is offered at the Tivoli Housing Co-op, the highest scoring green building in the Eastern US and home to an intentional community since 2006. The program is offered by the Common Fire Foundation, which creates and helps sustain transformative intentional communities around the country. Many individual trainings are also open to the public.

Learn more at:

[address removed]

The Common Fire Foundation
Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Living
November 15, 2011
Tivoli, NY


You are invited by The Common Fire Foundation to apply to a new Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Living. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting in November 2011, and monthly trainings will begin in January 2012. Participants will receive training and direct living experience in the most timely and critical areas related to promoting sustainability, justice, and joy in our personal lives and in the world. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice what they are learning while living at the Tivoli Co-op as a full community participant.

The program will consist of twenty all-day workshops held over a period of 2 years. Trainings will be held at the serene Tivoli Housing Co-op in the Hudson River Valley. The trainings will address a wide range of skills and knowledge directly relevant to living in communities, working successfully in groups, being effective agents for change in the world, and leading a rewarding and meaningful life.

Participants will live together in the Tivoli Housing Co-op in what has been certified as the highest scoring green building in the Eastern United States. Costs associated with the program are included as a benefit to living at the Tivoli Co-op. A limited number of people who do not reside at the Tivoli Co-op will be invited to attend trainings and may be invited into the Certificate Program. Participants in the Certificate Program will also complete a year-end project that addresses their joys and interests with a deeper engagement.

The goals of the Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Living are broad:

  • The ability to work well in diverse groups, to be an active facilitator in a consensus decision-making process, and to effectively handle conflict.
  • Awareness of how to live lightly on the earth and in just relationships, with a deeper sense of connection with a place and its history and ecology.
  • Experience growing and storing food in ways that are ecologically sustainable or restorative, and an understanding of the major goals and strategies of the food justice movement.
  • Clarity of our own vision for our lives and the role we wish to play in supporting sustainability and justice in the world.
  • Knowledge of ourselves and the ways we respond to challenging situations.
  • The ability to maintain our personal health and well-being through healthy eating, physical activity, mindfulness and stress-reduction, and play.
  • An understanding of how personal transformation is fundamental to  transformation in the world, and of the role intentional communities can play in both of those transformations.
  • The ability to effectively impact the political system, both locally and beyond.
  • A cache of fundraising strategies appropriate to different projects and organizations, and a healthy personal relationship to money.

For more information and to apply, email [address removed]

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