A Training for Living in the 5th World – Online

Three Years
The Saturday before Daré. See exact dates here.

9 am to 9 pm

We start, weather permitting, sitting outside, weather permitting, around a fire. We sit in a circle.  We invite the spirits.  We walk on the land.  We cultivate the intelligence of the heart.  We call together the community of humans, non-humans, the elementals and the spirits.  We commit ourselves to bringing forward a viable future for all beings.

Recognizing the tragedy and anguish of these times and the threat to all life, we gather to do the work that is commensurate with the great need.  This is a rigorous training directed toward extracting oneself from the forms and values of EuroAmerican / Western / Imperial mind and culture. We offer ourselves to radically change our minds to attune with an earth based, spirit-based community consciousness that sincerely honors Indigenous wisdom and all beings in all ways. Imagine yourself as a complex ecology intersecting with other complex ecologies.  The fundamental practices of the 19 Ways call us to bear witness to these times, to engage in deep honesty and self-scrutiny of our conscious and unconscious participation, to divest from supporting those forms, institutions and values which act against all life, to restore the old, old values of community and to vision and enact new ways of living.

The work is based on  the 19 Ways to the 5th World.  Exploration and action. Translating ideas into life practices. Land and spirit-based instruction and guidance coupled with the study of various texts and books at the edge of the emerging consciousness.  We work through Story, dream telling, ceremony, Council, to build community with ourselves, each other, the animals, the spirits and the land.  This Training asks for commitment to the work. “Going up on the hill” and “Putting people on the hill” is part of the training.


This year we will focus on yielding to spirit’s call and learning to recognize and understand Story on behalf of healing and discerning one’s path. We will also discern what must be radically changed or discarded in our lives on behalf of integrity. The task is to change our minds down to the cellular level focusing on the crucial practice of moving from understanding to action.

Though we will seek to become adept in the several Ways mentioned above, the ultimate goal of the training is the integration of all the Ways, so that each breath radiates the possibilities of new life, of cultural and social changes that promise a future for all beings. The training seeks to meet the various challenges and difficulties in our lives with new reflexes and responses that presume the presence of spirit, honor the wild, respect the lineages of different wisdom traditions and Indigenous mind. At the core, we seek to live according to the myriad ways of the intelligence of the heart and in concrete ways to honor and sustain the land here as a village sanctuary for a viable life for all beings

If you are just joining, consider that it requires at least three-years to integrate this work and so is a very serious commitment on behalf of one’s own development and the Earth.  Please write a letter of intention with some details of your life indicating how you came to wanting to do this work.

For further information please contact Cheryl Potts at 310 702 7313 or Sharon Simone. Send your letter of intention to Deena Metzger.

See the reading list at the bottom of this page.

See fees here.