CALL FAQs

Who is CALL for?


This program is for people who are not satisfied with the status quo in their own lives, their families, their communities, this country and this planet and want to do something about it. It is for people who are asking, “What can I do to make things better?” “Do I have the skills to make a difference?” We believe that by starting with the honing of ourselves as an instrument, we can learn how to effect change without burning ourselves out. We also believe that by improving our interpersonal skills, we can join with others for lasting alliances. By learning how to build healthy temporary groups, we can co-create enduring peaceful, and just communities. This leadership laboratory is for people who want to learn and practice with a supportive cohort group.




What is the CALL opportunity?


Imagine what it will be like to be with a cohort of change agents focused on learning and practicing how to make the difference we want in our lives and our communities. We can learn at our own pace online and in on-site residential sessions. Being part of this cohort group will stimulate our own knowing, give us an opportunity to share our skills and insights and learn from each other as well as the faculty. Because we will design and complete a Change Project to bring more peace and social justice to our communities or organizations, we will have a knowing in our bones that we can make the difference we envision and we will have a network of allies to support our future work.




How will we do this?


The core individual and group development theory we will use has evolved over the last 30 years, utilizing research designed and led by Alexandra Merrill. This “home grown” theory takes its core lessons from the characteristics of our own human development in the womb. It influences the design of the residential sessions so attention is given to supporting individuals and the community in becoming healthy, purpose-full and strong. In this program, we focus on individual development, relationship building and community creating. Throughout the three levels of training, time is built in for “practices that serve.” These practices include time for reflection through meditation and journaling, time for movement, including yoga, dance and land walks and time to share spiritual practices and rituals. We believe these practices help maintain robust health and teach us how to come to center again and again as life offers its constant challenges to our equilibrium.




How does "learning from the land" fit into CALL?


At Hope Springs, we have found that the land is one of our most brilliant teachers and in this program we will spend time on the land, listen to the land, be of service to the land and come into a relationship of mutual support and understanding with the land. This will ground us and give us an anchor when we feel lost in the storm of seemingly unsolvable social injustices.




How does Hope Springs embed experiential education into CALL?


We believe that we embed learning by doing, by practicing what we learn right away. In this program, there will be many forms of teaching and, following most lessons, there will be an opportunity to practice, to explore the concepts taught through exercises that provide the opportunity to experience how we could implement that particular lesson. There will also be time for quiet individual reflection, for small group discussion and for large group sharing of lessons learned. To gain experience, enhance skills and gain confidence in our ability to effect systemic change, each person will design, implement and report on a project that improves a social justice system in their community or organization. By the end of each level of training, we will have discovered the patterns of behavior that do not serve us and our work and learned how to replace them with beliefs and patterns of behavior that support us in sustaining our health, our relationships and our life’s work. We will have developed the skills and practiced co-creating healthy, sustainable and just systems and we will be allies in our continued learning and our work.




How much is tuition for CALL?


Click here to see our tuition page. Room and board *are* included in tuition. Please note that travel costs are not included in tuition.




Where does CALL take place?


Residential sessions are held on the Hope Springs Institute campus. Online work will be done through our online learning platform. The Change Project will take place in the location and/or system of your choice!




What is Hope Springs Institute's mission?


Glad you asked! You can find HSI's mission statement here.




When are the on-site dates for CALL?


Participants commit to meeting at Hope Springs twice a year per level of training, and will commit to online work throughout the program. Online work for Level 1 begins February 1, 2019. In person meetings will be: Level 1: March 5-10, 2019 October 22-27, 2019 Level 2: April 21 – 26, 2020 October 6-11, 2020 Level 3: April 20-25, 2021 November 2-7, 2021




How many people will be in the cohort?


We anticipate having 24 participants in the inaugural CALL cohort.




When is the registration deadline?


We are accepting registrations on a rolling basis until January 15, 2019. We anticipate the cohort will fill quickly and encourage you to register early. Click here to download the registration form.




What does tuition cover?


Click here to see our Tuition page. Room and board *are* included. Travel costs are not included.




What if I can't afford the financial investment?


Because we are committed to economic diversity, we are offering full and partial scholarships. We have found in the past that some participants get funding from their organizations, some by relatives and friends and some by online, crowd-sourced funding sites. You can also email us to ask for a scholarship.




What is the Change Project?


The expected outcome is for each change agent to envision, design, and implement a Change Project for a community, organization, or system of their choosing. Equipped with the tools and strategies explored in our time together and with faculty support, each change agent will design the project to create the envisioned change. Cohort members of the Leadership Laboratory will play an integral part of this process by sharing their experiences, and as a community we will encourage and grow our call to action.




What does CALL offer to make it unique?


The CALL program, a grassroots initiative, offers the following unique opportunity: --Multiple courses of study focused on intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, and global systems theory
--Rigorous commitment by faculty to inclusion, diversity, and social justice
--Balance of theory-based and experiential learning --Focus on mind, body, spirit health --Focus on learning from the land
--Accountability Group experience between sessions
--Distance and in-person learning
--Cohort-based classes
--Team teaching design with teacher/mentor support
--Multidisciplinary, experienced, and diverse staff --Exquisitely prepared meals able to accomodate dietary restrictions
--Community funded scholarships
--Change Project as the culmination of the experience




What other programs does Hope Springs Institute offer?


As a holistic education and learning center, Hope Springs offers a robust roster of exceptional programs. Click here to see what's coming up.




What is Hope Springs Institute?


Hope Springs is a 501c3 Not for Profit Retreat Center in Ohio's Southern Appalachian foothills providing intentional space for mindful, creative and healthy private group retreats. Hope Springs also sponsors profoundly transformational workshops on topics which include women's issues, empowered leadership, and personal growth. Click here to go to the Hope Springs Institute's home page.





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