New Tribe Training – How to Craft a More Beautiful Life Together – April 8-12, 2015

We’re offering this training again in 2015.  Our own learning, as we built our own local TRIBE has felt so dynamic, that we’re eager to guide you step by step in how to co-create your very own tribe!  Please see the flyer and other info below for beautiful details.  If you feel ready and truly want close, long term community in your life, now is the time call us or send us a note!   Bill & Zoe

Feel free to share this with friends!   (see our 7 min. 2014 video, to the right, still most useful–>)

Printable flyer: … Scroll down below the flyer for full details …& creative information

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New Tribe Training – How to Craft a More Beautiful Life Together
April 8-12, 2015  –  An Advanced Community Building Retreat

with Bill Kauth & Zoe Alowan   –   Buckhorn Springs – Ashland, Oregon

This retreat is for people longing and truly ready for their own long-term, bonded community of people, we call tribe.  This new tribe is designed to deepen love and intimacy in your life as well as create a safety net to navigate rapidly changing times. We will learn by doing – experiencing the ways of the tribe; the values, skills and needed structure. The non-residential model (everyone has their own home) we have developed will give you great joy and save you years of struggle attempting to learn what we have to share.

The Place: We will gather at Buckhorn Springs, a peaceful, rustic retreat center just a few miles outside of Ashland.  It’s a beautiful place nestled in a small valley with a year-round creek, old oaks, ponderosa pines, tall aromatic cedars and open meadows. We prefer that all stay on-site.

Buckhorn Springs Per Person Fee: $486 for meals, lodging & gratuities. (four nights, five days)

Costs & Reciprocity:  We offer this retreat as a gift.  At the end we invite a monetary gift contribution to support ourselves and our work.

Information: Apply by phone Zoe or Bill at 541-482-2335 or contact us here.

OUR INTENTION: We want every student to “feel” tribe and return home having learned exactly how to build your own. It will include how to find the people, how to invite them and then how to facilitate the “orientation and initiation” training process for entering the tribe. Each student will learn how to hold the “joy space” of deep intimacy and create beautiful ceremonies to mark the passages into tribe.

PARTICIPANTS WILL:

  • Learn the skills of building long-term personal community (tribe).
  • Explore deep trust between men and women in your tribe.
  • Enjoy deep presence/intimacy and replicate it.
  • Grow your tribe membership in a loving way.
  • Experience emergence into Gift Culture.

MOST SIGNIFICANT LEARNING: After 7 years of exploring just how to build tribe, we finally found the key. Each person invited into tribe goes thru a 6 week training class we call the “tribe orientation and initiation.” It includes tribe values, structure and essential skills to function well in our tribe. These skills include safety between men and women, authentic intimacy and conflict resolution. You will learn all this!

This is some of our “tribe” – a few weeks ago on our Solstice retreat on the Smith River. There are 21 of us now, we live in our own homes, we’re bonded, committed and love being with each other, at least once a week.  Photo on flyer is from our 2014 retreat on the coast.

our "tribe" on our Solstice retreat on the Smith River

It took us years to learn how to bring our tribe together. Now, we can teach you how to build your own tribe so much more quickly!! – Bill & Zoe

SOME OVERALL THEORY:

“You can take people out of the tribe, but you can’t take tribe out of people.”  We are tribal creatures – it lives in us, so lets take a look at how this archetypical quality can flow as “new” tribe.

NEW PARADIGM = NEW TRIBE:  Allow us to offer a “map” (below) to give you a sense of how “new tribe” fits into the larger picture.  The human evolutionary process has taken us from tribal hunter-gatherers (#1&2 below) to urban competitive (#5) creatures, with ever greater speed. Humankind is now entering a new global worldview, and our “new tribe” work is designed to make “The Leap.” The ManKind Project (MKP) and similar women’s “inner work” help guide people along an evolving path from #4 & 5 to #6. Then after some years in support-groups they somehow “leap” across that line into the “neo-tribal” (#8) possibility.  See this graphic below as an evolutionary “world-view” map.

SD map

This “leap” from #6 to #7 is called the paradigm shift where everything changes because one now includes all past worldviews. Here we move beyond linear cause and effect into synchronicity, the “field” or simply the miracle. Here war ends because we can see and appreciate the human journey and all the people who struggled with their evolving process. Here we find the ability to see that cooperation simply works so much better for everyone than competition. This is the new culture coming into being.

Notice also in the map how the world-views alternate from “individual” (odd numbers) to “community” (even numbers) and we keep moving from simple to complex. Our retreat will explore the neo-tribal #8, which barely exists at this time on planet earth. We can not go back to tribal #2 or the authoritarian #4, we have become too complex to go back. Many of us grew up in the Humanistic era #6, and now we take on the challenge to build our “new tribes” #8 which includes all we have learned before, now moving into the unknown. Join us in this amazing experiment!

“The loss of community is a defining crisis of our time. I’m grateful that
Bill and Zoe are applying their extraordinary skills as healers and social
inventors to building intimate tribes as the old world unravels.”
Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics & The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible

“Hands on, brimming with evocative and practical ideas for making and sustaining community, this book (We Need Each Other) is a seedbed for growing the necessary new culture if we are going to survive and enhance life in this most challenging of times.”
Jean Houston, Ph.D.,
visionary activist, teacher and author.

 

MORE SPECIFICS ON “TRIBE”:

Our Definition of New Tribe: A group of people who are formally committed to each other, share specific values, meet regularly and hold each other as a priority. We become each-others dear, trusted friends, social safety net and extended family.

Some Premises on Tribe:

Tribe is the essential social unit.

Tribe helps us know who we are and want to be.

Tribe is place, location as who I am

Tribe connects us constantly from many points

Tribe becomes who I am

Tribe is feeling safe and abundant

The first communities of humans were not families, but tribes. The tribe, not the family is our basic social unit. The human family is embedded in tribal community. The tribe is an integral part of our human social existence that lies beyond recorded history. It is archetypal and it lives in us all. For most of human history we have been tribal beings, and as such knew our “selves” only as tribe, not as separate identities. To be cast out of tribe was to die. Then something dramatic changed.

Just in the last several centuries, a majority of humans developed an identity separate from the tribe – we might call this a “separate self identity.” We have come to call this “ego” as people became distinguishable from the tribe. With this new separate identity they could feel limits and constrictions of the tribe and could decide to act separately from it. They could even leave.

In order for humankind to evolve, this differentiation in consciousness needed to happen. However, as humans became more and more individualized, too many went beyond the realm of autonomy into isolation and alienation. This painful loneliness came to seem normal – until now!  Welcome to our expansion into a new form, which both transcends and includes the traditional tribal ways. We call this never before known, neo-tribal social form a “New Tribe” in which people consciously choose each other and bond as tribe.

“You don’t need everybody, just your tribe!”  Seth Godin

“As your own dreams materialize, I suspect you will come to know that you don’t need much.  Just your tribe, your inner guidance, and the evidence that tells you that you really can create a magnificent life.“                 Martha Beck

Why “New” tribe at this time?  Tribes have leaders who represent a vision and identity that resonates with certain others. Traditional churches, businesses, sports and politics often filled this tribal role by providing the myths and some bonding functions. However many of us now want a significantly new story and trust ourselves to co-create it.  The old story of “fear and scarcity” is giving way to “love and sufficiency.”  Together with our tribe we create our new life grounded in the new story.  Join us in this “New Tribe” adventure.  Contact us!

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Bridging Retreat 2012 Group photo
Our 2012 Gift Community tribe at Buckhorn Springs

 

new short video about Our New Tribe Training

Hello friends of Gift Community,

Our New Tribe Training website page is ready to view, with a short video of us talking about this event. Please check it out and if this speaks to you, do call us.

Blessings,
Bill & Zoe
541-482-2335

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New Tribe Training – How to Craft a More Beautiful Life Together – May 21-25, 2014

Friends,  We have learned so much in the last few years building our local TRIBE, that we’re now eager to teach you step by step how to find your very own tribe!  Please see the flyer and other info below for details.  If you are ready and truly want deep, long term community in your life, do call us or send us a note!

Feel free to share this info with friends!  Bill & Zoe  (please see our 7 min. video just to the right–>)

Printable flyer: … Scroll down below the flyer for full event details …& creative information

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New Tribe Training – How to Craft a More Beautiful Life Together
An Advanced Community Building Retreat

May 21-25, 2014

with Bill Kauth & Zoe Alowan
Buckhorn Springs – Ashland, Oregon

This retreat is for people ready and longing for that long-term, bonded community of people, we call tribe. This opens the possibility for your local face-to-face tribe to be all men, all women or both. This new tribe is designed to deepen love and intimacy in your life as well as create a safety net to navigate rapidly changing times. We learn by doing – experiencing the ways of the tribe; the values, skills and needed structure. The non-residential model (everyone has their own home) we have developed will catalyze great joy and save you a decade of struggle attempting to learn what we now have to share.

Our intention:  We want everyone to experience tribe and return home having learned exactly how to build your own. It will include how to find the people, invite them and facilitate the “orientation and initiation” process we have developed for entering the tribe. Each will know how to hold the “liminal space” of deep intimacy and create beautiful ceremony to mark the passages into tribe.

Participants will:

  • Learn the skills of building long-term personal community (tribe).
  • Explore deep trust between men and women in your tribe.
  • Enjoy deep presence/intimacy and replicate it.
  • Grow your tribe membership in a loving way.
  • Experience emergence into Gift Culture.

Place: We will gather at Buckhorn Springs a peaceful, rustic retreat center just a few miles outside of Ashland.  It’s a beautiful place nestled in a small valley with a year-round creek, old oaks, ponderosa pines, tall aromatic cedars and open meadows. We prefer that all stay on-site.

Buckhorn Springs Per Person Fee: $456 for meals, lodging & gratuities. (four nights, five days)

Costs & Reciprocity:  We offer this retreat as a gift.  At the end we invite a monetary gift contribution to support ourselves and our work.

Information: Apply by phone Zoe or Bill at 541-482-2335 or contact us here.

SOME OVERALL THEORY:

“You can take people out of the tribe, but you can’t take tribe out of people.”      Lets take a look at how this archetypical quality of tribe, which lives in all of us, can flow beautifully into our current world.

NEW PARADIGM = NEW TRIBE:  Allow us to offer a map to give you an in depth sense of how “new tribe” fits into the larger picture.  The human evolutionary process has taken us from tribal hunter-gatherers to urban competitive creatures, with ever greater speed. Now, we are entering a new global worldview, and our “new tribe” work leaps the fine line. The ManKind Project (MKP) and similar women’s “inner work” guides people from #4 & 5 to #6, then after some years in support-groups they somehow “leap” across that line into the “neo-tribal” possibility.  See this as an evolutionary “world-view” map.

SD map

This “leap” is often called the paradigm shift where everything changes because one now includes all past worldviews. Here we move beyond linear cause and effect into synchronicity, the “field” or simply the miracle. Here war ends because we can see and appreciate the human journey and all the people who struggled with their evolving process. Here we see that cooperation simply works so much better for everyone than competition. This is the new culture coming into being.

Notice also how the world-views alternate from “individual” (odd #s) to “community” (even #s) and we keep moving from simple to complex. Our retreat will explore the neo-tribal #8, which barely exists at this time on planet earth. We can not go back to tribal #2 or authoritarian #4, we have become too complex to go back. Many of us grew up in the Humanistic era #6, and now we take on the challenge to build our new “tribes” #8 which includes all we have learned before and moving into the unknown. Join us in this amazing experiment!

“The loss of community is a defining crisis of our time. I’m grateful that
Bill and Zoe are applying their extraordinary skills as healers and social
inventors to building intimate tribe as the old world unravels.”
Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics & The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible

“Hands on, sensory rich, brimming with evocative and practical ideas for making and sustaining community, this book (We Need Each Other) is a seedbed for growing the necessary new culture if we are going to survive and enhance life in this most challenging of times.”
Jean Houston, Ph.D.,
visionary activist, teacher and author.

MORE SPECIFICS ON “TRIBE”:

Our Definition of Gift Tribe:  A group of people who are formally committed to each other, share specific values, meet regularly and hold each other as priority.  We become each-others best friends, social safety net and extended family.

Some Premises on Tribe:

Tribe is the essential social unit.

Tribe helps us know who we are and want to be.

Tribe is place, location as who I am

Tribe connects us constantly from many points

Tribe becomes who I am

Tribe is feeling safe and abundant

The first communities of humans were not families, but tribes. The tribe, not the family is our basic social unit. The human family is embedded in tribal community. The tribe is an integral part of our human social existence that lies beyond recorded history. It is archetypal and it lives in us all. For most of human history we have been tribal beings, and as such knew our “selves” only as tribe, not as separate identities.  To be cast out of tribe was to die.  Then something dramatic changed.

Just in the last several centuries, a majority of humans developed an identity separate from the tribe – we might call this a “separate self identity.”  We have come to call this “ego” as people became distinguishable from the tribe.  With this new separate identity they could feel limitations and constriction of the tribe and could decide to act separately from it.  They could even leave. 

In order for humankind to evolve, this differentiation in consciousness needed to happen.  However, as humans became more and more individualized, many went beyond the realm of autonomy into isolation and alienation.  This painful loneliness came to seem normal, until the next expansion into a new form, which both transcends and includes the traditional tribal ways.  We call this never before known, neo-tribal social form a “Gift Tribe” in which people consciously choose each other and bond as tribe.

“You don’t need everybody, just your tribe!”  Seth Godin

“As your own dreams materialize, I suspect you will come to know that you don’t need much.  Just your tribe, your inner guidance, and the evidence that tells you that you really can create a magnificent life.“                 Martha Beck

Why “Gift” tribe at this time?  Tribes have leaders who represent and articulate a vision and identity that resonates with certain others.  Churches, businesses, sports and politics often filled this tribal role by providing myths and some bonding function.  However many of us now want a significantly new story and trust ourselves to co-create it, in close collaboration with our tribe.  The old story of “fear and scarcity” is giving way to “love and sufficiency” as together we create our new life together.  Join us in this adventure. Contact us!

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Bridging Retreat 2012 Group photo
Our 2012 Gift Community tribe at Buckhorn Springs

Bridging into Gift Culture 2012 Retreat – feedback & group photo

The Report:  In July we did the “Bridging into Gift Culture Retreat” with 10 men and 10 women. We had an wonderful time bonding and literally bridging over Buckhorn Creek with a spontaneous forgiveness and gender reconnecting ceremony.  Here is a group photo and a short video from one of our younger “pilgrims” who poetically shares some philosophical ideas on community.

July 2012 Retreat - Buckhorn Springs - group photo

BRIDGING into GIFT CULTURE: A Community Building Retreat – Ashland, OR – July 11-15, 2012

This playful and deep learning event will happen July 11-15, 2012 at Buckhorn Springs near Ashland, Oregon. Here’s a pdf flyer for the event. This retreat will include the Bridge workshop of Nik and Barbara Colyer.

For information or to register Contact Bill or Zoe (Also, this is our full website, check us out!)

Our vision for this retreat: We gather heart centered people, devoted to creating a more beautiful world. We are looking for social innovators and artists who have already done their “inner work”and are willing to wade deeper into the unknown. Using the magic of dialogue, mindfulness practices, poetry, song and dance we set a resonant field. From this place of deep presence the learning gets grounded, people will return home with the skills and inner knowing of how to build their own intimate, long-term, personal community of both men and women.

Men and women together, in a safe and profound trusting way, has been a dream for 5000 years. Some of us have been exploring gender healing for decades, and we believe humankind is finally ready. Nik and Barbara bring a beautiful process for opening very safe non-sexual intimacy between men and women. This deep and special learning is why a gender balanced retreat is important.

Welcome to heaven: We know “Gift Culture” as a doorway into a joyous life. It sounds like hyperbole, but it not! This is the work many of us have been doing for 20 & 30 years. We have figured out how to have what everyone wants: love, family and deep personal community. And we are fully aware that during these times of systems collapse, the most “secure” thing we can do, is build intimate community – a family of choice.

If this feels like something that you want in your life, please contact us directly – see below for phone number or write: see “Contact” above

For a more detailed look at our work, allow us to offer a map of how we’ll “bridge into new culture.” The human evolutionary process has taken us from tribal hunter-gatherers to urban competitive creatures, with ever greater speed. Now, we are entering a new global worldview, and our work crosses the fine line. The ManKind Project (MKP) and similar women’s “inner work” guides people from #4 & 5 to #6, then after some years in support-groups they somehow “leap” across that line. See this as an evolutionalry “world-view” map.

This “leap” is often called the paradigm shift, where everything changes because one now includes all past worldviews. Here war ends because we can see and appreciate the human journey and all the people who struggled with their evolving process. Here we see that cooperation simply works so much better for everyone than competition. This is the new culture coming into being.

Notice also how the world-views alternate from “individual” to “community” and we keep moving from simple to complex. Our retreat will explore the neo-tribal #8, which barely exists at this time on planet earth. We can not go back to tribal #2 or authoritarian, we have become too complex to go back. We must build new “community” by including all we have learned before and moving into the unknown.

Our retreat will take us down into some creative chaos, and we return as more complex and stable beings:

We call this process dropping into aliminal state and we will go there. This exploration has been brewing for 20 years. We’ve learned to access it for ourselves and how to teach others. This “liminal state” is the magical something that happens almost every time in the MKP training events, which is why authentic “transformation” happens so often there. We will offer a skill-set of how to do this, so that you can apply it and take it into your world to enhance your gifts. Our lonely culture needs this right now!

Retreat Information:

Where: Buckhorn Springs, just a few miles outside of Ashland, is a peaceful, rustic retreat center nestled in a small valley with a year-round creek, old oaks, Ponderosa Pines, tall aromatic cedars and open meadows. Wonderful food and hospitality; we prefer that all stay on-site. http://www.buckhornsprings.org/

When:
July 11, Wednesday afternoon 5:00, – July 15, Sunday afternoon 2:00. (five-days, four-nights)

Costs & Reciprocity: We offer this retreat as a gift. Buckhorn Springs base fee of $103.40 per night, or $413.60 total per person includes food, lodging and gratuities. Our retreat concludes with a gifting ritual where each participant is invited to contribute a monetary gift to support the teachers.

If all this feels right and exciting to you and you want to play with us in a deep co-creational way, please write or call us directly. Also note that we have some scholarships available.

Evolving together in joy,
Bill & Zoe
541-482-2335

 

Credits: This unique version of the “spiral dynamics” worldview map, adapted by Steve McDonald came from his article: http://www.eman8.net/blog/?p=489