Open Master's Beginnings is a lightly-guided and heavily co-created group learning adventure that will give you all of the structure and support you need to fully design and launch your Open Master's journey over three months.
Along the way, you will be challenged to reflect deeply on what you want to learn, how you learn best, what your biggest guiding questions or dreams are and how you want to make the come to life.
Through weekly challenges, peer mentoring, and simply by holding each other accountable to make real time for learning in our lives each week for three months, our ultimate goal is to develop strong habits and practices for a lifetime of community-supported, self-directed learning, well beyond our Open Master's journeys.
Structure to organize your learning
The Wayfinder Kit + Open Master's Workbook, to guide yourself and your peers in finding your way as we explore the wilderness of your why and then get into the nuts and bolts of your Open Master's plan.
First, Radical Pause.
For the first six weeks of the journey, we do something extraordinary; give ourselves permission to slow down and let our past and dreams catch up with us, finding in them a powerful guiding purpose for your Open Master's.
Then, Getting Moving.
The Learning Plan Jam, Sprint, and Showcase make up the second half of the time together, when you will hone your focus and get started with your Open Master's journey.
Support to inspire and motivate
Small Group. We meet as a small group weekly for twelve weeks, so that we have the greatest opportunity to build close relationships to continue to support and hold each other accountable on our journeys.
Learning Buddies. You will work more closely with a partner for deeper reflection and practice being peer mentors to each other through life's biggest questions.
Personal Support. The whole time you will be working with Sarah Bradley and Alan Webb, the main organizers of the Open Master's community globally since 2012.
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Structure & Important Dates
- Weekly Group Call: 90-minute group activities & discussion
- Learning Plan Jam: a full weekend at our midpoint, working together virtually on our learning plans.
- Learning Showcase: culminating in a private launch party for your Open Master's; your first opportunity to teach and share what you are learning on your journey with others in the Open Master's community.
- Personal, partner, or small group reflection: plan on 3-6 hours of additional time each week, between calls.
Cost: $899. This includes the experience and also your own Wayfinder Kit and Open Master's Workbook. If you are thinking about real grad school, this is less than you will spend on tests and application fees alone. If cost is a barrier, apply anyway, and we'll do everything we can to work with you to make it possible for you to join.
Join with a buddy or small group: You are encouraged to sign up together with a friend or small group for greater accountability and support outside of calls. As a bonus, you may each deduct up a $100 off the signup cost for each person in your group who joins together (up to $300).
Application: The group size is limited by application so that we have the opportunity to really get to know each other. Applications are rolling. The application includes three short questions that should take you less than 15 minutes to complete. We will follow up with you soon for a short interview to answer any questions you may have.