What to Expect

This course begins at 5pm on Friday and ends at 3pm on Sunday. Course and retreat participants at OAEC can expect to experience powerful personal transformation, deep education and inspiring networking opportunities.

Overnight visitors to OAEC sleep in one of our two beautiful, spacious guest yurts overlooking our North Garden, or other guest housing. Alternately, you are welcome to camp in our Wildlands Preserve. Our accommodations are clean, lovely and spacious, with easy access to modern bathroom facilities. You will enjoy three delicious, organic, hearty vegetarian meals a day, with produce sourced from our gardens and orchards or from local farms.


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This residential course at OAEC is $495, or $445 if registered three weeks in advance. The price includes accommodations overlooking our beautiful North Garden and three homemade, organic and straight-from-the-garden meals each day. The deposit amount for this course is $100.

Please note that online registration includes a 2.99% processing fee.

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Group decision-making

Democracy in small- to medium-sized groups is achieved through clear goals, respectful communication, and by using an efficient decision-making process that maximizes participation by everyone involved.

Topics include:

  • values and goals
  • democratic organizational structures
  • consensus and other decision-making processes
  • facilitation skills
  • planning for and running effective meetings
  • the practice of council
  • conflict resolution
  • and crafting agreements