Our Whole Lives Training Schedule

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Need more information about a particular training below? Please contact the training registrar listed for the training. Updates Frequently! Check Back!

For additional offerings, check the UUA OWL training calendar.

2023

In-person Trainings
(see below for online training options)

NEW in 2023!

In-person OWL trainings now require approximately 3 hours of pre-work to be done PRIOR to the training, which includes watching a webinar, a meditation, and writing reflections. You will receive more specific information about this and access two weeks prior to the training. Please protect time two weeks before the training to be able to complete this work.

Jan 20-22, 2023
Levels: K-1/4-6
Location: First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee
Registration
Registrar: Deb Solis deb.solis@uumilwaukee.org
(414) 899-8268
Deadline: Jan 10, 2023

Jan 20-22, 2023
Level: Grades 7-9/10-12
Location: UU Ccongregation at Shelter Rock, Manhasset, NY
Registration
Deadline: Dec 16

Feb 24-26, 2023
Level: JrSr High
Location: UU Fellowship of New Bern, NC
Register
Registrar: Rev. Micah Ma mma@ucfnc.org
(252) 240-2283
Deadline: Jan 31

March 24-26, 2023
Level: Grades K-1/4-6
Location: Unitarian Universalist Society, Coralville, IA
Register
Registrar: Nic Kaplan education@uusic.org
(765) 729-0395
Deadline: March 1

March 24-26, 2023
Level: All Adult Levels
Location: Unitarian Universalist Society, Coralville, IA
Register
Registrar: Nic Kaplan education@uusic.org
(765) 729-0395
Deadline: March 1

April 27-29, 2023 Note: (This is a Thurs-Sat training)
Level: Grades 7-9/10-12
Location: Plymouth Church UCC, Shaker Heights, OH
Register
Registrar: Kellie Ramirez registrar@livingwaterone.org
(330) 940-2220 x100

April 28-30, 2023
Levels: Grades K-1/4-6
Location: UU Fellowship of Raleigh
Register
Registrar: Dana Lundquist dana@uufr.org
919.239.2439
Deadline: April 7

April 28-30, 2023
Levels: Grades All Adult Levels
Location: UU Fellowship of Raleigh
Register
Registrar: Dana Lundquist dana@uufr.org
919.239.2439
Deadline: April 7

May 26-28, 2023
Level: Grades K-1/4-6
Location: UU Church of Tallahassee
Registration
Registrar: Helen Cassara religious.exploration@uutallahassee.org
(850) 329-0602
Deadline: April 5

May 26-28, 2023
Level: Grades 7-9/10-12
Location: UU Church of Tallahassee
Registration
Registrar: Helen Cassara religious.exploration@uutallahassee.org
(850) 329-0602
Deadline: April 5

Limited Online OWL Trainings Now Available for UCC and UUA Participants

Online trainings. Online trainings are currently open only to those using OWL in Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ settings. In-person trainings are open to the public. Cost is $250 per person. 

Registration application opens six weeks before the first synchronous session of the training. Potential OWL facilitators submit an application form, which generates an email to their endorser with a link to complete a recommendation. The endorser is a person in the facilitator’s faith community who agrees to provide oversight for the facilitator and vouches for the qualifications of the facilitator.

Upon acceptance, the facilitator will receive a payment link. Full payment is due 30 days before the first synchronous session, and $100 of that is non-refundable within 7 days before the first session.

Time Commitment. Online training is more time intensive than in-person training, requiring up to 35 hours of your time over three weeks. You will have 20 hours of synchronous (live, on-camera) weeknight and Saturday sessions plus 10-15 hours of asynchronous tasks to complete (reading, webinar viewing, and written assignments) on your own time. Do not register unless you can commit to attend every synchronous session and complete the assignments. Attendance is mandatory for every synchronous session; they are not recorded, and make-up sessions are not available. Your most intense time commitment will be during the week prior to the first live session (approximately 3.5 hours to complete assignments) and between the first and second sessions (~2 hours to complete assignments).

Training Schedule. Synchronous sessions for all online trainings are from 6-8:30 pm in either Pacific or Eastern time zones on Mondays and Thursdays for three weeks, ending with a 10 am to 3 pm Saturday session (with a one-hour lunch break at noon). Mountain and Central times will vary depending on which training you register for.

Upcoming Online Training Dates and Grade Levels

Eastern and Pacific time zone trainings are offered on the same days and times (in different time zones); please register for the time zone closest to your own if possible.

Registration applications for all trainings will begin six weeks prior to the first live session for that month’s trainings.

Training slots fill quickly and are limited to 14 UU and 14 UCC participants per month (7 of each in each training). We accept applications in the order received, and upon filling all slots, we maintain a wait list.

Age Minimums for live and online trainings: Participants must be at least 21 years of age to register for any training, and if working with teens, they should be at least four years older than the oldest teen in the program. We recommend co-facilitating with an older facilitator. 

Trainings require the most-current edition of the curriculum Familiarize yourself with the material in advance of the training. Use only the second editions of the Grades 7-9 and 4-6 curriculums.

2023

Online Trainings

NOTE: Please read all the above information regarding online trainings before submitting an application.

March Eastern Time (ET) Registration is now closed for this training
Levels: All Adult Levels
Location: online via Zoom and asynchronous online learning in between Zoom sessions.
Dates/Times: 6-8:30 pm ET  Mondays March 6, 13 and 20
And
Thursdays March 9, 16, 23
And
Saturday March 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

March Pacific Time (PT) Application for Registration EXTENDED until February 6!
Levels: All Adult Levels
Location: online via Zoom and asynchronous online learning in between Zoom sessions.
Dates/Times: 6-8:30 pm PT  Mondays March 6, 13 and 20
And
Thursdays March 9, 16, 23
And
Saturday March 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

April Eastern Time (ET) Application for registration will be open Feb 21-Mar 6
Levels: Grades 7-9/10-12
Location: online via Zoom and asynchronous online learning in between Zoom sessions.
Dates/Times: 6-8:30 pm ET  Mondays April 10, 17, 24 And
Thursdays April 13, 20, 27
And
Saturday April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

April Pacific Time (PT) Application for registration will be open Feb 21-Mar 6
Levels: Grades 7-9/10-12
Location: online via Zoom and asynchronous online learning in between Zoom sessions.
Dates/Times: 6-8:30 pm PT  Mondays April 10, 17, 24 And
Thursdays April 13, 20, 27
And
Saturday April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

May Eastern Time (ET) Application for registration will be open March 13-27
Levels: Elementary-Grades K-1 and 4-6
Location: online via Zoom and asynchronous online learning in between Zoom sessions.
Dates/Times: 6-8:30 pm ET  Mondays May 1, 8, and 15
And
Thursdays May 4, 11, 18
And
Saturday May 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

May Pacific Time (PT) Application for registration will be open March 13-27
Levels: Elementary-Grades K-1 and 4-6
Location: online via Zoom and asynchronous online learning in between Zoom sessions.
Dates/Times: 6-8:30 pm PT  Mondays May 1, 8, and 15
And
Thursdays May 4, 11, 18
And
Saturday May 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

June Eastern Time (ET) Application for registration will be open Apr 17-May 1
Levels: Grades 7-9/10-12
Location: online via Zoom and asynchronous online learning in between Zoom sessions.
Dates/Times: 6-8:30 pm ET  Mondays June 5, 12 and TUESDAY June 20
And
Thursdays June 8, 15, 22
And
Saturday June 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

June Pacific Time (PT) Application for registration will be open Apr 17-May 1
Levels: Grades 7-9/10-12
Location: online via Zoom and asynchronous online learning in between Zoom sessions.
Dates/Times: 6-8:30 pm PT  Mondays June 5, 12 and TUESDAY June 20
And
Thursdays June 8, 15, 22
And
Saturday June 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

September Eastern Time (ET) Application for registration will be open July 17-Jul 31
Levels: Grades 7-9/10-12
Location: online via Zoom and asynchronous online learning in between Zoom sessions.
Dates/Times: 6-8:30 pm ET  TUESDAY Sept 5 and MONDAYS Sept 11 and 18
And
Thursdays Sept 7, 14, 21
And
Saturday Sept 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

September Pacific Time (PT) Application for registration will be open July 17-Jul 31
Levels: Grades 7-9/10-12
Location: online via Zoom and asynchronous online learning in between Zoom sessions.
Dates/Times: 6-8:30 pm PT  TUESDAY Sept 5 and MONDAYS Sept 11 and 18
And
Thursdays Sept 7, 14, 21
And
Saturday Sept 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

October EasternTime (ET) Application for registration will be open Aug 21-Sep 5
Levels: Elementary-Grades K-1 and 4-6
Location: online via Zoom and asynchronous online learning in between Zoom sessions.
Dates/Times: 6-8:30 pm ET  TUESDAY October 10, and MONDAYS Oct 16 and 23
And
Thursdays Oct 12, 19, 26
And
Saturday Oct 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

October Pacific Time (PT) Application for registration will be open Aug 21-Sep 5
Levels: Elementary-Grades K-1 and 4-6
Location: online via Zoom and asynchronous online learning in between Zoom sessions.
Dates/Times: 6-8:30 pm PT  TUESDAY October 10, and MONDAYS Oct 16 and 23
And
Thursdays Oct 12, 19, 26
And
Saturday Oct 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

November Eastern Time (ET) Application for registration will be open Sept 11-25
Levels: All Adult Levels
Location: online via Zoom and asynchronous online learning in between Zoom sessions.
Dates/Times: 6-8:30 pm ET  Mondays OCTOBER 30, Nov 6 and 13
And
Thursdays Nov 2, 9, 16
And
Saturday Nov 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

November Pacific Time (PT) Application for registration will be open Sept 11-25
Levels: All Adult Levels
Location: online via Zoom and asynchronous online learning in between Zoom sessions.
Dates/Times: 6-8:30 pm PT  Mondays OCTOBER 30, Nov 6 and 13
And
Thursdays Nov 2, 9, 16
And
Saturday Nov 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.