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Practical Details – Format, Fees, and Scheduling 

Here are the practical details of the LearningMethods Online distance learning program — the course format and its online tools, scheduling, fees, and how to sign up.

The in-depth content of the program is not listed here. Many of you will already be familiar with the LearningMethods and Anatomy of Wholeness work through workshops or classes. In any case you can get ample information about the nature and process of the work in the rest of this web site, especially in the library of articles.

However, if you do have any questions about any aspect of this program (including the content), the easiest and most direct thing is to have a chat with me about it. I'd be happy to call you so we can talk it over. Just let me know by e-mail at and we can arrange a good time for a phone call or Skype call...

This page is a bit long, but hopefully it will give you all the practical information you need. I've put the information into sections below with bold headings so you can find what you want, or use these links to jump there quickly:

New Groups   Group Size   Format Used   Scheduling   Fees   Sign up

Now, down to details...

Entry Levels

The online distance learning module has three entry levels:

Personal Level - learn about the work and gain the skills of applying it in your own personal life (sports, fitness, social situations, family, etc.), and in your work life (stress, tension, conflict, performance, skill acquisition, etc.). This level is best for those relatively new to the work, that is, those who have done a few classes, a workshop, studied material from the web site, etc.).

Professional Level - further develop your understanding of, and skills at, applying the LearningMethods work in your daily life and work. Integrate it into your existing work as a performer, a teacher, a practitioner, coach or other profession.

Certification Level - become a certificated teacher of LearningMethods and/or Anatomy of Wholeness (prerequisite: one or both of the above levels). Certification is qualitative not quantitative, that is, by ongoing assessment of your understanding and practical skills not by some fixed number of hours or years.

What groups are being planned?

There are three groups running now, one of which will end soon, so it is likely that one or two new groups will start soon -- see more information here... 

I am also open to starting groups with specific themes and for those with specific interests if there is sufficient interest, so if you don't think you fit into one of the proposed groups, contact me and we will see what other possibilities there may be for you, now, or in the future.

In all the groups I am always there to lead and guide. In general, it is your interests, questions and the issues you bring up that will steer what we get into and the direction we take — the best learning is always when the content matches where you are and what you need.

What is the group size?

Each group will be no more than 5-6 people. The small group size provides for lots of individual time to allow in-depth work, and because everyone in the group is committing to be there each time we meet, you will get to know each other well. This group size works very well — big enough to allow for lots of varied and interesting issues and input, but small enough for in-depth and regular work for each person as well as group sense of trust and communication.

What format does online learning use?

In my current groups I have been very impressed with the effectiveness of today's online tools, especially the live video sessions, and how much we can accomplish online without being physically there in person. Here is the list of the what we are using at this point:

— live video and audio conference call sessions of about 2+ hours each week via WebEx (a private virtual network account with live video and audio (everyone can see and hear all the group members at once). This is all handled through your broadband Internet, i.e. no phone-ins) and the system live whiteboard functions for diagrams, on-screen sharing of visual resource material and documents, streaming of audio and video files, as well as the ability to record the sessions in video and/or audio for our archives.

— a dedicated (private) group e-mail discussion list for questions, discussion and sharing ideas,

— a dedicated password-protected web site for each group where all the recordings of that group's live sessions, podcasts, e-mail discussions and other resources are archived and available for download and study,

— the web site also hosts a range of resources by David Gorman, other LearningMethods teachers, and others. These resources include relevant articles, scientific papers, audio and video recordings, etc.,

— periodic audio (and eventually video) podcasts to the group by David Gorman (and eventually other teachers) on relevant topics. These are also archived and often transcribed into text for download,

— a library of previously-recorded LearningMethods and Anatomy of Wholeness classes and workshops on a wide range of topics available for streaming or download,

— option to attend in-person extensive training sessions and intensive workshops.

— and possibly coming soon, webinars (i.e. online seminars and courses) available for self-paced study so you can step through learning on territories like our human structure and function (Anatomy of Wholeness), balance and support (Standing on Top of the World), working with performers and performance teachers (Liberating Performers), and other areas.

How it it scheduled?

  Frequency
As for scheduling, my current groups meet weekly by live conference call and the members communicate regularly by the group e-mail discussion list in between. These weekly sessions more or less follow the usual school terms, that is, each term is about 14 weeks — September to December, then a few weeks break around the holidays, then January to late March or early April, a few weeks for Easter break, then from late April to early July.

Everyone has found that meeting weekly is an ideal schedule which allows for ongoing learning, regular new ideas and stimulation. The days of the week in between sessions gives lots of time for exploring, experimenting and practice, and bringing the results back the following week to the next live session for more learning.

Normally the group's live online sessions happen on the same day and the same time each week, but occasionally this can be adjusted by mutual agreement to meet unexpected changes.

The frequency of meeting and the exact dates and times we choose for new groups will be worked out to fit everyone's schedule. A different schedule (for instance meeting once every two weeks)may fit better for some new groups, so if you want to join a group p-lease feel free to suggest what works for you.

  Day and Time
When a new group is started we need to work out a day and time for the live video conference sessions that suits everyone. Along with finding a regular day of the week for meeting we need to find a time of day that allows participants to join in from both North America and Europe. Currently most groups meet at a time which is early-to-mid morning in North American time zones and mid-to-late afternoon in European time zones, but this is something that we can discuss as a group once participant numbers are finalized.

What does it cost?  How do I pay?

I've set the fees so that the amount should be workable for you and allow you an optimal frequency of sessions, and so that it is also workable for me to be able to put in the time with you (not only the time each week for the actual conference call sessions, but also for the e-mail responses, web page maintenance, recording preparation, cost of the WebEx system and web hosting, etc...).

That is, in order for me to undertake a commitment to be there for you, I need a commitment from all of you to also be there each time. It would not work for there to be 3 people one time and 5 the next and 4 the next. Therefore all participants must commit by the term (usually 14 weeks), even if it turns out that once in a while you cannot make a session. Fees are calculated on the number of live conference call sessions we have. At the moment the fee is CA$ 80 (approx. EUR 59, UKú 49, US$ 78) per conference call session. This covers the live meetings and all the other parts of the online learning program that go with it (e-mail discussion list, web site archives and resources, etc.).

The fees are payable in one of two ways:

by the term, payable in advance — there are 3 terms a year: term 1 is September to December; term 2 is January to March-April; term 3 is April to July). You can pay via bn cheque in Canadian or US funds, by direct deposit in UKú to my UK bank or in EU€ to my French bank, or online using any credit card, or by PayPal,

— or by a term's worth of monthly instalments, payable by a series of post-dated monthly Canadian or US bank checks, by a bank standing order in Canadian funds or UK funds, or by a PayPal recurring subscription.

The amount you pay is the same in either method — it is simply a question of which is more convenient for you.

How do I sign up?

If you are interested in joining a group, get in touch with me right away at so we can discuss your goals and which group will suit you best, and any other questions you may have. I can only manage to run so many groups at once so once this next set of new groups begin there will likely not be others starting until one of the current groups ends, though occasionally there may be spaces in the current groups to be filled.

How do I get more information?

Let me know at if you have any questions, or wish to discuss any aspect of the program with me — including the content, fees, scheduling, etc.  Even if you want to join but are not ready to commit now, let me know and I'll keep you on the list of those who will get priority information as soon as new groups open up later.

I look forward to working with some of you soon.

warmly,
                  David

DAVID GORMAN
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