One Year. Two Teachers. Infinite Possibilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

NOTE: The course began on September 8 and is now closed for registration.

What is special about this course?

Birthing a New We is the result of a unique collaboration between Thomas Hübl and Terry Patten – two accomplished and highly respected spiritual teachers – who are combining their unique wisdom, expertise, and teaching styles to create something totally new. The hybrid virtual and in-person format will allow participants to move between in-depth training sessions and everyday life, where the teachings can be embodied. The 1-year commitment gives a significant period of time to produce real transformation. Finally, all the participants will be sincere, engaged practitioners—ready and willing to co-create a powerful container for the spiritual growth and development of the whole community and each individual.

When are the four in-person events scheduled and where will they be held?

All four in-person events will be held at the EarthRise retreat center, a beautiful facility located in Petaluma, CA, about 60 miles north of San Francisco. Here are the dates:

Opening Weekend (2 nights):

  • Starts: Friday, Sept. 14 at 5:00pm
  • Ends: Sunday, Sept. 16 at 5:00pm

First 5-Day Intensive (4 nights):

  • Starts: Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 11:30am
  • Ends: Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3:00pm

Second 5-Day Intensive (4 nights):

  • Starts: Wednesday, Apr. 17 at 11:30am
  • Ends: Sunday, Apr. 21 at 3:00pm

Closing Weekend (3 nights):

  • Starts: Friday, Aug. 30 at 11:30am
  • Ends: Monday, Sept. 2 at 3:00pm

Is participation in the in-person events required?

We would like everyone to participate in all four in-person event, but we realize that some people may not be able to make it to the September event on such short notice. So we are making this event highly recommended but not required. The other three in-person events are required.

It’s very important to the work that everyone participate in the in-person events. As anyone who has worked with Thomas and Terry knows, their work in live settings is extraordinary. So the in-person events are essential to getting the full benefit of the teachers’ transmissions. Also, Birthing a New We is a program that is very much about creating a community of practitioners where the community is part of what accelerate’s everyone’s development. If people don’t participate fully in the course, it weakens the “container” that everyone benefits from.

I live within driving distance of EarthRise, or I can stay with someone who lives close by. Can I commute to the in-person events?

All of the in-person events are retreats that are intended to separate us temporarily from our busy lives in order to go more deeply into the work. So we strongly recommend that you stay at the facility even if you live within driving distance, as long as there are rooms available. If you decide to commute, you can select this option when you register. (FYI, there is a $15/day use fee for guests staying off-site.)

What are the lodging and meal options for the in-person events and what do they cost?

For each event, you will have four lodging options:

  • Room with 2 single beds for 2 people: $75/person/night
  • Room with 1 double bed for 2 people: $75/person/night
  • Room with 1 double bed for 1 person: $99/person/night
  • Camping: $35/person/night

You do not have to choose the same option for all four events. For example, you can camp at one event and stay in a double room for another event.

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT ROOM AVAILABILITY: Although there are four lodging options for each event, there may not be rooms for everyone who wants one for the first three in-person events, though there will be plenty of camping. To help ensure that as many people as possible get a room, we ask:

  • Please choose a double room if at all possible. This will allow more people to stay in rooms, and minimize the number of people who have to camp. (We’ll be happy to match you with a roommate if you don’t have one!)
  • If you are not able to camp, then you should register for the course soon to ensure you can get a room.

For the Closing Weekend event there are enough rooms for everyone, though camping will still be an option for those who prefer it.

If you do not see a particular lodging option when you register, it is because it is sold out. In that case, please choose another lodging option.

Here are the combined lodging and meal costs – per person– for each event. You will pay the combined price when you register. NOTE: Crossed-through prices (e.g., $123) indicate that this option is no longer available.

Weekend 1: Sept. 14-16
Room with
2 Single Beds
for 2 People
Room with
1 Double Bed
for 2 People
Room with
1 Double Bed
for 1 Person
CampingCommute
Lodging (2 nights)$150$150$198$70$30
Meals (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners)$112$112$112$112$112
Total (amount charged at registration)$262$262$310$182$142
5-Day 1: Nov. 14-18
Room with
2 Single Beds
for 2 People
Room with
1 Double Bed
for 2 People
Room with
1 Double Bed
for 1 Person
CampingCommute
Lodging (4 nights)$300$300$396$140$60
Meals (4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners)$242$242$242$242$242
Total (amount charged at registration)$542$542$638$382$302
5-Day 2: Apr. 17-21
Room with
2 Single Beds
for 2 People
Room with
1 Double Bed
for 2 People
Room with
1 Double Bed
for 1 Person
CampingCommute
Lodging (4 nights)$300$300$396$140$60
Meals (4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners)$259$259$259$259$259
Total (amount charged at registration)$559$559$655$399$319
Weekend 2: Aug. 30 – Sept. 2
Room with
2 Single Beds
for 2 People
Room with
1 Double Bed
for 2 People
Room with
1 Double Bed
for 1 Person
CampingCommute
Lodging (3 nights)$225$225$297$105$45
Meals (3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners)$199$199$199$199$199
Total (amount charged at registration)$424$424$496$304$244

 

I want to share a room. Do I need to tell you who I’ll be rooming with when I register?

Thanks for your willingness to share a room! You don’t need to give us roommate information now. We’ll ask you to provide it later, before the events start. If you don’t have a roommate in mind, that’s fine, too. We’ll be happy to match you with one.

I have dietary restrictions. Do I need to tell you about these when I register?

No. We’ll ask you to provide this information later, before the events start.

How do the payment plans work?

You can pay for the base course fee in full, but we’re also offering a few payment plans. For all of these plans, your first payment will be made at the time you register. Subsequent payments will occur on the 1st of the month beginning October 1, 2012.

What is your refund policy?

We will honor refund requests received up to August 8, which is 30 days prior to the course start. You’ll receive a full refund less a $200 admin. fee. Refund requests must be made in writing to support@birthinganewwe.com.

Can I pay for the lodging and meals in multiple payments?

Unfortunately, we’re not able to offer payment plans for lodging and meals.

How do the online course sessions work?

The course includes 22 2-hour live course sessions. These sessions will be led by Thomas and Terry together, or (in some cases) just one of them. There will also be occasional guest presenters. All of the sessions will include meditations, teaching, dyad/triad/small group work, and open Q&A. They will usually be held on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30am Pacific Time, with a few exceptions.

Will recordings be offered in case I miss an online session?

We expect you’ll make these calls a priority in your life, but things certainly come up that we can’t predict. You’ll have access to recordings of each and every call.

Do I need any special hardware or software to participate in the virtual sessions?

No. All of the virtual sessions will be accessible by phone. You can also connect for free using Skype.

Will there be any way for students to interact between course sessions?

Yes! We’ll all work closely with other participants in Practice Partnerships of 2 or 3 people. This is a core component of our work. We’ll also have group calls in which we’ll interact with one another in small groups. So intimate sharing and reflection and feedback will be built into every aspect of the course, in-person and virtual.

The course also includes a robust online community forum with live chat. Some of the discussion threads will be created by the teachers for specific course topics, but there will also be space for open discussion among students.

The discussion forum will be part of a larger web site for students, a kind of private home page for the course. This site will include all of the course schedule and logistical information, periodic updates from the teachers, and an archive of all the recordings from the virtual sessions. Plus the online community forum.

I still have questions. How can I contact you?

If you have further questions or need more information, please click here to contact us.