November 6, 2017

Get Schooled by Mindful Pros: join Elephant Academy.


Learn to Rock your Social Media & Write Mindfully with Waylon Lewis
& Elephant‘s Editors.

Take the leap and invest in your life going forward!

Elephant Academy Dates:
Summer: June 6, 2018 – August 29, 2018
Fall: September 2018 – December 2018
Winter: January 2019 – April 2019
Commitment: 15 hours each week
Meetings: 60-75 minute weekly group meetings on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. MST & one weekly small group meeting with a Teaching Assistant (multiple times available)

Elephant Academy offers three three-month sessions a year. You can put in your reservation for any session that works with your schedule. Apply here for Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Winter 2019.



Want to learn…

...blogging with leaders in the field?
…editing with Elephant’s Editors?

…to work under pressure in a virtual newsroom environment—& run social media live with a major site?
…Journalism Ethics as a search for truth, vs. fake news & clickbait?
…Social Media with an in-the-field team with proven success on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Youtube?
…mindfulness tips for everyday life?

Elephant‘s Online Immersion in Social Media, New Media, Journalism Ethics, Writing, & Editing.


Bonus! Mindful tips on how to Ace a Job Interview—Or your Elephant Academy application:

Our Programs:

Join Elephant Academy: $850 USD

Join Elephant Academy and you will participate in online training sessions with our editors, gain membership in a small study group led by an Academy graduate; access our learning materials, videos & quizzes; and gain competitive yet collegial, live-in-the-field experience running social media, blogging, publishing, and editing. If you pass, you graduate as a full member of Elephant Academy—with certificate of completion, the opportunity to become a columnist, lapel pin, and access to further trainings.

Elephant Academy can help you be of benefit in your current job and may even help you in the pursuit of a new career.

The cost to apply is $108. The remaining tuition will be due after your acceptance into the program!

Want to save $250 on program tuition? Apply with a buddy. Learn more here.

*Note: this program is tough. You will have the opportunity to run social media live in the field, which no other publication would allow you to do.

Audit Elephant Academy: $250 USD

Invest in yourself.

Learn at your own pace and benefit your current career or a new one!

Receive access to our video and study materials, quizzes, and weekly meeting notes—but without the full Academy’s writing, social media, or attendance responsibilities. Pass our self-paced tests and you are on the path of mindful communication.

Learn with one of the leading independent news and creative writing sites in the world—affordably and with minimal time commitment.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Requirements of the Full Elephant Academy Program:

1. You must have a reliable connection to the internet and access to a working computer on a regular basis.

2. You must have an active Facebook account and an Elephant Journal subscription. Regularly checking Facebook is a key component of the social media instruction in the Apprenticeship.

3. The Apprenticeship requires ~15 hours every week throughout the duration of the program. Please read the syllabus for more information.

4. There will be one-hour weekly meetings and small group meetings led by teaching assistants (small group meetings are offered at multiple different times during the week to accommodate folks’ schedules).

With our online format, meetings can be attended from anywhere in the world. We recommend you attend weekly meetings to get the most out of the program. However, the meeting material is available after the fact if you have an occasional conflict.

If the time zone you live in doesn’t allow you to regularly attend our Wednesday 11 a.m. Mountain Time meetings, you can review meeting materials and catch up on what you’ve missed just as long as you’re completing assignments and small group meeting responsibilities.

5. You will get hands-on experience running one or two Elephant Journal focus areas on social media (Green, Adventure, Wellness, Family, Ecofashion, Food, Bicycling, Politics, Culture and more—we cover just about all aspects of the mindful life).

6. We have fun and laugh a lot, but we also take our learning seriously. We have a one strike policy. Only join if you can fully commit.

More FAQs can be found on our website. Send questions to [email protected].


Payment Details:

Apprenticeship: $850 USD

We are currently taking applications for our Summer, Fall, and Winter sessions. The cost to apply is $108. If you have the merit, we have a few limited scholarships available—if we have enough donations.

Auditing: $250 USD

Payment for Auditors is due upfront. You can enroll in Auditing at any time. To sign up, visit our website. The Auditor program is non-refundable.

Note: most other programs are $1500-$4500 and aren’t led by folks active in the field.

Yours in the Vision of Enlightened Society,

Waylon & the Academy team at Elephant Journal ~


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