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

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on Jan 18, 2017
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Our Winter 2017 Elephant Academy is sold out.

You can sign up to the audit the program or stay in touch to receive announcements on future programs.


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 for a major site (which is both high-stress & rich in learning)?
…Journalism Ethics with editor-in-chief, Waylon Lewis?
…Social Media with an in-the-field team with industry-leading success on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Youtube?
…Mindfulness tips for Everyday Life?


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

Future session dates for 2017 will be announced in the coming weeks.

Our Programs:

Join Elephant Academy: $700 USD 

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, recommendation letter (if you ask for one), 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.

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

Audit Elephant Academy: $250 USD

The auditing program is an affordable independent learning opportunity.

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 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.

3. The apprenticeship requires 15 hours every week with a commitment of four months. 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 five 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, but you’re welcome to review the meeting material after the fact if you have an occasional conflict. If the time zone you live in doesn’t allow you to regularly attend 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.


Payment Details:~

Program fee: $700 USD

Auditing: $250 USD

Payment for auditors is due upfront. 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.


Send questions to [email protected].


Yours in the Vision of Enlightened Society,

Caitlin, Molly, Waylon et Les Elephants



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