Join Elephant Academy this Summer: Learn how to be a Successful Writer & Social Media heavyweight.

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on Apr 9, 2017
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Learn to Rock your Social Media & Write Mindfully with Waylon Lewis & Elephant’s Editors.

The application for our next apprenticeship is now open. The program will run from June 1-August 1, 2017.


Apply Here.


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?
…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.

 Applications are due May 25th, 2017. However, the sooner you apply, the better. We accept applicants on a rolling basis. Our expected turnaround time to respond to your application is 7-14 days. Please do not email us to check in on the status of your application, but you’re welcome to email us with general questions.

Our Programs:

Join Elephant Academy:

Early-Bird Pricing until May 5th: $650 USD
After May 5th: $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 10-15 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 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 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: $650 USD Early-Bird Pricing before May 5th; $700 USD after May 5th
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 & the team at Elephant Journal. ~


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