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  • next course begins 8 october 2020 and finishes 3 december. JOIN HERe
  • Price: £250 / $330
  • You'll learn how to: 
    • Increase your sovereignty and agency
    • Become better at emergent conversations and explore collective intelligence
    • Become more skilled at navigating complexity
    • Level up in your life
  • An 8 week process including:
    • Live lessons and Q&A's with world-class instructors
    • A toolkit of self-development practices, working in pods of three, and larger community calls
    • A course workbook covering key theories, models and exercises
    • Access to exclusive interviews with instructors

An 8 week ONLINE course hosted by rebel wisdom, with tuition from SOME OF THE BEST TEACHERS WE'VE FEATURED ON THE CHANNEL. strengthen your sovereignty and Enhance your sensemaking. deepen your connection to others and learn how to enter more fully into an emergent conversation. harness and develop the skills you need to imagine, design and experiment with new cultural operating systems.


Daniel Schmachtenberger is Co-Founder of the Neurohacker Collective, a Futurist, Systems Theorist and star of Rebel Wisdom's 'The War on Sensemaking'

As director of Research and Development at the Neurohacker Collective, he is focused on developing processes and technologies for advancing medicine and human optimization. He is particularly focused on personalized medicine, adequate approaches to complex illness, and deepening our knowledge of how the human regulatory systems function, how they break down, and how they can be supported to function with greater resilience.


Diane Musho Hamilton is an author, award-winning mediator and teacher of Zen. She combines decades of work in conflict resolution with depth of experience in sitting meditation. She often says that “mediate” and “meditate”, share the same purpose: to bring what is divided or in dispute into harmony. In meditation, one brings disputing parties to agreement. In meditation, one brings body, speech, and mind into coherence with the environment. With extraordinary warmth, depth and insight, she encourages us to work with our differences, while discovering our fundamental unity.


Diane Musho Hamilton

Dr. John Vervaeke is a cognitive scientist and award-winning lecturer at the University of Toronto. He's the creator of the groundbreaking YouTube series 'Awakening from the Meaning Crisis'. He teaches courses in cognitive psychology on thinking and reasoning, higher cognition, and cognitive development.

He is an expert in integrating the work done in psychology, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, linguists, and philosophy to try and tackle central problems about the nature of cognition. He also teaches in the Buddhism, Psychology, and Mental Health program on the intersection between Buddhism and Cognitive Science, and on the scientific basis of mindfulness meditation. Watch John Vervaeke on Rebel Wisdom here.

John Vervaeke

Doshin is a poet, troublemaker, and teacher – a Zen Master of no rank. He is the founder of Integral Zen, the Colorado branch of the Hollow Bones Zen Order and co-founder of the Poetry of Dying Project, which uses the mirror of death to point to the essence of life. Doshin was recognized as a Zen Master and received Inka from JunPo, Roshi in 2011.

Known as 'The Shadow Roshi', Doshin has a deep understanding of how we can integrate the aspects of ourselves we can't see. He is a powerful meditation teacher and runs popular retreats around the world. 



Alexander is a mindfulness instructor, Holistic Counsellor and facilitator. Before co-founding Rebel Wisdom, he set up a meditation school, Open Meditation. He has a particular interest in training people in presence, embodiment and meditative techniques. He takes an Integral approach and brings a wealth of knowledge into the science and phenomenology of different states of awareness and stages of development.

Alexander Beiner 

David is trained as a Holistic Counsellor and has been deeply involved in inner growth work for over a decade. He is the founder of the Rebel Wisdom media platform, and also has a particular passion for helping people reach their potential and improve their relationships. As a journalist he is particularly interested in how we can make sense of a fragmented information ecology by developing our discernment, sovereignty and awareness. 

David Fuller 

Ivo is an Integral Development Coach (ICTF - ACTP certified) and has developed much of the Sensemaking 101 curriculum. He's skilled at helping people transform so they can thrive in chaos & complexity. He specialises in somatic coaching, developing presence, mindfulness and vertical transformational practices.

Ivo Mensch


Many of us have a sense that the old is dying, but the new is yet to be born. The institutions we’ve relied on to make sense of the world are unravelling at an ever faster rate, assaulted by new technologies and renewed tribalism. We now find ourselves in a 'post-truth' world that clouds our connection to purpose and meaning.

We are living through an accelerating and momentous shift in the human story, one that will test us to our limits. Rebel Wisdom has been exploring this new landscape for the last two years, finding the most insightful and pioneering thinkers to plot a path forward. At the same time, we've been running transformational retreats and live events in which we create a space for inner development work. We've discovered that what's needed isn't just a shift in what we know, but in how we know, and who we are. We need to reconnect to the innate human capacities that have been blunted and manipulated by the modern world.

This course is designed to help you unlock those capacities. It’s about developing your skill as a sensemaker - because if we don't know how to make sense of the world, we don't know where to put our focus or what direction to go in.

This course will give you an essential toolkit of skills to help you make sense of complexity, collaborate with others, understand yourself more fully and explore collective intelligence. We will begin by developing the qualities and abilities we as individuals need to increase our sovereignty – a deep but flexible connection to yourself, one that allows you to make your own decisions and take responsibility for your life, while still staying deeply receptive to the world. 

Paradoxically, it is a strong sense of sovereignty that allows us to collaborate effectively with others. The the course will help you do exactly this, in small ‘pods’ of three as well as larger group calls and teacher Q&A's. 

Sensemaking 101 works from the inside out; developing your inner capacities so that you can make sense of the world more effectively, take action and collaborate with others in a new way. You'll learn different practices to harness collective intelligence. You'll find ways to deep your relationship to the people in your life and on the course. You'll learn how to claim your agency, clarify your core values and thereby enhance your sensemaking. While it will be very much your process, this course is also inspired by a phrase that came out of our transformative weekend retreats.

“We have to do it ourselves, but we don’t have to do it alone.”

We will be going on an adventure together to grow up, clean up, wake up and show up so that we can become effective players on the cutting edge of culture. It's an adventure that asks you to become a warrior for the human spirit, connecting you to your essential gifts so that together we can imagine, design and realise something than's more than the sum of its parts.


The course includes a 90 minute Zoom call each week with a live lesson and Q&A from that week's instructor. The live zoom calls will be held on Thursdays at 8pm London time / 3pm New York / 12pm Los Angeles.

Please note that daylight savings takes place a few days earlier in the UK than the US, and Week 4 will be held at 8pm UK / 4pm New York / 1pm Los Angeles.

There might be slight changes to this which we will inform you of well in advance of the course beginning. All lessons will be recorded and available to you in case you miss one or want to rewatch it. Between the live calls you will have a Zoom call with your 'pod' of three to discuss the recorded interviews with the instructors ahead of the live call, to deepen your inquiry into that week's topic and to practice emergent sensemaking together (these will be arranged between you to find a convenient weekly time). As well as this, you have the option to participate in up to 3 hours additional study per week using the workbook. Hover over the images below to find out more about each week.

This week is about mapping out the territory we'll be covering, and learning how we can support each other on our collective journey. We'll explain our rationale for choosing the practices and theories we'll be working with, and set out guiding principles. You will have a space to clarify your intention, purpose, commitment and personal goals. You'll also connect with the other two people in the 'pod' of three you'll be travelling with throughout the course. 

Week 1 - with rebel wisdom on 8 OCTOBER 

The ability to respond consciously to your environment, choose who you are in relation to other people and exercise agency relies on presence. Without it, we are on autopilot, reacting to information instead of discerning. Presence is the container that holds all the other psychotechnologies we will be developing.

Alexander Beiner has taught thousands of beginners how to meditate and spent several years facilitating inner growth retreats. He uses a straightforward approach with simple language to help you develop this essential skill.  

Week 2 - Alexander Beiner oN 15 October

The shadow is a key concept from Jungian psychology, and one that we've found to be essential in coming into generative discussions. This week is led by Zen master Doshin Roshi, Head Abbott of Integral Zen and an expert on the shadow. 

Perhaps most simply described by Doshin 'the me I can't see', the shadow is all the parts of ourselves we reject, and then subsequently project onto other people. Owning these parts of ourselves is a process of becoming more whole and more authentic. Unless we do this, we can't truly enter into collaboration with others.

Week 3 - with doshin roshi on 22 October 

Featuring Dr. John Vervake, cognitive scientist and host of the pioneering YouTube series 'Awakening from the Meaning Crisis'. This week explores the transformative power of wisdom, why it matters that we orient ourselves toward it, and the psychotechnologies available to us to access it. We take a look at theories in cognitive science and specific psychospiritual practices that have been used for awakening throughout history. You will have the opportunity start bringing some of these practices into your life so that you can develop a clearer perception. 

Week 4 - with John Vervaeke on 29 October

It's one thing to make sense of the world alone, and another to do it in a group. If we want to come together in such a way that we generate new ideas and insights, we need to understand both how we relate, and the dynamics that play out in groups. 

Diane Musho Hamilton is a highly regarded mediator and facilitator. This week, she will help you inquire into how you stay centred or fall out of sovereignty in relationships. We will look at some common reactive patterns when we are being challenged, and learn how to use them as opportunities for deeper coherence.

Week 5 - diane musho hamilton on 5 November

How do we distinguish signal from noise? What models can we use to order and make sense of our perceptions and what are some common biases that distort it? What are the dangers of using models, and why do we outsource much of our sensemaking to authority figures?

This week you will draw on the skills you've developed in the previous weeks to inquire more fully into how you make sense of the world, and how your unique perspective synthesises with the rest of the group. We'll also practice navigating a complex information ecology in such a way that we avoid the many traps and illusions waiting to snag us.

Week 6 - with daniel schmachtenberger on 19 November

This week will further develop the skills you've learned on the course to date and apply them directly to how you make sense of the media environment and information ecology. In a post-truth world, where the old gatekeepers of information are failing, how do we arrive at and agree on truth? 

David Fuller will draw on his experience as a professional journalist and facilitator to help you develop your sovereignty, agency and discernment as you engage with social media, news and more.

Week 7 - with DAVID FULLER on 26 NOVEMBER

Here, we return to our 'why' and consolidate everything we've learned in terms of Waking up, Cleaning up, Showing up and Growing up. We look at the larger shift that's possible in our culture and how we can participate in it meaningfully. We also lay out a challenge: can we cohere around a real-world project by devoting a few hours of our time per week after the course ends, to bring what we've learned into the world?

week 8 - with rebel wisdom on 3 December


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