New Tribe Training – How to Craft a More Beautiful Life Together – April 8-12, 2015

NewTribe Training 2015

We’re offering this training again in 2015.  Our own learning, as we built our own local TRIBE has felt so dynamic, that we’re eager to guide you step by step in how to co-create your very own tribe!  Please see the flyer and other info below for beautiful details.  If you feel ready and truly want close, long term community in your life, now is the time call us or send us a note!   Bill & Zoe

Feel free to share this with friends!   (see our 7 min. 2014 video, to the right, still most useful–>)

Printable flyer: … Scroll down below the flyer for full details …& creative information


New Tribe Training – How to Craft a More Beautiful Life Together
April 8-12, 2015  –  An Advanced Community Building Retreat

with Bill Kauth & Zoe Alowan   –   Buckhorn Springs – Ashland, Oregon

This retreat is for people longing and truly ready for their own long-term, bonded community of people, we call tribe.  This new tribe is designed to deepen love and intimacy in your life as well as create a safety net to navigate rapidly changing times. We will learn by doing – experiencing the ways of the tribe; the values, skills and needed structure. The non-residential model (everyone has their own home) we have developed will give you great joy and save you years of struggle attempting to learn what we have to share.

The Place: We will gather at Buckhorn Springs, a peaceful, rustic retreat center just a few miles outside of Ashland.  It’s a beautiful place nestled in a small valley with a year-round creek, old oaks, ponderosa pines, tall aromatic cedars and open meadows. We prefer that all stay on-site.

Buckhorn Springs Per Person Fee: $486 for meals, lodging & gratuities. (four nights, five days)

Costs & Reciprocity:  We offer this retreat as a gift.  At the end we invite a monetary gift contribution to support ourselves and our work.

Information: Apply by phone Zoe or Bill at 541-482-2335 or contact us here.

OUR INTENTION: We want every student to “feel” tribe and return home having learned exactly how to build your own. It will include how to find the people, how to invite them and then how to facilitate the “orientation and initiation” training process for entering the tribe. Each student will learn how to hold the “joy space” of deep intimacy and create beautiful ceremonies to mark the passages into tribe.


  • Learn the skills of building long-term personal community (tribe).
  • Explore deep trust between men and women in your tribe.
  • Enjoy deep presence/intimacy and replicate it.
  • Grow your tribe membership in a loving way.
  • Experience emergence into Gift Culture.

MOST SIGNIFICANT LEARNING: After 7 years of exploring just how to build tribe, we finally found the key. Each person invited into tribe goes thru a 6 week training class we call the “tribe orientation and initiation.” It includes tribe values, structure and essential skills to function well in our tribe. These skills include safety between men and women, authentic intimacy and conflict resolution. You will learn all this!

This is some of our “tribe” – just last month on our Solstice retreat on the Smith River. There are 21 of us now, we live in our own homes, we’re bonded, committed and love being with each other, at least once a week.  Photo on flyer (above) is from our 2013 retreat on the coast.

our "tribe" on our Solstice retreat on the Smith River

It took us years to learn how to bring our tribe together. Now, we can teach you how to build your own tribe so much more quickly!! – Bill & Zoe


“You can take people out of the tribe, but you can’t take tribe out of people.”  We are tribal creatures – it lives in us, so lets take a look at how this archetypical quality can flow as “new” tribe.

NEW PARADIGM = NEW TRIBE:  Allow us to offer a “map” (below) to give you a sense of how “new tribe” fits into the larger picture.  The human evolutionary process has taken us from tribal hunter-gatherers (#1&2 below) to urban competitive (#5) creatures, with ever greater speed. Humankind is now entering a new global worldview, and our “new tribe” work is designed to make “The Leap.” The ManKind Project (MKP) and similar women’s “inner work” help guide people along an evolving path from #4 & 5 to #6. Then after some years in support-groups they somehow “leap” across that line into the “neo-tribal” (#8) possibility.  See this graphic below as an evolutionary “world-view” map.

SD map

This “leap” from #6 to #7 is called the paradigm shift where everything changes because one now includes all past worldviews. Here we move beyond linear cause and effect into synchronicity, the “field” or simply the miracle. Here war ends because we can see and appreciate the human journey and all the people who struggled with their evolving process. Here we find the ability to see that cooperation simply works so much better for everyone than competition. This is the new culture coming into being.

Notice also in the map how the world-views alternate from “individual” (odd numbers) to “community” (even numbers) and we keep moving from simple to complex. Our retreat will explore the neo-tribal #8, which barely exists at this time on planet earth. We can not go back to tribal #2 or the authoritarian #4, we have become too complex to go back. Many of us grew up in the Humanistic era #6, and now we take on the challenge to build our “new tribes” #8 which includes all we have learned before, now moving into the unknown. Join us in this amazing experiment!

“The loss of community is a defining crisis of our time. I’m grateful that
Bill and Zoe are applying their extraordinary skills as healers and social
inventors to building intimate tribes as the old world unravels.”
Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics & The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible

“Hands on, brimming with evocative and practical ideas for making and sustaining community, this book (We Need Each Other) is a seedbed for growing the necessary new culture if we are going to survive and enhance life in this most challenging of times.”
Jean Houston, Ph.D.,
visionary activist, teacher and author.



Our Definition of New Tribe: A group of people who are formally committed to each other, share specific values, meet regularly and hold each other as a priority. We become each-others dear, trusted friends, social safety net and extended family.

Some Premises on Tribe:

Tribe is the essential social unit.

Tribe helps us know who we are and want to be.

Tribe is place, location as who I am

Tribe connects us constantly from many points

Tribe becomes who I am

Tribe is feeling safe and abundant

The first communities of humans were not families, but tribes. The tribe, not the family is our basic social unit. The human family is embedded in tribal community. The tribe is an integral part of our human social existence that lies beyond recorded history. It is archetypal and it lives in us all. For most of human history we have been tribal beings, and as such knew our “selves” only as tribe, not as separate identities. To be cast out of tribe was to die. Then something dramatic changed.

Just in the last several centuries, a majority of humans developed an identity separate from the tribe – we might call this a “separate self identity.” We have come to call this “ego” as people became distinguishable from the tribe. With this new separate identity they could feel limits and constrictions of the tribe and could decide to act separately from it. They could even leave.

In order for humankind to evolve, this differentiation in consciousness needed to happen. However, as humans became more and more individualized, too many went beyond the realm of autonomy into isolation and alienation. This painful loneliness came to seem normal – until now!  Welcome to our expansion into a new form, which both transcends and includes the traditional tribal ways. We call this never before known, neo-tribal social form a “New Tribe” in which people consciously choose each other and bond as tribe.

“You don’t need everybody, just your tribe!”  Seth Godin

“As your own dreams materialize, I suspect you will come to know that you don’t need much.  Just your tribe, your inner guidance, and the evidence that tells you that you really can create a magnificent life.“                 Martha Beck

Why “New” tribe at this time?  Tribes have leaders who represent a vision and identity that resonates with certain others. Traditional churches, businesses, sports and politics often filled this tribal role by providing the myths and some bonding functions. However many of us now want a significantly new story and trust ourselves to co-create it.  The old story of “fear and scarcity” is giving way to “love and sufficiency.”  Together with our tribe we create our new life grounded in the new story.  Join us in this “New Tribe” adventure.  Contact us!


                                     Our 2012 Gift Community training group at Buckhorn Springs
Bridging Retreat 2012 Group photo


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