Join Us for Our Virtual Open House

woman looking at a flower with fall colorsAugust 26th, 2018
10 a.m. PDT or 4 p.m. PDT

Fall brings so many changes into our environment and daily lives. It evokes anticipation for new beginnings! As you get ready to change the calendar page, we invite you to engage in self-exploration! At SDGI, we encourage you to fully live your life and pursue your passions while you earn a master’s degree. We invite you to join us for an hour, from the comfort of your home, and learn more about creating your own degree!

Author Your Life and Design Your Masters Degree or Certificate Program

Have you thought about returning to school but don’t want to be stuck in a desk listening to lectures? Do you desire an educational environment where your life experiences are validated and your insight is valuable? Do you crave real conversations and to be challenged to become a more authentic you? SelfDesign Graduate Institute can assist you in an experiential journey where you design your higher education!

Pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee and relax while we discuss our Masters degrees and certificate programs and how they can help you reach your personal goals.

We’ll also chat about:

  • Our history, mission, and the learner experience.
  • The application process, cost of attendance, and scholarships that are available.
  • Our low-residency, small cohort, and real time–participatory online learning model.
  • The essence of creating (SelfDesigning) your master’s degree/certificate program while integrating your own life experiences.
  • And we’ll share about drawing on the wisdom of our dynamic faculty mentors.

We’re excited to join you on your educational journey. See you there!

August 26, 2018
10 a.m. PDT or 4 p.m. PDT

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What Our Grads Say About Their Experience

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I could not be more fulfilled or grateful for my learning experience at SDGI.

The experience at SDGI has allowed me to connect with passionate like-minded individuals who have poured into my development as a person and academically. The staff, professors, and fellow students together have given me support and allowed for major leaps in my understanding from approaches in the classroom and learning, to neuroscience, child development, and ...

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Our Learners Talk About Their SDGI Experience

SelfDesign Foundation Chair, Renee Poindexter, interviews our graduates to discuss desiging their own masters program, and how they have integrated their learning into their professional lives.

We Share a Passion for Learning through Collaboration

SelfDesign is centered on the understanding that we have the capacity to author our own lives from a place of resourcefulness, creativity, and possibility.

I value this program for contributing to my professional and personal growth, as well as helping me to understand a more personal process of knowledge building that is directly applicable to my work with children and their families.

The SelfDesign Graduate Institute is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act.

Message from the President

paul freedmanLittle did I know what would unfold back in 2008, when I introduced visionary educator, Brent Cameron, to holistic education scholar and teacher, David Marshak at a small education conference I was hosting on Orcas island, WA. That day, Brent and David began a collaboration that gave rise to this amazing model for post graduate education, The SelfDesign Graduate Institute. What a privilege it is now to have accepted the reins from David and to complete the circle as I settle into the office of SDGI President.

The caring and self-renewing community that is SDGI represents a unique and innovative approach to learning. Here is a place where you will be welcomed and gently guided to claim authorship of your own life’s journey. I am so very proud of this organization, its inspiring faculty, and all we are doing to offer personalized, relationship-based learning opportunities.

Brent wrote, and David has often repeated, “SelfDesign is about living in enthusiasm.” You may find other MA programs that pay lip service to the idea of pursuing your passions, but at SDGI we live this mandate every day. It is the very heart which pulses life throughout our programs.

SDGI operates under the oversight of the SelfDesign Foundation. We continue to enjoy a strong relationship with SDLF, Brent’s original K-12 organization in BC, Canada. For more information about SDGI and other SelfDesign Foundation programs go to

It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you here.

Paul Freedman
SelfDesign Graduate Institute