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Join Us for Fall Cafe Connections
September 23, 10 am or 4 pm

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Faculty members, Laurel Tien (Dean Designate) and Paul Freedman (President) will be introducing our fall series of Cafe Connections. Hear about some of the topics that will be discussed this season. In addition, they’ll be sharing updates about our growing community at SelfDesign Graduate Institute.

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

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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.

"The instructor led the course with true passion and enthusiasm, sharing her own work with us, presenting course material in engaging ways, and responding thoughtfully and personally to our assignments."

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