One of the core means by which we participate in the Academy is through cohorts. Cohorts are groups of 6-12 committed individuals coming together for 30-90 days to focus on developing a specific skill. Subjects include everything from communication and leadership to blacksmithing and bookbinding to dancing and philosophy to literature and more. The common focus across all cohorts is our development as learners within community.

There are always more cohorts in the works, so make sure to subscribe to our email list to stay in the loop for when our next generation begins!


Writing and a maelstrom of desks.

Genesis NaNoWriMo Cohort

The ‘National Novel Writing Month’ is a yearly challenge run by NaNoWriMo which Paragon Jaymes O’Pheron is inviting the Academy to participate in. The goal is to write 50,000 words of original fiction during the month of November. That’s a couple thousand words a day, and a significant effort is required to accomplish it! The result is a rough draft of a new work, introduced into existence, and an experience unlike any other.

The details are as follows: two in-person meeting times per week during the month of November to create many opportunities for people to join in. It is not be expected that everyone attends every single meeting, but it is strongly encouraged to attend as many as possible. Each meeting will consist of a brief orienting intro, a 30-minute word sprint race, a brief review for encouragement and evaluation exchanges, and then time to continue writing and/or collaborate on challenges we are running into as needed for the remainder of the time.

The schedule is Wednesdays from 10-11:30 and Saturdays from 11:30-1:30 at Atomic Coffee in the back room. Registration cost is pay-what-you-want with a minimum of $10 and a recommended fee of $50, as we have found the experience and dedication is improved with some investment involved (it also helps us cover our expenses for onboarding new Academians and running programs).

Register here before November starts! If you cannot participate this year, pass on the info to someone who can so we can get as many participants as possible. The more we have, the better the experience! Direct any questions to Jaymes at [email protected]

Genesis Philosophy Cohort

Come learn to be a philosopher by practicing thinking and discussing deeply. We learn by doing, so rather than simply reading about the thoughts of those who have gone before, we will be entering into the dialog ourselves. Think of it as a deep dive into the fundamentals of the Socratic Method.

Four weeks, meeting weekly, join the Academy experience! We will be meeting Tuesday nights from 8-9:30 pm starting November 15th and ending December 6th. Register here now for only $15. Direct any questions to Xavior at [email protected]