""The program was not what I expected, but it was exactly what I needed. It turned out it was more the social and personal design side [that I needed]. Skills for self-design were a hold up for me and ended up being the most critical component of program. I’d been a manager, I knew how to push projects through, but how to facilitate rather than manage, rather than dictate; that was new. It was one of Erik [Ohlsen’s] strengths- not just his technical expertise but his group facilitation experience.""
""What I loved about the ELI program was how diverse it was with the curriculum as far as materials they were teaching! I appreciated how in-depth they got into the subjects and how the teachers were our mentors and guides, step by step! Nothing was rushed! We had time to sink our presence to what we were learning. It was 9 months. That's a lot of time to get to know materials. The hands-on was what I loved the most...learning to use machinery, how to build biodynamic compost, how to observe and be present! When I finished the course, it gave me direction in where I wanted to take all this knowledge and how we need to share it and start doing the work!""