Thriving in the 21st century requires stepping boldly into the force of one’s own existence, communicating effectively with others, and being conscious of the priorities that guide one’s life. The Mycelium School curriculum is designed to support a thriving livelihood that is capable of living one’s mission, making one’s dreams come true and doing good work in the world with other change agents.

There are four core components to the learning experience at Mycelium:

  1. The Environment
  2. The Process
  3. Learning Partners
  4. The Content
The physical, social and cultural conditions that create a space heavily influence that which can grow and develop in the space. The days of isolated learning within four dreary walls, no windows and without connection to the rest of the community are narrowing. At Mycelium, we practice community-based learning that happens in three different learning environments – an urban innovation lab, a nature-based classroom and out in the community.
Urban Innovation Lab
In the city, participants expand into the wild edges of creativity and coordinated action. Meeting with clients, brainstorming ideas and designing lucrative prototypes, the innovation lab supports at-the-edge thinking and innovative action that is immersed in the bustle of urban living.  The Innovation Lab is equivalent to a co-working space and hacker’s lab and is located in downtown Asheville.
Nature-Based Classroom
The oldest teacher on the planet is the planet. The patterns and principles that support life thriving are ancient and time-tested. With time to pause, reflect, and study the wisdom of the land and other living beings beyond humans, participants open access to a source intelligence that is primal, instinctive and wise. The nature-based classroom is on 330 acres in Candler, NC, 20 minutes outside of Asheville. There are actual buildings, manicured land, and wild forest in which learning takes place.
Community Organizations and Agencies
Hands-on learning happens through active engagement at local businesses, nonprofits, and community initiatives. Information and frameworks are applied and critically explored through directly participating in business, community engagement and social change work. Instructors who are active in the Asheville community guide participants through engagement in their occupations at places like Topfloor Studios, Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation, Rosetta’s Kitchen, and Adaway Consulting.
21st Century businesses strive to operate as learning organizations. The best way to learn how to implement and lead a learning organization is to be a part of a learning organization. The Mycelium School’s methods for teaching all translate into practices that participants can replicate in the real world. See the examples below. Within all of these methods is a consistent rhythm of engagement that is our Learning Cycle which is illustrated to the right.IMG_1561


  • Experiential workshops
  • Running Experiments to Test Hypotheses
  • Personal Practices for Self-Awareness
  • Facilitated Group Work
  • Self-Organized Group Work
  • Peer-to-peer Cohort Learning
  • Corporate and Community Partnerships and Consultancy
  • Individual and Collective Projects
  • Delivering Workshops
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Producing Events
  • Attending Workshops and Conferences
  • Readings, Case Studies, Videos, Virtual Classes
  • White Space Experiments
  • Rites of Passages
Mycelium recognizes that the true learning happens within the individual and the experience can be supported by others. Therefore, we surround our participants with high quality learning partners that can support and facilitate experiences that catalyze new insight and awareness. Learning Partners are:
Visiting Instructors
Talented and experienced leaders from diverse fields of study and practice who facilitate learning experiences relevant to today’s emerging leaders. These individuals develop and offer modules focused around timely issues and opportunities we face at local, national, and global levels.
Mycelium Advisers have developed a degree of mastery in one or more of the 7 discipline areas. They work with Mycelium participants throughout the year as they grow as social entrepreneurs and as human beings
Personal Coaches
Personal Coaches work one-on-one with Mycelium participants supporting them in their growth as whole human beings. Personal coaches will meet with participants either in person or via Skype to support them with a focus on their social and emotional growth and development.
Entrepreneurial Coaches
Entrepreneurial Coaches, similar to Personal Coaches, meet with participants on a weekly basis to support them in the research, design, prototype and creation of their social venture. Entrepreneurial coaches also support participants in thinking and acting critically toward becoming entrepreneurial leaders.
Learning Facilitators
Learning facilitators are there full time with the participants. They are trained in supporting and optimizing the learning of the participants. They do this by recognizing and illuminating patterns of learning, facilitating conflict transformation and  inspiring self and collective reflection
Mycelium believes there is a tremendous amount of wisdom and expertise to be drawn out from the learning community of peers. The Mycelium Learning Facilitators support the cohort in this collective learning.

myceliumiconcurriculumThe Content

Participants learn frameworks for understanding and thinking. They develop concrete skills like how to create and manage a budget, social media marketing, and group facilitation throughout the entire program. During the first 2-month Foundations Intensive participants develop a way of thinking about social change and their place in the process. This foundation is grounded in our 7 Core Disciplines.

The second phase is the Social Venture Phase where they use this base understanding to develop an individual or team-based social venture with the active hands-on support of entrepreneurial coaches, advisers and visiting instructors. In the final Outcubation Phase, participants are supported by learning partners as they leave the incubation of the Mycelium School and begin to integrate their knowledge and experience into the rest of their lives.

Practical content and skills that participants learn include:

  • Neuroscience and Human Developmentseeds_236671
  • Group Facilitation
  • Design Thinking
  • Leadership Literacy
  • Permaculture Design Certification
  • Public Speaking
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Social Change and Community Engagement
  • Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice
  • Storytelling
  • Graphic Recording
  • Non-violent Communication
  • Art of Hosting