Community Organizing for Deep Democracy Retreat


Please note that due to our role as national field organizing office for Move to Amend, and how very busy that keeps us, we currently do not hold Deep Democracy Retreats. The information below is out-of-date, but provides historical perspective. We hope to resume holding retreats at some future date.


Are you serious about taking back your community from corporations? This in-depth workshop, we help you envision grassroots democratic solutions to problems facing your community. Legal history, case studies, and forward-looking strategies are offered to inspire your action plan.


2011 Dates for this Workshop

★ October 14-16, 2011

This event is tailored to meet the needs of the participants based on pre-event feedback. This event is open to participants from all over the country.

This full weekend workshop helps participants effectively organize in their own communities to reclaim citizen sovereignty and will offer tangible strategies for actions that we can collectively take to get our democracy back from corporations. This three-day intensive workshop will challenge the deep assumptions that we all hold about what it means to live in a democracy and what the proper role of the corporation is. We draw on history as well as current events to illustrate the changing role of the corporation over time and how seriously our past people’s struggles have taken the concept of democracy.

Deep Democracy Retreats are right for you if you are:

★ An activist, leader, organizer, trainer, or elected official engaged in issues of economic, environmental or social justice in your community;
★ An educator, activist, organizer, trainer, or elected official seeking to improve your understanding of the history of corporate power and more effective strategies for resistance.

By the end of the weekend participants will have a background on how corporate leaders and current judicial interpretations of the law are preventing us from defining our own communities.

Participants receive the history, analysis, networks, and legal and educational strategies to more successfully organize for local democracy in their communities.

Location and Venue

This three day retreat is hosted at the Democracy Unlimited Headquarters in Eureka, CA.

Eureka is situated on the Redwood Coast of Northern California. The city is very near the largest and tallest stands of the world’s tallest trees, the coastal redwoods; the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in the continental United States, the Lost Coast; and six of California’s most scenic rivers. We offer optional day trips on either end (Friday and Monday) for participants to explore the Pacific Ocean and redwood forest and the surrounding scenic beauty.

Participants also have the opportunity to visit with the local community and volunteers who are spearheading the cutting-edge democracy organizing that has been taking place in Humboldt County for the past decade.

Sleeping accommodations are provided in host housing in nearby homes in Eureka, or participants can choose to pay for hotel accommodations. Vegetarian meals are prepared using local, organic produce from community farms.

The drive to Eureka is approximately 6 hours from San Francisco or the East Bay. The trip from Sacramento to Eureka is about 5 hours. Carpooling is encouraged and we can help facilitate driving with others from the Bay Area. If you are not driving distance from nearby in California, you can fly to the Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento airports and get a ride or public transportation to the Retreat. You can also fly into Eureka directly (our airport code is ACV). The retreat location is approximately 20 minutes from the local airport.


On-site sign-in for the Retreats begins on Friday from 2:00-3:00 pm; the program begins at 4:00pm Friday and concludes at 3:30pm on Sunday. Sessions will be conducted in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings. Breaks will be provided during the day to allow participants to take advantage of recreational attractions available at the retreat sites, and to allow participants to network.

It is important that participants plan to attend the full weekend Retreat in order to get the maximum benefit of the training.

Participants are invited to arrive Thursday evening to join us for a hike Friday morning and/or to stay for a day-trip on Monday. This retreat will also feature a potluck on Saturday evening for particpants and Democracy Unlimited volunteers and members from the local community.

Event Cost

Event cost is $200-$400 sliding scale, some scholarships may be available. Includes all meals and lodging (unless you chose to stay in a hotel), does not include travel.

Sliding scale means you determine what you can pay based on your income and current financial situation. Below is a suggested model to follow - if you can donate more to help others who need scholarships please do so.

If your income is...under $15,000 -- you pay... $200
If your income is...$15,001-$25,000 -- you pay... $240
If your income is...$25,001-$35,000 -- you pay... $280
If your income is...$35,001-$45,000 -- you pay... $320
If your income is...$45,001-$55,000 -- you pay...$360
If your income is...over $55,000 -- you pay...$400 (and we welcome additional donations to cover scholarships for others).

Are you being sent to the training by your employer? If so, don't use your income to determine the fee -- use the annual budget of the organization. For example, if the organization's annual budget is $38,000, your employer would pay $320 to send you to the retreat.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If we cancel for any reason, your registration fee will be refunded. If you cancel up to four weeks before the Retreat, we will also refund full tuition. From four to two weeks before the Retreat, we will refund the tuition you have paid less a $50 processing fee. Two weeks before the Retreat or later we will not be able to refund tuition unless we have been able to fill your seat and the Retreat is fully enrolled, in which case we will refund tuition less the processing fee, as above.


Click here to register online. You can also download a registration form. Your spot will be secured once we receive the completed form and your payment.

For more information contact Democracy Unlimited: or (707) 269-0984. The Retreat is limited to 15 participants - so register early! Registration closes three weeks before the start date.

Materials, including a detailed agenda for the Retreat and a background reading packet, will be made available to all registrants prior to the training to help participants prepare for the Retreat.

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