Course Lab: Lessons from Successful Online Course Creators
How Students’ Lived Experiences Lead to Innovative Course Design (Sara Eisenberg)
September 20, 2021
It can be hard to talk about racial and gender equality. But Sara’s course, Radical Inclusion Immersion, creates an in-depth curriculum based upon students’ lived memories and experiences, leading to transformation and empathy. In this episode of Course Lab, Danny and Abe talk to Sara Eisenberg about her course and its innovative course design.
Episode summary: How Students’ Lived Experiences Lead to Innovative Course Design (Sara Eisenberg):

The feeling of a broken world and Sara Eisenberg’s own experience as an activist were drivers in the creation of her four-week online course, Radical Inclusion Immersion, which helps attendees deconstruct their biases. The course teaches simple practices that deepen curiosity, empathy, and visceral understanding of belonging and exclusion and invites a natural shift to more inclusionary behaviors.

In this episode of Course Lab, Danny and Abe discuss Sara’s course and explore how she uses students’ lived memories and experiences to create an in-depth and innovative curriculum. She shares how the pandemic helped her understand that Zoom meetings with the participants created a more intimate environment in which to be vulnerable and safe to share experiences.

 In this episode we discuss:


“Now I'm closing the loop, bringing the consciousness practices from my healing path back into the work of the  divisive issues of race and gender. Because we haven't made a lot of progress using the tools that we have. ”  

In some cases, I'm writing the curriculum as we go based on how the students’ material interacts with one another.” – Sara Eisenberg



Guest bio:


Sara Eisenberg is a healer, herbalist, activist, elder, and the founder of  A Life of Practice, her online home, where she integrates her work in Nondual Kabbalistic Healing, Herbal Medicine, and Radical Inclusion with A Life of Practice©.  Sara brings over 35 years of experience as a teacher, facilitator, and healer in academic and community settings to her work. 

Sara teaches CEOs, professionals, activists, and seekers committed to race and gender justice, guiding them to naturally shift to more inclusionary behaviors by engaging them in simple practices that deepen their curiosity, empathy, and visceral understanding of belonging, exclusion, and agency.

In Radical Inclusion Practice©, she partners race and gender justice beginners with seasoned practitioners in a variety of settings: one on one, small group settings by contractual agreement, and in online learning settings where course size is limited to optimize transformational learning.

In spite of her years as a community organizer, nonprofit CEO, and large-systems change agent, Sara was also trying to solve her own pain over the constant harms caused by a broken world. 

Radical Inclusion Practice© is the fruit of her desire to make this path available to others.

Now she offers a 4-week beta course, Radical Inclusion Immersion,  a protected space for professionals, seekers, and activists who:

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:
  1. Mirasee
  2. Sara’s A Life of Practice website
  3. Sara’s course, Radical Inclusion Immersion
  4. Sara’s LinkedIn


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