Here’s How People Have Been Changed by Joran’s Classes and Workshops …
“Joran’s talk was both entertaining and well-paced;
he warmed the room from his first breath.”
“Joran is a gold mine of intellectual stimuli – with guidance for emotional healing thrown in for good measure.”
“Joran is a dynamic teacher. You’ll be engrossed from beginning to end. He thinks about religion and spirituality from different perspectives and encourages you to question what you’re learning. I left informed and evolved.”
“Joran finds a perfect balance between right and left brain – between thinking and action – to effect change in any individual.”
“I am much more accepting of other spiritual and religious beliefs than I have ever been before. Thank you, Joran.”
More Praise for Joran’s Classes and Workshops on Interfaith Dialogue and Religious Innovation:
“Joran Oppelt has done his inner work and his intellectual and organizing work as he pursues questions so many (alive and caring) church leaders are asking:
Where is the younger generation? And what are the spiritual paths they are traveling with — or more likely without — the church?”
— Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox
Watch Joran’s Ignite Talk, “The Future of Religion in 5 Minutes”
Joran is an international speaker who has shared the stage with Barbara Marx Hubbard, Ken Wilber, Jane Goodall, Michael Beckwith, Matthew Fox, Lynne McTaggart, Dr. Stan Grof, Howard Rheingold, Nate Silver, Gary Vaynerchuck and more. He has presented and led workshops at South by Southwest (Austin, TX), the International Academy of Design and Technology, Unity Spiritual Campus, Building the New World Conference (Radford, VA), The Parliament of the World’s Religions (Salt Lake City, UT), Embrace Festival (Portland, OR) and the Integral European Conference (Siofok, Hungary).
Below is a list of talks, classes and workshops that Joran has shared with organizations and communities like yours. If you would like Joran to visit your community to offer a talk, class or workshop, please contact him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spiritual Edge: Exploring the Boundaries and Future of Religion (30 minutes + Q&A)
We all live a life on the edge – standing at the intersection of identity and on the precipice of what’s to come. International speaker, author, life coach and interfaith minister Joran Oppelt explores the boundaries and future of spirituality through the story of his quest for beauty, goodness and truth. This motivating and inspiring program provides you with the courage and the tools necessary to follow your own edges and move beyond them.
“Joran’s presentation [Spiritual Edge] was both entertaining and well-paced; he warmed the room from his first breath. His talk demonstrated how inclusion among our cultures, religions, families and social circles empower, enrich and improve us all. I recommend Joran with great enthusiasm and awe. His address was the topic of conversation during our graduation reception. He unified the group and inspired our graduates.” – Kevin C. O’Dunn, principal Florida Academy of Ayurveda
The Future of Spiritual Community (90 Minutes)
Religion in America is changing. Joran Oppelt – international speaker, author, and founder of Integral Church – discusses the role that interfaith and secular communities play in filling the gap created by shrinking churches and temples; where the younger generation is finding religious life outside of its institutions; and what innovative leaders can do to reconnect with them.
“Joran Oppelt’s ‘Future of Spiritual Community’ workshop is very helpful in identifying the spiritual needs — especially of younger people — in our society and how the church can respond to those needs. The material is very forward-looking, offering both practical and philosophical perspectives for increasing the effectiveness of the ministry of the church.” — Rev. Kim Wells
“As the traditional church struggles with the challenges of American social and cultural transformation, there is a need for better understanding in order to bring about positive development in the community. Joran Oppelt’s ‘Future of Spiritual Community’ is comprehensive, succinct and informative. It is exactly this kind of information that can serve to support more meaningful discussions.” — Rev. Jan Magray
Reading the Bible in the 21st Century
Who really wrote The Bible? Is it the “greatest story ever told?” How has The Bible influenced modern literature and politics? How do we read The Bible in the age of smartphones and social media?
Explore the past, present and future of this sacred text as we review Old and New Testament stories, discuss the spectrum of Christian movements from Gnosticism to Catholicism, study various translations and interpretations of scripture, examine the controversial life of Jesus, and rediscover The Bible in a whole new light.
This class is BYOB (bring your own Bible).
“I really enjoyed the open and inviting atmosphere of Reading the Bible in the 21st Century. Everyone felt that no matter their level of awareness, they were free to participate. Joran presented the topic and involved the participants in interesting ways through a variety of teaching/learning methods. The handouts were great and easy to read. It was just a wonderful class to attend that supported my personal spiritual path and journey.” – Gary A.
“Reading the Bible in the 21st Century put me in a space to think and mold and solidify what I believe, especially about the traditional Bible stories. I also enjoyed listening to others’ interpretations and perspectives as well.” – Clyde K.
The Art of Prayer (Half Day)
A fun and interactive exploration of the divine dialogue we call prayer. You will discover new prayer practices you can use in your life, discuss different types of prayer, learn prayers from various faith and religious traditions (Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Native American). The benefits of a daily prayer practice are real, and connecting with real people to develop it can be life-changing.
WHAT YOU RECEIVE:
- New prayer practices you can start using immediately
- Different prayers from around the world
- A deeper understanding about why prayer is necessary
- Improved dialogue and interpersonal skills
- A more intimate relationship with God, Source, Spirit, etc.
- A safe and open environment where asking questions is encouraged
- In-person connection with people who love learning about what other people believe
“I wasn’t really praying before now. I was only talking to myself.” — Shannon S.
“We immersed ourselves in the prayer process and the energy and intention behind it. I was pushed out of my comfort zone in some deep and beautiful ways.”
“The one thing that isn’t explained very well in my [Christian] tradition is prayer. This class brought clarity to why and how we pray and so much more.” — Keirstin P.
“Joran is a dynamic teacher. You’ll be engrossed in the content from beginning to end. He thinks about religion and spirituality from different perspectives and encourages you to question what you’re learning. I left informed, evolved and excited for the next one.” — Rian P.
LOVE: The Art of Relationship
(Full Day, with Jennifer Oppelt)
Come by yourself or with someone you LOVE! This is a heart- and mind-opening experience that explores the topics of self-image, healthy relationship, thriving partnerships, romantic love, attachment/dependency and deep listening. Discover new tools to improve your communication and relationships with loved ones, family, co-workers and more.
In this workshop you will learn to:
- Create passion and fun in your own life
- Be “fully present” for your loved ones
- Listen non-judgmentally to co-workers
- Clearly communicate with others about how you feel
- Open yourself up to new, healthy relationships
- Nurture and cultivate your current partnerships
- Show more empathy and understanding for the viewpoint of others
- Be in “right relationship” with those around you
“Jennifer & Joran are great guides for the journey into getting to know a deeper you. Through their classes, groups, and workshops, I’m fascinated each and every time! Thank you two!” – Jennifer R.
“LOVE: The Art of Relationship was just what I needed. Everyone was so open and willing to receive each other. I felt comfortable to grow and learn with folks I had never met before. I left refreshed and revitalized. My heart felt full. It was a perfect day for me.” – Bea H.
“LOVE: The Art of Relationship was a safe, comfortable environment where my partner and I could experience growth and learning. Provide another one soon!” – Wendy W.
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Introduction to Integral Spirituality (90 min.)
A deep dive into Integral Philosophy and Spirituality. If you’re hungry for a full-spectrum synthesis of the heart and mind, or for a more integrative and inclusive framework of science, religion, philosophy, art and ethics then this class is for you!
One of the primary contributions of Evolutionary and Integral Spirituality in our century has been the ability to discern the difference between stages of consciousness (how we grow up) and states of awareness (how we wake up). This class takes a look at the “spectrum of consciousness” present in the world’s faith traditions and considers the truth (and partiality) found in all worldviews.
We will also examine the teachings of integral scholars and philosophers from Aurobindo to Wilber and DeChardin to Whitehead.
“Excellent! The significance and importance of Joran’s presentation can’t be overemphasized.” — Steve A.
Marketing for Creatives and Spiritual Types
Do you have a unique mission in life? Maybe it’s art, writing, photography, spirituality, coaching, healing, music or something else. Do you find it difficult to find the right clients or audience for the kind of work you do? Do you struggle to connect your unique message to the unique people who want to hear it?
In this program, you will learn marketing tips that will take your mission to the next level. You will gain an understanding of some modern tools (like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram) and discover how to create messages (and content) that find the right audience — so that the seeds you plant will grow and yield results!
Module 1: Branding, Identity and Design
Module 2: Marketing, Media and Advertising
Module 3: Blogging and Content Creation
Module 4: Introduction to Social Media
Module 5: Mindfulness and Time Management (+ Social Media Best Practices Lab, Bring Your Laptop!)
“Joran’s Marketing for Creatives class was amazing. His presentation and handouts were jam-packed full of useful information. His knowledge and idea development approach helped me identify action steps and the time to accomplish them. He answered every question with a wonderful knowledge base and lots of wisdom. Joran is a natural teacher and made each of his students feel comfortable asking any and all questions.
I especially gravitated to Joran’s approach to business, which emphasized business from the heart. I recommend his class to anyone formulating a business idea or looking for creative and efficient ways to market.” – Debbie R.
“What an invigorating and educational experience! Joran finds a perfect balance between right and left brain — between thinking and action — to effect change in any individual.” – Angela R.
“An excellent investment of time and money! Marketing for Creatives was carefully planned and executed to provide us with valuable and applicable information on everything from branding, to marketing, to time management. I particularly appreciated the way that Joran’s spiritual path and professional background came together through his teachings over the weekend. We were constantly guided, supported and inspired through his genuine caring nature.” – Denise O.
Religions of the World
This class takes a passionate and pluralistic look at the major world religions. We will learn about the spiritual path, practices, beliefs and traditions of five religious faiths – Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism. We will also examine the distinct human problem that each religion seeks to solve, how each faith has influenced the world, how it has changed over time and how it is practiced in the world today. Suggested reading: Stephen Prothero’s acclaimed best-seller, God is Not One.
Section One: Hinduism
Section Two: Judaism
Section Three: Buddhism
Section Four: Christianity
Section Five: Islam
“I encounter people frequently that have a one-sided or warped view of what each religion represents. I feel that all would benefit from taking this class. – Brian M.
“I am so glad I attended the Religions of the World class. By the end of the series some [people] released old prejudices. I told family and friends about this class and if it is offered again I plan to bring my Mom and anyone else who will listen. Because of this class I am much more accepting of other spiritual and religious beliefs than I have ever been before. Thank you, Joran. I look forward to the next series.” – Angela M.