Following the successful completion and development of the DONE educational programme over the past 12 years (2008 – 2019), and after an unfortunate forced break in 2020, we are happy to announce the opening of registrations for DONE 021. We are aware that the ongoing pandemic remains an ongoing obstacle, but we are hopeful that there will be the opportunity to gather in September 2021.
The educational training programme, DONE 021, is designed for Blessed Children over 18 years old, who are interested in participating in spiritual training and education. The programme is open to those who have just graduated from high school, as well as young adults who wish to take time for their spiritual education at a later stage in life. From our experience, DONE is especially suitable for those who want a trusting and supportive environment with a serious spiritual focus; rooted in the Principle, but with enough space and freedom to develop and shape your experience independently.
The DONE programme is made up of 4 modules, beginning in September 2021 and ending in August 2022. On completion of each module, participants can then decide if they wish to sign up for the next one. The programme offers participants down-to-earth education and care in aspects of building their relationship to God and furthering their understanding of life. Through the varied schedule and educational opportunities, participants are given the chance to make their spiritual life and knowledge lasting and real. The education takes place through the content, mentoring, personal reflection and sharing throughout the programme; learning useful skills and wisdom for life from the educators, peers and by searching inwardly. The education will focus on strengthening your life of faith and becoming a more responsible adult; deepening your relationship with God and True Parents, developing self-awareness and character, and building lasting friendships with brothers and sisters.
We believe that Blessed Children need to have a healthy understanding of who they are, seeing their potential and role in taking a lead to develop new environments wherever they go and whatever they do. In line with this, DONE aims to provide participants with the opportunity to strengthen their confidence and maturity so that they can believe in their capacity to take responsibility and the positive difference they can make in this world.
DONE 021 is organised, guided and managed by the ESGD staff team.
Directors: Julius Alexy and Patrick Hanna
Educational support: Yebuny Hanna and Martin Alexy
The organisers and educators have a substantial amount of experience and expertise in supporting Blessed Children of different backgrounds and situations. We are dedicated to supporting participants to find their place and peace within the Unificationist community and to be encouraged and supported on their path towards the Matching and Blessing.
Whilst we aim to offer the key components of the usual DONE programme, we are ready to respond with flexibility to the possible changing circumstances related to Covid-19. It is therefore planned that this year’s programme will combine in person as well as online education and experiences. We have gone through a very challenging period as humankind, and our spiritual education is a worthwhile investment for the future; for ourselves and the world in which we are all creating.
Application and programme fee
Application deadline: 21st July 2021 (see details below)
Programme fee: 1500 EUR
The fee must be fully paid at the start of the DONE 021 First Module regardless of whether the participant will continue on to other Modules.
The fee is calculated to cover costs, not to make a profit. However, we are aware that this fee is higher than the usual DONE fee of 1000 EUR. This is because of the financial implications that will be on the programme running costs this year, due to the likelihood that there will be no fundraising as part of the schedule. At the same time, we are also aware of the financial impact that the recent pandemic has had on Blessed families and individuals and will do our best to minimise the participation costs. If this is possible, we will let you know.
In any case, we would encourage participants to look for sponsorship opportunities in their communities to support their participation fee, and to find ways to earn their own money.
1. Register latest by 14th July 2021 online here.
2. We will send you the application form with further details regarding how to proceed. You will have to submit your completed application form (including your CV and motivation letter) by 21st July 2021.
3. We will send you a confirmation letter of acceptance latest by 8th August 2021.
Please note that DONE 021 is limited to 28 participants. We therefore advise you to fully complete the application as early as possible.
As explained above, the DONE programme is made up of 4 modules, and follows the schedule of the European academic year, this year beginning in September 2021 and ending in August 2022. On completion of each module, participants can then decide if they wish to sign up for the next one, with the aim of putting the training they received into practice and by giving something back in follow-up modules.
Participants can therefore see this as a full-year programme with a valuable break in between each of the four modules. Indeed, the break periods have been very useful for past participants and formed an important part of their whole year programme experience. Past participants have used these break periods to travel independently, fulfilling personal desires and making the most of the precious opportunity between studies. Others have invested in developing connections with new DONE friends, and many have used that time to work or apply what they have learnt by investing into their families and communities back home.
Read some reflections of DONE graduates here.
Special note: We are constantly monitoring the situation related to travel restrictions and safety regulations related to Covid-19. Based on the recent situation and forecast, we have had to make adjustments to the usual programme. There are still details we will need to finalise as things become clearer regarding travel regulations, and so we appreciate your flexibility and patience. We are, however, committed to running DONE 021 if it is possible, and below are the programme details as they currently stand.
1) DONE First Module (The Core Training Programme)
Provisional dates: starting between 5th and 12th September; ending between 17th and 24th October 2021 (exact arrival and departure dates will be confirmed with the acceptance letter by 8th August at the latest).
Location: The programme will begin and end in Slovakia; arrival to, and departure from, Bratislava or Vienna. If it becomes possible, we will travel to some other European countries also. But, due to the unusual circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are currently planning to be only in Slovakia, at 3 or 4 different locations.
The first module is the foundational DONE educational programme; all participants considering DONE need to complete this core programme. It will be a five to six week-long programme. And due to the current circumstances, we will most likely not include the usual fundraising training.
The module consists of:
- 25-30 days of educational workshops (Divine Principle studies, Intercultural Communication Training, Character and Personal Growth Education, Marriage and Blessing education)
- Possibly 4-5 days of service project (depending on the final size of the DONE 021 group)
- Possibly 4-5 days of mountain challenge (depending on the final size of the DONE 021 group)
NB: If necessary, we will be flexible to modify and adjust the schedule based on the changing circumstances.
2) DONE Second Module (DONE Online Course – DOC)
Provisional dates: starting between 4th and 7th November; ending between 12th and 19th December 2021 (this gives a break of approximately 2-3 weeks between the first and the second module).
The DOC will focus on strengthening personal responsibility as we progress on our spiritual path and personal development. It will be organised online, which allows participants to return home. This module will provide an opportunity to study and learn together and independently, with regular team activities and chances to interact as a group. The staff team will also offer additional support in the form of mentoring and personal care.
The time involvement of participants will be between 12-24 hours per week, divided between online education, team activities and personal assignments.
3) DONE Third Module (DONE Mission One)
Provisional dates: starting between 20th and 27th February; ending between 8th and 15th May 2022 (this gives a break of approximately 10-12 weeks between the second and the third module).
This third module offers the chance for participants to put the training from the previous modules into practice and grow further by taking more responsibility and leadership for themselves and others. The structure and content are flexible and finalised, to some extent, by both staff and participants. This module provides the chance to build on what was learnt in the initial training periods, as well as providing opportunities for new experiences e.g. international projects, service projects, leadership training, organising education for European Blessed Children of high-school age.
In the case of another wave of the pandemic and related travel restrictions, we will offer this module as an online programme. If this becomes the case, based on our experience with DONE Mission One in 2020 (successfully assisting participants to travel back home safely at the start of lock-down and transition to educational activities online), we are again confident to make it work well.
We highly recommend that successful graduates of the first two DONE modules consider this third module to go much further and deeper in their journey of growth. We fully understand, however, that for some participants, a full-year commitment is not possible and that the initial 5-6 weeks of DONE (Module 1) is a great catalyst for moving on to personal plans for the remainder of the year, or before returning to work or education.
4) DONE Fourth Module (Summer Programmes)
Provisional dates: July/August 2022 (this gives a break of approximately 12 weeks between the third and the fourth module)
The fourth and final module is an opportunity to staff European summer workshops by taking an active role in educating and caring for younger Blessed Children. In addition, there is the opportunity to end the year by participating in the Original Divine Personality Plus Workshop (ODP+ WS); connecting to others outside of the DONE programme and practicing what they have gained throughout the year.
After the third module, we understand that many participants from outside of Europe will return home for their own summer plans/ local activities/ preparing for work or study. However, we would still encourage all successful graduates to consider the potential of the fourth module; for personal growth as well as a chance to offer something to others.
If you have any questions, please feel free to address them to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Julius +421 905 430 939. We look forward to seeing you in September!
Julius and Patrick
on behalf of the ESGD team
Register latest by 14th July 2021 online here.
Read some reflections of DONE graduates here.