Following the successful completion and development of the DONE educational programme over the past 15 years (2008 – 2022), we are happy to announce the opening of registrations for DONE 023. Despite an unfortunate forced break in 2020, we were able to reboot and complete DONE 021, DONE 022 as well as DM1-22 and DM1-23 in person, so we invite you to consider being a part of the next chapter of the DONE story.
The educational training programme, DONE 023, 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 2023 and ending in August 2024. 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 in the positive difference they can make in this world.
DONE 023 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.
We are going through a very challenging period as humankind, and our spiritual education is a worthwhile investment for the future; for ourselves and the world which we are all creating.
Application and programme fee
Application deadline: 23rd July 2023 (see details below)
Programme fee: 1500 EUR
The fee must be fully paid at the start of the DONE 023 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. We will do our best to minimise the participation costs. 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.
Application process will be run in several stages.
Application steps :
1. Register latest by 23rd July 2023 online here.
Early registrations are appreciated and helpful for all involved.
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, motivation letter and self-introduction tasks) by 31st July 2023. You can submit your completed application (all included) much earlier.
3. After receiving your first stage application we will send you an invitation to have a personal video-call with the DONE 023 key staff. This is simply to make a personal connection and to help all involved to decide if DONE is an appropriate fit for you. Note that you may be asked to provide more information related to your DONE 023 application prior to the video-call.
4. We will inform you about your acceptance latest by 15th August 2023.
Please note that DONE 023 is limited to a maximum group of 23. 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 2023 and ending in August 2024. 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.
1) DONE First Module (The Core Training Programme)
Provisional dates: Starting between 21st and 25th September; ending at around 20th November 2023 (exact arrival and departure dates will be confirmed with the acceptance letter by 15th August at the latest).
Location: The programme will begin and end in Slovakia; arrival to, and departure from, Bratislava or Vienna. We will travel to other European countries, too.
The first module is the foundational DONE educational programme; all participants considering DONE need to complete this core programme. It will be an eight week-long programme. At this stage we are planning to include 10-14 days of fundraising training period within the programme.
The module consists of:
- 30-36 days of educational workshops (Divine Principle studies, Intercultural Communication Training, Character and Personal Growth Education, Marriage and Blessing education)
- 4-5 days of service project (depending on the final size of the DONE 023 group)
- 4-5 days of mountain challenge (depending on the final size of the DONE 023 group)
- 10-14 days of fundraising training
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 1st and 3rd December; ending between 21st and 31st January 2024 (this gives a break of approximately 2 weeks between the first and the second module, with a break over the winter holidays season).
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 8-12 hours per week, divided between online education, team activities and personal assignments.
3) DONE Third Module (DONE Mission One)
Provisional dates: Starting between 18th and 25th February; ending between 5th and 12th May 2024 (this gives a break of approximately 3-4 weeks between the second and the third module). There is no additional participation fee for those who have successfully graduated from the first module and who fully participate in DONE Mission One.
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.
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 8 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 2024 (this gives a break of approximately 11-12 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 email@example.com 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 23th July 2023 online here.
Read some reflections of DONE graduates here.