Changing Our Story, Changing Our Lives: Riane Eisler’s Cultural Transformation Course: Self-Study

The Changing Our Story, Changing Our Lives: Self-Study course offers a unique opportunity to explore Riane Eisler's foundational cultural transformation program in an easy, self-directed and self-paced format. You will have access to four exclusive course videos, along with step-by-step study guides and a resource list. Participants connect with a vibrant international online learning community and have access to the discussion forum. See video highlights below.

Register for the Self-Study course by contacting Ann at We'll be in touch to confirm your registration, direct you to the CPS site to pay for the course, and then you will receive a Welcome Letter and an invitation to join the Partnership Learning Community, where you can access the course video links and study guides.

Please note: there are no live discussion sessions with Riane Eisler included in the self study format.

Course Fee: $75

Contact Ann to Register for the Self-Study course

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2019: New self-paced CPS Courses

Spark and sustain your passion for cultivating a Partnership world: CPS is creating a brand new catalog of webinars and self-paced online courses offered through a multi-media, intuitive learning platform that will enable you to engage with self-directed learning in a whole new way. The new course catalog will include full video replays of CPS' 2017-2019 webinars, as well as new versions of our foundational courses: The Power of Partnership, Changing Our Story, Changing Our Lives: Riane Eisler's Cultural Transformation Course, the Caring Economy Advocates Program, and more.

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Join acclaimed cultural historian and futurist Riane Eisler in dismantling outmoded notions of human nature, gender, and violence, and exploring new possibilities for our future.

Video 1: Where We Are

Does it have to be this way? Are violence, cruelty, and domination just ‘human nature’? Or are there alternatives - and if so, what are they?

Learn how Riane’s personal history as a Holocaust survivor, refugee in Cuba, and front line participant in the 1960’s Women’s Movement crystallized the questions that have animated her life-long quest to discover a new narrative about human nature and human potential.

Video 2: How We Got Here

Is there any historical evidence that humans are capable of living in peace and honoring life?

From Stone Age cave art to Minoan Crete, Riane offers a guided tour of our human history through the lens of Partnership and Domination systems to illuminate previously hidden patterns. We’ll trace the historical evidence for the existence of human cultures that have not glorified violence and control, but instead have celebrated the power to give, nurture, and illuminate life.

Video 3: Human Possibilities and Human Nature

Are primate brains wired for empathy or cruelty? How do our cultural patterns of domination shape our physical biochemistry?

In this video, Riane explores exciting new findings in contemporary neuroscience and primatology that scientifically reveal our innate potentials for caring, empathy and mutuality- and explains how the stresses of domination relations can inhibit these potentials at the neurochemical level.

Video 4: Moving Forward

What are the key leverage points for creating the urgently needed cultural shift toward the Partnership configuration?

In this final video, Riane leads us through the four cornerstones of a more just and peaceful world, and invites each of us to explore ways we can be part of the cultural transformation from domination to partnership worldwide.

The Chalice and the Blade Turns 30! A Live Online Celebration with Riane Eisler

“This book changed my life.”

Readers of Riane Eisler’s The Chalice and the Blade have been sharing that sentiment for the past 30 years, and the world-changing power of this incredible book is just getting started! This year marks the 30th anniversary and 57th U.S. printing of the international phenomenon that is The Chalice and the Blade.

In November, 2017 Riane Eisler and the Center for Partnership Studies celebrated this milestone in an online event with the worldwide Partnership community.

Find out: What made Riane bold enough to even attempt a project with such a daunting scope and scale? What kind of journey was set in motion by the first printing of The Chalice and the Blade, and where is that journey taking Riane and all of us next? Riane shares a preview of the brand new epilogue she’s written for the new edition, with reflections on why it’s still relevant today, and how we can use it as a guide to shaping a better future for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren.


Riane Eisler is widely recognized as one of the most original thinkers of our time.

Jeanette Goode Westport, New Zealand
I am so grateful to Riane Eisler for opening the door for the rest of us.
Jhana Chinamasta Washington, USA
The view that this course gives of what is possible for our families, our communities, and for the world, is stunning, compelling, and urgently relevant.
Keith Barton California, USA
The videos were quite impressive and Riane's powerful message was, of course, exceptional.
Beatrice Churu Kenya, Africa

Conscious and responsible cultural transformation is a powerful idea whose time has come... it inspired a truly memorable conversation.

Ian Hunter California, USA
I appreciated the excellent structure, content and delivery of the four videos presented by Riane. The insights into the historic examples of non-domination societies give hope for us in our quest for a partnership culture.
Pam Paton Sydney, Australia

The way the group was facilitated felt very nurturing to me. Talking to an author whose books had changed my life also felt very, very special. I think that learning within the respectful community space that was created was an experience everyone should have.

Adam Chefitz Florida, USA

The perspective Riane lends to the past is vital for our future and the class is an opportunity to concentrate on these concepts as a group, and network with others committed to partnership.

Marcia Martin Colorado, USA

I loved the videos. They opened up insights and understanding from past and present and gave good grounding for what is needed in the future.

Julie Hanks Utah, USA

Thank you so much for the opportunity to connect with interesting, passionate, and wonderful human beings around the globe who want to work toward partnership systems.

Riikka Helle Gent, Belgium

The picture of the whole cultural transformation and how to proceed is a lot clearer for me now.

The Partnership Learning Community

Connect with Alumni Worldwide

The Partnership Learning Community is the growing online community hub of the Center for Partnership Studies’ Leadership and Learning Programs. To date, there 300+ graduates of the Changing Our Story and the Community Advocates Program in 17 countries.

In the PLC, alumni and current course participants access resources and materials related to their learning. Community members can network with one another, contribute to the Blog and Forum, and share news and updates on their activities related to the partnership and caring economy movements.

Go to the Partnership Learning Community