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

Changing Our Story, Changing Our Lives

We are developing an exciting new self-paced version of the popular Changing Our Story, Changing Our Lives: Riane Eisler's Cultural Transformation Course. Sign up for the CPS mailing list and stay tuned for course updates.

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.


Changing Our Story, Changing Our Lives

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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.

What if the story we’ve been taught leaves out a huge swath of our history, limiting our personal and social possibilities? Join acclaimed cultural historian and futurist Riane Eisler in dismantling outmoded notions of human nature, gender, and violence, and explore new possibilities for our future. Discover a more hopeful story of who we are and can be – and how we can each be agents for personal and cultural transformation.

Unlike other online classes, this 5-session program combines watch-at-your- own-pace video lectures with weekly opportunities for real-time, intimate discussions with internationally renowned thought-leader Riane Eisler. Between classes, the conversation and networking continue in our easy-to-use online discussion space where you’ll get to know and learn from fascinating classmates from around the world.

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to explore with Riane Eisler the most powerful concepts from her 30-year body of work – from her revolutionary insights about power in The Chalice and the Blade, to a fresh view of sex, spirituality, and intimate relationships in Sacred Pleasure, to her groundbreaking framework for asserting the economic value of care in The Real Wealth of Nations. Hear how the new social categories of domination and partnership systems empower us to co-create a better future for ourselves, our children, and generations to come, and how you can be part of the shift to a partnership world.

For anyone passionate about igniting transformational change for individuals and for our society, Changing Our Story – and Our Lives introduces a powerful new narrative about human history, human nature, and human possibilities that opens up new directions for building a more just and peaceful world.

Program highlights

  • 5 Live, real-time online discussion sessions led by Riane Eisler
  • 4 exclusive downloadable videos with accompanying study guides
  • 30 years of groundbreaking insights
  • A dynamic weekly online discussion forum

Questions? Email Ann Amberg

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.

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

Self Study

Changing Our Story, Changing Our Lives is also available in a self-study format. This self-paced option offers access to the four exclusive course videos, along with the study guides and resource lists. Participants connect with a vibrant international online learning community and have access to the discussion forum. There are no live discussion sessions with Riane Eisler included in the self study format.

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 an invitation to join the Partnership Learning Community, where you can access the course video links and study guides.

Summer 2018: Changing Our Story, Changing Our Lives Self-Study course will soon be available as an e-course in our new Leadership and Learning platform.

Course Fee: $75

Contact Ann to Register for the Self-Study course

Questions? Contact Ann at

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 the direct access to Riane 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. It is wonderful that Riane takes the time to talk to us personally.

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