Gateless Writing2019 Gateless Teacher Training
Awards and Fellowships

The following fellowships are available for summer 2019 Gateless Teacher Training.

Awards are based on previous experience, desire to serve and ability to share talent and skill. 

To apply please send a paragraph of intent of 250-500 words in a word document addressed to the Gateless Fellowship Committee at, explaining what you most want out of the training, where you are now and where you have been that has led you to Gateless.  

Please include your financial situation (tax returns are helpful) and why the assistance is most needed at this time. While we do not need to know the whole of your financial history, outlining why the award will help you furthers our ability to assist you. If you have a special gift you would like to share, please feel free to let us know, and we can try to incorporate it into a scholarship opportunity.

Each individual award can range up to $2500 depending on the time served during the training (the bodywork fellowship and the chef fellowship offer deeper fellowship opportunities in terms of price).  Prices can sometimes be lowered if participants are interested in sharing a room.

Please be aware that receiving an award in no way limits what you might do post-training. People’s lives can shift dramatically as a result of Gateless, and what you anticipate may change as you move through the training and learn about the array of possibilities open to you. 

The deadline for your 250-500 word letter of intent is June 30, 2018 but are accepted on a rolling admissions basis, so please apply as soon as you possible.  Fellowship recipients are also eligible for a payment plan. Please direct any questions to:  Thank you!


The Gateless Golden Scribe Award

The Gateless Golden Scribe Award: For a scholar who has shown commitment and a love for writing and understands the deep transcendence that can happen through the power of the written word. The Gateless Scribe will be writing up notes during the training, keeping track of the prompts and golden nuggets from the day, including the daily "shot of spirit" on the board. The scribe(s) will also be brainstorming with Suzanne during the year about publications and places to move the Gateless methodology into a larger cultural frame.Please describe in the letter of intent when you discovered writing and why you would like to share it with the world.  Previous scribe: Jan Taylor, TN and Lisa Faulkner, CA  Emily Pereira, CA, Jennifer Violi, OR, Sarah Montana.


The Gateless Teaching Award

The Gateless Education Award: For a scholar who has served through teaching. Part of the mission of the training is to educate educators about a new way of teaching, both in and out of the classroom. The teaching award asks that the participant to volunteer to offer three Gateless workshops in their local school system or another local organization when they return. These can be paid or they can be volunteer.  In the statement of intent please outline the teaching experience you have had, why you feel drawn to Gateless now. Previous Teaching Fellow: Annalisa Parent, VT and Jen Wetham, WA. 


The Gateless Community Leadership Award

The Gateless Community Leadership Award:  This award is for the scholar who would like to extend his or her work into a community that does not always receive assistance and attention including prisons, youth centers, homeless or runaway shelters etc…This scholar also helps with idea generation on the Gateless internship program for teachers.  In your letter of intent, please describe the work you see yourself doing, and whether you have engaged in this work previously. Post-award commitments include providing three Gateless offerings to the community. The training will help you set this up.  Previous Community Leaders: Kate Gray, OR and Alysa Osvog, CA.


Gateless Solopreneur/Entrepreneur/CEO AwardGateless Growth Award:  This award is for any Scholar who wishes to use Gateless Writing to grow his or her business to an outstanding level, including creating a larger and more committed client base, effectively handling workload and productivity, and generating sustainable and fantastic financial resources.  This scholar represents our own unlimited potential and nurturing ourselves in this sometimes fanatical world.  In the letter of intent please tell us about your business or industry and provide a website address. Previous Growth Scholars: Laura Rothschild, CA and Eaddy Sutton MA 

The Gateless Mindfulness and Meditation Award


The Gateless Therapeutic Care Award: This scholar has exemplified achievement in the area of  therapeutic care. Psychologists, Therapists, Social Workers are all welcome to apply. In your letter of intent, please explain your career in therapeutic care and how you think Gateless might move with you in this capacity. This scholar offers quick chats throughout the week if someone needs it to cultivate harmony in the group and through the training.  Previous Therapeutic Care: Jennifer Downs, MD, Melanie Maure, Vancouver  Kevin Jennings, NYC and Murphy Lewis, France.


The Gateless Holistic Healing Award

The Gateless Gourmet Award: This award is for a Gateless Scholar who would like to nurture the group through food.  While the training is a group experience, and each trainee will be assigned days in the kitchen, this scholar cooks our meals, makes sure we have snacks and sweets and generally loves up the group through their knowledge and skill in the area of cooking and providing. Gateless pays for the meals. This scribe receives $2500 off the price of the training (unless staying off-site and then $3000 off). The All-Around-Sweetheart (see below) will be on-hand to assist. Previous Gateless Gourmets: Renata Rokicki, CA and Kelly Bowen, VT


The Gateless Teacher-Training Videographer/Photographer

The Gateless Videographer/Photographer Award:  Having a skilled participant document the training is one of the best ways for us to bring the experience home and carry it with us.  Our group photographer or videographer takes photographs and/or video and by the end of the week has created a slideshow or short (under five minutes) video of our experience together.  Please send samples of previous work and let us know what equipment you currently hold. Previous Photographers: Jeff  Woodward, VT and Lizbeth Finn Arnold, NJ and Stanley Dankoski, NC.


The Gateless Teacher-Training Bodyworker

The Gateless Bodyworker Award: During the training, participants are offered bodywork with a seasoned bodyworker who is part of the program.  Because the training is a highly intensive and transcendent, blocks worked out on the page are often asking to be released in the body.  Please apply if you have at least five years experience as a bodyworker.  Thai massage bodyworkers, shiatsu and any other massage practitioners are welcome. Previous bodyworkers: Karen Kenney, NH and Lara Darrow, VT and Sarah Byrden, OR and Aiden Avery VT .


The Gateless Teacher-Training All-Around Sweetheart


The Gateless All-Around Sweetheart Award:  This scholar helps with setting out and clearing meals and snacks, drops people at town, works at keeping the group on time, runs to the grocery store for last-minute items, chats with caterers and/or restaurant owners and is the container for the group. Previous Sweethearts: Kate Baldwin, MA and Kellie Finn, MA and Dylan Essertier, NYC.


Gateless Ally Award


Gateless Ally Award: Is for two scholars who would like to attend the Training together. Martin Luther King Junior often referred to "Beloved Communities", groups brought together with the ideal of lifting one another up rather than bringing one another down. This is for two people who feel their friendship and/or career trajectories have been intertwined and can support one another as they move forward. This includes a spacious shared room that includes the opportunity to do your private mentoring together. Each scholar gets the fullest scholarship available. Please describe your friendship in a shared letter. This is a new award.


The Gateless Travel Award


The Gateless Travel Award:  For a scholar who is traveling from a distance of more than 500 miles to    reach the training. Many previous scholars have received this award.