Slow Growth Academy 101
What is Slow Growth Academy?
Slow Growth Academy is an online course platform. For simplicity’s sake, we focus on just three course tracks: Self-Development, Creativity and Filmmaking.
The slow growth philosophy inspires all our offerings. In a fast-paced, always-on culture marked by expectations for instant success and gratification, the slow growth story is different. We’re all about committing to the slow burn of real, sustainable, life-long growth. Being a part of our community means believing in the power of pacing yourself.
Because giant leaps always begin with small steps.
Who builds and runs the courses?
All courses are created and hosted by minimalist filmmaker, Matt D’Avella.
Fun facts about Matt: 1) Nerd alert 🤓 He’s a self-development freak. In fact, he has a YouTube channel dedicated to all things self-development. 2) He directed the Netflix documentary ‘Minimalism’. 3) For the past 8 years, Matt’s only had one shirt. Well actually he has more like 12, but it’s literally 12 of the same shirt. It’s one of the ways he simplifies his life and decreases daily decision fatigue. 4) He’s high-key obsessed with The Rock. But then again, who isn’t.
Who are these courses created for?
Our courses were created for anyone who is in the pursuit of self-improvement. Slow Growth Academy values intentionality, creativity, curiosity and entrepreneurialism. So if any of that rings true for you too, you’re definitely at the right place!
How do I take a Slow Growth Academy course?
Glad you asked. You’ll be able to purchase and take our courses entirely within our website.
When you purchase a course, you’ll create an account during checkout. After checking out, you’ll be able to navigate to the My Courses tab to see your purchased courses. Simply click on the course you wish to view and you’ll be taken to your course.
Also, our courses are also completely on-demand. This means you can skip a lesson, or re-watch a lesson at your own convenience. You can binge the full course in one sitting, or space it out over as much time as you want. You’ll always have the control to take our courses at your own pace.
How long will I have access to my course?
Forreevveerrrrrr. That’s right, you’ll have lifetime access to the courses you purchase. We will also provide any updates to course material for free.
Are courses available worldwide?
Absolutely. Anyone anywhere in the world can take a Slow Growth Academy course. However, courses and additional resources (workbook, texts, etc) are currently only available in English. You will have the option to turn on closed caption English subtitles if you’d like.
Who’s on the Slow Growth Academy #dreamteam?
We didn’t ship out Slow Growth Academy to be managed from mars. This is an entirely homegrown venture. Behind the scenes, you’ve got Mark D’Avella as tech and operations wizard 🧙♂️ (yes… Matt’s big bro!), Taiga Fukuyama as editing co-pilot 👨✈️ and Natalie Pidding (also yes… Matt’s wife) as brand genie 🧞♀️. Shared interests include ice cream and shitting on Matt.
And because we love supporting fellow creative freelancers whenever possible, we recruited the rockstar skills of Tara Jacoby for illustration/animation, and Lina Cordero and Eric Swartzwelder for graphic design. Jardeson Rocha brought the designs to life with his skillful animation. The incredibly talented Stefan Kunz did the hand lettering on our Giant Leaps print. Also, huge props to Luum Studio for helping us with this epic website design.
Account & Billing
How do I log into my account?
Once you’ve purchased your first course, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to set up your account. Follow the prompts to create your password and voila! If you’re still experiencing issues, please contact us using the form below.
How do I recover my password?
On the login page, simply click the “forgot password?” link and follow the prompts. If you have any trouble, don’t hesitate reaching out to support below.
Is there a payment plan option?
You betcha! If you can’t pay for any course in full, we offer installment plans that will charge you incrementally until the full price is paid. We are absolutely not in the business of burdening people with additional charges so we promise there will be no interest fees on payment plans. It’s more important to us that our courses are accessible.
For more info check out: https://slowgrowth.com/payment-plans/
In saying that, if you’re really financially stretched, we’d urge you to re-consider purchasing with Slow Growth Academy. You can still be a part of the community by following us on Instagram (where we often post slow growth inspo and mini tutorials) and subscribing to Matt’s YouTube channel. Best part about that… it’s free! Cha-ching 🤑
What if I’m not completely satisfied?
Well that’s a bummer! We offer a 30 day satisfaction guarantee on all courses. It’s an honor-based system, aka: we trust you, and we want you to trust us too. So if you aren’t satisfied, we’ll give you your money back, period. Please contact us below and we’ll do our best to make it up to you.
Where do you ship?
Everywhere! We’re excited to provide global shipping on our physical products.
How long does shipping take?
Our initial run of notebooks are made to order, so we ship those out once a week. Our limited run prints are shipped out within 2 days. How long they take from there depends on where you live! We ship out from the east coast of the United States.
Halp! I don’t have access to a printer for my course workbook.
No sweat, space cadet 👩🚀! You have two options. Option A) download the course workbook and complete it in PDF format. Option B) download the course workbook and follow it as a guide, while completing the exercises in your own notebook. Choose wisely.
What’s up with the Slow Growth Slack Community?
It’s cool, what’s up with you!
Nah but seriously, gaining access to the Slow Growth Slack Community is one of the greatest benefits of taking our courses. You are who you surround yourself with, so we wanted to create a super positive community of similar-minded folks who will help you, challenge you, inspire you and keep you accountable to getting those gains. The Slack community features channels specifically dedicated to each course so you can nerd out with people who share the same goals. Having a community to tap into and bounce ideas will be an enormous source of support in your slow growth journey.
How do I get daily support texts from Matt?
Anyone who purchases the Simple Habits course can signup to get daily text or emails of encouragement from Matt. Text messages are currently only available to people in North America because of carrier limitations. Daily accountability emails are available for anyone who can’t, or just doesn’t want, a daily text:). Expect tips, little hits of inspiration and personal anecdotes direct from Matt.
Information on how to sign up for daily texts (or emails) is provided in the Resources section of your course dashboard.
Where can I provide feedback or my review on a course?
Right here! We’d love to hear your thoughts (and we’re always looking for testimonials).
Why didn’t the sun go to university?
Because it already had a million degrees! 🌞 Next question.
I have a question that isn’t listed here.
No probs! Just hit us up in the form at the bottom of this page and our little crew will get back to you asap.
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Support hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm EST