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ESI Info. Sessions Begin!

Greetings Fellow Seekers,

Emergent Studies Institute along with our amazing faculty and staff will begin to offer Informational Sessions for the general public and prospective students. These info sessions are designed to offer a glimpse into ESI, it’s programs, faculty and coursework. We would be so excited to see you here and connect you with the people who can answer any pressing questions about who we are and where we are headed!

These info sessions will be conducted via video chat in Google Hangout with the Academic Dean, Director of Admissions and various faculty an staff at ESI depending on the session. Dates so far range from March 31st, 2016 just a few days away till the end of June. Beginning in April the sessions will be every other Thursday, twice monthly at 5:00 PST, 7:00 CST or 8:00 EST depending on your location within the U.S. If you are joining us from another country outside of the U.S. please figure out your time accordingly.

Dates:

More dates will be announced in the Fall!

RSVP

Please let us know if you would like to join us! We only have 10 seats at this time available per session and they could go fast. If you know the date you wish to attend please contact: a.balk.esi@haven-int.org and we will reserve your seat. You can also visit our Facebook Event page to RSVP, share the event and connect with our extending digital community.
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Milestone at ESI, First Day of Courses!

Greetings Fellow Seekers!

Emergent Studies Institute and Haven International and extremely excited to announce a milestone for our program and and warm congratulations to all of our new students for being a part of it.

Sunset_Yoga_MexicoESI began as a vision or dream you could say after a time of trouble, grief and heartache for many individuals in the Transpersonal community. The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology was closing it’s doors for good, Sofia University was now firmly rooted in place as a corporate-run alternative and many if not all of our beloved faculty, administration, alumni and at that time fellow students were scattered to the winds. However, out of this tragedy a few individuals, Rev. Lisa Evert-Raeyne, MATP, Trace Whitley, MATP and a few others envisioned something different. We wanted to create an institution that was inclusive to faculty opinion, co-creation and governance. We wanted to allow students to engage in courses more intimately with their fellow students and faculty in an online setting that many of institutions are lacking. Finally, we wanted to focus on ideas, themes and course content that emerged out of the current 21st Century paradigm. Ideas, disciplines and passions that needed to be cultivated through faculty and student interaction. These ended up being some of the core concepts of ESI such as Leadership, Women’s Spirituality, Creativity, Eco-Sustainability, Spiritual Activism/Social Justice and most importantly, Community. We felt that these and other themes and ideas resonated with the seekers out in the world looking for a place that could hold sacred a community created from love, passion and interest and that is what we are able to do today!

Monday, February 8th, marks this milestone for ESI!

We start our courses proudly this day knowing that it will only be the first of many courses, terms and years of service, commitment and love for our mission and community of seekers. We cannot wait to begin this journey with you all and hope to see many more faces in the future. Thank you again for being a part of this amazing beginning.

Sincerely,

Trace Whitley, MATP

Forest pathway

Summer forest pathway in plitvice national park-Croatia

 

 

Seekers: Just a few days left…

Greetings fellow seekers!

We have exciting news. There is only a few days left before our Spring courses begin, Feb. 8th. We will be waiving all application fees and extending our registration until Sunday Feb. 14th! This is a great time to engage with students and educators here at Emergent and an opportunity to explore one of these courses that we are certain you will bring you both joy and benefit. Pleas explore our course catalog below, check out some of the books students will be reading and maybe contact our academic adviser for a chat. There is no cost to fill out an online application and in fact it is a great way to start a conversation with us! We cannot wait to hear from you. ūüôā


 

SPRING COURSES


What would our world continue to be like if we did not seek to change perceptions, physical reality through sustainable living, and embrace connective spiritual growth? How do you want to make a change in the world?

Emergent Studies Institute¬†believes in supporting both technological innovation and our spiritual connection to each other and the Earth. Technology gives us the ability to connect around the world in seconds and access to the knowledge needed to bring about sustainable change on a global level. Connecting with Mother Earth… Getting in touch with ourselves within nature… These are the things that build inner growth and a sustained spiritual life; all necessary to step into a new paradigm.


General Class Information:

  • We encourage our community of students and faculty to work collaboratively, forging bonds and building bridges of global stewardship by directly applying their knowledge and course material to real world situations.
  • Classroom ratios are typically one instructor per fifteen students, which gives our students a more in-depth and personal experience with their instructor and classmates.
  • All courses are taught completely online through our learning platform (Google Classroom). ¬†On-the-ground courses are taught during On-the-Ground Intensives .
  • All instructors use Google Hangout for video group discussions once a week. ¬†Students may schedule one-on-one chats using Skype or Google Hangout with classmates, instructors, or administrators.
  • Students are expected to connect with instructors and each other at least once a week on the Google Classroom¬†learning platform, where they will submit any assignments and receive their grades.
  • Please refer to the Student Handbook for a detailed look at the Student Experience at ESI.

Spirit Emerging, Wisdom Unfolding


Key

  • ENR – Enrichment
    • These Courses are designed to give you an in depth study of a topic no matter what your education level. These courses are great for anyone wanting to explore one of these emerging themes or take an elective for one of our Certificate and/or Degree Programs.

For more information about Faculty Members please visit our, Meet the Faculty page. 


ENR104C and D Bowman

Title: Creativity and the Divine Feminine

Instructor: Jessica Bowman, M.A.

Length: 14 Weeks

Tuition: $600 plus fees

Credits: 3

Course Description: This course will explore the transformative relationship between the creation of art and the pursuit of spirituality through the feminist lens. The basis of this work is the understanding that all have the right to see women portrayed as a sacred entity and that creativity as a sacred practice can lead to personal transformation and healing. Aspects of contemporary symbolism, intentional creativity, and sacred modalities will be combined to facilitate a deeper connection to the Divine.


Required Books:

Creativity Book

Title: Creativity

 Author: Mathew Fox

 Publisher: Tarcher

 ISBN #1585423297

 

 

 

 


Divine Feminine Book

Title: Celebrate the Divine Feminine

 Author: Joy Reichard

 Publisher: Joy Reichard

 ISBN # 0615904750

 

 

 

 

Order your books before class through Amazon and ESI will receive a small donation. Simply follow the link provided and make your purchase normally. ESI will receive a small amount of money in return as an Amazon Associate.


ENR105

Title: Dancing the Sacred Wheel

Instructor: Dr. Martha Brumbaugh, PhD

Length: 14 Weeks

Tuition: $600 plus fees

Credits: 3

Course Description: The Wheel of the Year is common to many of the indigenous peoples of the earth.  This course will examine the seven directions in a cross-cultural approach to creating altars, rituals, and daily practices.  We will focus on the lived-experience of each direction through keeping a journal, sharing visual pieces, poetry, prose, and music.  The course is designed for everyone, regardless of experience or spiritual path.


Required Books:

Wheel of the Year book

Title: Wheel of the Year: Living the Magical Life

Author: Pauline Campanelli

Publisher: Llewellyn Publications

ISBN #0-87542-091-5

 

 

 

 


Living in Grat.

Title: Living in Gratitude: Mastering the Art of Giving Thanks Every Day

Author: Angeles Arrien

Publisher: Sounds True, Inc.

ISBN #978-1-6047-984-5

 

 

 

 


Suggested Reading:

Grandmother Book

Title: The Grandmother of Time: A Women’s Book of Celebrations, Spells, and Sacred Objects for Every Month of the Year

Author: Zsuzanna E. Budapest

Publisher: Harper One or Harper and Row San Francisco

ISBN #0062501097 or 978-0062501097

 

 

 

 

Order your books before class through Amazon and ESI will receive a small donation. Simply follow the link provided and make your purchase normally. ESI will receive a small amount of money in return as an Amazon Associate.


ENR107

Title: Spirit Emerging: Traditional Healing Systems & Attuning to Your Healing Path

Instructor: Dr. Amber Balk, PhD

Length: 14 Weeks

Tuition: $600 plus fees

Credits: 3

Course Description: In this 14-week online course, we will access our healing gifts through spiritual practice. We’ll learn about worldwide traditions, gain practical tools, and share our sacred journeys by utilizing the flexibility and versatility of the online classroom! Come explore spiritual and healing traditions and deepen your spiritual gifts.

Spirit Emerging Course Ad

Required Books:¬†Purchase one book of your choice‚ÄĒcan be any book, as long as it focuses on a particular spiritual or healing system. This book should represent something you are drawn to, curious about, or inspired by. We will discuss your experience of your chosen book throughout the course. The faculty member will provide all other required reading for this course.


Suggested Reading: 

Wheel of Life Book

Title: Wheels of Light: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System

Author: Anodea Judith, Ph.D.

Publisher: Llewellyn Publications

  • ISBN-10:0875423205
  • ISBN-13:978-0875423203

Author Website: Anodea Judith’s Website

 

 


Energy Medicine Book

Energy Medicine

Author: Donna Eden

Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher

  • ISBN-10:1585420212
  • ISBN-13:978-1585420216

Author Website: Donna Eden Innersource Website

 

 


Hands of Light Book

Hands of Light

Author: Barbara Brennan

Publisher: Bantam

  • ISBN-10:0553345397
  • ISBN-13:978-0553345391

Author Website: Barbara Brennan Website

 

 

 

Order your books before class through Amazon and ESI will receive a small donation. Simply follow the link provided and make your purchase normally. ESI will receive a small amount of money in return as an Amazon Associate.


ENR114

Title: Social Justice and The Creative Muse

Instructors: Keisha Thorpe, MFA-W and Adrian Mack, M.A.

Length: 14 Weeks

Tuition: $600 plus fees

Credits: 3

Course Description: The muse of creativity and social movements are inexplicably linked. This course will explore those linkages via the creative outlets of music, literature, film, images, & performance, beginning with the Civil Rights Movement to present day.

Books: The faculty members will provide all of the required reading for this course.

Social Justice Alt. AD


Click here to fill out our Online Application

Call

+1 (210) 920-4374

to speak with an Academic Advisor

Emergent Education … Spring Courses

Emergent Studies Institute would like to share a few of their amazing programs this Spring with you and with only one more week to sign-up things are moving fast.

Enrichment courses, or what you could call our general electives are designed for anyone to take no matter what your education level! Feel free to contact us right away to reserve your spot.

All of these courses are 14 weeks in length and cost only $600. They can count toward one of our future degree programs or simply a way for you to learn as a group about something that interests you or you are passionate about.

Discover these are many more innovative courses this year at Emergent.

If you would like to take one of these courses all you have to do is fill out an online application. We will be waiving all applications fees to welcome you to our institute.


ENR101

Title: Aspects of Visionary Art and the Sacred

Instructor: Suzy Adra, M.A.

Length: 14 Weeks

Tuition: $600 plus fees

Credits: 3

Course Description: This course is a historical overview of visionary art, its definitions, philosophies, characteristics, and master figures. Visionary art is that which comes from the inner world or the soul, and translates that which is numinous. The course will include, and is not limited to the production of a final project, with a sacred art theme, using the medium of choice. The project will be discussed and critiqued as a group.


 

ENR104C and D Bowman

Title: Creativity and the Divine Feminine

Instructor: Jessica Bowman, M.A.

Length: 14 Weeks

Tuition: $600 plus fees

Credits: 3

Course Description: This course will explore the transformative relationship between the creation of art and the pursuit of spirituality through the feminist lens. The basis of this work is the understanding that all have the right to see women portrayed as a sacred entity and that creativity as a sacred practice can lead to personal transformation and healing. Aspects of contemporary symbolism, intentional creativity, and sacred modalities will be combined to facilitate a deeper connection to the Divine.


Required Books:

Creativity Book

Title: Creativity

 Author: Mathew Fox

 Publisher: Tarcher

 ISBN #1585423297

 

 


Divine Feminine Book

Title: Celebrate the Divine Feminine

 Author: Joy Reichard

 Publisher: Joy Reichard

 ISBN # 0615904750

Order your books before class through Amazon and ESI will receive a small donation. Simply follow the link provided and make your purchase normally. ESI will receive a small amount of money in return as an Amazon Associate.


ENR105

Title: Dancing the Sacred Wheel

Instructor: Dr. Martha Brumbaugh, PhD

Length: 14 Weeks

Tuition: $600 plus fees

Credits: 3

Course Description: The Wheel of the Year is common to many of the indigenous peoples of the earth.  This course will examine the seven directions in a cross-cultural approach to creating altars, rituals, and daily practices.  We will focus on the lived-experience of each direction through keeping a journal, sharing visual pieces, poetry, prose, and music.  The course is designed for everyone, regardless of experience or spiritual path.


Required Books:

Wheel of the Year book

 

Title: Wheel of the Year: Living the Magical Life

Author: Pauline Campanelli

Publisher: Llewellyn Publications

ISBN #0-87542-091-5

 


Living in Grat.

 

Title: Living in Gratitude: Mastering the Art of Giving Thanks Every Day

Author: Angeles Arrien

Publisher: Sounds True, Inc.

ISBN #978-1-6047-984-5

 


Suggested Reading:

Grandmother Book

 

Title: The Grandmother of Time: A Women’s Book of Celebrations, Spells, and Sacred Objects for Every Month of the Year

Author: Zsuzanna E. Budapest

Publisher: Harper One or Harper and Row San Francisco

ISBN #0062501097 or 978-0062501097

 

Order your books before class through Amazon and ESI will receive a small donation. Simply follow the link provided and make your purchase normally. ESI will receive a small amount of money in return as an Amazon Associate.


ENR107

Title: Spirit Emerging: Traditional Healing Systems & Attuning to Your Healing Path

Instructor: Dr. Amber Balk, PhD

Length: 14 Weeks

Tuition: $600 plus fees

Credits: 3

Course Description: In this 14-week online course, we will access our healing gifts through spiritual practice. We’ll learn about worldwide traditions, gain practical tools, and share our sacred journeys by utilizing the flexibility and versatility of the online classroom! Come explore spiritual and healing traditions and deepen your spiritual gifts.

Spirit Emerging Course Ad


ENR114

Title: Social Justice and The Creative Muse

Instructors: Keisha Thorpe, MFA-W and Adrian Mack, M.A.

Length: 14 Weeks

Tuition: $600 plus fees

Credits: 3

Course Description: The muse of creativity and social movements are inexplicably linked. This course will explore those linkages via the creative outlets of music, literature, film, images, & performance, beginning with the Civil Rights Movement to present day.

Books: The faculty members will provide all of the required reading for this course.

Social Justice Alt. AD


 

 

Click here to fill out our Online Application

Call

+1 (210) 920-4374

to speak with an Enrollment Counselor

ONLINE Dynamic Courses

Emergent Studies Institute is offering dynamic online courses taught by experts in their respective fields. These faculty and courses are completely different than what other programs or institutions are offering.

Tired of online classes where students are an after thought?
Our faculty meets with students at least once a week in video chat as well as engage with students in our simple and user-friendly online educational platform, OpenClass by Pearson.

Do you want something different and unique in your classroom experience?
Our courses follow an Emergent or extremely fluid method of education, allowing students to be a part of the classroom experience. In a sense themselves shaping how the course will unfolding over it’s length, what sub-topics will be covered based on what the students are interested in or have a passion for learning.

Concerned about price? We offer a two part payment plan and are mindful about book and course material costs.

Why wait…Fill out an online application today or email our amazing academic adviser to talk about what you are looking for in a program and how you can join our growing community of seekers.

www.emergentstudiesinstitute.org

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Enrichment Begins… Spring 2016

The Emergent Studies Institute is offering the most amazing online courses beginning February 8th. Join us for the journey of a lifetime.

Supernatural Beliefs with the amazing creatrix Brita Wynn
Aspects of Visionary Art and the Sacred with the indomitable warrior Suzy Adra
The Contemporary Aspects of Mothering with the dynamic and ever entertaining Chimine Nicole
Dancing the Sacred Wheel with the wise and whimsical Martha Brumbaugh
Mystery of the Moon with the cosmic and sparkly Sahar J
Emergent Practices for Emergent Projects with the deeply profound Amber Racquel Jenkins Balk
Feminist Consciousness and Performance with 3rd wave feminist and music officianado Jennifer Strasbaugh Ortiz
Human-Animal Relationships in Cross-Cultural Perspective with the fairy queen Drucilla Pettibone
Re-Imagining the Past: Women Shaping Culture through Nature with the angelic and gentle Kristen Calvert
Revelations: Your Secret Life Revealed Through Daydreams, Nightmares, and Visions of the Future with the only and only Chief Luisah Teish
Self-Actualization and The Walking Dead with the impish and clever Trace Whitley
Social Justice and The Creative Muse with ‘wonder twins activate’ Cassia L Rainne and Adrian Mack
and I’m offering Creativity and the Divine Feminine.

Really, can you choose just one?!

www.emergentstudiesinstitute.org

Best wishes,

Jessica Bowman, President

Wild Wood Tarot – The Seer

The SeerThe Seer - Wild Wood Deck.jpg

Position on the Wheel

The Seer is at the hub of the Wheel in the quarter related to Water and emotions and linked to the mysteries of the Moon and the Earth. She is partnered with the Shaman and acts as a guide to the World Tree.

As the close this day we look to The Seer for guidance to begin again tomorrow. Inspiration, Wisdom even Divination are some of the keywords you can draw from when working with this card. This is also the card of Shamanic Flight, Soul Healing and empathy with nature.

When looking at this card I do feel like it is the consort in every equal way with the Shaman in the Wild Wood deck. I feel in this picture that The Seer is a female Shaman calling forth her mysteries and visions from beyond.

It is time to feel with your inner knowing, potentially your woman’s intuition. That divine feminine or masculine knowing past reason or logic. Is there an issue that you still, beyond logical thought do not know how to handle? Is there an issue in your life that cannot be solved through reason? This card is letting you know that you must look within, not without for those answers.

This could also be a card for a Nature/Spirit connection. It could be insisting that you need to re-establish a dialogue with nature and the Spirit that resides within it and within us.


 

At Emergent Studies Institute we strive to help you develop deeper connections with Spirit, the Divine or with yourself. We offer courses that flow with the faculty members creativity and with the students who enroll. Using these and other Emergent Education techniques we can offer a very unique approach to personal and professional growth. Fill out one of our Online Applications and browse through our Enrichment Courses, classes for anyone to attend regardless of educational background or speak with one of our enrollment counselors today!

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Application Fee Waiver Extended…

We have extended our Application Fee waiver until

January 6th…

Are you a business professional, an artist, psychologist or just hold an interest in some of Emergent’s topics of inquiry? Than this might be the perfect institute to take a course from in 2016. No need to become a Certification student, we also have stand alone Enrichment Courses.

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We are excited to announce courses beginning this Spring featuring some amazing faculty members and their passions!

At ESI we excel in:

  • Spiritual Growth
  • Personal Development
  • Professional Development
  • Creativity and Innovation

Flip through our Course Catalog to take a look at the amazing courses that we are offering. These enrichment courses are an exciting opportunity to kick off the‪#‎NewYear‬ in a big way!

Just a few day left to enjoy their special offer…the $30 Application Fee will be waived if you fill out an Online Application before midnight Central Standard Time on the 6th of January!

www.emergentstudiesinstitute.org

ESI Emergent Studies AD

Course Catalog Spring 2016

Please see our list of courses from these amazing instructors.

What would our world continue to be like if we did not seek to change perceptions, physical reality through sustainable living and embrace connective spiritual growth? How do you want to make a change in the world?

Emergent Studies Institute believes in supporting both technological innovation and our spiritual connection to each other and the Earth. Technology gives us the ability to connect around the world in seconds, and with it the knowledge needed to bring about sustainable change on a global level. Connecting with Mother Earth, getting in touch with ourselves with nature, those are things that build inner growth and a sustained spiritual life. All necessary to step into a new paradigm.

Seek that change at Emergent!

Click here to fill out our Online Application

Call

+1 (210) 920-4374

to speak with an Enrollment Counselor

General Class Information:

  • We encourage our community of students and faculty to work collaboratively, forging bonds and building bridges of global stewardship by directly applying their knowledge and course material to real world situations.
  • Classrooms ratios are typically one instructor per fifteen students, which gives our students a more in-depth and personal experience with their instructor and fellow classmates.
  • All courses are taught completely online through our learning platform (OpenClass by Pearson). ¬†On-the-ground courses are taught during On-the-Ground Intensives .
  • All instructors use Google Hangout for video group discussions once a week. ¬†Students may schedule one-on-one chats using Skype or Google Hangout with classmates, instructors or administrators.
  • Students are expected to connect with instructors and each other at least once a week on the OpenClass learning platform, where they will submit any assignments and receive their grades.
  • Please refer to the Student Handbook for a detailed look at the Student Experience at ESI.

Spirit Emerging, Wisdom Unfolding

Key

  • ENR – Enrichment

For more information about Faculty Members please visit our, Meet the Faculty page. For information about Tuition please visit, Tuition Schedule.


Enrichment Coursework

All courses are 14 weeks long and are worth 3 credits if you are moving on to the Certification Programs


ENR100

Title: Analysis and Understanding Supernatural Beliefs and Practices of the World

Instructor: Brita, Wynn

Course Description: Exploration of supernatural beliefs and practices around the world and over time. Cross-cultural survey and analysis of the forms, functions, and interpretations, of myths, rituals, altered states of consciousness, spirit possession, messianic and cargo cults, witchcraft, ethnomedicine and entheogenics and healing spiritual traditions. Investigation of the relationship between medicine, science, myth, and supernatural belief systems cross culturally in non-Western societies in contrast to Western Cultures.

Supernatural Ana Brita Wynn


ENR101

Title: Aspects of Visionary Art And the Sacred

Instructor: Suzy Adra

Course Description: This course is a historical overview of visionary art, its definitions, philosophies, characteristics and master figures. Visionary art is that which comes from the inner world or the soul, and translates that which is numinous. The course will include, and is not limited to the production of a final project, with a sacred art theme, using the medium of choice. The project will be discussed, and critiqued as a group.

Aspects of Visionary Art and the Sacred Adra ESI 2016


ENR102

Title: Being the Change: Conscious Activism in a World in Crisis

Instructor: Dr. Meghan Fraley, PhD

Course Description: In a world in crisis, a foundation of self-inquiry, mindfulness, and community can empower us to be greater agents of meaningful change. In this course, we will engage in self-inquiry, dialogue, and engage in exercises that will ground us more in our particular purpose and call. Yoga, meditation, and body-based exercises will be integrated into sessions to deepen the work. Together, in this course, we will become more empowered to engage with our world as a citizen or activist from a place of compassion, leading to action informed by love.

Being the Change Fraley ESI 2016


ENR103

Title: The Contemporary Experience of Mothering

Instructor: Chimine Arfuso, M.A.

Course Description: In this course we will examine art, literature, academic scholarship and other mediums to explore the social construct of mothering. The goal is to gain deeper understanding and articulation of the differences between the political, spiritual and personal experiences of mothering.

Cont. Mothering Chimine


ENR104

Title: Creativity and the Divine Feminine

Instructor: Jessica Bowman, M.A.

Course Description: This course will explore the transformative relationship between the creation of art and the pursuit of spirituality through the feminist lens. The basis of this work is the understanding that all have the right to see women portrayed as a sacred entity and that creativity as a sacred practice can lead to personal transformation and healing. Aspects of contemporary symbolism, intentional creativity and sacred modalities will be combined to facilitate a deeper connection to the Divine.  

C and D Bowman


ENR105

Title: Dancing the Sacred Wheel

Instructor: Dr. Martha Brumbaugh, PhD

Course Description: The Wheel of the Year is common to many of the indigenous peoples of the earth.  This course will examine the seven directions in a cross-cultural approach to creating altars, rituals, and daily practices.  We will focus on the lived-experience of each direction through keeping a journal, sharing visual pieces, poetry, prose, and music.  The course is designed for everyone, regardless of experience or spiritual path.

Dancing Brumbaugh


ENR106

Title: Eco Self:  An Art-Based Inquiry Course

Instructor: Sahar Joya, B.A.

Course Description: This course will explore questions of environmental justice and spirituality, through an arts based inquiry method called Intentional Creativity.  Through the inquiry process of Intentional Creativity, which includes meditation, journaling, painting, individual and community conversation, students will explore questions of who their eco-self is and what emergent wisdom and insight is made available in orienting one’s sense of self to creation from the perspective of one’s eco-self. Students will engage with readings from the field of deep ecology, feminist studies, critical race studies, and arts-based critical pedagogy to inform the inquiry and exploration of their eco-self. This course is designed at the intersections of the arts, spirituality, academia and activism to provide an enriched embodied experience of developing one’s own understanding of environmental justice and its relationship to their sense of self and vise versa.

Eco Self Joya Revision


ENR107

Title: Emergent Practices for Emergent Projects

Instructor: Dr. Amber Balk, PhD

Course Description: Come explore the meaning and potential of developing an emergent practice. What does emergence mean for you personally? How can we attune ourselves to our innate emergent capabilities, and how might this inform our work in the world? This course is appropriate for individuals from all walks of life, regardless of your experience,  spiritual practice,  and professional goals.

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ENR108

Title: Feminist Consciousness and the Ethics of Subversion

Instructor: Jennifer Ortiz, M.A.

Course Description: Women have always found meaningful and influential ways to live despite structures that have sought to keep them silent and invisible. Their creations of art (textiles, painting, etc.), language (folklore, cautionary tales) and spirituality (healers, earth-based, goddess), intrinsically weaken complete patriarchal control.

Summary: This course seeks to explores the subversive nature of women’s lived experience despite oppressive patriarchal structures. How women’s language, spirituality, and art upend oppression and influence society.

Feminist Consciousness Ortiz


ENR109

Title: Human-Animal Relationships in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Instructor: Drucilla Pettibone, M.A.

Course Description: The plight of non-human animals is one of the greatest challenges the 21st century, a time that has been called the 6th age of mass extinction and the Anthropocene.  Yet as many of us re-vision a society that takes the welfare of all beings seriously, well-intentioned humans continue to divide on ideological grounds when it comes to our animal companions.  In this course, we will explore humane education beginning with ourselves.

We will create a unique space for constructive discourse across political views, where vegans and hunters, rewilders and conservationists, animal breeders and rescuers, can share openly with each other.  We will pay particular attention to how culture, class, and religion shape our views, and even our very definitions of animal and human.

Students will have opportunities to conduct research related to their own interests.  This course will benefit anyone who works in animal-related fields such as advocacy, farming, policy-making, and law enforcement, as well as everyone who loves animals and hopes to make the Earth a home for all.

Human Animal Rel. Drucilla


ENR111

Title: Re-Imagining the Past: Women Shaping Culture through Nature

Instructor: Kristen Calvert

Course Description: Through Creative Inquiry, historical evidence and hands on art projects we will explore how some of the early origins of culture were formed through our interpretations of ourselves and our environments.  In particular we will explore ancient women’s creative contributions to early societies.

Poem:

Imagination Is Born

The shaft of light in the darkness, becoming the spark in the mind: creativity is awakened.

Hands and hearts become enlivened as we strive to create the oneness we find in nature;

struggling to go beyond surviving into becoming.

Forming connections with others; until the spark becomes the fires that light the world with the dawning of perception, of what could be…and imagination is born.

Imagination is born from the seeds of the earth and watchful eyes: as we learn to mix and grind fruits flowers, herbs learning the culinary arts of sensuous survival.

Imagination is born on flight: as we observe the birds soaring into the unknown and diving beneath the waves of limitless possibilities.

Imagination is born on the surface: as we paint on our bodies and earths hollows with the expressions of our hearts while singing to the moon of our mothers.

Imagination is born from roots threads: as we learn to weave our legends and truths into existence for our future.

Imagination is born as we learn how to move beyond survival into the light.

Kristen Calvert Re-Imagining the Past


ENR112

Title: Revelations: Your Secret Life Revealed Through Daydreams, Nightmares, and Visions of the Future

Instructor: Dr. Luisah Teish, PhD

This 14-week course examines the ways in which nature, the ancestors, and our own higher consciousness speak to us in dreams.  It introduces the participant to the myth and folklore about dreams drawn from the cultures of the African diaspora.

It includes songs for the deities of the deep, works of art created to enhance dreaming, and rituals for dream sharing and manifestation in the real world.

Revelations Teish


ENR113

Title: Self-Actualization and The Walking Dead (TV Series)

Instructor: Trace Whitley, MATP

Course Description: One morning you wake to the realization that you are in the middle of a zombie apocalypse…. what one object would you take with you in order to survive and thrive almost certain death? This course will reflect specifically on The Walking Dead TV series and how it’s characters move through their own Dark Night of the Soul in a world filled with uncertainty, emotional and physical extremes, deep sorrow and death. Is self-actualization even obtainable under such conditions? How can we rise above our animal natures and obtain transcendence in a world gone mad? Bring your answer to the first class!

‚ÄúSelf-Awareness is a beautiful thing. You should try it sometime.‚ÄĚ – Bob Stookey, The Walking Dead

Walking Dead Whitley


ENR114

Title: Social Justice and The Creative Muse

Instructors: Keisha Thorpe, MFA-W and Adrian Mack, M.A.

Course Description: The muse of creativity and social movements are inexplicably linked. This course will explore those linkages via the creative outlets of music, literature, film, images, & performance, beginning with the Civil Rights Movement to present day.

Social Justice and the Creative Muse Mack and Thorpe revision


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Golden Ratio EmergenceWe embrace the concept of Emergent Education, in the virtual classroom, to activate imaginations and engage in transformation.

This approach is a beautiful alternative to the patriarchal structure currently used in public education which employs linear thinking and utilizes pre-determined learning outcomes identified by those ‚Äėexperts‚Äô outside the classroom and established before students walk in the door regardless of their skills, background or interests. ¬†In addition, we utilize Emergent Curriculum which relies on the experts inside the classroom and educational organization to create courses that are relevant and powerful. We encourage and cultivate each individual teacher‚Äôs creativity, community co-creation and attentiveness to individual learners. Emergent curriculum activates teacher creativity and student learning for the benefit of all.

We believe both academic and practical training is built upon participants’ connection with Spirit.  It is this universal spirituality that connects us with ourselves and everyone around us. We all walk upon the path of Spirit, and just as the nautilus shell represents the soul’s journey, so do our graduates emerge with the understanding and commitment to build bridges in an ever-changing world.

Educational programs may include experiments in sustainability (permaculture, ecological housing, human animal relationships), youth projects, community arts projects, women’s and men’s spirituality, creativity and innovation and much more. Our programs are designed to be in-touch with the needs of students’ local communities, as well as recognizing our connection to a greater global society.

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