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Where would you like to go for an intensive in 2017 or 2018?

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Emergent Studies Institute will soon be offering exciting and enlightening intensives at various locations around the U.S. in 2017 & 2018. In our latest poll, let us know where you would like to go out of the three choices! We will be holding an intensive at the location with the biggest results!

 

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Exciting News and Changes to our Catalog!

Greetings Emergent Community and Fellow Seekers,

ESI is excited to announce the arrival of courses in our Summer and Fall sessions and a few changes to our Spring catalog. 

As a new institute and community we will, at times go through these ESI Mind Body Spirit Online ADgrowth periods, times when we stretch our wings and see where Spirit leads. As part of this growth and settling in to schedules and new faculty members, you might have noticed a few changes to the Spring catalog. One or two courses have shifted to later time periods, (Summer and/or Fall) and you will shortly see courses offered in 3 week and 7 week lengths. We have decided to make this change so that more students can enjoy the courses offered by our faculty who might have busy schedules or limited funds.

Below is a list of the courses still offered for Spring Term starting Feb. 8th, 2016 (fast approaching), Summer and Fall. Please check back often to see what the latest news is, what new courses we are offering and some new chances to get to know our budding faculty and community of seekers!

If you have not filled out an Online Application please feel free to do so. You will not pay an application fee until you sign-up and have a conversation with our academic adviser, Dr. Amber Balk, PhD who is excited to walk you through the process and answer any questions you might have about ESI, our courses and our programs. 

We are looking into the future with a very promising outlook. We want you to be a part of our bright new future and emerging community. Please start a conversation with us about your learning outcomes, expectations and goals for the future. We are eager to hear from you.

Warm Wishes,

Trace Whitley, MATP

Co-Founder Haven Int. & ESI


SPRING 2016


 

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.


ENR103

Title: The Contemporary Experience of Mothering

Instructor: Chimine Arfuso, M.A.

Length: 14 Weeks

Tuition: $600 plus fees

Credits: 3

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.

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.  

C and D Bowman


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.


ENR106

Title: Mystery of the Moon

Instructor: Sahar Joya, B.A.

Length: 14 Weeks

Tuition: $600 plus fees

Credits: 3

Course Description: “My ending is my beginning.” In this course we will explore the 13 phases/faces of the moon as a pattern for the unfolding of creative energy and a feminine process of creation and creativity. During the 14 weeks of the course, we will learn about and activate the wisdom and teachings of each phase of the moon, in a playful way through mixed media creative art processes and other acts of creative expression. Bring your Muses to this Feminine Mystery school training! We are going to have lots of FUN and be exposed to some magical cool tricks! She doesn’t like being bored!


ENR107

Title: Emergent Practices for Emergent Projects

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.

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ENR109

Title: Human-Animal Relationships in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Instructor: Drucilla Pettibone, M.A.

Length: 14 Weeks

Tuition: $600 plus fees

Credits: 3

Course Description: How can we heal and reshape our relationships with animals in the 21st century?  In this course, we will explore human-animal relationships and pay particular attention to how culture, class, and religion shape our perceptions and even our very definitions of animal and human.

What would humane education look like if we begin with ourselves?  By welcoming all views, we will hold a unique space for sharing openly with each other, and create a constructive discourse among those of us with varied experiences and ideologies.  This course will thereby model our love for all animals (human and other) and enact our desire to make the Earth a safe home for all.  


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.
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Summer  2016


 

ENR112

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

Instructor: Dr. Luisah Teish, PhD

Length: 14 Weeks

Tuition: $600 plus fees

Credits: 3

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


ENR100

Title: Supernatural Beliefs and Practices of the World

Instructor: Brita Wynn, M.A.

Length: 14 Weeks

Tuition: $600 plus fees

Credits: 3

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.


FALL 2016


 

 

 

ENR108

Title: Feminist Consciousness and Performance

Instructor: Jennifer Ortiz, M.A.

Length: 14 Weeks

Tuition: $600 plus fees

Credits: 3

Course Description: Feminist Consciousness is embodied through art, language, spirituality, and performance. From the right to vote to contemporary issues, women have used staged theatrics and music to give voices to the voiceless and attention to the invisible.

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ENR111

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

Instructor: Kristen Calvert

Length: 14 Weeks

Tuition: $600 plus fees

Credits: 3

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 earth’s 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


ENR113

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

Instructor: Trace Whitley, MATP

Length: 14 Weeks

Tuition: $600 plus fees

Credits: 3

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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 against almost certain death? This course will reflect specifically on The Walking Dead TV series and how its 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!

Walking Dead Whitley

“Self-Awareness is a beautiful thing. You should try it sometime.” – Bob Stookey, The Walking Dead

 


 

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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.

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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?!

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Best wishes,

Jessica Bowman, President

Mystic Art Medicine – Guardians

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A dance to heal it all… Repair the fall…Cosmic Connections… Mirror Reflections Copper metal crease, spin the void… Release Taken to the stars and out beyond, to the Guardians Ancient Symbols speak it seems… We awaken from the dream. – Cher Lyn

The Beings in the painting of “Cosmic Connections” are Apache Dancers in ceremonial spirit. Glowing symbols are floating and spinning, emerging out of the vortex and off the dancers’ bodies themselves. They are the embodiment of our star brothers who watch over us. The blue flowers are from a dream time journey into another dimension on another planet, the star brother holds them as a gift he brings from home. The others hold curative tools of power from other worlds, gifts to channel and aid.

There is more to sight than just physical seeing. Human sight creates it’s own obstacles. We stop seeing where the general consensus says we should. There is much more to this dimension than meets the eye. We are often if not always being watched by beings that we ourselves cannot see with our naked eye.

The Guardians are here to support you in a number of ways, to include bringing you power to connect to multi-dimensional realities, “comprehended”. You are ancient, wise, and awake. Take notice of your imagination expanding and maturing. The Guardians are opening your vision to help you remember why you embarked upon your journey here on Earth. Communication of thoughts and feelings in your heart give fresh insights. Your higher knowledge becomes easily accessible as you let go of any fear or preconceived ideas of how limited you thought you were. Surrender into your highest good and relax into the vastness of Creation.

There seems to be something secret about everything and everybody, a mystery to behold within your perception. What you see in everyday life is not the natural world deceiving you, but nature encoding reality in ways you can come to terms with. The natural world looks the way it looks because of the way you have been taught.

If you’ve chosen Guardians study the ancient symbols of the Star Glyphs, the images of the crop circles. Place your attention upon the stars at night, and spend quality time in meditation exploring the Universal void inside your own soul. The Guardians are ready to telepathically assist you.

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Crop Circle in Italy, June 2015

Mystic Art Medicine – Integration

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Rainbow Blesser by Cher Lyn

Rainbow Blesser

A command for our souls, all parts to return. I call in God’s tribes to integrate these sides, Easily and gently, let peace within reside.”- Cher Lyn

Description: The image shown is from the upper portion of the painting “Rainbow Blesser.”

An indigenous profile of a man wear his Godhead as a headdress. His vertebra surround the spinal cord is aligned with vibrant colors associated with the Chakras. His healing hand tattooed with a six pointed star is integrated with a heart, sending love energies to the Earth’s children. The vision of “Rainbow Blesser” brings in the birth of the Rainbow Tribe creating healing, unity, and Integration into One. 

The Hopi Indians believe that each of the worlds religions contains a thread and that these threads are always seeking each other. Integrally woven like a rope that will pull us out of the dark world and into the next. We all share an identical need to feel love. No matter what color the skin or how different the dress and how you perceive the behavior, there is no real significant division between others and us. Our basic nature is the same. 

Inside each and everyone of us, our core is entirely whole and complete. Yet, on the exterior everything is fragmented and appearances can seem strange. Even part of your soul when severely traumatized can become disassociated. If you have phobias, feel hopelessness, even chronic fatigue, these could be symptoms suggesting soul loss. If this is the case, get help from a therapist in this area. Use the power of your mind connected to your Godhead to ignite tools for Integration.

You do not need a new Dogma to believe in. Inside at your core, you are perfect. You can always cultivate a stronger sense of compassion and tolerance for yourself and others. Inspire unity in your consciousness. Each of us carries an aspect, clue or piece of existence on how creation works.  Individually first, then collectively we come together to bring humanity into wholeness.


 

This amazing spiritual artist, Cher Lyn lives in Sedona, AZ where she showcases her artwork. These Oracle Cards are available through her online store front Mystic Art Medicine.

 

Take some time today in contemplation of our many connections with each other especially that connection we all can share through universal spirituality. Haven International and it’s programs, like Emergent Studies Institute share this cards sentiment. As they say in the pagan tradition, “we all come from the Goddess and to her we shall return. Like a drop of rain falling into the ocean.” We are but raindrop in a sea of community. By concentrating on how we can honor, respect and share the positive aspects of our differences we can make energetic waves together for Earth Change, Consciousnesses Shift and an end to separation. We live right now in a world filled with the perception of separation when in reality we are all one and the same no matter what race, creed or culture. Our differences only strengthen our global community. They allow each person to see things differently, from different perspectives and as the artist suggests, we all bring a piece of existence to a greater discussion that just hasn’t happened yet. Try to embody integration today!

Spring Term is only a few weeks away. Remember to speak to an Enrollment Counselor about your interest in Emergent Studies Institute. We can’t wait to speak with you. 🙂

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New Years Resolution

 

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Finding Your Path…

This time of year there are so many people out their making New Years Resolutions. They are engaging in the act of bettering themselves or potentially a group of people, their community by making a vow. This vow could be an end or a beginning, but the one thing that brings us all together in our resolutions is change.

The act of creating a New Years Resolution has become common place. In fact Wikipedia defines it as a”tradition most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year’s Day.” – (Wikipedia, New Years Resolution)

At Emergent Studies Institute we are focused on change, transformation and self-actualization. We want to help our students meet their goals, expectations and even resolutions. We offer courses that help expand Creativity and Innovation, develop a deeper connection with Spirit through Emergent Spirituality, learn how to heal yourself and aid others in Holistic Healing or find out how to become a better steward of the Earth through Eco-Sustainability.

We also offer Enrichment Courses, classes that anyone can take regardless of their educational background. This coursework covers many topics as well if you are interested in Women’s Studies, Mothering, Dancing the Sacred Wheel, connecting with Creativity, delving more deeply into the Supernatural, and many more. Be sure to check out our course catalog, find out more about our faculty and speak with an Enrollment Counselor today about your interest in our institute or how to take a course. We are looking forward to you joining our Emergent Community!

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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!

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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!

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Call

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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.

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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.

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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!

“Self-Awareness is a beautiful thing. You should try it sometime.” – 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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All of our courses are taught online!

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 ‘experts’ 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’s 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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