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3-Week Summer Session at ESI July 11th – 29th – Creativity, Spirituality and Activism

SUMMERTIME SESSION: JULY 11th – JULY 28th, 2016

summer session
This 3-week session will be broken down into 1 week segments, each focusing and building upon one another in the areas of creativity, spirituality, and spiritual activism (or as some call it, social justice or social change). Different faculty members will meet each week using Google Classroom and Google Hangout for video chats to connect as a community and learn, explore, and grow in these focus areas.

ALL COURSES WILL BE TAUGHT ONLINE.

More information will be coming out soon about the specifics, please keep an eye out here and through our blog at https://emergentstudiesinstitute.org/about-us/news-and-blogs/

June 1 until June 15th – $150.00
June 16th until July 11th $200.00 (registration to close first day of the session, July 11)

If you are interested in attending please contact our Director of Admissions @ a.balk.esi@haven-int.org and/or fill out an online application @ https://emergentstudiesinstitute.org/admissions/online-application/

You can also see our Becoming a Student Page, it has specific information about applying, payment process and technology requirements.

Anyone can and is encouraged to apply. This enrichment course is designed for anyone interested in thee focus areas and does not require prior educational background or technical experience. WE OFFER TECH SUPPORT 24/7. Simply a phone call or email away!

Thank you for your interest in ESI. Please do considering RSVPing for one of our upcoming informational sessions!

Register Now

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

 

 

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


 

 

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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.

Spirit Emerging Course Ad


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.
Social Justice and the Creative Muse Mack and Thorpe revision


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.

Feminist Counsciousness Ortiz 2


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

Walking Dead Book

Click Here to Purchase a copy of your Textbook!

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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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.

Developing an Emergent Practice for Emergent Projects (1).jpg


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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First Online Radio Show

Mic and Sound BoardGreetings Everyone,

What an amazing show on Inner Child Radio with William Peters. The online radio broadcast through BlogTalk, featured our three Founding Mothers, Valentine, Lisa and Trace who had the pleasure of discussing the creation of ESI, it’s coursework, faculty, governance and future direction. The Founding Mothers also had the chance to talk about themselves, why they choose to be of service to others and some of their personal background.
Emergent Studies founders also officially launched their GoFundMe crowdsourcing campaign to raise money in the next few months prior to the Spring 2015 semester. The institute appreciates any amount of money a person feels they can donate and we have set-up a donation page that has more information about how to do so. We will also be posting again in detail about that campaign as well. In the mean time, please visit the Official GoFundMe website and check out the gifts we have to offer our donors at the various funding levels. Not only will you be able to enjoy the feeling of giving to an educational nonprofit, you will have a chance to receive (at higher levels of donation) a Class Pass, the chance to log on and experience one of our classes online in the spring (Class Passes are for one day and one class). The campaign features other gifts such as a personal email from one of our founders, t-shirts and everyone at the $20 level or higher will be featured on the website at their level of donation. You can also donate in the name of a company, foundation or individual. Visit the site at: www.gofundme.com/fundesi

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William Peters was a kind and gracious host, and ESI would like to thank Inner Child Online Global RadioRadio again for having our founders. We know that everyone is looking forward to be on the show again sometime in the future. If you would like to find out more about Inner Child Radio or listen again to the show please visit their website or Facebook page. Inner Child Press is another great Facebook page you can visit to find out more about current projects.

To listen to the show again please visit the BlogTalk Radio link: Conversation with Emergent Studies Institute

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