Winter Intensive 3--The Essence of Creation Spirituality
Monday Feb. 26 - Friday March 2, 8:30 a.m. -6 p.m.
Each course offered at FICS is a one week block (Monday-Friday) called an Intensive. The daily schedule of each Intensive week consists of four elements (Body Prayer, Seminar, Art as Meditation and Integration Group). Students pick one Seminar and one Art as Meditation for each Intensive. All students participate in all four elements of the daily schedule.
Introduction to Creation Spirituality
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
This course will teach students the four paths of Creation Spirituality as well as principles associated with Creation Spirituality. Students will then look at the lives and works of the following mystics, artists and prophets through the lens of Creation Spirituality: Jose Hobday, Joanna Macy, M.C. Richards, The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. This course will conclude with the students investigating their own lives through the lens of Creation Spirituality.
This intensive fulfills this requirement: Introduction to Creation Spirituality
Art as Meditation
Embodying the Tao: Tai Chi as Meditation
art as meditation
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tai Chi is a profound art, reaching back into pre-literate traditions in China as “Animal Forms.” It represents one half of the Chinese martial arts tradition as an internal art of which Tai Chi is the most famous but also including Hsing Yi and Bua Gua; the other being external arts, most famous of which is Shaolin. Tai Chi rests on the philosophic principles of Taoism such as Ying/Yang, but also profoundly on Taoist principles of Chi and its relation to the natural world. I envision a class primarily focused on the acquisition of physical skills to perform the first section of the Yang Form and the mental focus that leads Tai Chi to be called “Moving Meditation.” It is this joining of movement and meditation that is unique to Tai Chi.