Spring Intensive 5--Inner Greening and Growing
Monday May 14 - Friday May 18, 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.
Deep Ecology and Theology of the Land
There is no greater challenge facing humanity—indeed, no greater issue of justice—than climate change. This class will equip students with a constructive analysis and hopeful response to climate change and the ecological crisis by way of two complementary philosophical and theological worldviews: deep ecology and theology of the land. Drawing on Creation Spirituality and the biblical, ecofeminist, Native North American, African-American, and agrarian paradigms in particular, students will be challenged to find ways to identify with and enter into the “pain and suffering of the land.” They will reflect on how significant events or personal traumatic experiences of environmental and/or agricultural degradation have: 1) triggered their crisis of faith and/or environmental conscience, and 2) called them as leaders to work on behalf of earth healing and environmental justice in their own local communities.
This intensive fulfills this requirement: Deep Ecology and the Theology of the Land
The Mystic Hildegard
This course begins with an immersion in St. Hildegard's Journey through the Senses, an exhibit that shows the life and work of this powerful mystic. Students will also read and discuss the content of the very first biography written about St. Hildegard in the twelfth century. Students will then explore St. Hildegard's theological writings and illuminations as well as her medical texts. Some of St. Hildegardd's remedies will be available for sampling. The class will then take a look at St. Hildegard's relationship with her world and key people in her life. The class will conclude with an exploration of how students can use St. Hildegard as an inspiration in their own lives.
Art as Meditation
art as meditation
Through a process of listening and responding, students will participate in writing exercises that deepen their relationship with nature and build a repertoire of expression that facilitates mindfulness, interconnection and increased awareness. Listening to readings from nature writers and poets such as, Terry Tempest Williams, Mary Oliver, Scott Russell Sanders, Edward Abby and others; responding to elements of nature itself; and listening to one’s own voice and experience; will facilitate one’s own creative writing and personal explorations.
Engaging Hildegard's Music, Art and Herbs
art as meditation
In this course we will use reading, music, guided imagery, St. Hildegard’s Illuminations and Healing Remedies as well as movement, to create a meditative connection with St. Hildegard and her life’s work. In this space of deep connection, students will access their deepest creative selves and from this space they will express their souls in a variety of artistic mediums: water color painting, drawing, singing, movement, journaling and finally constructing their own model buildings using a whole variety of materials (i.e. popsicle sticks, clay, feathers, paper, ornaments, miniature toys, to name just a few!) As the students share the creative process as well as their creations with each other during the week we will be forming a very intimate community of creative powerhouses!