Autumn/Winter 2017

Intensives are held 8:30AM-6:00PM Monday through Friday and include Body Prayer, Seminar, Art as Meditation and Integration Group. A course requirement is met by attending all elements of the day/week. Students must choose one Seminar and one Art as Meditation class per week unless the two are combined in the description below. In order to register for a course, one must first apply and be accepted - either as an auditor or certificate/degree-seeking student. See Admission Process for application details.



Mind, Meditation and Mystical Practices
seminar

Monday April 23 - Friday April 27, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Paula Artac, DMin

In this class the neurobiology of meditation will be taught with students developing an understanding of how prayer, meditation, mystical practices and acts of creativity can be a nourishing and vital component of their work. This class provides a conceptual framework and understanding of the practice of art as meditation which is an integral part of the Fox Institute and Creation Spirituality. Students will report on the efficacy of their own practices and demonstrate ability to create and utilize other mindful practices.

This intensive fulfills this requirement: Mind, Meditation and Mystical Practices

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Reimagining Tradition: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, and Rev. Matthew Fox
seminar

Monday April 23 - Friday April 27, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Rabbi Victor Gross

This course will examine teachings of three seminal spokespersons and contributors for the emergence of new paradigms in spirituality: Rabbi Heschel, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Rev. Mathew Fox. All are teachers of non-duality, God-centeredness, and the centrality of doing and being a partner in the ongoing co-creation. The Deep Ecumenism of all three collapsed the separation long experienced in history and opened up new avenues for dialogical encounter. We will examine their commonality in the ways they evoke new and yet ancient transformative principles for all the inhabitants of this planet.

This seminar fulfills this requirement: Reinvention of Work, Leadership, and Culture


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Qi and Grace: The Embodied Lord's Prayer, Qigong and Art
art as meditation

Monday April 23 - Friday April 27, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Kaleo Ching, MA

Drawing from Judeo-Christian and Daoist wisdom, East meets West in this journey of deepening your intimacy with the Divine. Learn the Embodied Lord's prayer (Abba-Imma Qigong), which embraces the feminine and masculine dimensions of divinity and engages Qigong movement for channeling Divine grace, wisdom, and love. Learn Qigong practices to enhance energy and health, ground your prayer practice, and inspire creativity. Experience guided Qigong meditations to access the wisdom housed in your Mind, Body, and Heart centers. Then, with an inspiring array of mised media art materials, channel your spiritual insights into the creative expression of art-collage.



Soul Dance: Awakening Spirit in the Body, Discovering Our Inner Rhythm
art as meditation

Monday April 23 - Friday April 27, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Robyn Hubbard, DMin

The art of expressive dance as a spiritual practice roots conscious mystical awareness in the body and awakens the soul. When we are opened via the spiritual realms of the mind and heart, it is a courageous and holy act to ground this awareness through conscious movement where we tune in to sensation and discover the language of the body. In this class we will tap into our inner rhythms, both with music and without, and express our unique "soul dance". We will use a framework of moving through the Four Paths of Transformation--Resource, Release, Rebirth and Renewal--to embody our journey through this evolving, spiraling and transformative path. This process is inspired by the traditions of Creation Spirituality, the Hero's Journey, 5Rhythms, Authentic Movement and SomaSource movement rituals. There will be time for simple creative art expression and reflection to integrate our moving experience, which will feel more natural to some and highly vulnerable to others.

No dance experience is necessary, only a willingness to move and be curious. Creating a strong container of safety and non-judgment is a strongly held value in this experiential course.



Deep Ecology and the Theology of the Land
seminar

Monday May 14 - Friday May 18, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Marvin Lee Anderson, PhD

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



Nature Writing
art as meditation

Monday May 14 - Friday May 18, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Susan Coppage Evans, DMin

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.



New Student Orientation

Sunday May 20 - Sunday May 20, midnight - 11 p.m.



Eco-spirituality and Earth Retreat-Combined Seminar and Art as Meditation
seminar

Monday May 21 - Friday May 25, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Theodore Richards, PhD and Geneen Marie Haugen, PhD

This course requires students to participate in an integrated intensive in which all students participate in the same art-as-meditation and seminar experience. The art-as-meditation portion of the course will be a nature immersion experience. The seminar explores the concept of eco-spirituality—a way of understanding human spirituality and identity as rooted in community in which each of us is part of an interconnected ecological web. First, students will explore the concept of ecology through the lens of science and spirituality. Then students will explore the notion of the ecological self and the ecological community as a way of creating more sustainable and vibrant Earth Communities.

This intensive fulfills this requirement: Eco-Spirituality and Earth Retreat



Intercessory Meditation
art as meditation

Monday June 18 - Friday June 22, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Mel Bricker, DMin
Participants in this class will engage in a variety of meditation practices designed to help them make a shift of consciousness to be in Divine Love, the All, the One, the Great Mystery for the purpose of doing meditations for healing. Initial practice will include breathing, focusing, imaging and chanting. Then, these practices will be arranged in a particular sequence to be done in behalf of a person seeking healing of some kind. The intercessory, imagery meditation process is nonjudgmental, unconditionally accepting, noncoercive nondescriptive and compassionate. It is open to whatever is moving in the healee. Its medium for healing is the loving presence of the healers with the healee. Healers use images as a way of being intercessors for the wellbeing of the healee.

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