Autumn/Winter 2017

Intensives are held 8:30AM-6:00PM Monday through Friday and include Body Prayer, Seminar, Art as Meditation and Process 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.



Winter Break
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Friday Dec. 1 - Sunday Dec. 31, midnight - 2 a.m.



Singing and Embodying the African American Spiritual, Freedom & Protest Song
art as meditation

Monday Jan. 8 - Friday Jan. 12, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

David Sharp, DMin
This is a singing experience... of immersion into the African American spiritual, freedom and protest song. This course will connect students to the deep heritage and richness of the African American spiritual. We will explore the roots of this genre and the circumstances of body, mind and spirit that gave rise to its creation. We will place it within the continuum of other African American genres such as songs of freedom and protest and compare and contrast these genres as we sing them. Students will explore how to embody this music. I will guide students in looking for common ground from which to build bridges into the soul that connects the spirituals, freedom and protest songs with universal human experience no matter race, culture or nationality.

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Anger and Betrayal in America’s Heartland
seminar

Monday Jan. 8 - Friday Jan. 12, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Marvin L. Anderson, PhD

This course offers a critical and interpretative framework for empathic listening in response to the anger and sense of betrayal in America’s Heartland in the wake of the recent presidential election. Contrary to the mainstream narrative of “Red and Blue" state “polarization,” this course breaks down how the systemic devaluation and economic marginalization of various rural communities, people and resources have contributed to the sources of the pain of betrayal along racial, economic, cultural and geographical lines. Based on hearing these painful “deep stories,” students will learn that racism, classism and poverty are not just liberal platitudes. They are harsh realities in rural America that are denied and circumvented by projecting hurt and anger on others by blaming, shaming, and scapegoating. Using the Four Paths of Creation Spirituality, we will reclaim the power of prophetic (biblical) indignation and “righteous” anger in the work of love, thus re-storying the pride and pleasure, human dignity and “divinity” (imago dei) of all those whose identity and culture are tied to their place “in the country.”

This seminar fulfills this requirement: "Crucial Contemporary Issues" under the Masters in Sacred Activism track or as an elective for other degree programs.

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Youth on Fire: Embodied Global Leadership-link to register coming 11/20/17
seminar

Monday Jan. 15 - Friday Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Melisa Michaels, EdD

This week-long journey will include a rigorous reflection on our own adolescent development and how that has shaped our destiny. We will consider the developmental needs of the emerging adult and how our culture meets them or not. From there, we will re-imagine what is possible for the spirit of youth in all of us. Drawing from Dr. Michaels’ 30+ years of working with young people around the world, we will address creative, spiritually inspired and inclusive ways to meet the needs of young people around the world, including parts of ourselves that we may have lost along the fast moving and rugged waters of adolescence. Our focus will be on the arts of body, heart, and soul that birth embodied, global, leaders.



In Rhythm: An Exploration of the Heartbeat of Being-link to register coming 11/20/17
art as meditation

Monday Jan. 15 - Friday Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Kip Hubbard and Robyn Hubbard, DMin

In this course, we will explore rhythm in its infinite forms, from the cycle of life to the cycles within culturally specific 4/4 rhythmic patterns to the ebb and flow of the tides and the changes of the seasons. We will seek to connect with the rhythm of life through the many metaphors generated by ensemble drumming, from finding our own individual and unique “voice” to becoming part of the collective layers of Afro-Caribbean polyrhythms. In a culture that has lost its connection with rhythm, we will begin to recover and restore rhythm as a fundamental part of our being individually, collectively and in relation to our connection with nature and the cosmos. No experience with drumming is necessary.



Tai Chi
art as meditation

Monday Feb. 26 - Friday March 2, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Leon Evans, M.D.

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.

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Introduction to Creation Spirituality
seminar

Monday Feb. 26 - Friday March 2, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Jeannine Goode-Allen, DMin and David Sharp, DMin

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.

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Chanting the Wisdom Traditions
art as meditation

Monday March 5 - Friday March 9, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

David Sharp and Jeannine Goode-Allen
In this course, we will use music, lyrics and movement from the world’s wisdom traditions to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and bring us together in community and celebration. The wisdom traditions we will tap into are: Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam and the wisdom of Indigenous Peoples. Each day we will teach chants from one or two of these traditions. We will give the background story for each of the chants. The lyrics will be presented in the original language as well as in English. We will teach movements for some of the chants and will provide live musical accompaniment. This will enable students to take the chants deeply into their hearts and bodies. After practicing the chants, students will have opportunities to express their inner experience via drawing and journaling.

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Deep Ecumenism: Interspirituality and the Wisdom Traditions
seminar

Monday March 5 - Friday March 9, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Ana Perez-Chisti, PhD
We will explore Wisdom Traditions and teachings from Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity and the Indigenous people and investigate how spiritual traditions address contemporary issues and facilitate the human experience of the Divine Presence in our daily lives. Specific attention is given to how these spiritual traditions address contemporary issues.

This intensive fulfills this requirement: Deep Ecumenism

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Sacred Activism in an Apocalyptic Age
seminar

Monday March 12 - Friday March 16, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Theodore Richards. PhD and Andrew Harvey

Students will take a look at the challenges our species faces today and are invited to see this apocalyptic moment as not only destructive, but also as an importunity to re-imagine what it means to be human in the context of upheaval and unmooring. What can we do at the end of the world(view)? What are the spiritual practices rooted in Creation Spirituality that can bring forth a more just, vibrant, compassionate, and sustainable civilization?

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Fluid Energy Imagery: The Four Paths in Collage
art as meditation

Monday March 12 - Friday March 16, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Paula Artac, DMin

Scientist Peter Russell quoted in Matthew Fox’s book, Creativity, states, “now, with the appearance of Homo sapiens, a new form of evolution has become possible. It is our minds and hands that are doing the molding, reorganizing matter into new structures and creating new capacities” (Fox, 2002, p. 30).

Recognizing that the Universe continually creates form from chaos, the creative process in this art as meditation course encompasses and encourages the development of archetypal images that emerge from the randomness of the collage medium as well as the Collective Unconscious.

Meditation accompanied by relaxation and visualization techniques in the form of spiritual ritual brings beneficial stillness and focus allowing the mind to begin channeling the flow of the Spirit of creativity. In turn “sacred space” which is created in the art stimulates beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence, to flow from the heart as “art from the heart.” Students will create four collage pieces symbolic of each of the Four Paths of Creation Spirituality.

According to the Dalai Lama, “Our whole experience of life is filtered through our minds, and we continually project our own sense of meaning onto people and things. As the Buddha put it, ‘with our thoughts we make the world.’” (Cohen, 2013, retrieved from: http://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/how-imagination-shapes-your-reality)

Developed by the instructor, Fluid Energy Imagery is a cosmologically based theory whose original intent was to be used as a postmodern approach for use in art therapy and expressive arts therapy, but has expanded to a variety of applications.



Thomas Merton: Mystic and Prophet
seminar

Monday April 16 - Friday April 20, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Matthew Fox, PhD

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was one of the great spiritual writers and mystic-prophets of the twentieth century. From the time of his conversion at the shrine of the Black Madonna in Cuba in 1940 to his untimely martyrdom in Bangkok for opposing the war in Vietnam in 1968, his spirituality evolved profoundly. He journeyed deeply from being very much a dualistic monk from 1940-1957 to being a prophetic leader leading out a creation spirituality path under the influence of Zen master D.T. Suzuki and Meister Eckhart beginning in 1958.

His prophetic voice addressed issues of Ecology, Feminism, Racism, the rights and oppression of indigenous peoples, Technology’s excess, War (he coached the Berrigan brothers among others in non-violent resistance), Peace, bogus religion (he called the marriage of fundamentalism and empire the “greatest orgy of idolatry the world has ever seen”). He offered medicines to heal us including Deep Ecumenism (his close friendship with the Dalai Lama and Thich Naht Hanh are well known), a theology of the Cosmic Christ (“How is it possible to tell everyone they are walking around shining like the sun?” he asked following on a mystical experience at lunch time rush hour in downtown Louisville) and the cultivation of contemplation.

In this class we will explore the depth teachings of this man around contemplation and action, mysticism and prophecy and what he is telling us today about our spiritual vocations including cultural criticism.



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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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.

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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.



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.



Deep Ecology and the Theology of the Land
seminar

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

Marvin 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.



Eco-spirituality and Earth Retreat
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.



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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