Consciousness, Dreams, and Everyday Life: Self, Other, World

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Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 quarters

Taught by

physics, plant physiology

Did you ever wonder how you might better develop a sense of who you are, what you can do, and where you are going in your life? Did you ever long to couple this sense of knowing yourself with the ability to influence your communication, your emotions, and your behavior? Imagine what it might be like if you better understood how to influence yourself to lead the life you are planning to lead? This interdisciplinary program is designed to help you better understand what makes you you by exploring consciousness, dreams, and the power they have on your everyday life. It is for students who seek to explore and refine their core values and beliefs in a context in which they can act upon them with increasing awareness and integrity.

This two-quarter program will have a two-pronged approach. On the first prong, we will use a theoretical and research-oriented perspective. On the second, a strong experiential component will include keeping structured journals of first-person experiences, dreams, and beliefs, as well as engaging in weekly mind-body connection activities such as movement labs. Our work will help students learn to develop their capacity for clarity of communication, for taking action, articulating feelings, and creating meaning. Fall quarter will focus primarily on understanding ourselves as individuals; winter quarter we will connect this self-awareness to others and the larger world, including the natural world.

Students should expect to work about 48 hours each week (including class time) and to keep a detailed portfolio of their learning. Student work will sometimes be written papers, sometimes journal entries, and other times collaborative group work. A two-day retreat will be required during winter quarter. With faculty guidance, students will be able to conduct research, relate it to program content, and give presentations of their findings. Students will also be given opportunities to design projects that explore topics central to the program’s themes, but also connected to their own personal motivations around creative, positive, and effective responses to the world in its current chaotic state. For humanity to take a step forward, we need fresh ideas and solutions on many levels: personal, political, and relational. It is a good time to be excited about what lies ahead for us and each of us will play a different role in the future.

Anticipated credit equivalencies for the program include leadership, mindful movement, psychology of dreams, multicultural studies, and independent research.

Program Details

Fields of Study

consciousness studies cultural studies leadership studies psychology somatic studies

Preparatory For

leadership, consciousness studies, psychology, and cultural studies.


Fall Open Winter Signature

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning


$15 in fall and winter for art supplies and entrance fees.