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. Each week will include a movement lab where students will explore mind-body connection through dance, yoga or other modalities. A two-day weekend 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.
New students accepted in winter with signature. Students will need to be familiar with several concepts covered during fall quarter. Prospective students should complete two short essays on portions of the ongoing texts from fall. Details available the week prior to the Academic Fair. Essays will be evaluated for completeness of the assignment and writing skills. Contact faculty by email at Week 8 of fall quarter for the specific pages of reading.
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Students will need to be familiar with several concepts covered during fall quarter. Prospective students should complete two short essays on portions of the ongoing texts from fall. Details available the week prior to the Academic Fair. Essays will be evaluated for completeness of the assignment and writing skills. Contact faculty by email at Week 8 of fall quarter for the specific pages of reading. Two copies of Our Dreaming Mind are on reserve in the library under our program title. Read Chapter 8 on Jung and Chapter 9 on Other Dream Theorists and write a 140-word essay on any topic that interests you from each chapter. Your two essays should reflect your best writing skills. Send the two essays and a sentence acknowledging that you understand that we will do a movement lab for 3 hours each week to both faculty via e-mail. Also include a sentence acknowledging that you will order Our Dreaming Mind online as soon as you are registered. It may not be available in the bookstore, but all our other texts should be there. Include your “A number” so that we can process a “signature override” for you to register. Essays will be evaluated for completeness of the assignment and writing skills. Please send from your Evergreen e-mail address (rather than gmail or Yahoo, etc.). email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
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leadership, consciousness studies, psychology, and cultural studies.
$15 in fall for art supplies.
$10 in winter for entrance fee. An additional $15 for art supplies only if you are joining the program in winter