The Living School’s curriculum is expressed through a dynamic harmony of didactic teaching, experiential practice, and reflective learning—each building upon and adding value to the others.
Click on any of the disciplines listed below to see a description.
Students are encouraged to be positive and compassionate participants in the world. One way that students will do this is by developing and engaging in an act that serves their community as part of the final unit of the Living School.
Participants will delve into practices that engage their whole being. Each student will commit to a daily contemplative practice. Practices will challenge and inspire students’ present way of life (orthopraxy).
The Living School uses a small group process derived from The Way of the Circle. This practice fosters a contemplative way of listening and speaking to others. It opens students to a deeper and more meaningful way of communicating, cultivates compassion and empathy for others, and allows for processing knowledge and experiences in a safe and non-threatening manner. Circle processing will be used consistently throughout the Living School program.
The required reading for each course is intended to deepen a student’s awareness of the contemplative tradition and draw them closer into experiencing union with Divine Reality. Students will have an opportunity to process questions online in discussions with other students as well as offer questions for faculty to address.
Barbara Holmes will further the implication of the Cosmic Incarnation by exploring themes of her book Race and the Cosmos. Holmes adds insight into how cosmology has the potential to shift the conversation on race (and ultimately any system of domination). As a rhetorician, she employs the power of words to reframe our societal constructs from a cosmic and quantum perspective with practical implications on personal and communal levels. By addressing the current poverty of a believable cosmology—and therefore its hostile impact on humanity—students will be empowered to participate in a new way of seeing and being in relationships (human/divine, human/universe, human/human, and human/systems) by embracing a sound cosmology.
Members of the Living School’s learning community will enrich one another through online discussions and reflections on their experience with the educational disciplines. This interactive forum will have multimedia capabilities, enabling various venues for student engagement.
Students will come together to participate in powerful and joyful sessions of teaching, practice, and group discussion in Albuquerque, New Mexico, led by the Living School Faculty and staff.
Students will be asked to develop a Rhythm of Life that supports their continued growth and development, living from a contemplative stance that is generative in service to the world. Aspects of the Rhythm of Life include a commitment to: Contemplative Prayer and Meditation, Contemplative Study, Contemplative Community, and Contemplative Acts of Solidarity.