Living School Disciplines

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.

Servant Leadership:

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.

Experiential Practice:

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).

Circle Groups:

The Living School uses a small group process called 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, fosters compassion and empathy for others, and allows for processing knowledge and experiences in a safe and non-threatening manner. The Way of the Circle will be used consistently throughout the Living School program, especially during the three scheduled symposia and the one required intensive.

Reading and Guided Discussion:

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.

On-Site Sessions:

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.

Reflective Learning:

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.

Rhythm of Life:

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: Contemplative Prayer and Meditation, Contemplative Study, Contemplative Community, and Contemplative Solidarity.

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