With the Goddard Graduate Institute’s first official residency just over, we wanted to share with you a sampling of the kinds of workshops faculty and students offered at the Plainfield, Vermont campus between Aug. 8-15, 2014. Our residency theme, “Climate and Climate Change,” threaded through many of these workshops (note: HAS = Health Arts and Sciences MA, IMA = Individualized MA, SIS = Social Innovation and Sustainability Program).
Barbets, Bulbuls, and Bee-eaters: A Bird’s Eye View of Ecological Resiliency, Complexity, and Beauty in Vietnam, with faculty member Jim Sparrell. This workshop traces a trip to Vietnam last August in which I found myself contemplating questions of monoculture, pollution, nature and commerce, and the mind-blowing beauty of the natural world in anunfamiliar setting. Cat Tien National Park was the site of one of the most severe applications of Agent Orange in the country; while its effects continue to be evident today, the park is also teeming with diverse wildlife. I will discuss how critical thinking and shifting perspectives can lead to an emerging global ecological consciousness that is less anthropocentric.
Breaking the Taboo: Healing with Sex and Drugs, with IMA-CS student Britta Love. Sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll goes the old adage… some may be able to conceive of music as a healing modality but sex… and drugs? Yet transcendent sex is as old as time itself, sexual healing is more than just a Marvin Gaye song, psychoactive plants are almost universally used throughout human cultures (as well as by animals!) and many currently Schedule I drugs are suddenly enjoying a renaissance in legitimate medical study for a range of disorders with surprising results. Come find out more with a short presentation
followed by group discussion.
C.G. Jung and the Making of a Psychology of Consciousness, with faculty member Francis X. Charet. This workshop, film and discussion will explore the rise and development of Jungian psychology using the film Matter of Heart and discussion. Areas that will be covered: the methods Jung used to explore the psyche, the theory of the collective unconscious, complexes and archetypes, the practice of interpreting symbols, dreams and their relation to myths and to the meaning of life.
Capoeira as Expressive Art Form, with HAS student Pamela McGrath. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art and dance form dating back to the 1500’s when enslaved people from Africa were brought to Brazil by the Portuguese people. The movements of Capoeira are flowing and spontaneous when combined with a partner. The movement practice is combined with music and individual style, providing an outlet for creative expression and connection with the self and with others. This workshop is a hands-on movement class for participants to join in. Basic movements, history, music and other elements will be covered, no experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothes to move in, shoes are optional.
Chasing Weather: Tornadoes, Tempests, and Thunderous Skies in Word & Image, with faculty member Caryn Mirriam- Goldberg. With climate change comes far more powerful and threatening weather, something Caryn has been writing poetry about for years as part of a collaborative project with weather chase and photographer Stephen Locke. Caryn will share images of such storms while reading poems accompanying each image. She’ll also discuss the nature of collaborative arts projects, what she’s learned about sustaining long-term collaborations, and how such collaborations can push us to create new and surprising (especially to ourselves) work. See some of the images she’ll be sharing at http://tempestgallery.com, and http://www.icecubepress.com/2014-books/chasing-weather
Community Art and Climate Resistance, with visiting scholars Jenny Romaine and Rachel Schragis. The artist is by nature an activist, expressing their perceptions and provoking us to respond. Similarly, community art, rooted in collective experience and connection to place, expresses a collective identity that has the power to both convey unseen realities and challenge prevailing opinions and discourse by speaking to our shared humanity in a unified voice. The work of Jenny Romaine, Visual Theater Artist and Rachel Schragis, Visual Artist and Arts Organizer, leverages the potential of community and art to reflect our collective experience and inspire deeper connection and unified action by making evident those elements of life that are common to all and asking us to consider how we are all impacted by issue affecting us.
Ecological Medicine, with faculty member Sarah Van Hoy. This workshop will explore some of the principles of ecological medicine in the context of a broader landscape of health care as well as studies happening here at Goddard. What constitutes ecological medicine? How is it defined and how might it be further defined? How is your study an example of ecological medicine and/or how could ecological medicine be a lens for exploring what interests you?
Embodiment Colloquium, with faculty member Lise Weil. The embodiment colloquium is an informal gathering held every residency to investigate and promote the new field of embodiment studies. Come with tales about your semester’s adventures in embodiment. The session will begin with an introduction to embodiment studies and a brief question period.
Hope and Fear in the Face of Eco-Disaster, with retired faculty member Ralph H. Lutts. Hope has been a motivating factor, as has fear, in efforts to address environmental hazards from climate change to environmental pollution, nuclear war, and the over-exploitation of natural resources. This workshop will examine the tension between hope and fear as people responded to impending eco-catastrophe through the twentieth century to the present day. We will review the history of these events and the lessons they teach that can help us to deal with pressing issues today, particularly climate change.
I’m Not Racist, with faculty member Sarah Bobrow-Williams. This workshop will explore how avoiding issues of race and privilege undermines attempts at creating inclusive relationships, organizations and institutions. Participants will consider ways to shift both personal behavior and to address structural obstacles to creating equitable and inclusive environments. The workshop will draw on materials from critical race theorists and scripted scenarios from witnessingwhiteness.com.
Interpreting and Translating Culture(s) in Research & Community Practices: Who Am I, Who Is the Other, and How Do We Collaborate? (Two-parts), with faculty member Karen Campbell and IMA student David White. A hands on, 2-part workshop exploring concepts of culture, bodies, identities, health, stories, memories, in relation to place/land, language, nations, globalization and … whatever else you may bring. We’ll work in small groups according to interests/areas of inquiry and will offer resources for bringing different perspectives to your work.
Manufactured Landscapes, late-night film with faculty member Katt Lissard. Manufactured Landscapes is about the work of artist Edward Burtynsky. Known for his large scale photographs of manufactured landscapes – quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and the massive Three Gorges dam – Burtynsky creates strikingly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris. Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, the film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. Manufactured Landscapes encourages shifts in our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it, without simplistic judgments or reductive resolutions. (Zeitgeist)
Resource Rich: When enough is enough, with IMA student Willa Conway. How much is enough and will we ever have it? What does it mean to be resourceful? How do we take stock of what we have and what we need? What are the messages that we have been taught about money? How does becoming aware of our beliefs about resources relate to creating more sustainable, just communities?
Stories of Resilience: Playback Theatre as Tool and Practice, with faculty member Lori Ayelet Wynters. “It takes courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in the moment there is life, and in change there is power” – Alan Cohen. Journey together in improvising our experiences and stories of life. Learn to listen deeply and intuitively, open to the body’s knowing, play, express and reveal yourself, shift the habitual, note connections and relationship, explore awareness. Say yes to life. This workshop is open to anyone wanting to experience and explore improvisation and connection using our voices, intuition, body, music, poetic play and metaphor, as taught through the forms of Playback Theatre, an improvisational storytelling theatre developed in 1975 and practiced worldwide.
Trusting Your Gut, with HAS student Jayne Kraman. A workshop focusing on the life that resides within your gut (intestine) and how to foster a symbiotic relationship with it. Digestive issues mirror lifestyle and self-care and result in a multitude of effects. This workshop explores those effects and how your relationship to how and what you consume can change them. The focus is on a food based approach to healing and long term health. While supporting gastrointestinal research will be covered, the emphasis is on nurturing your innate sense of being in sync with how your digestion affects your life.
Understanding Local and Regional Climate Change: Implications for Water Resource Management in the Lake Champlain Basin, with visiting scholar Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, Vermont’s State Climatologist. Water fluctuations affect us all, as individuals and our economy. One of the impacts of our changing climate will be on this precious resource. State Climatologist and University of Vermont Geography Professor Lesley-Ann Dupigny Giroux shares her insights on how climate and climate change influence flooding, droughts and water use decisions across the state.
Wild Words: Writing for Healing and Growth, with HAS student Robin D. Stone. Writing has proven physiological and psychological benefits, including a strengthened immune system and stress reduction. This workshop will explore the therapeutic aspects of writing. Participants will work from guided prompts, using various modes of writing as ways to overcome past obstacles, consider present circumstances and face future challenges. Sharing work with others will be encouraged but is not mandatory. Bring a notebook and pen/pencil.