Our Book

coverWe are very proud to offer free downloads and low-cost print copies of Teaching Transformation: Progressive Education in Action, edited by Lise Weil and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg with an introduction by Elizabeth K. Minnich. This book, published by the Goddard Graduate Institute (GGI), is a collaborative project between GGI faculty, students, and alumni. We are grateful to Goddard College’s Fund for Experiments and New Initiatives for supporting this project.

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Here’s an interview on “The Magical Mystery Tour” with several contributors to the book — Lise Weil, Sarah Van Hoy, Katt Lissard, Lori Wynters, and Karen Campbell — on WDGR.

Please scroll down to peruse our contents and contributors.


  • Time to Tell Our Story: Preface by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
  • Introduction: The Moral, Political Action of Education by Elizabeth K. Minnich
  • Vision from the Ground by Sarah Bobrow-Williams
  • Leading and Following: A Perspective on Teaching and Learning by Ruth Farmer
  • The Virtual and Place-Based Culture of the Goddard Graduate Institute by Karen Campbell
  • Rigor, the Ridiculous, and Radical Resonance: Transitory Community and the Construction of History by Katt Lissard
  • What Happens at a Goddard Residency (and Why Is It So Hard to Explain)? by Lori Wynters
  • A Kitchen Table Discussion on Transformative Language Arts with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Minna Dubin, Deb Hensley, Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams, Kao Kue, Joanna Tebbs Young, and Angie River
  • Embodiment Studies: “Academia as a School of Life” by Lise Weil, Juliana Borrero, Emilee Baum Trucks, Katie Soule, Sonja Swift, Kate Lidfors Miller, and Britta Love
  • Homecoming and Prayer: “Not To Be Cut Off” by Susan Pearson, Linda Schneck, and Bernadette Miller
  • “Goddard is a Place for People Willing to Bet on Themselves”: Graduates Steve Wright, Kris Hege, Karl Stenske, Mike Alvarez, Nicolette Stosur-Bassett, David White, Justin Kagan, and Larry Greer
  • Undiagnosed Visionaries by Sarah Van Hoy

Teaching Transformation also includes an appendix of Graduating Student Presentations, and resources.


Editor and Contributor: Lise Weil, Phd recently com-pleted a memoir, In Search of Pure Lust, which seeks to reconcile the grand experiment of lesbian-feminism of the ‘70s and ‘80s, in which she was a fervent participant, with her later immersion in Buddhist practice. She was founding editor of both Trivia: A Journal of Ideas and its online offshoot Trivia: Voices of Feminism www.triviavoices.com. Currently she is editor of Dark Matter: Women Witnessing, whose mission is cultural restoration in a time of massive species loss and ecological collapse at darkmatterwomenwitnessing.com Her essays, translations and short fiction have been published widely in Canada and the U.S. She lives in Montreal. As editor, she worked closely with all contributors on developing and editing their essays.

Managing Editor and Contributor: Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, PhD is the 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate, and author of 19 books, including Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other (non-fiction, University of Nebraska Press), and Chasing Weather: Tornadoes, Tempests, and Thunderous Skies in Word and Image with photographer Stephen Locke (poetry, Ice Cube Press). Founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, Mirriam-Goldberg offers writing workshops widely, and with singer Kelley Hunt, Brave Voice retreats (www.BraveVoice.com). She managed this project, assisted with editing, and formatted, designed and produced the book. www.CarynMirriamGoldberg.com

Mike Alvarez, MA-IMA and MFA is a two-time Goddard graduate, and a Communication PhD candidate at the Uni-versity of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he teaches courses in film and media studies and TV production. His dissertation explores suicidal individuals’ use of information and communication technologies to create meaning in their lives. Mike is the recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, and his writings have appeared in Cross-Cultural Studies, The Awakenings Review, Mason’s Road, Connotation Press, and New Writing, among others. He is also writing a book titled, The Paradox of Suicide and Creativity. You can follow him on Twitter @mfalvarez121 or visit his website: www.mfalvarez.net.

Emilee Baum Trucks, MA-IMA is an author, artist, and market researcher based in Atlanta, GA. Her book, The Agency of Bliss (find at amazon.com), emerged from her MA in Embodiment Studies at Goddard College. She is currently working toward her PhD in Expressive Arts at The European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. She is also chair of the Transformative Language Arts Network, a non-profit organization.

Sarah Bobrow-Williams, MA helped found Goddard’s Social Innovation and Sustainability degree. She brings to this task her work, centered around working with marginalized citizens and organizations to plan and develop cooperative, culturally affirming and just economies and supporting local management and protection of environmental and cultural resources and knowledge.  Sarah has been the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative for Economic and Social Justice’s Asset and Finance Development Director for 12 years, working with women in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia to organize cooperatives, develop production, processing and marketing networks and infrastructure and address issues of equity, access, poverty and food insecurity.

Juliana Borrero, MA-IMA is a Colombian experimental writer, translator, and teacher of literature. She was one of the founders of the Masters in Literature Program at Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnologica de Colombia. Interested in track-ing, exploring and practicing the variety of relations between language and the body, she has expanded her literary explorations into performance art, singing, and dance. She has offered writing from the body workshops in different countries and has received literary and translation awards for her work.

Karen Campbell, MA is a graduate of Goddard’s Indiv-idualized MA program, and a member of the Goddard Col-lege faculty. She teaches in a low residency graduate program at Nagoya Gakuin University Graduate School in Japan, where she is also involved in social justice theater.

Minna Dubin, MA-TLA is a writer, performer, and educator in Berkeley, CA. She writes essays, monologues, and lists about motherhood and identity. Minna is the founder of #MomLists, a Bay Area literary public art project. Her work has been featured in The Forward, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and MUTHA Magazine. She was a 2016 Artist in Residence at Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station, and she is currently doing a 2016-2017 Artist Residency in Motherhood.

Ruth Farmer, MFA is Director of the Goddard Graduate Institute. Ruth is sole owner of Farmer Writing and Editing, and a faculty member at the Community College of Vermont. Ruth’s essays and poetry appear in various journals and anthologies and on her blog at www.ruthfarmer.com. Most recent-ly, she contributed chapters to and co-edited (with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg) Transformative Language Arts in Action (Rowman & Littlefield). She also assisted with editing this book.

Larry Greer, MA-IMA also completed his BA at Goddard, where he studied end-of-life care and interfaith approaches to ministry. He is an interfaith minister who contracts with local hospitals in Scarborough, ME to provide spiritual care for their patients brings him to nursing and assisted living facilities, homes, and hospitals. He also provides training for others in the field.

Kris Hege, MA-IMA completed her master’s degree at Goddard and began her doctoral studies at Fielding Graduate University, where she was enrolled for one year before transferring to Union Institute & University. She is now pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD in Educational Studies with an emphasis in Social Justice Education and a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. She has served on the Student Council and the Academic Council at Goddard College and currently serves as a cohort representative on the Student Governance Committee for the Union Institute and University PhD programs.

Deb Hensley, MA-TLA is an artist, singer/ song-writer and educator offering workshops in best practices for early childhood education, music and singing.  Deb is the Director of Early Childhood Education with Broadreach Family and Community Services in Belfast, Maine. She holds a degree in Transformative Language Arts and is an active force in the TLA Network (www.tlanetwork.org). Also a member of the Improvox Improvisational Music Collective (improvox.com), Deb offers vocal concerts and workshops. Projects include women’s music with Katey Branch, Brio! with Martin Swinger and Matt Loosigian and solo work. Besides singing she loves playing with paint, hiking, reading, birding, sailing, flying and playing outside along the Maine coast where she lives with her husband Jonathan.

Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams, MA-TLA is Principal and Chief Storytelling Officer at Narratives for Change. Embracing “all things narrative” as her work in the world, Yvette is a poet and essayist, teaching artist, and narrative practitioner in applied behavioral science. Projects range from autoethnography, story circles, narrative fiber arts, writing workshops, transformative narrative coaching, narrative inquiry, and facilitating community change. Yvette graduated from Goddard College and the University of Denver studying Transformative Language Arts and Creative Writing. She publishes on the topics of intersectionality, diversity and inclusion, transformative narratives, and “women as leaders of their lives.”

Justin Kagan, MA-CS: As a practicing artist, philosopher, and independent scholar, Justin engages questions of consciousness, beauty, and tradition. As his primary practice, Justin works with clay to express ideas about beauty, consciousness, and meaning through traditional practices of mixing his own glazes and using various traditional and contemporary firing processes. He draws inspiration for his art and writing from the natural world and human experience. Justin’s background of over 25 years in martial arts and meditation training coupled with his life-long love affair with world religious traditions give a nuanced perspective to his engagement with the larger questions of the relationship between consciousness and practice.

Kao Kue, MA-TLA is an educator, songstress & storyteller. As a Hmong American who works daily to empower children and youth through storytelling and singing, Kao performs poetry and provides workshops that covers topics of militarization/warfare, police brutality/hate crimes, domestic violence and sexism, and immigrant and refugee experiences. Kao believes that poetry and song provide testimony of injustice as well as proclaim peoples’ resiliency in seeking freedom.

Katt Lissard, MFA a faculty member in GGI, is a two-time Fulbright scholar to the National University of Lesotho’s Theatre Unit and is artistic director of The Winter/Summer Institute, an international HIV/AIDS & Theatre for Social Change project based in New York and Lesotho. Recent publications include: “Imaginary Intersection: Thomas Mofolo, Gertrude Stein and W.E.B. DuBois,” Journal of African Literature; and “Venus in Lesotho: Women, Theatre and the Collapsible Boundaries of Silence,” Feminist Popular Education in Transnational Debates (Palgrave Macmillan). Katt’s current Lesotho project, Memory of a Drowning Landscape, is an experiment in performance, resistance and environmental justice.

Britta Love, MA-CS is a writer, activist and multi-dimen-sional healing advisor based in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Goddard in 2016 with an MA in Consciousness Studies, where her thesis focused on the healing and spiritual potential of conscious sexuality and psychoactive plant medicines. She writes for Alternet and Reality Sandwich, gives monthly talks at the Tarot Society Gallery and Reading Room, and blogs on sex, drugs and consciousness at The Daily Transmission.

Bernadette Miller, MA-HAS lives and works with Canticle Farm, a nonprofit organization and intentional community in East Oakland, CA. She practices urban permaculture, cooks, cleans, plays harp music, and works with school children. You can view some of her poetry at: https://aseriousfrivolity.wordpress.com You can subscribe to her poetry e-newsletter by e-mailing her: bernadette.miller@goddard.edu. Please write “Subscribe to Poetry” in the subject line.

Kate Lidfors Miller, MA-TLA has been a writer since she could form letters. It’s her way of seeing and loving the world. She is currently writing a novel and reshaping her Goddard thesis, a creative project focused on embodied writing, for publication. She has published poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and scholarly essays. Kate leads a writing circle for survivors of sexual and domestic abuse, as well as other expressive writing workshops. She lives on Rainy Lake near International Falls, Minnesota.

Elizabeth Minnich, PhD is an educator, scholar and pro-fessor of philosophy, public speaker, award-winning author, administrator, consultant, thinker. She is Senior Scholar at the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ Office of Integrative Liberal Learning and The Global Commons. A change agent who has dedicated her career to transformational development in education and democratic practices, her latest book is The Evil of Banality: On The Life and Death Importance of Thinking. She co-authored The Fox in the Henhouse: How Privatization Threatens Democracy with Si Kahn, and she wrote the award-winning Transforming Knowledge. She has served higher education in different roles at a variety of liberal arts institutions and has presented keynote and plenary talks at conferences and colleges around the world.

Susan Pearson, PhD is a psychotherapist, ecopsychologist, community organizer, and teacher, living in Maine and California. She recently retired from the faculty at Goddard College and has taught in prisons, community-based centers, Lesley University, and University of Maine at Farmington. She is exploring alternative forms of community and dialogue toward addressing the complex issues of our times. And, with photography and storytelling, she seeks to cultivate an ever-deepening experience of our life-giving earth and our collective desire to care for it.

Angie River, MA-TLA is a writer, educator, activist, and performance artist who has taught writing workshops and done performances in various states across the United States. Angie is published in the Queering Sexual Violence anthology, Tidepools Literary Magazine, Reading for Hunger Relief, The Body is Not an Apology website. Angie also writes her own zine, and blogs at http://nittygrittynakedness.Wordpress.com. She fully believes in the power of the arts to help us gain a better understanding of ourselves, build connections and community, and make personal and social change.

Linda Schneck, MA, CMTH, is a music-thanatologist, harpist and composer, teacher, and beekeeper, living in Vermont. Her work in music-thanatology compassionately serves those living and dying with chronic and acute disease, as well as within Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia (see The Temple Vision in Palliative Care, Explore: Journal of Science and Healing). She has taught a variety of college level courses and intensive residencies in music and healing, harp, contemplative musicianship, clinical studies, creative arts therapies, eco-thanatology, as well as in the area of death and dying. www.ecothanatology.com

Katie Soule, MA-IMA trained post-Goddard to be a somatic psychotherapist in San Francisco while honing her abilities as a dancer of swing, blues, and fusion partnered dance and facilitating workshops within the dance community that somatically and verbally address issues of power and privilege. She is currently a doctoral student in the Intermodal Expressive Arts Program at the European Graduate School, where her thesis work is focused on developing an embodied curriculum for humanities classes in undergraduate institutions.

Karl Stenske, MA-IMA continues his work to identify the impact adoption has on all members of the triad and beyond. The diversity of Karl’s experience in private practice, his current tenure as Director of Foster, Adoption and Kinship for Olive Crest, a foster family agency, and his education give him a deep and thorough insight and knowledge of adoption, attachment and trauma. In his soon to be released book, The Hidden Life of an Adopted Child: Understanding the Impact of Adoption, Karl explores the traumatic experience suffered by that separation and its influence on self-esteem, value, worth and identity.

Nicolette Stosur-Bassett, MA-SIS is a mover and a shaker who is interested in problem-solving, public communication and how design thinking catalyzes social change. Her diverse life experience and bold ideas lend insight to a human-centered design praxis. She believes in the power of transmedia storytelling and sustainability as the byproduct of good design. She received her BA in Individualized Studies from Goddard College, and for her MA, studied the role of design thinking and human-centered design as a wicked-problem -solving approach. More than anything, Nicolette is excited by complex business and social challenges, seeking innovative interdisciplinary solutions that span the branding, design, media production, technology, and public communications fields. A big-picture thinker who excels in execution, she uses creative problem solving to actualize relevant and actionable solutions to systemic challenges facing the world today.

Sonja Swift, MA-IMA writes toward a place of under-standing both herself and our world. She received her MA from Goddard College with a thesis titled “Bravery, Body, Land and Knowing.” She has publications in Dark Matter: Women Witnessing, Chrysalis: A Journal of Transformative Language Arts, Landscape magazine, and forthcoming in Rock & Sling journal and Broad St. literary magazine. Also forthcoming is a series of prose poems called Alphabet Atlas coming out soon from Deconstructed Artichoke Press. She divides time between San Francisco, California and the Black Hills, South Dakota.

Joanna Tebbs Young, MA-TLA graduated with an Indiv-idualized Masters degree from Goddard College in 2013 with a focus in Transformative Language Arts. Joanna facilitates expressive writing workshops in Rutland, Vermont where she is also a columnist for the local paper. Joanna has authored a book on a Vermont historian due to be released early 2017. She blogs at wisdomwithinink.com.

Sarah Van Hoy, PhD is one of a small handful of anthro-pologist/clinicians of East Asian medicine in the world.  She is also a trained psychotherapist.  She came to this inter-section of scholarship and practice in the late 1980s, seeking to both invent “integrative medicine” (long before it was named as such), and also to re-invent it, beyond the so-called holistic triumvirate of body, mind and spirit.  In her current work, Sarah seeks to articulate a medicine of the social body and to revive and re-enchant medicine through an appreciation for the poetics of the body.

David White, MA-IMA, completed his on master’s thesis on what it means to be an American and how our various understandings of American history shaped racial and gender constructions that emerged during the 19th century. He has been working with The History Project to collect and preserve Boston’s LGBTQ history.

Steve Wright, MA-SIS is founder of 4 Walls International, an organization that transforms trash into jobs, sustainable housing, economic productivity and a healthier environment in the United States, Mexico, and Central America.

Lori Wynters, MFA, PhD is faculty for Goddard Graduate Institute, SUNY New Paltz and was visiting faculty at Vassar College. A psychologist, educator, theologian and theatre artist, Lori’s areas of focus include inclusive and engaged pedagogies, social/cultural medicines, creative arts as vehicle for knowing, culturally responsive curriculum, interfaith social action and our bodies as locations of epistemologies and theologies.