Awakening the Dreamer, Pursuing the Dream

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Fall 2017, Winter 2018, and Spring 2018 quarters

Taught by

music composition, theory, and technology

"The only myth that is going to be worth thinking about in the immediate future is one that is talking about the planet, not the city, not these people, but the planet, and everybody on it." —  Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell points out that our greatest challenge is how to live a humane existence in inhuman times. This program will focus on the individual's relationship to personal and cultural values, society, leadership, and the creative process. It is intended for students who seek to explore and refine their core values in a context in which they can act upon them with increasing awareness and integrity.

In every era, people have lived their lives in the face of significant social, ecological, and psychological challenges. It is now widely recognized that crisis often precedes positive transformation. This program will begin by focusing on how people in the past have worked to create a meaningful relationship between themselves and the world around them. We will explore movement, stories, and images of various creative practices and spiritual traditions from ancient to modern times to discover their relevance in our own lives. As students gain knowledge and skills in identifying their personal values, passions, and purpose, they will envision connections between that purpose and the larger world of life. They will cultivate leadership and emotional intelligence skills, build confidence and self-awareness, and—with faculty support—begin to prioritize and pursue their dreams.

Throughout the year, the program will work with multiple forms of intelligence, somatic practices, and integrative expressive arts approaches to learning. Students will explore the practices of music, movement (such as dance or yoga), writing, drawing, and theater in order to cultivate the senses as well as the imagination and powers of expression. These practices will help us understand the deeper aspects of the human experience, which are the source of self-leadership, intentional living, and positive change. Students will also investigate the relationship between inner transformation and social change through engagement in community service. Students will read mythology, literature, and poetry while exploring ideas that continue to shape contemporary culture. We will also look to indigenous cultures to deepen our appreciation of often-overlooked wisdom and values. We will seek to develop a broader understanding of contemporary culture as a stepping stone to thinking critically about how today's dreams can become tomorrow's reality.

Program Details

Fields of Study

aesthetics community studies consciousness studies leadership studies sociology writing

Preparatory For

expressive arts, liberal studies, psychology, leadership, somatic studies, and cultural studies.



Fall Open Winter Conditional Spring Signature

Location and Schedule

Final Schedule and Room Assignment

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Weekly Schedule: Tuesday 10-4:30, Wednesday 10-1, and Thursday 10-4:30

Online Learning

No Required Online Learning


$85 in fall, $15 in winter, and $100 in spring for overnight retreats and art supplies.


2018-02-12Fee increased (from $85 to $100).