Yearly Archive 2011
Posted December 31st, 2011 by & filed under Top News, Reflections from President Nolan.
New Year’s Revolutions I am 58 years old, and with only 40-50 years left on the planet, this time around anyway, I don’t have the time to waste on namby-pamby New Year’s Resolutions. This year I am going for New Year’s Revolutions. I like the added increment of drama and force, the…
Posted December 29th, 2011 by & filed under Top News, Reflections from President Nolan, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC.
Controversy and Unity in the Art Therapy Empire
Controversy means somebody gives a damn. That’s a good thing.
This is a touchy one. I should leave it alone. But I probably didn’t get to be president of an Art Therapy graduate school by leaving the touchy ones alone.
Let me start with this observation: “We’re…
Posted December 27th, 2011 by & filed under Top News, Reflections from President Nolan.
Piranhas, Hijackers, Brawlers, Shunners and Consciousness... Authentic communications are not so easy to come by these days, and you kind of wish they were, maybe especially during the holiday season. I thought a lot about whether I wanted to submit this post, and had a long discussion with myself, finally deciding that even if it only heightens…
Posted December 22nd, 2011 by & filed under Top News, Reflections from President Nolan.
I guess it’s probably good to get knocked out of your rhythm, sometimes even when you felt you had a good one going. We are sitting on the Rhine River, Cologne, and I am writing longhand because I do not know how to access the internet. The over-engineered coffee pot seems more like a…
Posted December 20th, 2011 by & filed under Top News, Vision Quests & Earth Based Healing, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC.
Little toddler fingers sticky with glue, reached into the container of sequins. Hello, bling! Shiny stars and hearts stuck well and the tiny artist was completely fascinated by his magical-looking hand.
At the Holiday Bazaar where students could sell their art, we also had a little art making room for kids. And adults wandered back…
Posted December 19th, 2011 by & filed under Top News, Reflections from President Nolan.
Jim Nolan is dismayed by the way people who use and espouse "the scientific method" are so doggone 100% sold on their little favorite epistemological tool, and so dismissive of anybody who does not use that same tool. These people can colonize our minds without our knowing it (heck, THEY don't even know they are…
Posted December 17th, 2011 by & filed under Top News, Reflections from President Nolan.
Cows Works: India is the Great Teacher “Chaos” in India One thing (among many) that I loved about our experience in India is that it demonstrated, in ever-in-your-face, living color that so many of the rules, laws, regulations, restrictions, dicta, fiats, got-to’s and can’t-do’s that we embrace in western culture as critical to…
Posted December 13th, 2011 by & filed under Top News, Vision Quests & Earth Based Healing.
Maras is an amazing place as it is starting to rain frequently elsewhere in the valley, yet it remains sunny here on most afternoons. The cloud views from our residence at ARI can only be described as stunning. Our work with the children continues, and even when it does become wet and chilly, we are…
Posted December 12th, 2011 by & filed under Mindfulness.
I notice that I value a mindfulness practice most when there is a period of time when I am not doing it. The quarter has ended. The mindfulness sessions have stopped for now. I am rushing around trying to get "stuff" done - meetings, work, shopping, and running around before the holidays. It is probably…
Posted December 12th, 2011 by & filed under Notes From Dru Phoenix, Admissions.
Jim just posted a piece on photography and I cannot resist sharing photos that he took while in a Transformational Ecopsychology class taught by Carol Parker. I call the series the “Phoenix series” for obvious reasons. Jim was one of the attendees and laid on the ground and took pictures of Carol and students through…
Posted December 12th, 2011 by & filed under Top News, Reflections from President Nolan, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC.
Uh,Oh. I Think I Am Doing Art Therapy Without a License.
So this is something I never expected. A few years back I came into a used Nikon, not bad, kind of beat, and I took it on Vision Quest. Thought I’d take a few pictures, did so, in fact took a million, and then…
Posted December 3rd, 2011 by & filed under Top News, Reflections from President Nolan.
I never intended to be a teacher. Did not have an interest, to tell you the truth. At least not a “classroom teacher.” And now that I am the president of the College, I should probably be spending my time on development and networking with the outer world in order to enhance Southwestern College’s visibility,…
Posted December 1st, 2011 by & filed under Notes From Dru Phoenix, Admissions.
How do I describe him? He is a warrior and a healer. He is a leader and a friend of SWC. He is Lakota. Harry comes from the Cheyenne River Reservation, and he has visited our campus a number of times to teach. He is an elder in his tribe and leads the “Healing of…
Posted November 30th, 2011 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC.
There were five of us around the table today. Two were painting, one was creating with tissue paper, one was using play-doh, and I had the colored pencils out. Sometimes it was quiet, sometimes the conversation was lively. It was a typical “Open Studio” at noon on Tuesday, open to everyone – students, faculty, staff…
Posted November 29th, 2011 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan.
Holistic Education Requires Soul in the Curriculum, say SWC Leaders... Today, eight leaders of Southwestern College (Me, Robert Waterman, Katherine Ninos, Webb Garrison, Deborah John, Jason Holley, Laura Lansrud-Lopez, and Gabrielle Viethen), met for over two hours, discussing the role of "Soul" and "Consciousness" at Southwestern College, among a great many other things... We discussed how…
Posted November 28th, 2011 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan.
Reflections on India... Darshan and Bhangra, Nag Champa and pungent, burning cow poo, Krishna and chotchka wallahs, The dance of seeming oppositions Ultimately whirling into Same, Without losing an ounce of Different. I don’t know how that works. All I knew…
Posted November 23rd, 2011 by & filed under Mindfulness.
It is time for Thanksgiving and I am so glad for this holiday. And yet I would like to take the word "time" out of the equation and practice giving thanks everyday of my life. There is so much to be thankful for each day. I would say if I were to choose a guru,…
Posted November 21st, 2011 by & filed under Top News, Reflections from President Nolan.
Holistic Counseling and Art Therapy Degree Seekers Must Find their Answers Inside Themselves at Southwestern College... I am the president of a spiritually-sourced graduate school, the mission statement of which is “Transforming Consciousness through Education.” With a mission statement like that, one must be extra careful to walk the College’s talk. …
Posted November 20th, 2011 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan.
I truly believe (actually, I KNOW) that Southwestern College honors and appreciates its graduates. Somebody questioned that recently, and it made me step back and reflect, trying my best to be honest about my thoughts on the matter. I came up with a number of things I would like to share here... We certainly…
Posted November 17th, 2011 by & filed under Vision Quests & Earth Based Healing.
I encountered the wild this dawn.
twanged a new mexican accent
as alarms pealed through my system.
I stopped. And my leashed goddog
stopped, oblivious to CoYOte
who stood still, watching us.
Should I ignore this? Should I run?
Who was more of an anachronism
on these paved streets, me
Posted November 17th, 2011 by & filed under Vision Quests & Earth Based Healing, Mindfulness.
There is a great potential for transformation when you bring the heart into your awareness. The heart is the mediator between our emotional body and our mind. As one goes inward, the heart offers the potential for self forgiveness and compassion. Having access to the heart enables you to love yourself as well as…
Posted November 16th, 2011 by & filed under Notes From Dru Phoenix, Admissions.
The SWC president is Jim Nolan. He is originally from Cleveland. I have never met an Ohioan that I did not like. They are so friendly! Jim fell in love with the southwest from a distance, and now is a member of the New Mexico tribe and all that it brings. Although he has an…
Posted November 13th, 2011 by & filed under Top News, Reflections from President Nolan.
Southwestern College had its largest fall enrollment ever this year, and it appears that this January will bring our largest ever Winter enrolment of new students. We are ever-more aligned with our mission, and that is the key. More prospective students are looking for a meaningful graduate school experience, with intense, hands-on training…
Posted November 11th, 2011 by & filed under Vision Quests & Earth Based Healing, Notes From Dru Phoenix, Admissions.
I remember when Nora arrived at SWC. She came from the east coast, and had recently left a job with a popular magazine. It was a big deal for her to pick up stakes and go in a completely different direction.
Shortly after Nora arrived, Maggie entered her life. Maggie is a medium size black…