Posted October 23rd, 2012 by & filed under Top News, SWC Blog, Student Reflections and Updates, Mindfulness.
Perhaps you can relate to the state in which I found myself a few days ago—heart tight, body tense, mind churning, going over and over events from the far and recent past and in a useless but unyielding manner. I find myself in such a state fairly often, probably due to the fact that I…
Posted January 4th, 2012 by & filed under Top News, Vision Quests & Earth Based Healing.
In August of 2011, I presented a 1 ½ hour talk on compassion fatigue in animal care work to about 35 people at the New Mexico State Humane Conference in Albuquerque. Soon after I returned to Ohio for my Internship, I got an e-mail from the sponsoring shelter in ABQ, asking when I could come…
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 October 31st, 2011 by & filed under Top News, Reflections from President Nolan.
There are a million kinds of trees and ways to think about trees, but Robert Frost wrote his poem about “Birches”; there are scores of philosophies of education, but Waldorf Schools choose to focus on Steiner’s; there are untold numbers of ways to talk about and understand “Consciousness”, but Quimby/Southwestern College comes from identifiable influences…
Posted October 31st, 2011 by & filed under Top News, Mindfulness.
Mindfulness Practice at Southwestern College I was recently at the American Art Therapy Association conference in Washington D.C. and was asked by a prospective student whether we have a required “mindfulness practice” here as a part of the program. We do not. We do notice that there are activities that spontaneously arise in every entering class.…
Posted October 30th, 2011 by & filed under Vision Quests & Earth Based Healing.
During my Internship I began a heart-warming relationship with someone I never would have met otherwise. I had created an Art as Healing group at a local residential facility for the gay and lesbian community over fifty. Residents would come and go throughout the season but one woman was always present no matter how grumpy…
Posted October 26th, 2011 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Vision Quests & Earth Based Healing.
Entering the second year of my counseling program, I immediately felt the shift of focus from myself to the client. Going to the Southwestern Counseling Center for Practicum concretizes this transition. The Center sits in a small shopping mall surrounded by fun businesses such as the cycling shop, an Ayurvedic café and a paleteria (Mexican…
Posted August 18th, 2011 by & filed under Vision Quests & Earth Based Healing.
Since 2006, Transformational EcoPsychology students at SWC have been reconnecting to Mother Earth by going on vision quests, praying in sweat lodges, practicing Andean energy healing techniques, and participating in other indigenous healing ceremonies.
But how have these folks been applying what they learn, once they are out in the professional world of mental health?…