Posted May 3rd, 2019 by & filed under Reflections from the President, Ecotherapy, Top News, SWC Blog.
The Weed by the Water
by President Ann Filemyr
Sitting on the breakwater next to Navy Pier in Chicago, I look down at my feet. I’ve taken a moment from the busy higher education conference to sit beside the lake. I notice in front of me the seed…
Posted January 7th, 2017 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Professional Training Certificates & NEI, Reflections from the President, Ecotherapy.
"We cannot heal the earth until we heal ourselves. We cannot heal ourselves until we heal the earth."
Kari-Oca Declaration of the 1992 Parliament of Indigenous Peoples
In 1992 I attended the World Parliament of Indigenous Peoples as an environmental journalist. I was one of a handful of non-Native people allowed to witness the proceeding.…
Posted November 19th, 2016 by & filed under Reflections from the President, People of SWC.
Dr. Ann Filemyr, Ph.D
November 14, 2016
In the aftermath of Tuesday’s election, I summon my courage. Already in the past five days there are multiple accounts of Muslim women being harassed at the University of New Mexico, in the university library, on the street. This is the direct result of a…
Posted July 16th, 2016 by & filed under Reflections from the President, People of SWC, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
Bringing the Divine Feminine to Campus by Ann Filemyr, Ph.D.
I believe the Ultimate could be a vast energetic being, nameless, formless, skinless, disembodied raw creative force power zipping through the universe in the never-ending processes of making and unmaking, being, becoming and dissolving back into non-being. The Great Mystery, who I refer to…
Posted July 14th, 2016 by & filed under Reflections from the President, People of SWC, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
When One Transitions, We All Transition
by Ann Filemyr
Our granddaughter announced his decision to become an F to M Trans Boy. Okay, I am ready, I thought. Well, not completely ready, I discovered.
I should be ready. I came out in 1977 as a bisexual. I was precocious, adventurous and fully engaged in the…
Posted June 14th, 2016 by & filed under Reflections from the President.
In the Aftermath of Yesterday’s Massacre
We heard the news about the June 12 massacre on Sunday evening. A man declaring himself an Islamic fundamentalist entered a gay bar in Orlando, Florida and began shooting. He killed 50 people and harmed 54 more. It is the most destructive mass shooting in U.S. history.
Posted October 25th, 2015 by & filed under People of SWC, SWC Blog.
The World Dream
In the dream of the whole world
a pair of red-tailed hawks
a wedding of white deer
an uproar of ravens
a terror of coyotes
a pile of wives
a slumber of cellos
an apotheosis of poets
a maverick of boys
a hippo of…
Posted December 1st, 2014 by & filed under Reflections from the President, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
Dr. Ann Filemyr tells the story of Psyche in her graduation speech, November, 2014.…
Posted September 19th, 2014 by & filed under Reflections from the President.
Ann Filemyr, Ph.D.
Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean, Southwestern College
In a number of different but related indigenous cultures, there exists the practice some call the Give-Away. This Ceremony is undertaken whenever an individual or family or clan group experiences a sense of great abundance, of plentitude and joy. Then…
Posted May 30th, 2014 by & filed under Reflections from the President, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
Dr. Ann Filemyr, Academic Vice President & Dean of Southwestern College as of 8.1.14, shares a poignant and moving experience which captures the essence of the I-Thou encounter....…