- February 15 - April 19, 2017
- 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
The Soul of Writing: Bringing Your Full Self to Your Academic Life is a new public, interdepartmental salon series, facilitated by CWS Fellows, exploring the underlying psycho-spiritual dimensions of academic writing. From "Pathways to Publication" to "Scholarship as Spiritual Practice," the salons will offer a range of integral approaches geared toward demystifying academia and empowering writers and scholars.
To sign up for a session listed below, please email CWS Fellow Katy Schulenburg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarship as Sacred Contemplation
Wednesday, February 15th and February 22nd
Can academic life be a spiritual practice? In the rush to finish papers, think of something brilliant, or just make sense of a text, it's easy to forget this possibility. Join us to explore how the monastic practice of Lectio Divina, or sacred reading, can revive meaning for your scholarship. Through experiential exercises and discussion, we will move into a space of reverence for our research topics and projects. In this state, all reality has the potential to become sacred text. If you are at work on a piece of writing, please bring it, though none is required. You may attend one or both workshops.
Mapping the Terrain of Academia: Survival Kits
Tuesday, February 28th
Feeling lost? We are too! Academia is hard enough to understand, not to mention the unique world of CIIS. In coming here, many of us stepped into a new environment and encountered new expectations that are not always spoken.
Join us as we attempt to name elements of academic culture at our school, talk about how we are impacted by them, and find creative ways to navigate the magical (and confusing) CIIS terrain. We will explore our inner resources for gaining confidence and direction, what guides and companions can help along the way, and how the tools we discover here can map our path in the greater world of scholarship, clinical practice, and future careers.
Leading this expedition is an interdisciplinary team of CWS Fellows: Melina Polit and Hannah Custis from East-West Psychology and Katy Schulenburg from Expressive Arts Therapy.
The Anxiety of Writing: Conquering Self-Doubt, Perfectionism & Procrastination
Thursday, March 9th
Do you often feel paralyzed, stressed, or fearful when it comes to completing creative or scholarly writing projects? Would you label yourself as a procrastinator or a perfectionist? Anxiety related to writing can bring up intense feelings of self–doubt, causing us to question our capabilities and hindering our productivity. In this workshop, we will discuss the psychological underpinnings of writing anxiety, explore our complex relationships to the writing process through artistic and experiential exercises, learn from each other's stories and offer support. The ultimate goal will be to begin to address our fears and move toward our full potential as writers.
CWS Fellows, Sophie Schuyler (PsyD student) and Sara Granovetter (ICP alum and EWP doctoral student), will be facilitating this salon.
Study Buddies: Snacks, Support & A Place to Write
Thursday, March 14th
Myth, Dream & Imaginal Experiences in Scholarship & Creativity
Thursday, March 30th, April 6th, April 13th
Integral Paths to Publication
Wednesday, April 19th
Thursday, April 27th