Upcoming Classes at UNM Continuing Education
Shamanism: From Witch Doctors through the New Millennium
September 5 – 26 (Wednesday) 1:00 – 3:00PM (OLLI program for those 50+)
Shamanism is the oldest form of healing, dating back 30,000 years when medicine men mediated between the inner life of tribal members and its external affairs. The shaman mastered the ecstatic power of dreams, visions, and trances. Shamanism was practiced all over the Earth, and the legacy lives on today, not only in indigenous cultures but in eastern practices of yoga. Western schools of psychology have investigated altered states of consciousness, visualization, dream imagery, breathing techniques and sound to incorporate spiritual insight into therapeutic processes. The schools based on the depth psychology of Freud and Jung and the newer “experiential therapies” employ techniques of consciousness transformation with ancient roots. We will explore how the new therapies use shamanic methods such as the journey of awakening, healing of psychic fragmentation, and the reconciliation of dualities such as good/evil, male/female, and human/animal.
Writing for Growth and Discovery (79884) Will be offered in Spring, 2019
In this overview of writing for beginners, you will learn how to show up and listen for the voice within that knows who you are. Whether you are drawn to writing to access your inner wisdom, to reflect on your life, to leave a memoir for your family, or experiment with telling a story in poetry or fiction, this course will provide information and exercises to get you started.
Unleash Your Creativity! (14867)
Sept 11, 18, 24, 2018. Tuesday afternoons, 1-3 PM
Creative people are happier, healthier and more satisfied. You don’t have to go looking for your creative spark. It is within–waiting for you to tap into its power. Want to write a novel? Solve a problem? Find a relationship? This class will help you get out of your own way and start something new! You’ll learn helpful techniques that apply to all aspects of life. Bring a notebook to class. Taught by Carol March, published author and creativity coach.
From Inspiration to Publication
October 3, 10, 17, 2018. Wednesday evenings, 6-8 PM
You want to write a book—a novel, memoir, historical, self-help or inspirational book to share your knowledge. The first step is finding your vision. What is your message? Who are you speaking to? Find your passion and you’ve found the subject of your book. The next step is to organize and position your book to sell in today’s marketplace. You will learn how to research the market, decide where your book fits, and how to write it to appeal to your target audience. No writing experience necessary, only a desire to learn. Takeaways include resource lists, a plan of action, and organizational tools. Taught by Carol March, author of speculative fiction and nonfiction books on the creative process.
The Wisdom of the Heart: Science, the human heart, and performance (OLLI program for those 50+)
December 4 – 18 (Tuesday) 6:00 – 8:00 PM
The concept of the heart as the seat of empathy and love is well-documented in literature on the heart and its mysteries. Medical science gives us advice on how to keep our heart, in its role of blood pump, healthy and fit. But now, neurophysiology and neurocardiology are producing research that presents a different picture of how the heart integrates mind and body, intellect and emotions. The heart’s “intelligence” affects our emotions, our sense of well-being, and our immune systems. We’ll discuss heart/brain communication, resilience, stress and emotions, the concept of coherence, which is how the heart affects all our organs and even the people (and pets!) in the environment, and the role of the heart in intuition. It turns out that the heart has a mind of its own! You will also learn simple techniques to bring your physical, mental and emotional systems into alignment with the heart’s intuitive guidance. References for further investigation will be provided.
Change Your Story, Change Your Life
November 1, 8, 15, 2018. Thursday evenings, 6-8 PM
We all have a story about our lives–why things happen; why we react as we do. We enact the stories our parents, community and culture teach us about relationships, work, health, what is possible and what is out of reach. As adults in a rapidly changing world, we may find those stories no longer serve. We will use journaling, visualization, and small group exercises to help you uncover the story of your life, and rewrite it if you choose. You can direct your own script. For anyone who wants to explore personal growth in a safe, supportive setting. No previous writing experience required. All work done in class is kept confidential. Bring a notebook and an open mind.
Opening Up: Writing For Healing (14868) Will be offered early in 2019
Learn how to reduce stress, handle difficult situations and feel more in control of your life. Research has shown that writing about trauma clears the mind, improves health and supports healing, and it doesn’t matter if anyone else ever reads what you write. In a safe, supportive environment, we will explore simple writing techniques you can do at home that have been shown to enhance well-being and assist in coping with stressful situations, such as illness, injury, divorce, and job loss. Bring a notebook to class and be prepared to write. All writing will be kept confidential.
Custom Classes in:
- Writing for Self-expression
- Writing for Healing
- Professional and Business Writing
- Grammar for Busy Professionals