Upcoming Classes at UNM Continuing Education
The Artist’s Way for People Who Want to Write
March 6 through May 22 (Wednesday) 3-5 PM
Do you dream of writing a poem, play, memoir, short story, or novel, but can’t seem to start? Or maybe you start, but bog down before you finish. This class is for anyone who wants to dissolve the blocks preventing you from being the creative person you were meant to be. We will use the steps outlined in The Artist’s Way to embody the principle that the natural order of life is creativity and not just for the elite few. Taught in a safe, nurturing environment. Your work does not have to be shared in class. No writing experience necessary, only the willingness to explore, and an open mind. Taught by Carol Holland March, a published fiction and nonfiction writer who blogs about creativity, writing, and healing at AWritersHeart.com Required text: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
Shamanism: Witch Doctors through the New Millennium
May 7-28, 2019 (Tuesday) 1:00 – 3:00 PM
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. 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.
The Wisdom of the Heart: Science, the Human Heart and Performance (87701)
Wednesday, July 10-24, 1:00 – 3:00PM
The heart as the seat of empathy and love is well-documented in literature. Medical science gives us advice on how to keep our heart healthy and fit. 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 feelings, sense of well-being, and immune systems.
We will discuss heart/brain communication, how the heart impacts resilience, stress and emotions, the concept of coherence, the role of the heart in intuition, and how the heart affects all our organs and even the people (and pets!) in the environment. It turns out the heart has a mind of its own! You will learn simple techniques to bring your physical, mental and emotional systems into alignment with the heart’s intuitive guidance.
Writing the Story of Your Life (87774)
Thursday, July 11- August 15, 10:00 AM to Noon
Our stories define us. They tell us where we’re been, what we’ve learned, and who we are. Becoming the author of our experience helps us uncover our own plot. As we write, we remember, evaluate, and deepen our perspective. If you want to explore your life story, whether for legacy, published memoir, inspiration for fiction, or personal development, this course will give you the tools you need. Classes include writing exercises, prompts, resources, and discussion. Feedback on writing provided if desired. No previous writing experience necessary.
Opening Up: Writing For Healing (85878)
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