Upcoming Classes at UNM Continuing Education
Unleash Your Creativity! (85888)
January 22, 29, February 5, 2019 (Tuesday) 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.
The Wisdom of the Heart: Science, the Human Heart, and Performance
February 6-20 (Wednesday) 1-3 PM (OLLI program for those 50+)
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.
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
Opening Up: Writing For Healing (85878)
April 16-30, 2019 (Tuesday) 6-8 PM
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.
Shamanism: Witch Doctors through the New Millennium
May 7-28, 2019 (Tuesday) 1:00 – 3:00 PM (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. 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.
Custom Classes in:
- Writing for Self-expression
- Writing for Healing
- Professional and Business Writing
- Grammar for Busy Professionals