Course Description

You are invited to take both courses or one course

Course #1: Feb 8-12, 2018 Intersections of Science, Practice and Activism in Spiritual Psychology

Instructor: Prof. Lisa Miller

The course Intersections of Science, Practice and Activism in Spiritual Psychology offers a unique pedagogical model as a “crossroads” for spiritual leaders and thinkers from around the globe. The SMBI graduate student is invited on a one-week inner journey via exposure to a very broad range of spiritual perspectives. We prioritize experiential learning, interfaced with science, insights from world traditions, and profession building drawn from diverse spiritual expressions and practices. The crossroads model was designed by Dr. Lisa Miller based upon her twenty years of teaching about spirituality in psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College. Based rom working with graduate students, a hunger became clear for an academic experience that weaves together direct lived experience with science and service.
During the course, Intersections of Science, Practice and Activism in Spiritual Psychology, Dr. Miller invites students to engage in a broad range of spiritual experiences, narratives and perspectives, as events along a pilgrimage. In this sense, students are invited to welcome visiting scholars as part of their own inner quest, in the spirit of expedition. The goal of the Summer Intensive is not that a student will necessarily embrace or "buy" any specific perspective, but rather have a rich journey. By the end of this course the hope is that students have had an opportunity to expand in capacity to explore, experience and understand personal spirituality, and that all of this might lead to service and contribution.


Course #2: Feb 15-19, 2018 Animal Communication
Instructor: Jeri Ryan

American animal communicator living in Oakland, California, PhD in psychology, a sector in which she had a professional private and community activity during twenty years. Jeri Ryan has communicated with animals during most of her life, but wasn’t immediately aware of it. It is in 1986, she decided to specialize in animal communication by telepathy and opted to get trained by Penelope Smith. In the mid 1990’s, she founded the Assisi International Animal Institute, a non-profit organization mainly dedicated to promote understanding, respect and well-being of animals through their recognition as sentient and intelligent beings. Jeri Ryan leads by through her talent and enthusiasm, animal communication trainings from the beginner to the professional level. Her communication with the wild animals course is particularly attractive, moving and promising. She is assisted in her mission by all kinds of experts, including the very dynamic and performant helper, Sue Manley.