Welcome. I’m very happy to have you as a visitor to Terra Vita Media.
Terra Vita, to me, means living Earth, or vibrant land, the terrain of creativity. The primary source of human creativity is the planet herself. We are the Earth in human form expressing in our unique way just one facet of a wondrous planet. This is cause for celebration of human creativity and its role in the continuing evolution of consciousness.
Terra Vita is meant to be a celebration and exploration in song and in word (both poetry and essays) of the beauty, wonder, and challenges of living on our home planet. I will add to the site incrementally, so check back often.
See upcoming performances below.
Please see the tabs above for poetry, original piano music, essays, my blog, and more.
Forum: Opening to the Sacred in the Age of Distraction
Three Day Intensive
Thursday, October 30 – 1:33-4:00PM
Friday, October 31 – 9:30-12:00PM
Monday, November 3 – 9:30-12:00PM
Sophia Center at Holy Names University, Oakland
What we give our deepest attention to ultimately forms who we are, as individuals and as a species. In an age of information overload that increasingly distracts us from deeper thought, how do we cultivate opportunities for creative reflection? What sanctuaries can we create that allow for contemplative space in the flurry of everyday life? This intensive explores accessing the inner landscape through stillness, sound, original music composition, and poetry. Participants will explore and reflect on their own unique ways of nurturing creative thought.
Link for more information and directions: Sophia Center
A UNIQUE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY
MASTER IN EDUCATION PROGRAM
IN INTEGRATIVE LEARNING / THE GREAT WORK
I invite you to be part of creating a unique online co-learning community.
I am a visiting professor for an M.Ed program in Integrative Learning offered through the Institute for Educational Studies / Endicott College. The aim of the program is to explore our role in the Great Work as articulated by Thomas Berry and others. The Great Work is the creation of “mutually enhancing relations” (Berry’s phrase) among all members of the Earth community and to create a vibrant, ecologically sustainable world for future generations of all species.
The program is an exciting opportunity for professionals wanting to integrate an M.Ed. with their chosen work within an eco-cosmological context, or for those who are not yet established in their life’s work, but who want to engage in deeper inquiry toward that end. If you’ve ever questioned what your role might be, or if you simply want to deepen your understanding of what the Great Work entails, I hope you’ll consider joining with us in this special inquiry. Coursework draws on my ten years as editor of EarthLight Magazine and on a combination of the thought of Thomas Berry, Elizabet Sahtouris, David Whyte, Brian Swimme, Meg Wheatley, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Loren Eiseley, Paul Shepard, Lynn Margulis, David Bohm, and others.
The online campus uses a type of dialogue based on David Bohm’s work that facilitates a practice of reflective listening and response, encouraging the emergence of shared meaning. You can capture and print your own comments and those of your classmates for further reflection when the coursework is complete. This method and the online campus are the creation of educators Phil Gang and Marsha Morgan who have used them with great results with Montessori teachers for the past 15 years.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
I don’t currently have a course scheduled, but hope to offer a new one soon. If you are interested, please go to my contact tab (above) and I will inform you when a course is scheduled. For a full program description or more information, go to http://www.ties-edu.org and click on “Integrative Learning / The Great Work M.Ed. You may also call 888-722-4547, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
K. Lauren de Boer Essays and Articles:
new human-Earth relations
a directory of spiritual ecology centers around the world