SUMMER SEMINAR 2001

BACK TO BASICS

July 1-6, 2001

Exciting plans are underway for the School of the Natural Order's 2001 Summer Seminar. We look forward to a week of intensive focus on the basics of self-development as described in Vitvan's teachings.

 

We will begin our days with early morning yoga stretches and short meditations. After breakfast the cool mornings will be a time for students to participate in ongoing projects around Home Farm with time to explore the grounds, gardens, and library as we work together. Classes held in the afternoons and evenings will include breathwork, general semantics, and meditation the basics of Vitvan s teachings.We will begin our days with early morning yoga stretches and short meditations. After breakfast the cool mornings will be a time for students to participate in ongoing projects around Home Farm with time to explore the grounds, gardens, and library as we work together. Classes held in the afternoons and evenings will include breathwork, general semantics, and meditation the basics of Vitvan s teachings.

 

Children's activities are planned for the times when the adults are in classes. Jenna Dalton, who has worked with the children in years past, and Susan Wetmore, our staff member who teaches fourth grade, are organizing many projects and activities in which the children will enjoy participating.

 

 

Jim Dalton will be returning to help us with breathing techniques. He will be holding

classes on the "Basics of Breathwork." Vitvan's practical tips on breathing from the book Self-Mastery Through Meditation will be reviewed, as well as the Vipassana approach to breathwork which Jim is currently studying. At times the purpose of breath is to aid concentration, at other times, to aid relaxation or to expand awareness; but, in any event, we can learn to cultivate the breath as a friend for life. A useful guide to a Buddhist road map on breathwork, from the basics to the most subtle insights is Breath by Breath by Larry Rosenburg. Much of what Jim is bringing to the seminar has been inspired by that book.

 

Because Vitvan puts such great emphasis on practicing conscious abstracting, it is time once again to focus our attention on general semantics. We are pleased to have as our guest teacher this year Bruce Kodish from the Institute of General Semantics. Bruce will give us fresh insights and provide us with many activities to focus our attention on this very important aspect of self-development. Here is a taste of what is in store for us from Bruce:

Unlocking Your Personal Treasure Using General Semantics

 

"Take this story to heart ...There is something that can only be found in one place. It is a great treasure which may be called the fulfillment of existence. The place where this treasure can be found is the place on which one stands." ‑ Martin Buber (p. 120, The Way of Man According to the Teachings of Hasidism)

 

There exist many different ways for helping an individual to find his or her own 'great treasure'. One approach, "general semantics" (originated by Alfred Korzybski), explores the application of assumptions and attitudes derived from modem science towards this quest for fulfillment.

 

This workshop taught over several days will use demonstrations, lectures, small group discussions and experiments to provide an introduction/refresher to some of the basic formulations of the general semantics discipline. These include "The process of abstracting," "The map analogy," "Consciousness of abstracting," "Time‑binding," "Unspeakable level awareness," "Logical fate," "The fact‑inference distinction," "To‑me‑ness," "Multi ‑meaning," "Neuro‑linguistic consciousness," "Indexing," "Dating," "E‑Prime," and "English Minus Absolutism," among others. The workshop will emphasize experiential understanding and practical applications for daily living.

 

Bruce 1. Kodish, Ph.D. serves as a Senior Editor of the General Semantics Bulletin and a teacher at Institute of General Semantics Advanced Training courses. His teaching focuses on practical implications and applications of a scientific orientation and on relating general semantics to various aspects of non‑verbal experience. He lives in Pasadena, California, and has a practice in physical therapy and posture‑movement education. With his wife Susan, he co‑authored the book Drive Yourself Sane: Using the Uncommon Sense of General Semantics. He has also written Back Pain Solutions: How to Help Yourself with Posture‑Movement Therapy and Education.

 

Meditations will be lead by various staff members, each with their own approaches to share with you.

 

In addition to daily classes we have a few special activities planned. By popular demand, we will spend a day hiking and picnicking on Mt. Wheeler. There will be a 4th of July barbecue on the lawn, with festivities to celebrate our nation's birthday afterward.

 

Monday evening we will have a special program provided by the Nevada Humanities Committee. Chautauqua speaker Ruth Hanusa will present the history of Hildegard Von Bingen, Medieval Mystic. Using her character's own words, Ruth will describe the life and times of this remarkable woman. After her presentation, audience members may ask questions and they will be answered by the historical character

 

Several of our members have recently taken training in "end of life hospice care." They would like to share with you what they have learned about opening a dialogue with the dying and their loved ones in order to make plans for this special time of life.

 

In all, it should be a great seminar to stimulate us to get back to work on the basics of our self‑development disciplines.

 

Please let us know soon if you plan to attend. Since we already have a number of both adults and children enrolled our facilities are filling up fast.

 

 

 

NO PETS, PLEASE!

 

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