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Camphill Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

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Philosophy of Spiritual Activity


45 contact hours (variable – over several weeks).

Camphill Communities California, Soquel, CA; The Camphill School, Glenmoore, PA; Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, Phoenixville, PA; Camphill Village, USA, Copake, NY; Heartbeet Lifesharing, Hardwick, VT; Plowshare Farm, Greenfield, NH
September 2004 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Mentor-facilitated Independent Study
Workshop Intensive
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: reflect upon some initial experiences, struggles and discoveries arising from the work with a disciplined process of pure, sense-free thinking as mapped out in Steiner’s book; discuss the difference between dualist, reductionist and non-reductionist monist worldviews; discuss the roles of observation and thinking in the act of knowledge; explain steiner’s view of the relationship between the possibility of knowledge and the question of human freedom; discuss the nature of free human activity and its preconditions (moral intuition, moral imagination and moral technique); explore the relevance of Steiner’s theory of knowledge to the possibility of knowledge based on spiritual experience; explore the implications of steiner’s description of human freedom for social, educational and therapeutic practice; participate effectively in disciplined group study and discussion; make and articulate observations of one’s own thought processes.       

Rudolf Steiner's teachings form the basic for the philosophical foundation of anthroposophical spiritual science. Through his texts, Steiner develops a non-reductionist monism capable of recognizing and encompassing creative spiritual activity as the essence of human freedom. A group study and discussion of this complex material allows participants to deepen their understanding of the philosophical background to anthroposophical curative education and social therapy. The practice of disciplined group work also builds practical social and communication skills.
Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Curative Education, Social Therapy, Social Agriculture, Inclusive Social Development, Philosophy, Cognitive Studies, Consciousness Study, Contemplative Practice, Contemplative Spiritual Practice, Western Spirituality, and any discipline that could benefit from such a complementary learning experience (9/05) (10/10 revalidation) (11/15 revalidation) (10/20 revalidation).