2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Movement and Mindfulness

Fall and Winter quarters

Faculty: Rebecca Chamberlain literature, writing, yoga, Cindy Beck

Fields of Study: consciousness studies, health, literature, outdoor leadership and education and writing

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10237 (8)  

Winter: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 20165 (8)  

Credits: 8(F); 8(W)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior

Offered During: Evening


What can we do to achieve healthy bodies, minds, and spirits, sometimes referred to as being in the “flow”? In this intensive two-quarter program, students will broaden their ability to recognize healthy behaviors that integrate body, mind, and spirit as we develop our connection to the natural world.

During fall quarter we will study kinesiology, exercise physiology, and Pilates while developing a regular practice of yoga and meditation. We will study a variety of topics that give us clues about how our bodies’ healing processes work, from science and medicine to meditation, consciousness-studies, and wisdom literature. Through physical activity, writing, journaling, and critical reflection, we will learn how the body moves, how to maximize various physiological processes, and how to integrate our interior lives and imaginative processes with outer experience, healthy practices, and our relationships to the natural world.

During winter quarter we will develop our understanding of our body’s health, fitness, and nutrition as we begin to train ourselves as athletes, develop basic wilderness skills, and study sustainability, environmental literature, and practices of meditation, pilgrimage, and engagement with the natural world. We will add strength training to our practice of yoga, meditation, pilates, and outdoor education. As we continue to develop an understanding of sports nutrition and to appreciate the delicate balance of our body’s internal environment, we will explore food as fuel, as well as its historic and symbolic roles. We'll investigate where food comes from, ethno-botany, various practices and rituals around food gathering and preparation, and food for backpacking. We will accommodate different fitness levels as we test and track our progress. Field-work will include day trips to the Olympics or Mt. Rainier for winter hiking or snowshoeing.

Maximum Enrollment: 50

Advertised Schedule: 6-10p Mon/Wed; occasional fall quarter weekend field trips; Tai Ji Workshop 7-9pm Fri Feb 4 and 9:30am-4:30pm Sat/Sun Feb. 5 & 6, Mt. Ranier field trip Fri Feb 25 7:15am - 7pm

Required Fees: Fall $30 for overnight field trip, admission fees, and supplies.  Winter $30 Tai Ji workshop, Mt. Ranier field trip, illuminated manuscript workshop, science labs.

Preparatory for studies or careers in: health and wellness, literature, writing, consciousness studies, and environmental and outdoor education.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
December 2nd, 2010 Added required fee