Posted December 31st, 2011 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
New Year’s Revolutions I am 58 years old, and with only 40-50 years left on the planet, this time around anyway, I don’t have the time to waste on namby-pamby New Year’s Resolutions. This year I am going for New Year’s Revolutions. I like the added increment of drama and force, the…
Posted December 29th, 2011 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
Controversy and Unity in the Art Therapy Empire
Controversy means somebody gives a damn. That’s a good thing.
This is a touchy one. I should leave it alone. But I probably didn’t get to be president of an Art Therapy graduate school by leaving the touchy ones alone.
Let me start with this observation: “We’re…
Posted December 27th, 2011 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
Piranhas, Hijackers, Brawlers, Shunners and Consciousness... Authentic communications are not so easy to come by these days, and you kind of wish they were, maybe especially during the holiday season. I thought a lot about whether I wanted to submit this post, and had a long discussion with myself, finally deciding that even if it only heightens…
Posted December 22nd, 2011 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
I guess it’s probably good to get knocked out of your rhythm, sometimes even when you felt you had a good one going. We are sitting on the Rhine River, Cologne, and I am writing longhand because I do not know how to access the internet. The over-engineered coffee pot seems more like a…
Posted December 20th, 2011 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Top News, Vision Quests & Earth Based Healing.
Little toddler fingers sticky with glue, reached into the container of sequins. Hello, bling! Shiny stars and hearts stuck well and the tiny artist was completely fascinated by his magical-looking hand.
At the Holiday Bazaar where students could sell their art, we also had a little art making room for kids. And adults wandered back…
Posted December 19th, 2011 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
Jim Nolan is dismayed by the way people who use and espouse "the scientific method" are so doggone 100% sold on their little favorite epistemological tool, and so dismissive of anybody who does not use that same tool. These people can colonize our minds without our knowing it (heck, THEY don't even know they are…
Posted December 17th, 2011 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
Cows Works: India is the Great Teacher “Chaos” in India One thing (among many) that I loved about our experience in India is that it demonstrated, in ever-in-your-face, living color that so many of the rules, laws, regulations, restrictions, dicta, fiats, got-to’s and can’t-do’s that we embrace in western culture as critical to…
Posted December 13th, 2011 by & filed under Top News, Vision Quests & Earth Based Healing.
Maras is an amazing place as it is starting to rain frequently elsewhere in the valley, yet it remains sunny here on most afternoons. The cloud views from our residence at ARI can only be described as stunning. Our work with the children continues, and even when it does become wet and chilly, we are…
Posted December 12th, 2011 by & filed under Mindfulness.
I notice that I value a mindfulness practice most when there is a period of time when I am not doing it. The quarter has ended. The mindfulness sessions have stopped for now. I am rushing around trying to get "stuff" done - meetings, work, shopping, and running around before the holidays. It is probably…
Posted December 12th, 2011 by & filed under Notes From Dru Phoenix, Admissions.
Jim just posted a piece on photography and I cannot resist sharing photos that he took while in a Transformational Ecopsychology class taught by Carol Parker. I call the series the “Phoenix series” for obvious reasons. Jim was one of the attendees and laid on the ground and took pictures of Carol and students through…
Posted December 12th, 2011 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
Uh,Oh. I Think I Am Doing Art Therapy Without a License.
So this is something I never expected. A few years back I came into a used Nikon, not bad, kind of beat, and I took it on Vision Quest. Thought I’d take a few pictures, did so, in fact took a million, and then…
Posted December 3rd, 2011 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
I never intended to be a teacher. Did not have an interest, to tell you the truth. At least not a “classroom teacher.” And now that I am the president of the College, I should probably be spending my time on development and networking with the outer world in order to enhance Southwestern College’s visibility,…
Posted December 1st, 2011 by & filed under Notes From Dru Phoenix, Admissions.
How do I describe him? He is a warrior and a healer. He is a leader and a friend of SWC. He is Lakota. Harry comes from the Cheyenne River Reservation, and he has visited our campus a number of times to teach. He is an elder in his tribe and leads the “Healing of…