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University of Creation Spirituality
Doctor of Ministry Degree/Certificate Program

October, 2003 Intensive
Week 1: Oct. 27-31

Art as Meditation: Theokinetics: Dancing Our Wisdom #61020

Instructor: Michael Mansfield, D.Min.

Faculty Bio: Michael Mansfield has been teaching dance, ritual, theater, spirituality, and justice-making for 23 years. His interest is in the intersection of education, worship, and performance. He has taught at graduate theological schools in the Bay Area for the last 17 years. He continues to teach dance and theater to grade schools, high schools, and colleges, as well as working as an administrator at the University of California at Berkeley in the Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Department. He preaches, teaches, and speaks nationally on the importance of bringing forward the wisdom of our bodies through the arts, faith, and justice. He has been on the faculty at UCS since 1994. He has a kinesthetic bias.

Course Description: Trusting the goodness and necessity of movement, and reclaiming our birthright of improvisation, we breathe, we speak, we sing, we dance, and we act from the depths of self, culture, and cosmos. Rediscover the body as the language of the soul, the sacred/secret wisdom of the artist, as we address the 5 primal fears of human experience.

Learning Objectives:

Monday              To re-establish the seat of wisdom in the body

                          To address our fear of change

 Tuesday             To address our fear of rejection

 Wednesday         To address our fear of failure

 Thursday             To address our fear of intimacy

  Friday                 To address our fear of freedom

                            To dance our lives from the seat of wisdom

Open to all human beings.

No previous dance experience necessary.

Dress comfortably for movement.

Reference Sources:

                The Reinvention of Work – Matthew Fox

                The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron

                Make Your Tomorrow Better – Michael Cavanagh

                Centering and the Art of Intimacy – Gay Hendricks and Kathlyn Hendricks

                The Art of Making Dances – Doris Humphrey

                Dance Composition and Production – Elizabeth Hayes

The body is a sacred garment.

It’s your first and last garment;

it is what you enter life in

and what you depart life with,

and it should be treated with honor.

Martha Graham


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