Master of Liberal Arts in Creation Spirituality


 Psyche, Soul and Spirit: Psychological Development and Spiritual Growth


CSP:  643 Seminar                                                     Credits:  2 units

Instructor: Clare Ronzani

Fall Semester 2003; Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-noon


Course Description:

This course is an exploration of the relationship between spiritual growth and psychological development. Drawing from ancient and contemporary sources for personal growth and spiritual practice, we will explore the “spiritual direction” of our lives along the paths of creation spirituality.


Course Objectives:

q       to understand more fully the relationship between spiritual growth and psychological


q       to become more aware of spiritual practices and resources that further our growth

and development

q       to explore the meaning of symbolic and archetypal systems as significant to

psychological/spiritual growth

q       to integrate and deepen our consciousness of body/soul/mind connections which

the creation spiritual tradition fosters


Course Requirements/Criteria for Evaluation:


l. Attendance (attendance (on time) at all class sessions is required)                               


2. Weekly readings (as evidenced in papers and class discussions)


3. Class Participation: active and informed participation in weekly seminars


4. Written Assignments:   1. 3-5 page mid-semester paper.  Topic will be assigned in class.

                                            2. 4-5 page final paper integrating themes from the course.


     Papers are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

-content and clarity of expression

            -structure/organization of ideas

            -integration of reflective analysis and experiential material, as appropriate to

              particular assignment

            -demonstration of basic writing skills (spelling, grammar, etc.)


     Format for papers: (see MLA Guidelines booklet)

            -Typed, double-spaced, 12 point font; leave 1” margin for comments

            -References (endnotes/footnotes) and bibliography, when appropriate






5. Grading: Grades will be based on the following:

50% attendance and informed participation (including evidence of qualitative

reflection on readings)

25% assigned 3-4 page paper (due October 14)

25% final paper (due December 9)


6. Readings:



                              Arrien, Signs of Life

      Hillesum, An Interrupted Life


Plus reading packet:  articles and selections from other books, including the following:

     Bridges, Transitions  and The Way of Transition

     Fischer, Women at the Well

      Hillman, The Soul’s Code 

                              Kornfield,  A Path With Heart

                                               After the Ecstasy, the Laundry

                              Moore, Thomas, Care of the Soul                

                              Myss, Anatomy of the Spirit 

     O’Donohue, Anam Cara






n.b. In addition to regular class sessions, this course will include one individual

meeting with the instructor, approximately mid-way through the course (see syllabus).


















Subject to change




FALL 2003

(subject to change)



Sept. 16  Perspectives on Psyche, Soul, Spirit: Adult Development and Spiritual Growth


Reading: (prepare for Sept. 16 class; readings available from front desk week of Sept.8)

Barrows, “The Ecopsychology of Child Development,” Ecopsychology

Hillman, “In a Nutshell: The Acorn Theory and the Redemption of Psychology, The   Soul’s Code,  Ch. 1

Moore, “Honoring Symptoms as a Voice of the Soul,”  Care of the Soul, ch. 1


Sept.  23: The Power of Symbol in the Work of Soul



            Arrien, Signs of Life


Sept. 30: Spiritual Wholeness and Spiritual Practice



Kornfield, “The Guardians of the Heart: Angels of Light, Ocean of Tears, After The    Ecstasy, the Laundry, ch. 2

“The Mandala of Awakening: What am I Leaving Out?”, After the Ecstasy, ch. 11

                        “Awakening with All Beings,” After the Ecstasy…, pp. 272-280

additional reading tba



Oct. 7:  Transitions

              Bridges, Transitions and The Way of Transition  (selections)

              additional reading tba


Oct. 14: The Art of Spiritual Direction


            Reading: Fischer, “Spiritual Direction in a Feminist Context,” Women at the Well

                          Gawain, “Moving Toward the New Millenium

                          Kornfield, “You Can’t Do It Alone, A Path With Heart, ch. 16

                          plus tba


(individual meetings scheduled this week)

n.b.  3-5 page paper due












Oct. 21: Intensive week (no class)


Oct. 28: Study Week (no class)


 Nov. 4:  The Art of Spiritual Direction

               Groff, “Using Howard Gardner’s ‘Multiple Intelligences’ in Spiritual Direction,”

                             Presence, Vol.4, No. 2

                Prime, Pamela (Sullivan), “Embodied Spiritual Direction”

                plus tba


Nov. 11: Body Wisdom/Spirit Wisdom



            Myss, Anatomy of the Spirit (selections)

            O’Donohue, “Toward a Spirituality of the Senses,” Anam Cara, ch. 2

            Kornfield, “Sitting and Walking Meditation,” Inner Knowing


Nov. 18:   tba             




Dec. 2: Psyche, Soul and Spirit: A Life-Story of Transformation



            Hillesum, An Interrupted Life



Dec. 9: Final Gathering…


            Final (4-5 page) paper due