Classes

Theodore Richards is a board member and core faculty member at The Fox Institute in Boulder, CO, teaching courses on interspirituality, Eco-justice, Sacred Activism and more. Below is a list of courses he will be teaching. To register for classes or to learn more, click here.

Upcoming Classes

Mythology, Cosmology and Storytelling
Monday, January 8 – Friday, January 12, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Fox Institute, Boulder, CO

What is cosmology? What is the cosmology that predominates in today’s world? This course is a combination of interactive exercises and dialogues that aim to arrive at a clearer understanding of contemporary cosmology. We will inquire into the fundamental assumptions of this new worldview and ask what values arise from it. Students will explore the great stories of the wisdom traditions and contemporary literature. Finally, students will engage in their own stories as a way to bring forth healing for themselves and for our planet.

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Sacred Activism in an Apocalyptic Age (with Andrew Harvey)
March 12-16, 2018
The Fox Institute, Boulder, CO

Students will take a look at the challenges our species faces today and are invited to see this apocalyptic moment as not only destructive, but also as an importunity to re-imagine what it means to be human in the context of upheaval and unmooring. What can we do at the end of the world(view)? What are the spiritual practices rooted in Creation Spirituality that can bring forth a more just, vibrant, compassionate, and sustainable civilization?

Eco-Spirituality and Earth Retreat
May 21-25, 2018
The Fox Institute, Boulder, CO

This course requires students to participate in an integrated intensive in which all students participate in the art-as-meditation and seminar. The art-as-meditation portion of the course will be a nature immersion experience. The seminar explores the concept of eco-spirituality – a way of understanding human spirituality and identity as rooted in an ecology community in which each of us is part of an interconnected web. First, students will explore the concept of ecology through the lens of science and spirituality. Then students will explore the notion of the ecology self and the ecological community as a way of creating more sustainable and vibrant Earth Communities.

Science & Spirituality
September 17-21, 2018
The Fox Institute, Boulder, CO

Why is there a separation of science and religion? We will explore the historical roots of this schism in the West along with the rise of individualist spirituality that left the cosmos out. Particular attention will be given to the Creation Spirituality tradition as a counter to the schism. We will explore the ways in which new science like the Big Bang, Evolution, and Quantum Physics has similarities to various spiritual traditions and mystical practices. Finally, we will turn our attention to the global ecological crisis. How can the insights of the scientific world transform our values to bring forth a more just and sustainable civilization?

The Great Re-imagining: Spirituality in an Age of Apocalypse
[Dates TBD]

This course reframes the ancient apocalyptic tradition not as a prediction of the literal end of the world, but as a way to understand the end of a worldview. Students will take a look at the challenges our species faces today and are invited to see this apocalyptic moment as not only destructive, but also as an importunity to re-imagine what it means to be human in the context of upheaval and unmooring. What can we do at the end of the world(view)? What are the spiritual practices rooted in Creation Spirituality that can bring forth a more just, vibrant, compassionate, and sustainable civilization?

Interfaith Interconnection: Mandala, Ecology, Imagination, Apocalypse (Deep Ecumenism)
[Dates TBD]

What do the mystics of various traditions teach us about interconnection in an age of consumerism and climate change? This course will be a journey through the four paths of creation spirituality as expressed in various traditions. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which these mystics can provide alternatives to the individualistic worldview of modernity.