Integrative Conversations 1 (IC1)
In our Integrative Conversations we focus our attention on becoming increasingly mindful of our everyday choices and practice, considering them as holding the potential for integration and transformation. Many writers and activists argue that the crises (ecological, spiritual, social, political) challenging us today require an engagement with transformed ways of understanding the reality of which we are a part. In a dynamic, experiential environment, you will begin to explore the assumptions within which you learn and upon which you make choices and take action. You will experience learning as ‘a way of being’, exploring the edges of your knowledge and experiencing what you think and feel whilst in a place ‘beyond’ your knowing. You will begin to explore the ontology, epistemology and creativity of the “in between” and the edge / borderland / crossroads and to explore the role, language and “space” of the “in between”.
Drawing on the application of learning theory, chaos and complexity theory and theories of ‘structures of consciousness’, we explore the emerging possibilities of / for consciousness and the storying and languaging of the world that emerges. You will participate in conversations about how this way of thinking about the world may transform our actions, experiences and ways of being in the world. We will consciously and practically develop our own ‘integrative and transformative practice’, together.
Integrative Conversations 2 (IC2)
In this year the group leadership shifts further from the facilitators towards the participants. This builds the foundation for Integrative Conversations 3, and the Masters course level generally, where participants engage in the relatively unstructured and individual work of the research project. Integrative Conversations becomes a focus of support to participants’ learning throughout their project development.
Integrative Conversations 3 & 4 (IC3 & IC4)
The Integrative Conversations, however, will continue in a modified and restricted format throughout the third and fourth years, acting as ‘Graduate Seminars/ Conversations’ where, in a mutually supportive learning environment, participants will have the opportunity to share with one-another their ‘progress’, their blockages, their ‘findings’ and discoveries and will maintain a sense of the dialogic enquiry approach typical of all learning at OASES.