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Flow 2019: “Ways of Knowing”

July 27, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

Antioch College Institutes

Antioch College Summer Institute: Flow 2019: “Ways of Knowing”

July 27 Saturday 9am – 5 pm (lunch included) $40

Room 202 in the Arts & Science Building (Campus Map)

Flow refers to experiencing the connections between our physical world and metaphysical phenomena. Being in the “flow” is where students seek to realize their full potentiality by expanding their understanding of the world beyond their lives as individuals to recognize how their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet helps to create a better and more peaceful world, thus creating an enhanced sense of awareness and wellbeing.

Flow 2019 is part of a series of contemplative educational programs. This summer’s event will focus on “Ways of Knowing”, a one-day odyssey into exploring the intersections of Western academic knowledge with areas of knowledge from indigenous people around the world (Africa, Caribbean/South America, Asia, and Native American). In this workshop, participants will be invited to engage with both scholars and indigenous practitioners on how the centuries-old arts of music, dance, song, and martial arts can inform contemporary wellness practices. Participants will be invited to reflect on how this experience can expand their own quality of life and how their wellness can help transform the world.

Sessions at Flow 2019 are:

  • Bobmba Music as Dance Therapy in the Caribbean/South Americas, led by Dr. Teofilio Espada-Brignoni of Antioch College, Dr. Frances Ruiz-Alfaro of the University of Puerto Rico, and Maria Teresa Ramos Gonzalez, a practitioner of creative and interactive therapy. Join in on music-making, discover your own form of self-expression through dance, or sit back and observe — participants in this session will have the chance to discuss the historical origins of Bomba music and how the art is used in contemporary therapeutic settings.
  • Lessons Learned: Native American Healing From Trauma, led by Dr. Richard Kraince of Antioch College and Jheri Neri, project director at the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition. Better understand how Native American tribal nations are reclaiming the right to engage with their sacred sites and are working together to protect their spiritual freedoms in an intentional effort to promote healing and wellness among Indigenous communities. Participants will learn how traditional medicines in various forms have been used for millennia to safeguard wellbeing. This session will focus on the importance of ceremony in Native communities and discuss how cultural traditions like beadwork and storytelling are also considered powerful forms of medicine.
  • Ancestral Veneration and Oral Traditions in African Cultures, led by Dr. Kevin McGruder of Antioch College and neoancestrial artist Ken Obasi Leslie. Learn the importance of African peoples’ relationships with their ancestors and how it has been a central aspect of their identity formation, their resilience, and a critical aspect of maintaining and transmitting vital information. Connections will be drawn between present language, ancestral linguistics, and how mythology plays an important part in making sense of one’s world. Attendees will be invited to use the art of proverbs to access one’s own ancestor wisdom.
  • Destress and Reflect on Daily Live with Japanese Tea Ceremony, led by Dr. Lara Mitias of Antioch College, Tea Ceremony Practitioner Souchi Ishiu, and Dr. Tetsuya (Ted) Ishiu of Miami University. Attendees will have the honor of witnessing or participating in the complexity and beauty of a Japanese tea ceremony with a second-generation instructor, Souchi Ishiu, and discuss the historical and philosophical significance of this ancient Japanese ceremony as a path to enlightenment. 

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July 27, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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Arts & Science Building Room 202


Antioch College Institutes