What is the Soul Ecology Service Practicum (SESP)?
Background: A question that arose frequently at the
end of the 2-3 week Soul Ecology Seminar was: how do
I integrate the extra-ordinary experiences gained during
Soul Ecology into my ordinary, everyday life? With SESP
we are creating an opportunity for participants to apply
the tools gained during the foundation (a three-month
Soul Ecology experience) in a real life situation during
the apprenticeship (or Service Practicum).
Program description: Wholeness, balance and health
are guiding values for SESP. When we embrace a holistic
worldview, engaging the body, the mind and the spirit,
we find fulfillment. We have so much creativity. In
SESP we exercise and cultivate our choice to become
active creators of a spiritually, environmentally and
socially sustainable world. SESP provides a supportive
and challenging framework for young adults ages 18-25
to ask two fundamental questions: Who am I? And: How
do I put my deepest beliefs into daily practice? SESP
will be a 5-month long holistic educational experience
for individuals who are passionate about becoming leaders
and collaborators in the creation of our future.
The Practicum provides:
• A one-month foundation: a crucible for self
and social transformation. As individuals and members
of a community we explore the nature of our will through
work, tap into our inherent creative source through
artistic activities, and develop our awareness and imagination
through inner practices.
• A four-month apprenticeship: an opportunity
for students to apply the tools they gain during the
foundation in an organization or business with sustainable
values. While learning specific skills in a field of
their choice, students practice conscious living in
service to the community.
• A two-week closure:
a time for integration and forming of next steps. Participants
gain tools and experiences leading to a deeper connection
with and between their inner selves and their work in
the world. Curriculum themes will include: Natural building,
organic and biodynamic gardening and farming, movement,
theater, improvisation, eurythmy, speech, music, painting,
creative writing, meditation, journaling, text study,
group process, community studies, and a study of how
all these themes interrelate for the individual and
the community. SESP is an ideal 13th/14th year for Waldorf
and other High School Graduates as a transition into
College or University, and as an interlude for college
students seeking meaningful education for life.
Organizations and businesses that have expressed interest
in collaborating as apprenticeship sites: Vital Systems,
Quantum Construction, Sophia House, People's Grocery.
Vital Systems is exploring the possibility of using
a percentage of their apprentice's salary to make SESP