Disciplines and areas of research that guide the practices:
Phenomenology– the twentieth century Western philosophical discipline that seeks to get beyond unreflective, often habitual ways of experiencing and the role of language in this process – often as implicit narratives, descriptions, explanations, based on the belief in an inherent objectivity.
A Cultural Anthropology of the senses– A recognition of the imbalanced, highly visual sensory profile of our culture (including the roles of communication technologies) and its influence upon our everyday sensibilities and our styles of communicating.
Philosophical anthropology– Bringing a conscious recognition of the human organism as a mammalian animal that is highly social, born helpless with a long maturation period, that has language, is sometimes literate, and also has various degrees of leisure in its life.
Psychotherapy– Human interpersonal dynamics, their vicissitudes, and the possibilities of healing one’s self-sense and developing our interpersonal capacities to enrich our lives. Often these goals are achieved by developing a curious, playful, and creative attitude in this pursuit.
Food Studies– The symbolic relevance and status derived from eating. An interdisciplinary interest in the play of food and love in nature, culture, literature and the visual arts. The social nature of eating pathologies. The exploration of potential sociological causes, consequences, and meaning of the late twentieth century arising of a cultural phenomena commonly called “Foodies” in comparison to the rise of cuisine as a practice of the upper classes in the nineteenth century.
Somatics and Body-Based Psychotherapy– First person, body-based practices of greater awareness and functional wellbeing that intend to reorient us as embodied minds and not minds with bodies.
Eco-therapy– Utilizing natural environments for their inherent therapeutic and vitalizing effects.
Cognitive Science– Understanding neuroplasticity, the ability for our brains to change throughout life, and discerning the activities that support this process as we become a different person, physiologically.
Cognitive Linguistics– Discerning the limits of language conventions, including the highly figurative nature of language and its embodied perspectives, while developing novel ways with language, including redefining the rules of the game of interpersonal communications.