Between psychotherapy and learning to learn… again
Ours is an era where many of us not only live well beyond the want of the basic needs of a human organism, we have a plethora of choices in terms of career, recreation, and resplendent material wealth. How is it possible that we find a subtle, though widespread sense of discontent, expressed symptomatically in various ways: never having enough time (meaning what we value is left undone), over-stimalation yet insatiability, a fleeting sense of meaning? These cultural symptoms invite us to re-imagine a more resplendent notion of adult education, because adult education as we know it has nothing to do with the learning and practical capacities necessary for honestly becoming a savvy, yet humble and kind human being in our increasingly uncertain times.
Juicy ways of learning involve a distinctly integrated approach to the human organism drawn from several disciplines including psychotherapy, philosophy, the social sciences, cultural anthropology, cognitive science, meditative disciplines, somatics, eco-therapy, and the improvisational arts.
Companions (literally, those we share bread with) involved in this emerging style of adult education learn the skills of noticing outside the box by developing our critical intelligence so they can then color their lives more resplendently. With such a liberating perspective, we nurture and develop our inherent skills of wellbeing, utilizing both therapeutic and vitalizing practices. The goal is to refine your sensibilities in order to more creatively and effectively, in a more response-able fashion, guide and appreciate your life, transforming your ways of living.
While, in theory, a liberal education, hand in hand with psychotherapy, may provide the possibility of achieving what we propose, what we offer is outside the social institutions of both higher education and psychotherapy, including some of their shortcomings. Philosophy as a way of life, to borrow the phrase from Pierre Hadot.
Juicy philosophy names, at once, a communal learning practice and the companions who share this way of life. We welcome you to the table . . .