WELCOME TO THE YEAR-LONG APPRENTICESHIP
QUEST FOR WHOLENESS
Quest for Wholeness is a unique year-long mentorship.
offered each year at Elon to aid a select group of
16 upper-level students to cultivate certain
habits of mind-and-heart -- habits and skills
that will aid them to come to life more fully.
The invitation is to come to life more fully
not only for oneself alone but
so as to serve life more wisely and more nobly
in all of life's contexts:
from one-to-one relationships
through institutional settings
to the Earth itself in its unfolding.
What makes Quest unique is that it concentrates on “daily practice.”
PRACTICE, as we see it, is LEARNING TO RECOGNIZE
when we are in "small mind" and
LEARNING TO SHIFT TO "LARGE MIND."
Thus Quest is EMBODIED, TRANSFORMATIONAL LEARNING --
the kind of learning more often offered in workshops sponsored by
corporations for their personnel. We originally offered Quest as an
experiment to see if such guided practice could be done with undergraduates.
We believed that, if it could, the participants in Quest would have a "leg up"
in their personal and professional lives. Feedback from student in seven different
Quest groups tell us that they have indeed profited richly. They bring the principles and practices of Quest to all who are given to their care.
In the Fall semester, we use a western approach to leadership and personal deepening namely, Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits for Highly Effective People (with our own modifications and elaborations).
In the Spring semester, we use an eastern approach that
John Sullivanhas developed.
The spring semester focuses on life as partnership and offers
practices that will aid us to bring our partnerships to life more fully.
The model used in the spring draws on the eastern healing arts and
associates two healing habits with their practices
with each of five seasons:
summer, late summer, autumn, winter and spring.
Syllabus for the most recent Fall Semester Unit of Quest
(A Western Approach to Leadership and Personal Deepening)
Syllabus for the most recent Spring Semester Unit of Quest
(An Eastern Approach to Leadership and Personal Deepening)
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