WELCOME TO THE YEAR-LONG APPRENTICESHIP

CALLED

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 Sullivan has 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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