Elizabeth Sikes

Seattle University

Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects


Wilderness Practice within the Circumference of the Collegiate Home part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
A wilderness practice is one that engages and reconnects the whole person within the context and temporal horizons of a local ecological community. It seeks to erase the dichotomy between civilized and wild through a direct experience of the human being's dependence upon and emergence within an ecology. In this way it also awakens compassion within the practitioner. After reading Gary Snyder's essays on "The Practice of the Wild" and Kurt Hoelting's "The Circumference of the Home: One Man's Yearlong Quest for a Radically Local Life", students plan and execute an expedition into the circumference of the university's home, with the goal of initiating a particular wilderness practice that they have defined.

Other Contribution

Bateson's Left Hand: What the Right Hand Can't Say about the Sacred part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Essays
An analysis of why contemplative and religious practices don't map well onto quantitative paradigms of assessment.