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  • Locations: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Program Terms: Spring Short-Term
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Short-Term 2023 12/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission 05/08/2023 05/19/2023

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

The Ecology of Meditation: Walking the Ancient St. Cuthbert’s Way

This course offers a site-specific study of early medieval Christianity and one of its core spiritual traditions, pilgrimage. The course will reflect on the flexibility of early medieval Christianity to accommodate non-Christian cultural traditions and the relevance of such religious tolerance for today.  Secondly, another timely aspect of the course is Celtic Christianity’s respect for the natural world as exemplified in St. Cuthbert’s hagiography and in the Lindisfarne Gospels’ unique manuscript illuminations and calligraphy. The daily activity of walking along the Way and conversing with local experts offers a whole person pedagogy. It invites students to immerse themselves into the intersections between ecology, the history of Christian spirituality, personal growth, and academic work.
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Overview REL 290.  The Ecology of Meditation: Walking the Ancient St. Cuthbert’s Way

This course offers a site-specific study of early medieval Christianity and one of its core spiritual traditions, pilgrimage. The course will reflect on the flexibility of early medieval Christianity to accommodate non-Christian cultural traditions and the relevance of such religious tolerance for today.  Secondly, another timely aspect of the course is Celtic Christianity’s respect for the natural world as exemplified in St. Cuthbert’s hagiography and in the Lindisfarne Gospels’ unique manuscript illuminations and calligraphy. The daily activity of walking along the Way and conversing with local experts offers a whole person pedagogy. It invites students to immerse themselves into the intersections between ecology, the history of Christian spirituality, personal growth, and academic work.

Dates: 2 week international component - May 2023 directly after Spring semester finals. 
Location This walking course will travel from Melrose Abbey to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in Northumbria, Scotland.
Program  
Faculty Associate Professor Lucas Johnston
Department for the Study of Religions 
Phone: (336) 758-3341
Email: johnstlf@wfu.edu
Accommodation In Edinburgh, Students and faculty will stay in at a hostel or B&B. While traveling the pilgrim route, lodging will be organized by a tour operator, which also provides luggage transfer.
Excursions
  • Day One: Departure for Edinburgh 
  • Day Two: Arrival in Edinburgh, Orientation
  • Day Three: Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland, Meeting with Adelaide Knott (‘12)
  • Departure for Melrose Abbey
  • Day Four – Twelve: Walking the Way
  • Day Thirteen: Additional Day in Lindisfarne
  • Day Fourteen: Return to Edinburgh
Selection There are no prerequisites for this course. The faculty director is responsible for the selection of each group based on the following criteria:
  • Academic suitability
  • Social and emotional maturity
  • Seriousness of the student in pursuing the academic and cultural aims of the program
  • Applicability of the program to the student's interests and studies
Costs The total cost of a spring short-term study abroad program can be broken down into three categories:

Program Fee - Usually covers room, in-country travel, excursions, some meals and other costs associated with the program. 
Airfare (estimated) – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted.
Personal Expenses (estimated) – These will vary depending on the students' spending habits, cost of living in the destination country, and the number of meals included in the program fee. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.

Program Fee (Estimated) - $2,088 
Airfare (estimated) - $1,200
Personal Expenses (estimated) - $450
Estimated total cost - $3,738
Scholarships Students may apply for scholarships through the Center for Global Programs and Studies.
Contact Associate Professor Lucas Johnston
Department for the Study of Religions 
Phone: (336) 758-3341
Email: johnstlf@wfu.edu

Sean McGlynn
Senior Study Abroad Advisor
Center for Global Programs and Studies
116 Reynolda Hall
Phone: 336 758 3194
Email: mcglynsd@wfu.edu
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