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  • Locations: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Program Terms: Short Term, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/15/2021 10/15/2021 TBA TBA
Spring 2023 10/15/2022 10/15/2022 TBA TBA
Program Description:

The Art 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 Art 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.

An innovative arts-based pedagogy will weld together StoryMap© map-making and sound and visual collage creations under the guidance of Paul Bright by gathering images and sounds along the pilgrimage trail. Paul Bright, Director of the Hanes Art Gallery at WFU, has extensive experience in collage-making and contemplative sound installations. The collage project builds on the collage workshop offered on campus, which is developed by instructor Paul Bright specifically for our course.


Dates: 2 week international component - May 2022 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 Professor Ulrike Wiethaus
Department for the Study of Religions and American Ethnic Studies, Wingate 310.
Phone: 336-758-7169
Email: wiethaus@wfu.edu


Paul Bright
Director, Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery, 
Phone: Extension 5585 
Email: brightpb@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 tour operator Sherpa Expeditions, 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) - $2,300
Airfare (estimated) - $1,200
Personal Expenses (estimated) - $300
Estimated total cost - $3,800
Scholarships Students may apply for scholarships through the Center for Global Programs and Studies.
Contact Professor Ulrike Wiethaus 
Department for the Study of Religions and American Ethnic Studies
Wingate 310
Phone: 336-758-7169   
Email: wiethaus@wfu.edu

Mike Tyson
Assistant Director of Study Abroad: Summer and Short Term Programs
Center for Global Programs and Studies
116 Reynolda Hall
Phone: 336 758 5938
Email: tysonmj@wfu.edu

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