Community Life supports the growth of students both personally and as community members through engagement in study and practice. Community Life courses are designed to provide knowledge and skills within the college’s Liberal Arts Learning Outcomes. These outcomes include Intercultural Effectiveness, Social Engagement and Deliberative Action. Experiences within the community such as participation in governance and residence life are designed to be educational as well as supportive of the health of the community. Community Life courses are zero, one, or two credits and students can take them as electives (for open electives credit) at any time in their Antioch careers. Courses may also be open to the wider Yellow Springs and campus community.
Community Life courses fall into three categories; Contemplative Education (credit), Community Engagement (credit), and Health and Wellness (non-credit-bearing). Contemplative Education (CLCE) offerings support students in developing practices related to mindfulness, physical and emotional balance, self-awareness and empathy. Community Engagement Courses (CLCN) provide opportunities for students to develop interpersonal, social, intercultural and organizational skills that enhance their ability to effectively participate in the life of any community students choose to be a part of. Health and Wellness Courses (CLHW) support students’ physical, mental, and emotional health. While Community Life courses are not a requirement for graduation, students are encouraged to take at least two to three Community Life courses during their Antioch career.
Health and Wellness Courses
CLHW 105 Kettlebells
Mindfulness (2 credits)
Mindfulness introduces students to the practice of sitting, walking, writing and movement meditation in a secular context. We will cover the history of these practices, some of the current developing research and pedagogies. The heart of the course will be experiential and reflecting, learning and reflecting on the practices themselves. Weekly focus on quieting the body, the mind and the emotions will lead to the development of habits of emotional intelligence such as self-awareness, empathy and interpersonal resonance. Students will be expected to practice at least one time per week outside of class, to maintain a log of their practice and write weekly one page reflections on the readings. The writing practice will engage students in class to create a reflective journal that will be shared with the group in ongoing read-back throughout the term.
Yoga I (1 credit)
Explore the ancient art of Yoga through the postures (asanas), breath work (pranayama), relaxation techniques and philosophy. The postures are taught with attention on healthy alignment of the joints and spine, integrating the use of props as necessary. The class will emphasize how to integrate the practice into everyday life to promote balance and well-being in the body and mind. Students can expect also to engage with written reflections and readings on yoga philosophy. Yoga is non-competitive. It is a spiritual practice increases muscle strength and flexibility as well as improves health and well-being.
Listening to Self, Listening to Others (2 credits)
Community Life Community Engagement Courses are designed to provide community members with the opportunities to learn and practice skills that would allow them to be more effective as community members. In this course, the art of listening will be considered in the following ways: Listening as an interpersonal skill, as a social justice strategy, as community building, as an art-making strategy and as a contemplative practice. Students will be introduced to various approaches to listening. These will include story circles, group listening, the interview process, journaling techniques, and group singing.
Intro to Intercultural Engagement (2 credits)
This course is designed to give students an introduction to the history, theory, and practice behind effective intercultural dialogue. We will discuss issues of race, though we will certainly discuss the many intersecting identities that make such interaction difficult and potentially volatile. The course will make use of books, articles, blogs, videos, and films for course material. The course will be highly participatory and discussion driven. Brief lectures, films, and guest speakers will also be utilized periodically to add depth and meaning to the course topics. Students will be asked to keep a journal/blog for the duration of the course with reflections on the course material and related interactions outside the course. Students will be asked to submit current event topics to discuss with the class bi-weekly. Students will be required to submit a final paper/project (group or individual) based on the course material.
To Shin Do (2 credits)
Students will be provided with all the key ingredients to emerge safely from unexpected danger, whether physical, mental or emotional. The course will follow the Taijuitsu Level 1—foundations of self-protection curriculum as outlined in The Ninja Defense book and DVD. Students will have the option of testing for belts and move through the To Shin Do curriculum to black belt. Taijuitsu Level 1 training is effective physical, intellectual, and emotional self-protection—an exciting excursion into empowering self-development. To determine the 12 most common surprise attack ambush assaults likely to be thrown at good people by dangerous aggressors, To Shin Do founder Stephen K Hayes interviewed law enforcement officers, security professionals, nightclub doormen, emergency room doctors, and even coroners. He then designed his first phase of training to show you how to win in the 12 surprise attacks most likely to occur in a hostile confrontation, how to rescue other people in those 12 threat situations, how to use 12 natural body self-defense tools, and how to develop the grounded presence of focused command in high-pressure situations.
Kettlebells (0 Credits)
Kettlebell has been proven to simultaneously increase cardiovascular health and significantly strengthen muscle, bone and connective tissue, developing both endurance and explosive power. Physical exercise supports healthy neuro-chemical regulation, leading to healthier emotional states, stress reduction, boosted endorphins, regulated metabolism and enhanced mental focus. It has been shown that exercise increases the amount of plastic neurons generated in the hippocampus, (the learning part of the brain) and so students who engage in sustained physical activity actually increase their capacity to learn and retain information. The kettlebell program at Antioch College will intentionally support and challenge community members at all physical fitness levels.
Each class will be fun, supportive, educational and empowering. Each class will consist of warm-up, skill building and individual and group instruction. In addition to twice weekly class times, students till have the opportunity to practice on their own in an open gym session. Students will be required to log at least one hour per week in addition to the instruction times and show documentation to the instructor. This course does not carry credit towards a Bachelor’s degree.