Courses

All courses are arranged upon a rolling enrollment system (you can enroll and start anytime). Each course will include readings or films, video lectures, and written reflections/responses to the material covered. Enrollees may proceed at their own pace (no deadlines).

Enrollment form/agreement (must be filled out before course can proceed)'

Pay by check or contact us to pay via Venmo.

Seminar: Sophiology

A seminar focusing on: 1) the historical flowering of sophiology from the First Temple, to Protestant sophiologists of the early modern period (Jacob Boehme, The Philadelphian Society, Robert Fludd), to the great Russian sophiologists (Solovyov, Bulgakov, Florensky), to Catholic sophiology (von Balthasar, Bouyer, Tomberg, Merton, Teilhard de Chardin), to today; 2) the disclosure of Sophia in the arts, sciences, nature, and liturgy. 10 sessions. $150

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seminar: Meditations on the Tarot

Written during the 1960s, Valentin Tomberg’s Meditations on the Tarot is arguably the most significant text of Hermetic Christianity ever published. It is a work rich with meaning and insight and one could devote a lifetime to discovering its wonders. 22 sessions. $250

 

 

 

 

 


The Metaphysical Poets

An agapeic exploration of the poetry of John Donne, George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, Thomas Traherne, and Richard Crashaw. 11 sessions. Free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biodynamic Farming and Gardening as Christian Path

Biodynamics, while it has a solid theoretical framework underpinning it, is more than anything a hands on enterprise, so I intend to combine theoretical, practical, and, yes, artistic and festive aspects into the course. The idea is to have a lived experience of the sophiological implications of biodynamic farming and gardening and how such a way of being connects to the traditional Christian year and the astronomical and mystical elements that inform it.

The course will take place from Friday evening, April 29th, to late Saturday afternoon on the 30th. The next day, of course, is May Day and participants are invited to attend our farm’s yearly May Day Festival on Sunday the 1st of May at 3:00 p.m.

The fee for the course is $120 per family (assuming some people would like to bring spouses or children) and a lunch will be provided on Saturday. The farm is situated in the middle of Michigan’s Waterloo State Recreation Area which has plenty of camping spaces available as well as cabins to rent (though of more limited availability) and there are also other B&B accommodations in the area. Grass Lake is approximately 30 miles west of Ann Arbor and 15 miles east of Jackson, Michigan.

Here is the enrollment form  and send it in via snailmail with a check or money order or email director@thecenterforsophiologicalstudies.com and pay via Venmo @Michael-Martin-295

 

 

 

Poets and Mystics

An encounter with poets and mystics and the languages they speak, covering material from classical times to today. 8 sessions. Coming soon.

 

 

 

Thomas Bromley's 'The Way to the Sabbath of Rest'