What is Deep Sustainability and how does it differ from conventional thought? Learn the pillars of sustainability and how these two schools of thought differ.
Deep Sustainabilitysm is a new perspective on what it will take for human civilization to not only persist, but flourish. Reaching deeper than earlier practices such as efficiency and substitution, it calls for the radical re-design of entire systems from the most basic level. It means integrating all of the community components of resilience – the ability to adapt to disturbances – into a dynamic, holistic framework that is self-reinforcing.
Since students in the MUM Master’s in Sustainable Living program are trained from day one in these deeper perspectives, they naturally learn to build sustainable systems from the ground up.
This activity has real effects. By taking a more holistic and open-minded approach to solving our planet’s problems, our students learn to reorient current systems toward the regeneration and renewal of human society. By their very nature, such truly sustainable systems embody profound ethical and social values — and still achieve both economic viability and a higher quality of life for all.
Our students gain a natural affinity for such holistic insights, since all MUM students also enjoy [a program of] Consciousness-Basedsm education. With this they develop the most powerful of all resources: their own consciousness.
We invite you to join us in transforming the world from the deepest level. Learn more about Deep Sustainabilitysm here.
The MA in Sustainable Living is a two-year program consisting of one year of classes/projects, and a second year either pursuing a research project or working to improve the sustainability of a company, an organization, or a city, town, or village. The successes of these activities is supported by Consciousness-based Education.
MUM was the first school to offer a degree in Sustainable Living, and now we offer the exploration of deep sustainabilitysm as the next logical step. Deep Sustainabilitysm goes beyond efficiency and substitution to a radical re-design of entire systems that no amount of superficial tinkering can fix.
The MA Faculty are leaders in their respective fields. David Fisher, PhD, spearheaded the design and construction of Maharishi University of Managment's renowned Sustainable Living Center. Appachanda Thimmaiah, PhD, wrote the organic standards for Bhutan...
— Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Join us this fall for Nature, Indigenous Wisdom and the Self, a course that teaches you how to explore local nature through direct experience, using the Kamana Naturalist Training Program, and gain a solid foundation of nature awareness as you prepare to design local sustainability projects.
Learn more about the specific courses offered in the Master's in Sustainable Living program. The program courses provide a mix of knowledge based in Advanced Ecological Design, Cultural Competence, Social Responsibility and Holistic Community Development. All courses work to train students for creating a truly sustainable world.
Our students will come out of this program more emotionally intelligent and able to use trans-disciplinary concepts to find creative solutions. They will know how to solve problems by identifying barriers to change and transitioning to deep sustainability. Their skills will include being able to start a successful organization and identify, design, manage, and measure an effective project.
Students will all go through the first year as a cohort taking an integrated sequence of courses. Dr. David Fisher will oversee the group through the first year. Other MUM Sustainable Living instructors and distinguished visiting experts will cover the topics listed below in courses of variable length.
Beginning in the second year students will have the option to work in the field gaining valuable knowledge and experience specific to their unique interests, or do research oriented work on sustainability. Fieldwork opportunities will be presented to students, or students may design their own project.
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Applicants for the MA in Sustainable Living need a BA or BS in Sustainability, Environmental Studies, or an equivalent; or a BA or BS in some other field and one year of...Learn More
You may fulfill this requirement by completing two years in the U.S. Peace Corps, or by conducting research in an area of sustainability that interests you.Start Making a Change
Maharishi University of Management’s is launching the new Master’s in Sustainable Living program this fall. The program is based on Deep Sustainabilitysm, a new perspective on ...
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Sustainable Living students from MUM visited Iowa City’s Englert Theatre to listen to a talk given by Vandana Shiva, entitled Eco-Feminism: Women in Defense of the Earth. Van...