Students in their “classroom” by the ocean
MUM students with Lonnie Gamble and Marie Alohalani Brown, professor of Hawaiian Religion at the University of Hawaii, at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
The newly renovated main house of the GRACE center at the Kohala Institute, home of MUM’s Semester in Hawaii
Kaliko Trapp Beamer, Professor of Hawaiian Language, introducing students to the Hawaiian language at the University of Hawaii campus in Hilo
(photos by Emanuel Schachinger, MUM faculty member)
MUM Offers New Semester in Hawaii on Sustainability
Maharishi University of Management is now offering a new program called Semester in Hawaii. The program began in early October, led by sustainable living faculty member Lonnie Gamble. The first group of students will be assisting Mr. Gamble design and test the program, which will be offered again in the spring of 2017.
The MUM Semester in Hawaii is an intensive, hands-on exploration of deep sustainability with like-minded students, top professors, native elders, farmers, entrepreneurs, and activists working to imagine, create, and advocate for a sustainable world. The program is designed as a semester or year, during which students from MUM and other universities will explore sustainability in the context of Consciousness-BasedSM education.
Modeled after the Semester in London offered by Grinnell College, MUM is seeking to establish a permanent presence in Hawaii. Although the first two semesters have a sustainable living focus, additional disciplines will be offered in the future.
The curriculum integrates consciousness, sustainability, and the local Hawaiian culture with a lot of hands-on experience and a final team project. Faculty for the program include MUM professors and experts from all over the world.
Immersion in the indigenous wisdom and culture of Hawaii is an important aspect of the program. “Hawaii is such a microcosm of bigger issues that face humanity on the planet,” said Professor Gamble. “There are also solutions and great innovations, including renewable energy. Traditional Hawaiian culture has an understanding that there is a unity that underlies the surface values of the universe, that the universe is brimming with consciousness. That’s very close to the philosophy of MUM.”
The program is hosted by the Kohala Institute on the northern part of the Big Island near the town of Kapaau. The Institute is located on 2,400 acres, with a complete ancient Hawaiian settlement and newly renovated facilities.