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Maharishi Universityof Management

MUM Semester in Hawaii

Cultivating Purpose & Sustainability

At MUM, we believe that global change happens only when we understand the connection between nature and ourselves. This off-campus semester program is designed for students who want to develop a deeper understanding of themselves, others, and their relationships with the environment. We do this to better the world through sustainable practices.

Do you want to learn how to help our planet? Now you can, with us, on the Big Island.

This Program is for Students Who Want:

  • A break from their current college campus while earning college credit in an exotic location
  • To cultivate a deep relationship with Hawaii’s lands, people, and culture
  • To spend a semester abroad with a “cohort” of like-minded individuals
  • To explore their inner selves and the all-encompassing nature of life

Immerse Yourself in Native Hawaiian Culture

We are hosted in facilities owned by the Kohala Institute on the Big Island, near Kapa’au and Hawi. The recently renovated historic facilities are located on 2500 acres of land owned by the Kohala Institute, the site of the ancient Hawaiian village (ahupua’a) of I’ole.

Students will be totally immersed in Hawaiian culture, meditation, advanced agricultural design, herbal medicine, spirituality, and more.

Learn from Sustainability Experts

You’ll learn about advanced sustainable practices such as permaculture, medicinal herbal preparations, and bee-keeping from a range of experts and leaders within the field, including:

  • Dr. Appachanda Thimmaiah, one of the world’s leading authorities on biodynamic agriculture
  • Dr. John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at University of Missouri-Columbia and an expert on sustainable economics
  • Dr. Fred Travis, an internationally renowned neuroscientist and a leading figure in global research on consciousness
  • Dr. Ved Nanda, professor at the University of Denver and a major figure in the global international law community
  • Jay Harmon, an award-winning entrepreneur and biomimetic inventor

Tap into Your Creative Potential and Create Change

Do you have creative ideas that you want express more easily? In this program, all students learn the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique. Backed up by decades of scientific research, the TM technique has been shown to enhance brain functioning and relieve stress; helping you to make your world-changing ideas a reality.

Courses included:

How does a deeply holistic worldview develop? A deeply holistic worldview is one that sees the world, both in intellectual understanding and in experience, as full of sentience, intelligence, consciousness. A deeply holistic worldview sees the world as more than the sum of its interrelated parts. With this holism, “life” as an emergent property that is not present in individual parts of living organisms but emerges from the whole. How would this worldview inform economics, science, governance, religion, healthcare, agriculture, energy use, buildings, organizational and city design? In short, how would a deeply holistic worldview change the way we do and be in the world? We draw on leading thinkers from around the world that are working to integrate holism into their disciplines, as well as ancient approaches to holism to help you decide what you want to do and be in the world.
Deep sustainability connects the ecological, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability with its deeper levels of spirituality and consciousness. This course explores ancient and modern ideas of holism in Hawaiian culture, as well as other world wisdom traditions, including Vedic Sciences. We include an introduction to the effects of colonialism and the adoption of western science and economic models. We look at Hawaiian engineering, agriculture, governance, wayfaring, and cosmology, as well as what it means to be a Hawaiian cultural practitioner today. There is extensive use of field trips and guest speakers, along with hands-on experience in hula, Hawaiian music, cultivation and use of traditional Hawaiian plants, craft, traditional medicine.
Sustainability is an emergent property of the ecological, social, and economic integrity found in healthy, holistic living systems of living, working, and being. Sustainable living is how we put this into practice in our homes and in our communities. In this block we will explore practical hands on solutions to the sustainability challenges that face humanity today, both at the individual and community scale. Buildings, composting, renewable energy, agriculture, rainwater harvesting, community organizing initiatives, etc. are also included in the course.
This “bookend” course provides an individualized context for the Hawaii Semester program by integrating individualized and collective learning in a uniquely connective manner. In the opening part of the program, incoming students identify an individualized project that shapes the uniquely connective learning territory of the Hawaii Semester. Throughout the program, students’ experiential learning and research projects support this individualized project. The closing part of the program connects this individual project with a cohort-wide project. Essential to this course is an openness to evolving personal interests and passions into a uniquely connective life-work that integrates consciousness, community, and sustainability. Preparation for this course runs through the entire semester-long program, with this course dedicated to the completion of a project and the exploration of setting life directions informed by the entire program.


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For more information, contact Devon Almond at or (808) 854 9652.

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