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Online Masters Degree in Women's Spirituality at Sofia University

Curriculum explores women’s roles in pre-history and history, women’s spiritual and religious leadership, women’s work in healing and social activism, and women’s ritual, literary, social, and artistic contributions.

Sofia University
Organic Inquiry, Feminist Research, Cohort Model, Tranformational. Specializations:
Spiritual Guidance & Creative Expression.

sofiauniversity.jpgAre you looking for a Graduate School that goes beyond a traditional education?

The Sofia University's Masters Program in Women's Spirituality curriculum explores women’s roles in pre-history and history, women’s spiritual and religious leadership, women’s work in healing and social activism, and women’s ritual, literary, social, and artistic contributions.

An advanced degree for women at a pivotal “crossroads” in their lives. The program promotes intellectual and creative expression, and integrates the intellectual, social, psychological, artistic, and spiritual aspects of womanhood.  Designed for busy women, the program entails one weekend per month on campus for two years, with no summer classes.

Cost: $31,000.00
Highest Accreditation.  Qualifies for Student Loans.
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Our feminist learning community offers dedicated mentoring, encouraging the development of new knowledge and theory through an integration of scholarly research, spiritual practice, embodiment, activism, and the sacred arts. The Sacred Feminine and the values of justice and equality associated with Her are explored in multi-spiritual traditions across Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas, the Ancient Near East/Middle East and Australia. Areas of study include:

  • Archaeomythology
  • Cultural feminist theory
  • Creative visual arts
  • Movement
  • Literature and poetry
  • Living indigenous sacred practices
  • Psychology of women
  • Metaformic theory (ritual origins of culture)
  • Performance ritual theater
  • Sacred texts
  • The revisioning of religion.

Program Details:
54-Unit, 2 year weekend Masters Program.
10 Core Courses (click here for course description)
Thesis Project, Community Project
September to June
Cohort Model

The program promotes intellectual and creative expression and explores and integrates the intellectual, social, psychological, artistic, and spiritual aspects of womanhood. The Women’s Spirituality program has at its foundation the values of transformative learning, with a view towards encouraging students to engage their local communities as change agents who live and work in accord with their own beliefs and values.

Woman-Centered: The program explores and celebrates women’s history, feminist perspectives, spiritual practices, and women’s contributions to society, past and present.

Program Curriculum:  Innovative curriculum integrates scholarly research, spirituality, embodiment, activism, ritual and the arts.

Judy Grahn, Associate Core Faculty, ITPAcclaimed Faculty:  Internationally-known leaders in the field of women's spiritual leadership work closely with students to prepare them for scholarly research and community leadership.

Cohort Learning: A collaborative educational model wherein a small number of graduate students share the same core classes throughout the program and build a supportive learning community.

Social Activism:  A community practicum allows students to contribute to the community by bringing aspects of the Feminine Principle into a variety of organizations. We will help you articulate your life work and design a plan of action to begin applying your work in the world.

Low Residency:  Designed for busy women, the program entails one weekend per month on campus for two years, with no summer classes.

Co-Directors: Modeling shared female leadership: 

Judy Grahn, Ph.D.Judy Grahn, Ph.D., internationally known as a poet, woman-centered cultural theorist, co-founder of lesbian-feminism, and early contributor to literature of women’s spirituality.  An important voice in cultural feminism. Her work centers on the reclamation of stories, values and methods of Sacred Feminine traditions. Her book, Blood, Bread and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World (Beacon Press, 1993) outlines a new origin theory of culture blossoming from women’s peaceful blood rituals, especially menstruation. In 1994, she was awarded The Publishing Triangle's Lifetime Achievement Award (in Lesbian Letters).  Judy’s Ph.D. is in Integral Studies with a concentration in Women’s Spirituality.  Judy is currently writing a book on goddess practices from research she did in India, using metaformic theory. 

Dianne Jenet, CoDirector of Women's Spirituality M.A. Program, ITPDianne Jenet, Ph.D.,  Adjunct and Research Faculty at California Institute of Integral Studies and Sonoma State University. She is the founder of Serpentina, a collaboration in support of 'woman-centered research for everybody.  She is also one of four co-authors of the groundbreaking qualitative research methodology, Organic Inquiry, first published in Organic Inquiry: If Research Were Sacred.  She holds a Ph.D. in Integral Studies with a concentration in Women's Spirituality and an M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology. Her passionate love for Kerala, India, takes her there almost every year where she researches and participates in community rituals to Bhadrakali. Her research interests are women's rituals and community rituals to the Goddess in South India, women's psycho-spiritual development, and qualitative research methods. Her research has been published in the U.S., Europe and India.

D'vorah Grenn, CoDirector of Women's Spirituality M.A. Program, ITPD'vorah Grenn, Ph.D., founder and director of The Lilith Institute (1997) and Voice of the Spirit (1998), a San Francisco Bay Area women's spirituality/study circle and lecture series.  Founding kohenet/priestess of Mishkan Shekhinah (2007), a movable sanctuary honoring the Sacred Feminine in all spiritual traditions.  Her most recent book is an anthology of the sacred writings of 72 women from 25 different spiritual traditions: Talking To Goddess, a collection of blessings, prayer-poems, chants, meditations and invocations.  Her ongoing work explores the role of the ancient and contemporary priestess, women’s contemporary ritual practices and social, spiritual and political change being created by the women of South Africa.

The Sofia University's Women's Spirituality Program's primary goals are to inspire social action and spiritual activism and to teach students how to think critically and work in ways that allow for personal transformation and consequent social change.

Required courses and electives are small graduate seminars held in a cohort model and taught by supportive, diverse, leading practitioners in the fields of women's spirituality and spiritual activism, including authors, scholars, artists and ritualists.  The required courses are offered on one or two weekends per month for two years. For students at a distance, a more flexible schedule is possible. Also required is a thesis or equivalent major creative project as a culmination of a student’s studies.

This program is designed for adult learners who have a passionate interest in the historical, cultural, philosophical and theoretical roots of a women-centered spirituality as well as the practical applications that its research, personal exploration, and creative expression inspire. The MA program looks to enroll students who have an intellectual capacity to learn theory and engage in critical thinking, and the emotional maturity to work within a cohort-learning structure that relies upon personal integrity and mutual respect. 

Online Discussion Groups: Dialogue for students across the country and around the world to stay connected.
Library Resources: Dedicated to global research.
Time Requirement: 15 to 20 hours per week.  A lot of interesting reading material.
Cost:  $31,000.  Highest Accreditation.  Qualifies for Student Loans that will cover travel expenses.

Sofia University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC).  Accreditation means that the school is recognized as a place of higher learning by the U.S. Department of Education. It is the stamp of approval that is recognized by institutions across the U.S. A degree from an accredited institution is also recognized by educational institutions looking to hire faculty. Generally, courses taken from an accredited institution may be transferred into other accredited institutions.

Sofia University
1069 East Meadow Circle, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Contact:
650.493.4430 ext. 296

"The common woman is as common
as the best of bread
and will rise, and will become strong.
I swear it to you,
I swear it on my common woman's head."

This poem was published in 1978 by Judy Grahn,
Co-Director of ITP's Women's Spirituality Masters Program.

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