Healing & Wholeness: Walking the Middle Way

Spring 2021 Virtual Seminar

Theme Overview

We live in a time of polarities. Whether we experience it in our politics, community actions, family relations, gender, race, or ethnic conflicts, oppositional thinking has become a way of defining many of our personal and global encounters. And yet, there is another way of being in the world. This is the middle way, the path of balance and harmony. It is the gateway to healing ourselves and restoring hope for being together in these complex times.

This seminar shines a light on the middle way, offering a supportive community, time for reflection, opportunities for insight, new knowledge, and engaging practices for restoring wholeness and wellbeing. We will share our life stories, gain tools that will imbue our work with greater meaning and purpose, offer compassion to ourselves and others, and celebrate the gifts within our hearts.

Join us as we walk together in the middle way toward greater truth, hope, and love.

Quick Facts


Saturday, March 27, 2021 – Wednesday, March 31, 2021


9 am – 4 pm PDT


MATP & PhD Students


Virtual Online – Please reach out to your program chair for login details.

Rosemarie Anderson, PhD

Author and Professor Emerita at Sofia University, USA

Meet the Guest Speaker


Rosemarie Anderson, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita of Psychology at Sofia University USA, Co-Director of the Sacred Science Circle, an author, and poet. In 2017, she received the Abraham Maslow Heritage Award for her “outstanding and lasting contribution to the exploration of the farther researcher of the human spirit” from the Society for Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association. In 1998, she authored Celtic Oracles and co-authored, with the late William Braud, Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Sciences. In 2011, Rosemarie co-authored Transforming Self and Others Through Research with William Braud and Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Research: Phenomenological Psychology, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Research, and Intuitive Inquiry with Frederick Wertz, Kathy Charmaz, Linda McMullen, Ruthellen Josselson, and Emalina McSpadden. Since retirement in 2014, she has translated the Chinese classic, the Tao Te Ching, forthcoming in Spring 20201 as The Divine Feminine Tao Te Ching: A New Translation and Commentary. She lives in southern Oregon surrounded by wilderness and wildlife. ​ 

Seminars at Sofia

Seminars are a unique experience to Sofia University offering students a variety of transpersonal approaches to personal and professional growth in a group setting. By the end of the seminar, it is our hope that students will:

Learn about transpersonal education

Understand the Sofia protocol

Engage with their learning community

Meet Sofia faculty, staff, and administration

Develop respectful virtual interactions and transpersonal ways of being

Gain an understanding of how to use APA writing skills

Our Philosophy of Transpersonal Education

Our courses are developed by experts in their field and instructed by faculty with varying philosophies. Each course is based on principles of holistic, transformative, transpersonal, and adult learning. We recognize that adults learn best when given freedom and choice, when they are trusted to make decisions, and when they are encouraged to learn in multiple ways within the structure of existing goals and objectives.  Our hope is that students make choices that inform them, illuminate their imaginations, and help them to integrate and apply new material in ways that serve their lives, their communities, and the planet.

In our courses students learn by reading scholarly and imaginative works, opening their hearts, expanding their knowledge through culturally diverse and ecologically informed perspectives, working contemplatively, engaging in reflective scholarship, participating in self-reflection, using imagination, and opening to epistemologies of the heart.  Our courses are collaborative, dynamic, and transformative. Learning is authentic, embodied, creative, and enriches personal, spiritual, and professional development. We encourage students to take a wisdom approach toward life and to move beyond current limitations, to discover new guiding principles, and to move toward greater alignment with their life’s purpose. We want our students to engage in true self-transformation while developing their professional aspirations. In the end, we hope that you will bring your transformed awareness into your communities.

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