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Undergraduate Institutes

May 29- June 12, 2012

This institute will explore the concept of sacred space by examining three areas where human beings, through their cultures, have assigned the quality of sacredness: sacred land, sacred architecture, and the sacred space in the heart.

Participants will:

  • seek to understand what makes the natural landscape, a building, or the soul sacred to different cultures and religions
  • examine these three images of the sacred and their web-like confluence using academic study and on-site experience
  • reflect on their discoveries and share insights through small group participation

To take the institute for credit register for REL393-01. There will be an additional fee for field trips which will  not exceed $50 .

To take the course for non-credit, please contact Caroline Murphy at 845-257-2907 or email her at  The price to attend this institute as a non-credit participant will be $300, which includes course instruction, materials and field trips, excluding transportation.

Class meets on nine afternoons and four weekend field trips.
     Tuesdays, 5/29, 6/5 1 - 3:30pm
     Wednesdays, 5/39, 6/6  1 - 4:00pm
     Thursdays, 5/31, 6/7 1 - 4:00pm
     Fridays, 6/1, 6/8 1 - 4:00pm
     Final exam Tuesday, 6/12 2-4:00pm

     Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner, NY - Saturday, 6/2 10:00am - 2:00pm
     Bluecliff Monastery, Pine Bush, NY - Sunday, 6/3 9:30am - 1:00pm
     St. John the Divine Cathedral, New York, NY - Saturday, 6/9 10:30am - 3:30pm
     Shanti Mandir Hindu Temple, Walden, NY - Sunday, 6/10 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Undergraduate students are expected to attend all sessions and field trips. Non-credit participants must attend the May 29 session. They may attend all or part of the subsequent class meetings and field trips. The fee will not be prorated.