“It felt lovely to know how deeply invested you are in this journey and our existence as human beings.”
–Fall 2019 Vassar student
As your guide, I should probably inform you that I once got totally lost while trekking alone in the Amazon. I did eventually find myself unlost, but that was through no fault of my own. After a sleepless night and then a day of doing everything I could to re-find the trail, I gave up and just started hiking in the general direction I needed to go, and within 20 minutes I happened on the trail and was on my way again.
I like to ask people, “Would you rather be hiking with someone who got lost in the Amazon but also got out of it and is the wiser for it, or someone who’s never gotten lost in the first place?” I submit that in Reclaiming the Sacred, both the course and the book, you are getting the best of both worlds. You’ve got me – a rather pleasant companion who has spent a vast amount of time both delighting in, and occasionally getting lost in, the terrain we will be exploring.
More importantly, though, we’ll be joined along the way by literally thousands of experts–Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning psychologists and cosmologists, economists and historians, saints and poets, and a few fictional characters thrown in for good measure–not one of whom, I believe, has ever been lost in the Amazon.
– Spring 2020 Online participant
I spent more than twelve years researching and writing this book, and I have been teaching the course since 2017, when I first started offering it at Vassar College. I have been offering the course online, open to anybody, since 2020.