About Arianna Helen

I'm working on a self-directed, self-created Sustainable Living and Transformational Creativity program to complete my independent “Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A.S.) degree”. The program is rooted in my desire to develop skills for creative expression and self transformation, to explore spiritual and metaphysical philosophy, to learn Positive Psychology theories and holistic methods of healing physically and psychologically, to find ways people and communities connect to the natural world, and to discover optimal ways of living that do not negatively impact the environment.

I've already completed AA and AS degrees as well as requirements to transfer to a State University as a Junior. Taking into consideration that I have two years of college (or about 90 units) left to complete a Bachelor degree, I've put together a curriculum that integrates science and arts using three connecting categories, with reading, writing, and foreign language lessons as well as assignments to attend or participate in other directed learning activities, workshops, or presentations.

I reserve the right to adjust the curriculum as I see fit, to make the program as useful and cohesive as I am able.

The curriculum

"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves." ~ C. G. Jung

Creativity: Writing/Art/Photography/Illustration/Crafts

"It is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes the intellect fruitful, that gives birth to imagination." ~ Henry David Thoreau

Transformation: Psychology/Philosophy/Consciousness/Personal Growth/Integral Practices

"The possession of Knowledge, unless accompanied by a manifestation and expression in action, is like the hoarding of precious metals: a vain and foolish thing. Knowledge, like wealth, is intended for use." ~ The Kybalion

Sustainability: Health/Fitness/Nutrition/Farming/Life-Style

"Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food." ~ Hippocrates

Internet Resources

The Artist's Way: http://www.theartistsway.com
750 Words: http://750words.com
Health Month: http://healthmonth.com
Couch to 5k: http://www.c25k.com
Writing Resources: http://ksdl.ksbe.edu/writingresource
Northern California Vipassana Center: http://www.manda.dhamma.org
Khan Academy: http://www.khanacademy.org/
Learners TV: http://www.learnerstv.com
Philosophers Notes: http://philosophersnotes.com/
Lynda.com Software Training: http://www.lynda.com/
Workflowy: https://workflowy.com/
SOMA (Sonoma County Mycological Association): http://www.somamushrooms.org/
Freestone Fermentation Festival: http://www.freestonefermentationfestival.com/
National Heirloom Exposition: http://theheirloomexpo.com/
Weston A. Price Foundation: http://www.westonaprice.org/

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