Landmark Education has redesigned its the Wisdom Unlimited course so that the entire Sunday of each weekend, from 10am to 6pm, is a ‘Community Sunday’ – a social gathering open to all friends and family of course participants. These community Sundays allow people to come together to socialize, participate in group exercises which deepen the distinctions of the course, and explore being part of a community committed to ongoing growth and development.
Noted Florida illustrator and journalist Thomas Thorspecken recently wrote about his experience of attending such an event. Thorspecken writes that he was invited by fellow artist Kelly Medford, and that he didn’t know quite what to expect, but that he was moved by an event that actively demonstrated the power of experimentation – play – and harnessing the community. Here is an excerpt of his description of the event:
“Kelly stood and gave me such a glowing introduction about being an influential artist who is helping build and strengthen the arts community. I got choked up, and a tear rolled down my cheek. I didn’t bother to wipe it away since no one was close enough to see. I shouted out, ‘Thank you Kelly’ and got right back to work. On tables around the room, there were scrapbooks which had visual biographies. Each page signified a year. Kelly showed me hers and there were childhood photos and snippets of conversation. Post its with negative thoughts were pasted here and there. These negative comments were things she said at the workshop and they originated years ago in her past. By recognizing the origin of the negative thoughts she could leave them behind. She could complete her past.”