Jazz 454: Special Topics:
Nature and Reflection

Instructor: Martha W. Travers | |

Spring Semester 2015
Wednesdays, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
2 credits | first time offered

Summer Semester 2015
Saturday, August 8 – Friday, August 14
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Glen Arbor, MI
2 credits | first offered in Spring Semester 2015

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor (Please reply with info specified below to request a spot in the class.)

Course Description

This course offers training in nature-based contemplative practices. Students learn to connect with the natural world through utilizing the senses, through sitting and walking meditation, through reflective writing, and through techniques of contemplative conversation. In both the spring and summer courses, students will spend the majority of the course out of doors. Students may register for both spring and summer term. Students receive 2 hrs. of academic credit per term.

The Spring Term course is held at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens on Dixboro Road
in Ann Arbor. The course meets once a week on Wednesday afternoons from
2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

The Summer Term course meets for one week, August 8 – 14, 2015, in Northwest Michigan at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. For more information about the national park and surrounding area, visit

Summer Term students will lodge at the Leelanau School in Glen Arbor, Michigan.

Associated Fees for the Summer One-Week Intensive: $300.00 for lodging Saturday, August 8, through Thursday, August 13. There will be additional costs for food. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the park, as well as transportation within the park (as we will be moving from site to site). Students are encouraged to arrange car pools.

Summer class sessions will meet on-site at the National Park and will include day hikes in the forest and at various locations along the Lake Michigan shore. photo: courtesy of Shekinah Errington

Open to students from all fields. Permission of instructor is required, however; interested students must contact Prof. Martha Travers,, and provide a brief statement (1-2 paragraphs) that indicates your major, year, and why you wish to take the class, and your 8-digit ID #.

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Class activities
include day hikes along the Lake Michigan shoreline. photo: courtesy of Shekinah Errington
a vista of sand dunes and Lake Michigan at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore