Tuesday, February 1, 2011

An Interview with Ruth Farmer

IMA director Ruth Farmer is featured in an interview with Susan Moul, IMA graduate and co-founder of The Magazine of Yoga.

Come visit the site and read Part 1 of the interview here. Ruth tells us of IMA students, "Those kinds of learners want peers, advisors, guides, and they are interested in earning a degree. They want individualized. Their lives, their professional lives, or their personal lives make it such that they prefer low residency, but they don’t want to be alone."

In Part 2, right here,  Ruth and Susan talk more deeply about the becoming a leader, tinkering, identity and trusting the process. She says of the IMA program's low-residency format, "Even before this technological revolution, Tim Pitkin (Goddard’s founder), and others at Goddard, realized the value of the intensive, low-residency education model. In the IMA program, intellectual exchanges during workshops, advising meetings, workgroups, in the dining room and in the dorms inform and energize students’ independent studies, as well as faculty teaching. Most of the IMA faculty have been with Goddard over ten years and are also working elsewhere in their respective fields. They model the commitment to life-long learning that we expect of our students."

Together, these two interviews give you a nuanced view into how individualized study unfolds at Goddard, and whether it might be just the ticket for your life's calling.

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