• Dates: January 12-18, 2020
  • Instructor: Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber
  • A 3 credit intensive on the Big Island of Hawai’i

In the Aloha ‘Aina (love of the land) movement, lines are blurred between the arts, spirituality, and gender theory. This intensive course offers students the opportunity to engage theory with practice on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Intersectional ecofeminist philosophy undergirds conversations about iconography, ethics, and sustainability.

Students will discuss critical theory, participate in guided icon painting, honor the ‘aina (land), and examine the ethical virtues of revolutionary women from history and myth. Each day involves a deep dive into the legacy of a one of these women, as students examine the values she promoted and their impact on theory and praxis at specific places on the island.

The classroom’s radical space of possibility encompasses an orchard, garden, art studio, dinner table, active volcano, tide pools, and seminar spaces. Research, reading, painting, writing, discussion, cooking, planting, harvesting, and exploring Hawaii are our various methods for learning and engaging the mind, body, and heart.

The Holy Women Icons Project is a non-profit seeking to empower marginalized women by telling the stories of revolutionary holy women through art, writing, and special events. Executive Director Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber holds a PhD in Art & Religion from the GTU, and is the author of 7 books.

– Course open to MA, MDiv, and PhD students as well as GTU alumni and trustees

– Room & Board: $1,500 ($500 subsidy available for GTU students)

– Tuition: gtu.edu/admissions/tuition-financial-aid

– Ida J. Thornton & Distinguished Scholars Fund tuition scholarship opportunity ($2000) for GTU students: click here.

– Attendees are responsible for arranging their own travel

– Credit toward certificates: The CLGS/Pacific School of Religion Certificate of Sexuality and Religion (CSR); and the GTU Women’s Studies in Religion Certificate.