Connect to Nature. Nurture Your Mind, Body, and Spirit
In December of 2010, Amanda graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with her Doctorate in Geography.
Dissertation: "Spiritual Landscapes in the 21st Century: The Geography of Power Mountains and Healing Waters of the Southern Appalachian Region". You can read it here!
Amanda was able to blend her background in natural resources with cultural belief systems.
In May of 2000, Amanda graduated from Appalachian State University with a MA in Geography.
Thesis: “An Assessment of the Effectiveness of Cross-Vane Structures used on Clark Creek and Shawneehaw Creek in North Carolina”.
In May of 2000, Amanda graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in Natural Resource Management with a concentration in Soil and Water Systems.
Minors: Botany and Crop Science
This is the foundational course for understanding people and places. A standard course for geography majors and highly recommended for history, secondary education, and other majors.
This course covers the human-environment interaction through time and space. The way Amanda approaches the course is based upon assessing the socio-cultural anthropological aspects of various case studies through seven elements of our earth. These elements include: Fire, Water, Wind, Stone, Plants, Animals, and Humans. For example when investigating the fire element, students learn how solar energy compliments or negatively impacts cultures around the world; students learn about volcano mythology in comparing Iceland and Hawai'i as well as the associated gods/goddesses with Volcanoes. An important aspect is learning how different cultures perceive these natural hazards; how cultures use wildfires to alter their landscape; and how various cultures connect to the sun through temple architecture, sun ceremonies, and worship.
This course covers the concepts of topophilia, spiritual landscapes, and sacred sites. Through the modern lenses of tourism impacts and economic development to historical accounts of ceremonial uses of sites, archeological findings, and mythology associated with sites and their uses today, students explore and learn how these places emanate power to different cultures.
*It is recommended that students continue with the Myth, Ritual and Magic Course to understand how the cultures we study honor these lands through ceremony.*
This course explores sacred symbols, rituals, and ceremonies of various cultures from the past to today. Students explore various shamanistic perspectives and techniques. This course is experiential and hands on as the students themselves create a water blessing ceremony and a despacho. Students will have the opportunity to learn from the cultures of the Cherokee, Hawaiians, Aymara, and West Africans as well as explore more modern perspectivies through neo-paganism, UFO Cults and new-age beliefs.
*It is recommended that students take before this course, the Spiritual Landscape course so they understand why these ceremonies are conducted by different culltures.*
Physical Geography, Earth Science, Physical Geography II, and Physical Science Seminar for Freshman (non-science majors)
Cultural Geography and Population Geography,
Geography of Russia and its Neighbors and Geography of the Non-Western World
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