In addition to the in-class curriculum, the MMW Program also looks for effective and informal ways to enrich students learning outside the classroom. Each year, the program offers trips that provide students first-hand exposure to a variety of cultural and religious traditions in our local community. For example, in winter quarter students enjoy a "Poetry in the Pines" outing at Torrey Pines State Reserve, while reading nature-inspired poetry from around the world. We have offered trips to a Buddhist monastery and a Hindu temple in order to better understand how Buddhists and Hindus practice their faith. We have even visited a camel dairy so that students can better appreciate the important role camels have played in history. The MMW program is always open to suggestions for trips or activities that can further students appreciation for cultural diversity and historical awareness.
Deer Park Monastery Trip
ERC students and two MMW faculty participated in a weekend retreat on "Education and Meditation" hosted by Deer Park Zen Monastery in Escondido, California. Participants were exposed to how Buddhism is practiced in a monastic setting, while also enjoying a restorative and meditative respite from the hustle and bustle of their daily life as college students.