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January 16, 2007 > Key to Deep Ecology

Key to Deep Ecology

"Voluntary Simplicity: Key to Deep Ecology" is the title of a 9-week course to be offered by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose at Queen of the Holy Rosary College. Classes begin Thursday, January 25, and will be held from 3:45 - 5:15 p.m. Dominican Sister Barbara Hagel will lead the discussion seminar. Sister's strong science/ecology background will contribute much to this offering.

The course will explore the meaning of voluntary simplicity, focusing on the material and psychological distractions that keep us from caring for the earth. Together, participants will learn the steps they can take to move toward a life "simple in means, rich in ends."

Topics covered by this course include concerns about accumulating wealth, attitudes toward consumption, the healthy use of time, and how to grow in the practice of simplicity.

Participation in discussions fostered by readings and personal study will enrich all enrolled and will help them to clarify and prioritize their personal values.

Sister Barbara Hagel is an educator, an administrator, and a lover of nature. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry/Physical Science from Holy Names College; a Masters in Science Education from Oregon State University; and a Masters in Private School Administration from University of San Francisco.

However, the most meaningful recent educational experience, in Sister Barbara's estimation, was earning a Certificate in Earth Literacy from Genesis Farm, in connection with Saint Thomas University of Florida.

It is recommended that those interested in taking the class should telephone Sister Katherine Jean Cowan, Academic Dean, to reserve a place, as soon as possible. Sister may be reached at 510 657-2468.

For further information, contact Sister Barbara Larner, O.P., at (510) 657-2468; or email

Voluntary Simplicity: Exploring Deep Ecology
Thursdays, Jan. 25 through March 22; 3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Queen of the Holy Rosary College
43326 Mission Boulevard, Fremont
(directly behind old Mission San Jose)
Course fee: $17
(510) 657-2468

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