Institute Portrait.jpg

PHILIP FRANCIS

Director, Faculty

PhD, Religion, Harvard University

MTh, Philosophy and Theology, Holy Cross

MDiv, Concentration in Mysticism and Ritual Studies, St. Vladimir’s

BA, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Gordon College

Philip Francis, founder of Seguinland Institute, grew up on a boat yard in Georgetown Maine. He learned to philosophize in that salty mix of lobstermen pragmatists and back to the lander idealists. After painting the bottom of many a boat, he took his questions on the road: to liberation theology base camps in Nicaragua, ashrams in India and monasteries in Greece. He settled down at Harvard Divinity School where he completed his doctoral work in religion and aesthetics. He held professorships at Carleton College and Manhattan College before becoming a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. His book, When Art Disrupts Religion, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. He is assistant professor of Philosophy & Religion at UMaine Farmington.

Courses:

Nature and Joy: A Philosophical and Experiential Inquiry

Seeking the Good Life: Back to the Land Spirituality From Walden On

Transcendentalism and Pragmatism

Contact: philip.francis@maine.edu , 857-523-0813

 
November_2018_55.jpg

MEG LEMAY

Faculty

PhD, English, Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Sexuality Studies, Ohio State University

MA, Gender & Cultural Studies, Simmons University

BA, Philosophy, Political Science, Simmons University

RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

For Meg LeMay, we learn best when we are unafraid of what we do not know. Indeed, Meg has learned the most from experiences that required her to embrace uncertainty. These include: poring over works in philosophy that felt beyond her grasp as a first-generation college student, stepping onto a plane to study abroad having never flown, moving outside of her comfort zone as a literary scholar to research zoology, taking a seat in a circle of bodhisattvas to meditate for the first time. If beginner’s mind and the vulnerability it engenders is the pathway to wisdom, Meg strives to walk it fully embodied. Her training in mindfulness informs her teaching style. Her students are emboldened to integrate their learning through bodies that live and breathe, to explore diverse perspectives and the landscape of their inner lives with equal rigor, and to find their feet so they may appreciate ideas that shake and remake their foundation. Meg taught English with a social justice focus at Ohio State University and Interdisciplinary Studies at Champlain College before returning to her Maine roots. She has taught yoga to women in recovery from addiction and co-runs a small farm with her Mother called Mindful Gardens.

Courses:

The Understory: Hidden Narratives of Human Thriving

Being and Belonging in the 21st Century

The Politics of Love

Contact: seguinlandinstitute@gmail.com

 
JP Head Shot Seguinland.jpg

JUSTIN PARK

Faculty

PhD, Adult Learning and Development, Lesley University

MA, Sustainability Education, Prescott College

BA, Social Work, Gordon College

LSW, Licensed Social Worker, State of Maine

Ordination: Hollow Bones Rinzai Zen Order

With an odd glimmer in his eye, Justin’s high school guidance counselor passed him a brochure for a mortician school. This was a test, as if to imply, “OK Mr. Soul Searcher...maybe your best option is to dress up dead bodies to look almost presentable.” An interesting challenge that was not lost on the young upstart. Justin set off on an unconventional learning journey to ask big questions and get his hands dirty. The next few decades found him catching on fire in steel plants, stirring vision as a wilderness guide, staring at the floor in Zen monasteries, and getting his world turned upside down as a social worker. Somewhere along the way he managed to cobble together degrees in Sustainability Education, Social Work and a doctorate in Adult Learning and Development. His interdisciplinary research has focused on: Transformative Learning, Wisdom Development, Flow States of Consciousness, Resilience, Moral Potency, Emotional Intelligence, and Mindfulness. Justin currently works as an ordained Zen Priest, Social Worker, and Human Developmentalist.

Courses:

Ecology of the American Buddha

Alchemy of the Self

Contact: seguinlandinstitute@gmail.com

 
Seguinland_Institute_georgetown_maine_loren_francis.jpeg

LOREN FRANCIS

Faculty

MFA, Creative Writing, Stonecoast Writer’s Workshop, USM

MA, Comparative Literature, Stockholm University

BA, Philosophy, English, Gordon College

Loren Francis is the in-house writer, musician, builder, boat captain and restorer-of-ancient-Airstreams at Seguinland Institute. His approach to all of these things has been honed by professional song-writing stints in Nashville and Stockholm, by sailing from Maine to almost Cuba, and by graduate studies at the University of Stockholm (literature) and at the University of Maine’s Stonecast Writer’s Workshop (MFA in creative writing). He has collaborated with Philip Francis, his brother, in developing the educational programming at Seguinland Institute, particularly writing workshops. He most recently taught the poetry component of a Seguinland Institute May term course for Manhattan College students: “Nature and the Good Life.” Poetry themes for the course included: Awe and Wonder, The Wild, Beauty and the Sublime, Silence, Solitude and the Mad Farmer’s Liberation Front.

Courses:

Writing the Natural World

Rewilding the Memoir

Song Writing in Open Space

Contact: seguinlandinstitute@gmail.com

 
Seguinland_Insitute_georgetown_Maine_Marsha_Dunn.jpeg

MARSHA DUNN

Faculty, Facilitator

MSW, Boston University, Group Dynamics

BA, Brown University, Modern Culture and Media

For the past 17-years Marsha has worked as a designer, graphic recorder, and facilitator of both deep, reflective conversations and strategic, action-oriented workshops. Central to her work is a commitment to listen and collaborate with her clients in order to deliver the best possible experience and outcomes. She has enjoyed working with organizations ranging from global companies to academic institutions, foundations, and local nonprofits.

In addition to her experience in the field, her perspective has been shaped by her undergraduate training in Art and Modern Culture and Media at Brown University, her Masters in Social Work training at Boston University, and her work as founder and designer of Seguin Tree Dwellings in Maine. In visual and design work and in facilitating dialogue, she seeks to integrate strategic and analytical thinking with a human and heartfelt approach.

Contact: seguinlandinstitute@gmail.com