ALEF TRUST STUDENT EXPERIENCE
"THIS IS MORE THAN A COURSE, IT'S A TRANSFORMATION!"
At Alef Trust our alumni and student community are our most valued partners. We strive to cultivate a dynamic international learning community, in which mind, body and spirit are equally honoured. In all our programmes we encourage personal and professional development through multiple ways of knowing, embracing creative, spiritual and somatic practices alongside intellectual study.
Our goal is not merely that you should acquire intellectual knowledge and excel in academic terms – important as that is. In the spirit of the great spiritual traditions we aim to support you on your journey, enabling you to integrate new knowledge and practices into your personal and professional life.
We are dedicated to nurturing deeper awareness, connection, authenticity, creativity and intuition – so that more and more people feel able live their potential.
If you decide to join our community, we will co-create your learning journey with you, blending academic study with spiritual practice and engagement in our community … which is dedicated to research, learning, and the fostering of enriched states of being.
What our students say…
Martie S. Underwood
“My journey with the Alef Trust continues to be one of stepping forward into growth, both personally and professionally. The Masters programme provided me with a solid academic foundation and an opportunity to study with some of the most established and enlightened consciousness and transpersonal psychology experts in the world. Applying this knowledge in my professional practice is truly transformative as I see how it benefits the clients I work with. Throughout the Masters programme, the Alef Trust supported my learning journey, and my lecturers and supervisors were equally excited to explore the ideas I had. Thats why, when the time came to progress onto my PhD, the choice was obvious.”
“The MSc course in ‘Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology’ provided by Alef Trust is stimulating on various levels. A sense of connection and camaraderie gets cultivated within the online community. We had more contact with the tutors on this course than we would have had if it took place exclusively on university premises. The tutor team and the course organisers were always responsive to emails as well as in the online forums where we gathered to discuss the course topics. This made studying convenient and fun. There is much to learn on many levels on this course and there is plenty professional support and guidance each step of the way. A good balance of academic rigour and transpersonal growth. Highly recommended.”
“This was a truly transformational journey. The course has given me a lot of knowledge, particularly in the domain of individual and collective transformation, which is one of my key interests. However, my most cherished gain is my own transformed self. I have a more expanded understanding of myself, I feel more authentic, more compassionate and more connected to others. I now apply what I have learned through the courses I teach at university as well as through transformational work in organisations. Yet it is not just the knowledge that I apply, I also apply “myself”. My own transformative experience serves as a catalyst and has transformative impact on others.”
“The Master’s programme is intellectually stimulating. I find the curriculum of the programme is recharging me. I come home from a long day at work, and then there are parenting responsibilities, home responsibilities and I feel exhausted. But when I immerse myself in the materials of this course, it feels very invigorating to me. I enjoy communicating with like-minded people, and I think that is huge bonus that we belong to such a great community. I also like that there is quick feedback with our mentors and supervisors. This is a wonderful programme with solid accreditation, created by brilliant scholars. The staff put their hearts into it, and nothing is as important as this.”
“It was interesting to be presented with such a rich array of ideas and to begin to see how they related to each other and made sense. The community has been great. There is a very generous warm culture which is set by Les Lancaster and Jessica Bockler. But I think that everyone who comes into it has a generosity of spirit which is really lovely. There is a sense of a deeper learning. You can’t always put your finger on it, but it has lead me to a deeper appreciation of my life. There is also the notion of potential. What might we be able to achieve? Perhaps not in the standard sense, but in deeper and different ways.”
“I find the course a hugely positive experience: the academics; the community; the resources. It’s been eye-opening. I work full time as well. There is flexibility around the time that I do things. Everyone is hugely supportive, and very respectful and responsive to any questions I sent in emails.”
“The web based nature of the course enabled me to easily attend lectures, tutorials and presentations which fitted in well around work. In my circumstances I wouldn’t have been able to attend a university based course. It also meant I could study in my own time and around my other commitments. My fellow students are based all around the world and the different backgrounds, perspectives and interests make for a stimulating and enriching mix. Although this is a web-based course I have made some good friends, which is very rewarding. There is a growing community that you can share thoughts and ideas with, when many ‘regular’ people can think you are crazy! The staff are knowledgeable and so generous with their time, and their sharing of their knowledge and experience is very, very helpful. They are leaders in the field who have been very involved in their subjects for many years. I would not have access to them in an institution-based programme, except through their writings. On this course, you meet them ‘face to face’ and that is exciting!”
“There is a sense of community in the forums, in the online discussions, and definitely a place where you can express and go over and share your thoughts and feelings. It helped my writing ability, and my thinking process in formalizing them, contextualizing them, and expressing them. One of the important things about this programme is that it makes you explore yourself – your own inner dimensions – get in touch with your thinking process. Get in touch with your strengths, your weaknesses. So it is a personal development course as well, not just something where you learning straight academic skills and coming out of it with a degree. There is definitely a sense of a personal journey. I feel like it taught me a lot about myself, and it will help me in moving forward.”
Lorraine, Counsellor (Open Learner)
What does online study involve?
You will be working under the guidance of tutors who are eminent in their respective subject areas. Our staff are respected for their research, scholarship and practice in transpersonal psychology consciousness studies and allied fields.
Your experience will involve the following, mainly through our dedicated online learning environment (CLE or Collaborative Learning Environment):
Will I have contact with other students?
Absolutely. All students regardless of programme, become an integral part of our online learning community. You will have access to all of our community and learning sites where you can interact, mingle and exchange ideas with students and tutors within your own programme of study and, where possible, with students and tutors from other courses and programmes. The Alef Trust also has a presence on many major social media platforms, including Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn where you can engage with fellow students, tutors, alumni and others from the global transpersonal community. You also have the option to attend our Residential Programme & Retreat which happens once a year and is open to our entire learning community, giving you the opportunity to connect and engage with fellow students and some of our tutors in person.
What happens after I am accepted into the programme?
What kinds of people sign up to our programmes?
Our approach appeals to many people from all walks of life. Most are professionals working in areas including coaching, therapy, counselling, education, health, sustainability, new technologies, ecology, business and management, as well as research and consulting. Many wish to enhance their professional practice and life, whilst others study with us for personal enrichment.
The real commonality across all in our learning community lies in the overarching reasons for joining our programmes, which include:
And a last word from our graduates…
“I can’t express enough in words how this programme has been important for my personal and professional transformation. The CSTP programme was for me a stepping stone on my path to building a stronger professional position in my community and supporting my leadership in the professional area of therapy and personal development in my country.”
“To embark on this MSc programme is to embark on a journey of exploration …. The course leaders are excellent and foster a supportive, friendly, relaxed on-line community.”
“I absolutely loved the richness and multidimensional perspective of the intellectually stimulating content, and I look forward to applying the principles and practices of transpersonal psychology and consciousness studies to my life coaching practice, expanding professionally and personally. A big THANK YOU to the Programme’s creators who are not only great mentors and teachers, but also luminaries in the field of Consciousness Studies and Transpersonal Psychology.”