Virtual Dialectica: The Shapeshifting of Gender and Sexuality – July 4 – 10, 2021

  • Faculty: Various
  • Virtual Intensive
  • Content Category: Knowledge, Self-Mastery
  • Academic Credit: 4 Credits

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Credit: original painting by Calen Rayne 

Summer Trilogy
Relationships in a Time of COVID

This is the first course in our Summer Trilogy – Relationships in the Time of COVID. You may purchase each course separately, or you can purchase all three at a 10% discount by following this link to the Trilogy registration page.

Immerse yourself in this 7-day virtual initiation in the second of the Liberal Arts — Dialectica, which concerns the power of opposites updated for a 21st Century context.

Dates: July 4 – July 10, 2021, 10:00 to 12:00 Noon Pacific time on Zoom. All sessions will be recorded, so you can access the replay if you are not able to join the live sessions.
Faculty: Apela Colorado, Jim Garrison, Lion Goodman, Andrew Harvey, Calen Rayne, activists in the LGBTQ community 
Academic Credit: Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral – 4 credits
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Watch past webinars: January 10, 2021  

Credit: original painting by Calen Rayne

The Liberal Art of Dialectica: The Shapeshifting of Gender and Sexuality

The Coronavirus has stopped our world. We are social beings and we have been forced into lockdown. We are used to touching, kissing, and shaking hands and we have been ordered to engage in social distancing, wear masks, and not congregate in large numbers. We are being compelled to re-examine what it means to be in community and what it means to be in relationship both with each other and with the larger eco-field of life. We are in a world in which opposites are clashing at almost every level everywhere, breaking things apart and reforming them into new forms. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the transformational ways in which many people are experimenting with and reinventing gender and sexuality.

In this course, we will explore the nature of “Dialectics” – the science of understanding how opposites take shape, collide, synthesize, and are thereby transformed into a third thing. Dialectics is how the universe, how life itself, sustains the constant process of growth. Everywhere one looks, one finds opposites in creative tension — light and dark, yin and yang, creative and receptive, male and female, high and low, inner and outer — this is what makes the world go round. This is what the philosopher Hegel taught about with his notion of thesis, antithesis, synthesis. How can we understand opposites coming together in a process that creates novelty through synthesis? Or as Ken Wilber puts it, how do we transcend and include?

When Aristotle developed Dialectica as one of the seven liberal arts 2,500 years ago, he was thinking more about logic and the logical syllogisms that enable rational discourse and scientific inquiry. This was how Dialectica was classically taught. Classical syllogism:

  • All men are mortal.
  • Socrates is a man.
  • Socrates is mortal.

Today, this interpretation of Dialectica feels too limited, too arcane. Our world is comprised of far more than logical syllogisms. In the real world, logic collides with passion and it is passion, far more than logic, that animates history. To pursue dialectics, one’s thinking must be fluid so that one can grasp not only earthly knowledge but also the reality of spiritual truth. The one who is master of Dialectica stands between the heights and the depths.

Understanding this in the original Chartres Academy 1,000 years ago, students of Dialectica sought to come into right relationship with the planet Mercury and the god Hermes, known in ancient times as the winged messenger who could swiftly move between the gods and the world of human beings. Mercury and Hermes shapeshifted as conditions required. This is at the heart of Dialectica, and this is the central challenge of humanity today — how do we reimagine who we are and embrace new forms of living and relating for a new world to ensure human survival?

The planetary alignments for 2021 will accentuate the dialectic of relationships. The squaring of Saturn and Uranus over the year ahead indicates dialectical tensions between the old and the new, good and evil, progressive and conservative. 2021 will be a year in which all relationships will be tested and reworked into new forms.

One of the greatest dialectics in the world today is happening around the issue of gender and sexuality. Gender has become mercurial, shapeshifting right before our eyes. Something deemed eternal and constant for thousands of years of patriarchy — the definition of and distinctions between male and female — are breaking down. Gender and sexual fluidity is emerging to reframe formerly clear distinctions into new identities that are reinventing what it means to be male and female and thus what it means to be fully human.

Dialectica today is about humanity’s deepest relationship with itself. The pathway of moving from opposites once considered fixed and indisputable, to opposites merging with one another and creating new identities is a model for how our identities and our relationships must morph with ever-changing conditions. There is no more “normal.” Everything is in flux. In the midst of this, our challenge is to maintain our north star, build coherence, and anchor our deepest values even as all the forms that contain them continue to evolve so that we, too, can continue to transform and grow. This is what the 2021 course on Dialectica will explore.

Due to the pandemic, we are once again holding our programs virtually this year in order to preserve the health and safety of our participants, students, faculty, and staff. Based upon our success last year, and our focus on creating another compelling online experience, we look forward to welcoming you to this exceptional virtual gathering.

Credit: original painting by Calen Rayne


  • Apela Colorado, PhDindigenous scientist and elder of the Oneida-Gaul ancestry, founder of the World Indigenous Science Network will invoke our days and guide the exploration of our dreams.
  • Jim Garrison, PhD, Founder and President of Ubiquity University, lifelong scholar of history, philosophy and religion, will offer daily “nuggets” and moderate the virtual sessions of Grammatica.
  • Lion Goodman , coach and men’s group leader, on new forms of masculinity in a post patriarchal world.
  • Andrew Harvey, PhD (Hons), author of numerous books on mysticism, including the first book on gay mystics who will speak to the gender fluidity underway.
  • Calen Rayne, DMin will share insights on the labyrinth and lower church, and assist with preparation for ritual experiences.
  • Additional activists from the LGBTQ community to be announced


Requirements for enrolled degree students to earn 4 Credits:

Required Reading (choose three of the following books for your course reading):

  • Anne Baring, The Dream of the Cosmos or The Myth of the Goddess
  • Kate Bornstein, A Queer and Present Danger
  • Leslie Feinberg, Stone Butch Blues
  • Matthew Fox, Sacred Masculine
  • Andrew Harvey, Return of the Mother
  • CN Lester, Trans Like Me: Conversations For All of Us
  • Rene Querido, The Golden Age of Chartres
  • Philip Shepherd, New Self, New World

End of course essay regarding the learnings in this course using APA style.

  • For BA students – 6-9 pages in length
  • For MA students – 10-15 pages in length
  • For PhD students – 20-25 pages in length

All papers must be written to the APA standard and demonstrate the “subject/object synthesis” — we want students to demonstrate command of the content of the course, and we want students to demonstrate how they have been affected by what they have learned, how the content has informed their spiritual or personal development. We welcome all forms of artistic expression as part of the student’s paper.


  • BA Level: $400
  • MA Level: $800
  • PhD Level: $1,200
  • Audit-No Credit: $349

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Our Lineage

Ubiquity Chartres Academy builds upon and reinterprets the original Chartres Academy founded by Fulbert in 1006 when he became bishop of Chartres. Fulbert called his school the Academy to indicate that he was in the lineage of Plato’s Academy founded in 387 BC in Athens. We at Ubiquity University are privileged to be in this lineage and to count Fulbert and Plato among the giants upon whose shoulders we sit.

Our Chartres Academy is intended as a gathering point for a contemporary wisdom community to come together through the very same learning system that Fulbert and Plato used — the seven Liberal Arts. The Liberal Arts were initially refined by the Greek philosopher Pythagoras, who organized the first four, called the Quadrivium, comprised of music, mathematics, geometry, and astronomy. Plato learned the Quadrivium from Pythagoras and with Aristotle developed the Trivium of grammar, rhetoric, and logic. Together, they form the seven Liberal Arts.

The Liberal Arts were designed by these great thinkers as initiatory rites into the deepest truths about the universe, with each Liberal Art describing a certain essential element of the larger whole and designed to prepare the students for both professional skills and spiritual awareness. The goal for both students and teachers was to participate in an alchemical process of transformation leading to a deeper understanding of the universe and how to live an active compassionate life in the community.

Building on this foundation, the Seven Liberal Arts were brought to their highest expression by the Chartres Academy during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The seven arts also shaped the education refined during the Renaissance and gave rise to our modern “liberal arts” education, although education today has long lost the deep spiritual aspects of the original liberal arts. This is what the academies of Plato, then Fulbert, sought to instill, and that now our Chartres Academy seeks to recover and utilize as a transformational tool for what Plato called “the enlargement of the soul.”

What makes the Chartres Academy such a powerful experience is that it convenes in one of the most sacred sites in the world — the place which the ancient Druids, coming to the region over 3,500 years ago, considered the most sacred site in all of Europe, full of feminine energy. Each year, the entire Celtic tribe would convene in Chartres, called their vatican, meaning “the seat.”

This is the site where the cathedral now stands. Chartres has been a focal point for the veneration of the Divine Feminine and a center for the mysteries of healing and birth for thousands of years, and has been considered sacred from the earliest of times. This veneration was memorialized in stone and glass in the sweeping Gothic architecture of the cathedral, which the builders viewed as a form of sacred writing. Over 400 images of the feminine grace its walls and stained glass windows. The great mythologist Joseph Campbell called Chartres the ”womb of the world.“ It is also known as “queen of cathedrals,” such is the beauty and perfection of its form. It rivals the Taj Mahal as an architectural masterpiece designed and built in the spirit of love.

Fulbert and the Chartrian Masters who succeeded him, following Pythagoras and Plato, guided by the sacred feminine, understood that proportion and rhythm underlies the order of the cosmos. Their genius is that they were able to represent this perfection in the cathedral they built as a tribute to this truth. 

Testimonials from Virtual Grammatica in the Summer of 2020

The virtual journey into the heart of Chartres Cathedral, the heart of Ubiquity University, filled me with deep wisdom from the magnificent past of the Cathedral and hope for the future…I discovered new ways to strengthen my heart-mind coherence, my life-force, and new ways to transform the global trauma we are profoundly experiencing today.

– Janice Sealey

Virtual Grammatica was an inspiring program, delivered with care and consideration to the precious Chartrean community – I loved the skilful way in which the faculty sought to apply this first Liberal Art to the current world crisis. It was a week of sharing, insight, community, wisdom and love.

– Clair Hiles

The virtual offering of Grammatica far exceeded expectations and invited a transpersonal engagement of the heart which has inspired and informed personal, professional and academic commitments.

– Linda White

This was an answer to a prayer that someday you would bring this work to us virtually.

– Barbara Joyce-Lambert

The Chartres Wisdom School provides a true education for the soul, as well as the mind and body. It is precisely that: A WISDOM School of the highest order.

– Ann Debaldo