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Emergent Studies Institute is a dynamic non-profit online learning environment. We employ innovative Internet technology to connect students and teachers in new ways. Educational programs may include experiments in sustainability (permaculture, ecological housing, humane animal husbandry), youth projects, community arts projects, and more. In addition to rigorous academic studies, our students practice engagement in heart-centered community service, supported by credible research and grounded in personal experience. Our programs are designed to be in-touch with the needs of students’ local communities, as well as recognizing our connection to a greater global society. ESI’s collegial environment encourages student/ faculty collaboration on mutually beneficial learning experiences supported by an affordable educational system that addresses each student’s needs and circumstances. We offer work-study and volunteer opportunities to reduce the cost of tuition. We believe both academic and practical training is built upon participants’ connection with Spirit. It is this universal spirituality that connects us with ourselves and everyone around us. We all walk upon the path of Spirit, and just as the nautilus shell represents the soul’s journey, so do our graduates emerge with the understanding and commitment to build bridges in an ever-changing world.