Wisdom begins in Wonder...
Sacred Sophia is an Academy for those who marvel at the mysteries of nature, healing and the human mind. Great physicians of the past such as Hippocrates and Paracelsus knew that the healing arts came from nature, and studied medicine with a holistic perspective - a perspective which is needed in the world now more than ever.
Sacred Sophia is a school for those who seek to learn about natural medicine, holistic psychology, and all those healing arts which come from the wisdom of nature. "Sophia" in Greek means wisdom, and the Philosopher the lover of that wisdom.
Natural Philosophy is a term which encompasses all fields that study nature, and is rooted in a tradition that existed prior to the increasingly hyper-specialized and reductionistic focus of the natural sciences. It brings us back to a time when alchemy and chemistry, astrology and astronomy, medical art & medical science were not as sharply separated as they are in today's consciousness.
At the academy we believe that much was lost when intuition was cut from reason, and ancient tradition from experiment - and indeed much can be regained from a holistic perspective to the healing arts. To understand healing we must see the whole brought to us from ancient traditions, and also learn from the parts shown to us by modern science.
Education is the kindling of a flame,
not the filling of a vessel.
The purpose of education is to give to the body and to the soul all the beauty and all the perfection of which they are capable.
Year of 387BC
(Founded First Academy)
Medicine is not only a science; it is also an art. It does not consist of compounding pills and plasters; it deals with the very processes of life, which must be understood before they may be guided.
(Swiss Alchemist & Doctor)