Integral Flourishing: The Science and Spirit of Well-Being is a Ubiquity University self-mastery course. The course consists of 15 modules and is organized around the central theme of “flourishing”. For most people, the concept of flourishing is of great significance. Indeed, it is quite likely that you yourself strive to “flourish”. But what exactly is this elusive phenomenon of “flourishing”? And what action can you take to flourish more often, both within yourself and in interaction with others?
In alignment with the three core components of the Ubiquity University learning system, the Integral Flourishing course focuses on three main areas of growth and development:
1 - Academic Study - What is flourishing and why does it matter?
Throughout this course, you will be presented with a variety of scientific articles discussing the study of flourishing, or “well-being”, from psychological, sociological and philosophical viewpoints. Hormonal and neurological aspects of flourishing, or “happiness” in mammals will also be discussed. Integral Theory will serve as a meta-theoretical framework to make sense of existing contradictory perspectives on well-being.
As a participant, you are continually encouraged to use critical thinking skills to (1) analyse the statistical significance of research, (2) determine the effectiveness of interventions related to the promotion of well-being and (3) formulate your own definition of Integral Flourishing.
2 - Self-Mastery - How can I positively influence my own well-being?
Scientific research into human flourishing has produced a large number of insights and practical interventions that we, as human beings, can draw upon to improve our individual and collective well-being, both subjectively and objectively.
The experiential aspects of the Integral Flourishing course are designed to teach you how to optimize your potential and live a happier, healthier and more meaningful life. Through exercise and reflection, you will learn how to, among other things, deepen self-insight, improve resilience, strengthen optimism and increase the frequency with which you experience constructive states of consciousness.
At the beginning of the course, you will formulate goals relevant to your self-development. During the course itself, you will learn techniques to concretely realize these goals, often in collaboration with one or more fellow students. Towards the end of the course, you will evaluate the progress you have made and formulate strategies to sustain achieved successes.
3 - Impact Projects - How can I work together with others to promote Integral Flourishing?
To encourage you to share your individual talents and insights with the greater collective of which you are a member, the Integral Flourishing course is designed to invite you to explore the three dimensions of I, We and Society.
I: Within the dimension of I, you explore how you can improve the quality of your own life.
We: Within the dimension of We, you explore how you can improve the quality of the lives of others you are in direct relationship with.
Society: Within the dimension of Society, you explore how you can promote Integral Flourishing to significantly improve well-being within human society.
In addition to being challenged at an academic, personal and societal level, you will also be invited to have a considerable amount of fun.
Lee Mason was born in London and moved to Amsterdam at the age of nine. He is a graduate of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), where he studied Physical Therapy. As a physical therapist, Lee has facilitated thousands of treatment sessions with patients in various sectors of the Dutch healthcare industry, including private practices, rehabilitation centers and a university hospital (VU University Medical Center Amsterdam). Over a period of three and a half years, he also worked in a hospice, helping terminally ill patients to cope, in a dignified manner, with the progressive loss of physical and mental abilities during the last stage of their lives.
Throughout his career, Lee gradually shifted his focus from healthcare to education and, in 2012, established himself as a freelance teacher. He co-founded Integral Higher Education (Integraal Hoger Onderwijs), an organization aimed at promoting the Integral approach in Dutch colleges and universities. He has facilitated courses and workshops for students of Amsterdam University College (AUC), Amsterdam University (VU), the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the University of Utrecht (UU), the Technical University in Eindhoven (TU) and Avans College in Breda (Avans Hogeschool). In addition, he has also provided individual coaching for clients employed by Accenture, Amsterdam University (VU) and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture & Science (Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur & Wetenschap).
Outside of his work within educational institutions, Lee developed and hosted a course titled The School of Transformation, based on Integral Theory and designed to help participants (1) optimize their potential, (2) facilitate the development of others and (3) impact the world in a positive way. In his book, titled Optimal Health, Happiness and Meaning in Life (Optimaal Gezond, Gelukkig en Betekenisvol Leven), Lee presents a method designed to help readers successfully implement constructive behavioural change. Both the book and the online survey are informed by Integral Theory.
Lee has a keen interest in holistic approaches to health and well-being and has studied systemic therapy (constellation work) in the lineage of Bert Hellinger. He is also a meditation teacher, who has worked in the Buddhist monastery of Yeunten Ling (Huy, Belgium) and has taught meditation techniques to individuals and groups, including employees of a Dutch health insurance company (VGZ).