Specializes in sharing "hands-on" experiential principles of this ancient geometry with participants of all ages Marnie Muller, MLA, has immersed herself in the love of geometry and the ancient mystery traditions since the 1960's. In particular, she is interested in how kinesthetic /body wisdom awareness of these universal geometric forms and their interpenetrating and metamorphic qualities help stabilize the possibility for the human to exist as Body-Soul-Spirit and be in conscious co-participation and resonance with Heaven Above, Earth Below. She extensively studies ancient sacred geometry with Keith Critchlow, Randall Carlson, Robert L. Powell, Sr. and others and also includes the ancient Sophianic Wisdom tradition in her orb.
She lives in the Asheville, North Carolina area and exchanges on a regular basis with a number of sacred geometry colleagues. Marnie specializes in sharing "hands-on", experiential principles of this ancient geometry with participants of all ages as well as in designing and constructing large, life-size geometric forms for exploring the beauty, grace, and kinesthetic awareness of moving within these powerful, universal forms, both indoors and outdoors. Her body wisdom studies include contact improv, continuum, tai chi, primordial chi kung, classic eurythmy, and choreocosmic eurythmy.
She has worked as research associate at the Foundation for Mind Research, as Project Director of Art/Environment at the Savannah Science Museum, as a Math-Science Teacher, and as an editor and as an author. Her UNCA Masters thesis was on The Classical Seven-Circuit Labyrinth as Transcultural Phenomenon. Presently she is Director of The Universe Story Journey and is a founding member of the EarthVoyage Team which focuses on developing and presenting interdisciplinary, inter-generational "hands-on" programs and multi-media on a giant, geometric Dymaxion map projection of the world designed by R. Buckminster Fuller.
Her cosmological studies include the work of Rudolf Steiner and Thomas Berry, who has been a main mentor. Her focus is the Sacred Story of the Universe and its time-developmental processŠwith the inquiry: "How best do humans participate in the sacred community of the Universe"? As Project Director of The Universe Story Journey, she encourages others in their own inquiry process as cosmic citizens.
The Universe Story Journey is a large, permanent outdoor museum quality exhibit which she co-designed, developed and directed its installation as a 60-foot wide spiral timescale Walk in the woods on the hundred acre-plus campus of a private, international high school. On the spiral path which winds back to the Origin of the Universe, every 36 feet equals approximately one Billion years. Along the way, one experiences large timescale stations with NASA color images portraying key "moments" in the story of the emergent Universe. Marnie also designs and guest teaches original curricula for the site including Ancient and Contemporary Cosmologies & Creation Myths from around the World, Exploring the Biological Kingdoms and their Place in the Universe Story, Origin of the Chemical Elements of the Periodic Table, and the Living Geometries of Nature.
Recently her schedule has included teaching a 5-day Course at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching to teachers from around the state. She designed a "DaVinci-Style" Studio space where teachers in that residential-retreat setting could come and work/play with "hands-on" materials, even into the wee hours of the night. She invited colleagues Mark Hanf and Thomas Belisle to join her and together they invited participants to see geometry in a whole new light.
For the Black Mountain College Museum & Art Center's exhibit, Ideas + Inventions: Buckminster Fuller and Black Mountain College/Exploring the genius of R. Buckminster Fuller in 2005, Marnie designed, constructed and installed a range of 3-D geometric forms based on Fuller's work. In addition, she designed and conducted an experiential, inter-generational workshop, Great Circles + Spaceship Earth which included hands-on construction of geometric forms. She also coordinated a benefit concert as a tribute to Fuller, Music from the Dymaxion Dimension.
Marnie Muller has a B. A., Cum Laude, in Philosophy with Interdisciplinary Studies, from Marymount College, Tarrytown, New York and an MLA from The University of North Carolina, Asheville. For over 20 years Marnie has studied and worked with the renowned cultural historian Thomas Berry, author of The Dream of the Earth, The Universe Story, and other works and has collaborated with educators from the US and Canada to develop innovative, experiential learning models for sharing his work with broad communities. Her UNCA Masters thesis was on The Classical Seven-Circuit Labyrinth as Transcultural Phenomenon.
In the 70's, Marnie has worked with the Savannah Science Museum in Savannah, Georgia as Project Coordinator of the Art/Environment Awareness Project in collaboration with Telfair Academy of the Arts & Sciences. She also designed and taught environmental education classes, conducted experiential nature walks for teachers and hundreds of students, and collaborated in planning the conversion of the museum from a "behind glass"museum to a "hands-on" museum (Boston Children's Museum/SF Exploratorium style ). She also helped create the Resource Center Library on Sustainability and Environmental Education and authored the regional environmental education handbook: Let the Environment Become Your Classroom for The Coastal Office of the Georgia Conservancy, Savannah, GA. Her experience as an educator includes developing and teaching original, hands-on curriculum in Science and Mathematics.
From 1983 to 1992 she was co-founder/editor and contributor for Katuah: Bioregional Journal for the Southern Appalachians, which focused on preserving the cultural and ecological diversity of the Southern Appalachians. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Consortium, dedicated to celebrating and preserving the ecological and cultural heritage of Southern Appalachia.
Online Courses with Marnie Muller
Tao of Geometry with Mark Hanf and Marnie Muller
This multifaceted course integrates hands-on geometric drawing with dynamic multimedia presentations and invites students to explore the harmonic balance of Heaven and Earth, Form and Emptiness, Science and Spirituality, Mastery and Mystery, Yin and Yang. Deep within the ancient art and science of Geometry lies a beautiful and mysterious system of forms that has fascinated philosophers and sages from all spiritual traditions since antiquity. In this particular Foundation Course we invite participants to awaken their own deeper levels of perception and to access the golden key of Sacred Geometry to unlock secrets encoded in the sacred symbols of China.
Opening the Golden Door of Sacred Geometry
Geometry, one of the world’s oldest sacred sciences literally means “earth measurement”, and in the wider sense, concerns itself with the measurement of all Space. Deep within this study of the Space of Universe lies a beautiful and mysterious system of Living Wisdom with its vibrant, archetypal forms that have fascinated philosophers and sages from all spiritual traditions since antiquity. Beginning with a comprehensive multimedia presentation, we trace the lineage of this ancient wisdom tradition and explore clues from Ancient Egypt, Persia, Greece and the British Isles.