In January, the Swedenborg Foundation began accepting applications and essays for The offTheLeftEye Experience 2020 Scholarship sponsored by Bryn Athyn College. After receiving ten submission by the February deadline, a panel of judges that included professors from Bryn Athyn College and staff of the Swedenborg Foundation awarded the scholarship to Janni Roberts, who authored an essay titled “A Blessing.” In her essay, Janni explained how videos on the offTheLeftEye channel helped her through the grieving and healing process after the sudden loss of her fiance. As a result of winning the scholarship, Janni will receive registration for the Experience, including lodging, meals, and access to all events, free of charge.
Two runners-up, Miranda Heward and Maryam Ledun, were each awarded a free item of their choice from the Swedenborg Foundation’s online merchandise store on Redbubble.com.
All entrants wrote and submitted a 500- to 700-word essay describing a favorite video from the offTheLeftEye channel or an idea from the videos that has had an impact on their lives. We were touched by every essay we read, and so thankful for everyone who participated.
The OTLE Experience 2020 will be an immersive, multi-day exploration of the spiritual content we cover on our YouTube channel with the hosts and online community viewers have grown to love, taking place June 5-8, 2020, on the campus of Bryn Athyn College. Attendees can expect a transformative weekend with group bonding exercises and workshops, expertly guided meditations, and master class presentations from Curtis Childs, Dr. Jonathan Rose, Chelsea Rose Odhner, and other offTheLeftEye team members, as well as professors from the Institute for Swedenborgian Studies at Bryn Athyn College. Learn more >
UPDATE: As the situation continues to evolve, we’ve come to the difficult conclusion that we need to cancel the OffTheLeftEye Experience, originally scheduled for June 5-8. For those who have already registered, we will be refunding registration fees soon; you will receive a separate communication about that.
We plan to reschedule the event, most likely for sometime in 2021, once we have a clearer understanding of how the pandemic will affect people’s ability to travel and gather in large groups over the long term. Learn more about our plan >