Transformative Learning

"What is the connection between a transformative learning approach and the sense of one's own spirituality? In what way does transformative learning nurture the spirit any more than any other learning style does?" There are many styles of transformative learning. In general, however, one key aspect of transformative learning the explicit recognition that learning...

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Workshop – Elemental Transformation: Changing How We Work with Change

Unfortunately, the workshop has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled this Summer; keep an eye out here for the announcement! Form / Re-Form / In-Form / Trans-Form Elemental Transformation: Changing How We Work with Change A hands-on/minds-on workshop with Frank Chester and Seth Miller Saturday, March 20th 9 am – 5 pm Live Oak Charter School Petaluma, CA Pre-registration is required. All workshop materials provided....

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Waldorf Educators: A Light on the Path

The world has problems; LOTS of them.  But as long as there are people like my friend Nancy, who devote their lives and love to one of the most important and practical callings on the planet, education of our young, I have hope for the future. Let me give you a picture, in her own words,...

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Coros Institute meditative retreat: The Great Passage

I had the good fortune to attend a Coros Institute meditative retreat: The Great Passage with Dennis Klocek on Whidbey Island a few years ago with my mother.  It was an amazing event, full of profound wisdom, practical exercises, and excellent company.  I would highly recommend it, not just for those who are thinking...

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The Matrix and Anthroposophy video

This lecture presentation was given at the East Bay Waldorf School in 2007 (see flyer below).  It explores the Matrix trilogy of movies from the perspective of spiritual science. Close attention is paid to the actual events in the "text" of the movies, with an eye towards illuminating features concerning the major characters and...

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On “The Moral Collapse of the University” by Bruce Wilshire

As a philosopher and an educator, I enjoyed Wilshire's book. Quite a number of his experiences parallel my own with regards to teaching and the self-reflective processing and mulling over the 'educational act'. I felt very at home with a number of his statements, like "we arrive at the capital feature of the educating...

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Waldorf and Montessori – a tiny perspective

There is often confusion about the differences between Waldorf and Montessori methods of education.  Having been a Waldorf teacher for six years certainly puts me in a biased position, but potentially one that can also offer some perspective on the matter. The Waldorf pedagogy recognizes that how one approaches the child is keyed closely to...

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