Around the world there are a number of centres that fully engage you intellectually, practically and emotionally. I call them centres for positive change and below I've provided links to some I personally know.
One of the most transformative experiences for me was spending about a year at Schumacher College in England, as a student in 1992 and as a guest scholar on a course called Design for Life in 2003 with Janine Benyus (biomimicry). The course I ran was also a Permaculture Design Course. Schumacher College is essentially a green university - I love it!
Back in 1992, I so was incredibly inspired by learning at Schumacher College with people such as Fritjof Capra, Vandana Shiva, Helena Norberg-Hodge and Satish Kumar. Immediately after taking courses at the college I made a pilgrimage around the UK to places such as Findhorn, Scotland and the Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales.
I had also arranged with Helena to volunteer in Ladakh with her at the Ladakh Project (Local Futures). While in India, I also visited Vandana's Navdanya Project (since evolved into Bija Vidyapeeth or Earth University). My mind was exploded and my heart sang with possibilities.
- connect with nature, community and self
- deepen our understanding of the ecological paradigm
- explore thinking and ideas that will help guide us towards a sustainable future
- experience a different, more connected way of living and thinking
- learn very practical skills for living simply and sustainably
- nurture young leaders in sustainability
- offer nature connected education for children
More information about the course will be uploaded to this website very soon. Please contact me for more information.
Films about amazing centres for learning:Here are a few of the places which significantly influenced my thinking over the decades:
Schumacher College England(with Vandana Shiva and Satish Kumar, Polly Higgins, Stephan Harding, Terry Irwin)
Earth University, India
Findhorn Foundation, Scotland
Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales
Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, California
Local Futures (A short version of their recent film, The Economics of Happiness)
Center for Ecoliteracy (school garden program)