Within Yourself and the Natural World
The Children’s Sangha philosophy combines civics (the rights and duties of citizenship) with ecopsychology (human interdependence with nature). We view civic responsibility as a form of stewardship for self, one another and Earth. Our philosophy is based on our Different Abilities Development Model which applies the principles of progressive education in considering the “whole person.” Within the model, children are recognized for their individual abilities, interests, ideas, needs, and cultural identities. Cultivating the “Different Abilities” of our youth is critical for their success and the betterment of our society while intricately bound to the well-being of Earth.
Through A Place of Wonder, we strive to enable individuals to value themselves and be valued as members of the Earth community and to explore the various roles with which they may engage related to school, social life and career. Positive outcomes are dependent upon cooperation of the different parts of the whole—the individual and the community. It has been said that “If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man” (Henry David Thoreau). In finding and following one’s “bliss”, we come closer to understanding our true nature and appreciating our human experience!
A Place of Wonder allows us to point our youth towards finding wonder within themselves and the natural world. Exposure provided will have lasting impact on the “whole person” while they assist other individuals and contribute to our communities. Our goals are accomplished through educational programs and consulting services in collaboration with our local schools and community partners.
“If there can be such a thing as instinctual memory, the consciousness of land and water must lie deeper in the core of us than any knowledge of our fellow beings. We were bred of the earth before we were born of our mothers. Once born, we can live without our mothers or our father or any other kin or any friend, or even human love. We cannot live without the earth or a part from it, and something is shriveled in man’s heart when he turns away from it and concerns himself only with the affairs of men.” —Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings