Within Yourself and the Natural World
The Children’s Sangha philosophy or Different Abilities Development Model is based on the fact that there is diversity in nature, and therefore in human nature, revealed through individual abilities, ideas, interests, needs and cultural identities. The common humanity and uniqueness of all children reflected in the “whole child” learning approach and principles of progressive education are found in our programs and consulting services “Where Different Abilities Come to Life!”. 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.
A Place of Wonder allows us to point our youth towards finding wonder within themselves and the natural world… to value themselves and be valued as members of the Earth community. Exposure to a supportive and flexible learning community provides 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.
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!
“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