Landscapes for Learning
“Promoting love for learning beyond schooling”
LFL is an online classroom created to engage in thoughtful exploration and discussion of learning, teaching, and our shared humanity. Drawing on personal experience as a parent and many years teaching yoga, high school English and humanities courses, graduate students, and educators, I hope to engage anyone interested in thoughtful discussion about learning in all realms, across all landscapes, far beyond formal schooling. I hope to create conversation that promotes love for real learning, including the life-long inner landscape learning desperately needed today among young people, so they might embrace learning as a lifestyle rather than only associate it with the job of required school.
My goal is inquiry, exploration, interesting and reasonable conversation, and positive storytelling to promote more authentic forms of learning across all landscapes in order to improve the lives of young people, especially those individuals who are failing to optimize their learning within the current formal school environment.
Some of the issues that plague students cannot be effectively solved from within the institution of public school. If we aren’t changing schools and the methods of education to meet all kids’ needs, then I hope to help kids by providing them with insight and tools to better thrive both within the system of school and to fully self-actualize on the many landscapes for learning available to them beyond brick and mortar classrooms.
I hope to work with individual students and their parents as well as schools from a unique angle outside of the classroom, where I might inspire students with love for learning, especially inner learning including: self-awareness, the process of self-realization, facing fear, traveling beyond one’s comfort zone, and taking risks–all without the prohibitive structure of grades which impedes essential personal development. Such inner learning will be foundational to empowering young people to better navigate their lives and their required school experiences with a more informed and mature attitude, vitality, healthy balance, and overall wellness.
“Promoting a love for learning, one ordinary story at a time”
The Landscapes for Learning podcast is curricula focused on educating people about authentic forms of learning that exist everywhere outside of the formal academic realm to promote love for learning and embrace it as a lifestyle on the road to individual self-realization and self-actualization.
LFL interviews ordinary people who embrace various kinds of authentic learning in their lives. The hope is that these stories will inspire and/or fill a gap for many young people who may not be exposed to great stories of real people who might serve as positive examples of authentic learning and models of living life from the inside-out.
LFL publishes a variety of solo podcasts on various subject matter related to life and learning. I share my personal reflections, observations, and experiences, as well as share the work and ideas of other thinkers, writers, and podcasters, and offer helpful tips and insights about how to embrace authentic learning and make learning a lifestyle. I also share resources about positive, life-affirming values, self-inquiry, and self-actualization.
Tutoring & Consulting
LFL provides private tutoring sessions to individuals and groups, including parents, high school and college students, K-12 school leaders, and teachers about the process of authentic life learning, and provides guidance, support, and resources to assist with the process of self-actualization. Through a process of honest and rigorous self-inquiry and assessment, that is –traveling one’s inner landscape, clients learn how to align goals with the value of authentic learning and develop positive actions and habits to transform their lives for optimal fulfilment and genuine purpose.
LFL provides motivational speeches for large groups, including, but not limited to, parents, students, school leaders and teachers about the process of authentic life learning to inspire individuals to enthusiastically and intelligently engage in the process of self-actualization– that is, to travel their inner landscapes as well as all the life learning available on the external landscapes beyond formal schooling and strictly academic pursuits.
Professional Development for Educators
LFL provides professional development for K-12 teachers to help teachers understand how their own rigorous self-inquiry and understanding of their own human nature can improve their lives and careers. Teachers will learn the importance of their own authenticity, the “who” of teaching (Parker Palmer), self-care and self-compassion, as well as how to be present and healthy to be their best selves and positively affect their students. Because of their own personal growth and wellness, teachers can better learn how to navigate the complex dynamic of schooling, fully realize their important role as educators, and improve at managing professional and personal demands including the intellectual, emotional, psychological, and spiritual. Teachers will learn, by tapping into their individual strengths and weaknesses, how to implement more authentic forms of learning in their teaching roles in a way that maintains their personal integrity.
This professional development program is not about effective teaching methods, techniques for classroom management or delivering content; it is about teachers as individual people, their personal growth, self-care, and individual fulfilment. The programs are designed for any teacher, new or seasoned, interested in avoiding burnout and disillusionment, or gaining clarity of purpose to make their own teaching lives more meaningful and enjoyable for themselves, their colleagues, and their students.