Love for Learning Beyond Schooling

Mission 

Welcome to the Landscapes for Learning website!

LFL is an online classroom created to engage in thoughtful exploration of our shared humanity through a love of learning beyond schooling.

Drawing on years of personal and professional experience as a parent, high school coach, English teacher (8-12 ELA, co-teacher American Studies), instructor of graduate students and other educators, yoga teacher, published author, and aspiring Mental Health Counsellor, I hope to work with individual students, parents, and schools, from a unique angle outside of the classroom as a Personal Education Coach. My mission is to inspire students with a more authentic love for learning, especially inner learning including: self-awareness, the process of self-realization and self-actualization, how to face fear and manage anxiety and stress, travel beyond one’s comfort zone, take risks and much more— all without the prohibitive structure of grades. This is authentic learning beyond schooling!

Learning to travel one’s inner landscape is foundational for empowering young people to put schooling in its proper place, where it belongs,  and approach the important process of schooling with a more informed and mature attitude, while also better navigating their lives to experience  healthy balance, more vitality, and overall wellness as a whole human being.

Tutoring/Coaching & Consulting

LFL provides private tutoring/coaching 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 which is inner landscape learning.  I provide 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, including but not limited to academic and athletic or career success.  

 Motivational Speaking

LFL provides motivational speeches for large groups, including, but not limited to, parents, students, school leaders, athletic coaches, and teachers about the process of authentic life learning. My purpose is 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.  

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 and fosters authentic learning in students.

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. 

Podcast
“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.

Conversational

LFL interviews ordinary people who embrace various kinds of authentic learning in their lives, with a special focus on traveling inner landscapes. My 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.

Solo podcasts

LFL publishes a variety of solo podcasts on various subject matter related to life and learning and schooling. 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, as well as how to successfully help young people navigate the world of schooling and beyond. I also share resources about positive, life-affirming values, self-inquiry, and my own process of  self-actualization.