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Landscapes for Learning

Landscapes for Learning is about surveying and celebrating our shared humanity. It is a forum for positive, authentic, soul-centered storytelling built from everyday experiences across the landscapes of life. I'll be diving down deep within on an inward-bound journey, exploring the frontier of my “everyday” life, and traversing the earth to discover its people and … Continue reading Landscapes for Learning

Dr. Peter Gray on Schooling

https://youtu.be/d_DJAZ-ByV0 "Everyone is way too concerned about grades and this concern is depriving young people of the freedom they need for true education.  There is good reason to believe that much of the increased suffering of young people comes from the increased weight and senselessness of schooling. Young people are spending more time than ever in school, going … Continue reading Dr. Peter Gray on Schooling

No Mud, No Lotus: A True Story about Limits

I was nine years old the first time I ran away from school. The nuns at St.Mary of the Annunciation had a strict rule: “the boys play with the boys and the girls play with the girls.” I ignored that rule, mostly because I thought of myself as more of a boy than a girl, … Continue reading No Mud, No Lotus: A True Story about Limits

It’s Not About the Grades: Love for Learning Beyond Schooling

This is a hypothetical letter to high school students that I am using for the opening of my book-in-progress, It's Not About the Grades: Love for Learning Beyond Schooling. I am under no illusion that a high school student, a 14-18 year old, would likely be engaged in actually reading such a lengthy "text" such as this, … Continue reading It’s Not About the Grades: Love for Learning Beyond Schooling

Love for Learning Beyond Schooling

 I only argue that a definition of learning that is limited only to school and utilitarian ends is counter to fostering a genuine love for learning, all forms of learning, beyond school, and that it neglects the development needs of a fully-actualizing individual human being. It also makes it extraordinarily difficult for the learner to … Continue reading Love for Learning Beyond Schooling

Education: Busy-Work or Authentic Learning?

"Authentic learning, inner wisdom, ought to be developed as soon as possible and it ought to be part of education for young people. Currently, it is missing from the public school curricula, or if it does exist, it’s drowned out by the noise of achievement and grades, or buried under the heavy list of more … Continue reading Education: Busy-Work or Authentic Learning?

Like a Flower Petal Blooming

"My book is  a story of the process of self-actualization, me as the central real-life character to whom others might also relate. It's about how yoga provided me this portal to enter to deeper consciousness of my own life, my self and therefore my purpose, my identity, my existence. It's also about how this portal … Continue reading Like a Flower Petal Blooming

Podcast Episode 005: How to Be The Hero of Your Own Life Story

"You ARE the hero of your own journey, and [this course] is the most important course you will ever take. You should be at the center of your own curriculum and let the rest of your schooling experiences supplement this foundational study of yourself...This is a solo mission-- a private, individual, one-on-one class where you … Continue reading Podcast Episode 005: How to Be The Hero of Your Own Life Story

Learning is Life

  "To see young people come alive is the reward of teaching" ---Joseph Cambell According to Joseph Cambell, famed author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), Myths to Live by (1972), and The Hero's Journey (1990),  the goal of maturity is to know oneself ---to understand the inner landscape-- to be the hero of one's … Continue reading Learning is Life

Educating Human Beings or Human Doings?

What kind of learning do you value and why? I value the kind of learning that helps people live qualitatively well as authentic "human beings" not just as skilful and knowledgeable "human doings." Unfortunately, our current American public schooling system continues to dedicate most of its attention, time, choices, actions, deeply-ingrained habits, and resources to … Continue reading Educating Human Beings or Human Doings?

Restoring Balance: Too Much Schooling & Not Enough Learning”

Part of the this Landscapes for Learning mission is to draw attention to teaching and learning in a broader sense than schooling and to begin a new conversation about the kinds of learning we currently value in our American public schools. What I think is based on my own personal experience as a student, as … Continue reading Restoring Balance: Too Much Schooling & Not Enough Learning”

Teaching & Learning About the Places That Scare You

The following quotes are taken from The Places That Scare Us by Pema Chodron where she describes the exploration of the inner landscape that I believe is sorely needed as part of kids' education more than ever before: “We’re encouraged to meditate every day, even for a short time, in order to cultivate this steadfastness with … Continue reading Teaching & Learning About the Places That Scare You

Podcast 004: The Call of the Wild with exotic animal handler, Niki Cesar Tracchia

"All good things are wild & free" -Henry David Thoreau Niki tells her story about traveling across the landscapes of nature-- as avid hiker/outdoor enthusiast, wolf-advocate (yes, they need our help!), Bikram yogi, and exotic animal handler. After a not-so-great, though sadly typical, experience with public high "schooling," Niki blossomed into an avid learner and … Continue reading Podcast 004: The Call of the Wild with exotic animal handler, Niki Cesar Tracchia

“Tell me to what you pay attention and I’ll tell you who you are.”–Carl Yung

My previous "Calling a Spade a Spade" post is about telling the truth-- something our world desperately needs at this exact moment in time. Each of us has to talk about the truth, within our seemingly small and insignificant spheres of life, however uncomfortable or however much it may threaten our reputations.  Our integrity and … Continue reading “Tell me to what you pay attention and I’ll tell you who you are.”–Carl Yung

More Tough Love, Less Coddling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snqXOvnHzcQ&feature=youtu.be   The kids in the "Everyone gets a trophy" generation are in college now and acting crazy at the extreme ends of the political spectrum (there's a middle-- we just don't hear about them because they are individuals rather than extreme identity groups and they're probably attending to the business of their lives instead … Continue reading More Tough Love, Less Coddling

Calling a Spade a Spade

“To Err is human; to forgive, divine”---Alexander Pope Softening, or “pussification,” as the late, great comedian George Carlin defined it, is destroying the integrity of authentic learning. When people fuck with the integrity of the learning process, when they weaken it and make it soft, it corrupts individuals and society far more than we know … Continue reading Calling a Spade a Spade

Podcast 003: Meet World Traveling Yoga Teacher, Changu Changezi

003: Podcast with Changu Changezi Changu Changezi is an ordinary guy with an inspiring story about learning and landscapes. He is a traveling Bikram yoga teacher who lives his life with integrity, authenticity, and an unshakeable sense of self. He has been traveling the world teaching Bikram yoga for the past four years, approaching learning … Continue reading Podcast 003: Meet World Traveling Yoga Teacher, Changu Changezi

Podcast 002: Grace Tempany, Multi-potentialite and teacher-extraordinaire

Grace and I discuss our desire to begin a conversation about teaching as moral and teaching with courage and integrity. We discuss the need for more authentic forms of teaching and learning in school, so that kids can embark on their individual journeys toward the self rather than just trying to find the right answer … Continue reading Podcast 002: Grace Tempany, Multi-potentialite and teacher-extraordinaire

Tough-Love Lessons of Bikram Yoga

"We students (and future teachers) needed to learn how to be "unknowing," to embrace beginner's mind, become skilled followers; we were being asked to suspend our authoritarian ways of thinking to become humble, open, and flexible enough to learn about yoga postures and anatomy and mostly ourselves. How can you understand others or help them … Continue reading Tough-Love Lessons of Bikram Yoga

The Call to Insecurity

"It turns out that when you stop clinging to the safety and security that you think you have found in a particular lifestyle, other people, your carefully constructed identities, or material things, you find your way home to your truth." The original title for this piece was "Meta: Choosing or Clinging." I wrote it more … Continue reading The Call to Insecurity

Teaching and Truth

As I write my memoir-in-progress, working title, "Like a Flower Petal Blooming," I am going to post excerpts from time to time to keep myself fighting Resistance with the capital "R." Who knew writing a book is like wrestling with satan? LOL This one is a brief excerpt on the theme of honesty and truth. … Continue reading Teaching and Truth