Free Unique Natural – FUN: A new understanding of learning

by Birgit Baader

 

 

Setting

 

Ideally, there is a “base camp” where intellectual knowledge/information is shared, and group activities can take place. In addition, there could be several other venues/locations where courses are held: private & public places, “in the wild”, sport fields, businesses,…

In my view, “education/learning” should be integrated into real life/provide real life experiences rather than be limited to a school building and just offering theoretical knowledge. Gaining more practical experiences and life skills on many levels (mental – spiritual – physical) and with an holistic approach is one of the main objectives. Experiences and information should relate to our present life situation on planet earth, to the NOW and to WHO I AM.

The current system with terms, assessments, standards, etc. is no longer appropriate because it is not flexible enough and does not allow the individual to choose options according to her/his needs. Therefore, the framework might have to be changed into an open system. There could be some “minimum achievement requirements” in some areas – which means e.g. that all students are encouraged to learn how to read/write when the window for these abilities is open –, while allowing an “open development” in other fields so that each personality/soul can explore and express itself in its own rhythm and form.

 

Adult companions

 

  • responsible personalities with love and patience, empathy, compassion for the learning/growing/healing spirits → life experience

 

  • able to wait for question marks within the “students”, open to observe what IS

 

  • communication skills: ec/nvc, democratic principles

 

  • supervision/assistance, emotional & spiritual guidance

 

  • “real life experts”: scientists, performers, artists, TV moderators, actors, gardeners, orchardists, healer, shamans, seminar leaders, authors, cooks, builders… → ANYBODY WHO CAN SHARE SKILLS & INFORMATION ABOUT SOMETHING HE OR SHE LOVES AND HAS EXPLORED IN DEPTH

 

possible curriculum modules & courses

 

  1. for all topics is true: the needs and requirements of the «learner» come first and there is no set structure within the various fields of learning – follow the flow and what there IS!
  2. General conventional subjects such as English, social sciences, technology, etc. are already covered by/integrated into other subjects.
  3. Subjects such as maths, foreign languages, drama, geography, etc. are presented in a more lively, playful, inspiring, attractive way with a real life perspective!!!
  4. History: some “history”/ the past is already included in other subjects – focus is here on the sharing of old knowledge and wisdom of different cultures and the evaluation on how the past relates to the present…

 

modules/courses

 

psychology                  via role play, films, seminars, discussions, … → lively, direct experiences

 

  • female/male
  • partnership/relationship
  • theories
  • self-awareness: self-care, self-command, self-responsibility, self-teaching
  • past lives/origin family/behavioural patterns, …
  • group dynamics

and more

 

spirituality                   via direct experience, sharing of knowledge/wisdom/techniques/traditions

 

  • “tools” for spiritual development: tracking/holographic imaging/meditation/yoga/ mantra singing/medicine wheels …
  • intuition “training”, extrasensory communication/observation skills, connecting to Higher Self & Zero-point-field
  • spiritual pathways/concepts in different cultures (astrology, native American, Indian, Sufi, Buddhism, …) to enable “students” to choose their own way according to the principles of resonance and attraction
  • spiritual aspects of “everyday life”: birth/growing up/puberty/sexuality/relationships/death…
  • transition rituals
  • soul awareness

 

sustainable living        practical & project oriented

 

  • global warming
  • ecology
  • eco-building
  • conservation
  • permaculture
  • alternative energies
  • tree planting

 

health/healing playshops & excursions

 

  • nutrition (→ vegan)
  • healing energies: homoepathy/healing plants/self-healing forces/meridians/charkas…
  • movement (also see physical activities)
  • connection: mind – body – soul, balancing techniques, …

 

“innerspecies” communication

 

  • emphatic communication (ec) = nvc
  • principles of democratic education
  • role plays: relationships, aggressions/emotions, expression of needs, …

 

interspecies communication

 

  • communication with other species: plant kingdom/animal kingdom/mineral kingdom/devas/…
  • raising awareness and fostering the ability to view/feel the world from the perspective of another species → empathy/respect/feeling of “oneness”, interconnectedness

 

“nature skills”

 

  • survival skills in Nature: how to survive without the facilities/infrastructure of “modern societies”/ read the wind, the waves, the fire, the stones – all things around us and within…
  • navigation by land and by sea
  • building without supplied materials/with natural materials
  • emergency coping skills: what to do in case of an earthquake/flood/tsunami/epidemy/…
  • nutrition: cooking/planting/gardening/seed collection/…
  • healing: preparing crèmes/remedies/teas/…

 

physical activities

 

  • already existing in conventional educational systems: so called outdoor education (climbing/kayaking/swimming…) → important is here the connection with resp. integration into Nature! (e.g. skiing → harmful for environment in many cases)
  • group games/ball games (see above)
  • martial arts: aikido/taekwon-do/capoeira…
  • yoga/gi gong/tai-chi…
  • dance: hiphop/jazz/salsa/break dance/flamenco/folk/belly dance/ritual dance…
  • “extras”: river walking/horse riding (not conventional, but e.g. thought riding →  good for interspecies communication development)/ocean swimming with seals, dolphins, whales…

 

art (in a broader sense)

 

  • traditional approach (sculpture, carving, drawing, film, writing, weaving…)
  • interactive art projects
  • multimedia art projects with professional media partners
  • projects in cooperation with artists/performers
  • practical experiences: e.g. illustrating a book WHICH WILL BE PUBLISHED/cooperation with book publisher → concept: artwork/publishing/distribution/marketing
  • art/film – as a medium to raise awareness/express oneself/…

 

music

 

  • traditional approach (different instruments, music history, composition…)
  • instrument making
  • interspecies music
  • recording & sound engineering → creating/producing own CD/DVDs
  • sound design
  • ethno/world music: ethnic instruments (shakuhachi, sitar, berimbao, djembe, didgeridoo, xaphoon, …)/different philosophies/harmonies,…
  • singing: mantras/breathing techniques/ritual chants/overtone singing,…

 

philosophy

 

  • space to play around with theories/thoughts/ideas
  • open exchange: within groups of “students” and with “external factors” (people and other)
  • evaluation of different existing worldviews/philosophies…

 

new sciences

 

  • sciences with a holistic approach (e.g. psychoneuroimmunology) → share knowledge/latest research insights
  • participation in research studies/programs
  • own projects of “students”
  • open exchange with “experts”

 

vision quest

 

  • course to connect with one’s visions/purpose in life

 

addictive behavioural patterns

 

  • background (family patterns, emotional, spiritual,…)
  • tools to heal and release (EMF, releasing,…)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birgit Baader * Little Sydney Road, RD 3 * Motueka, Aotearoa * birgitbaader@gmx.net