Abiding Heart Education’s new approach places the emphasis on developing wisdom and compassion that is to be lived in the classroom and in our personal life. We focus our pedagogy on Kindergarten through Class 10 and on the teacher’s inner development.
Abiding Heart’s uniqueness is that it rests on a Buddhist paradigm rather than on prevailing education systems or worldviews. By bringing together Buddhist view, meditation and application with Steiner/ Waldorf educational methodology and developmental science, we have created a transformational approach to learning, which is grounded in a process that nurtures the learners’ changing consciousness and fosters autonomy and ownership in teachers. The Abiding Heart approach to education interlinks all aspects of learning and knowing and advocates for self-transformation by bringing about a shift in how children and teachers learn and experience the world.
Founded in January 2017, the Abiding Heart campus offers full-time and part-time kindergarten and primary teacher training courses courses which interweave academic lectures, practical curriculum studies, Himalayan and experiential art classes, meditation classes, and teaching practicum in the high Himalayas. The curriculum draws deeply on the live Buddhist experiential tradition which emphasizes applying the knowledge acquired in everyday life and experience in order to nurture an ongoing transformation. The experiential Buddhist lineage fused with developmental science and holistic methodology are necessary to ground students in this new education approach so that they can bring transformational learning into the everyday reality of teaching kindergarten and primary children.
The first semester of the teacher training can be taken as a stand-alone immersive course in Experiential Buddhist Foundation Studies and provides a rich, integrative learning experience. This semester is open to all and focuses on inner development, be it for those preparing to become teachers or for those who are interested in deepening their understanding of Buddhism through head, heart, and doing.
Abiding Heart’s teacher training offering includes part-time and short courses, and a range of study retreats are under development. We also offer consultancy services on implementing Abiding Heart Education™ in different cultural settings.