Child Development from Birth to Rebirth

The study of consciousness at the intersection of Buddhism, developmental science and holistic perspectives

Online course part 1: 16 June - 6 August 2021

Online course part 2: 14 February - 1 April 2022

Abiding Heart Education inaugurated the Child Development from Birth to Rebirth course in 2020, bringing together experts in Buddhist human development, developmental science and the Steinerian/Waldorf perspective on the nature of the human being. Forming part of Abiding Heart’s kindergarten and primary teacher training courses, these modules explore physical, socio-emotional, cognitive, self and spiritual development from conception to birth, through childhood, adult development and the bardos of death.

The richness and depth of the content was presented following Abiding Heart‘s interactive approach, integrated with experiential art and Charya dance. The online format allowed everyone who was interested to join and, at the same time, opened a welcoming space where participants could share experiences and form bonds.

Who this is for?

This course will be of particular interest to those involved in teaching and teacher training (kindergarten, primary, middle and high school, special and inclusive education); children’s social care, child and adult welfare; children’s health care, psychology and therapy; students and researchers of the mentioned disciplines; parents; Buddhist schools around the world; Buddhist monastic schools; Buddhist centres with a children’s programme. 

About the Course

The complete course comprises eight modules ( 9 weeks) and this year, in order to facilitate broader participation, we have split the course into two parts: 

Part 1: Modules 1- 3 run from 4 July - 6 August 2021. Please click on the More buttons below for a detailed description of each module.

Part 2: Modules 4 - 7 will take place from 14 February - 1 April 2022. 

Registration will open on 15 November 2021.

Lecturers: Ven Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Khenpo Sonam Tsewang, Dr Meyrav Mor, Dr Robert Roeser, Dr Tawni Tidwell, Dr. David Vago, and Karma Rinchen Dolma la, 

Arts: Sangita Shakya, Swaembhu Shakya, Kristin Powers

Heart Sutra Recitation: Dr Meyrav Mor 

Guided meditations by Karma Rinchen Dolma la.

 5 July - 6 August 2021: Daily 1 hour: 25 hours

Fee: There is no fee for this course. 

Module 2

Early Childhood: Birth to Age 7

Dates: 19 July - 23 July, 26 July - 30 July

Duration: 10 days, 35 hours

Fee: US$225 + US$15 processing charges = US$240

Module 1*  

The Intersection of Buddhism, Developmental Science and Holistic Perspectives on Human Development

Dates: 4 July - 9 July, 12 July - 16 July

Duration: 11 days, 38.5  hours

Fee: US$225 + US$15 processing charges = US$240

Module 3

Middle Childhood: Age 7 to 14

Dates: 2 August -  6 August

Duration5 days, 17.5  hours

FeeUS$125 + US$10 processing charges = US$135

* Module 1 explores the key concepts underpinning all eight modules and attendance is mandatory in order to attend the following modules. Students may attend Module 1 and then register late for Modules 2 and 3.

Important information: sessions will be streamed live and recordings will not be made available. Abiding Heart Education cannot refund fees and we have no cancellation policy.

Himalayan region: please note that the Child Development course forms part of the Himalayan part-time kindergarten and part-time primary teacher training which is offered on a donation basis. Himalayan nationals who wish to join the Child Development course will need to register for the part-time Himalayan training and follow the requirements for the Summer Training 2021. Please contact Admissions for more information: 

Diploma students: Please note that students intending to apply for Abiding Heart’s kindergarten or primary teacher training Diploma course in 2022 are welcome to attend but they will still have to take this course in their second semester and attendance is mandatory. 

Daily Schedule

The daily schedule consists of 15 minutes recitation of the Heart Sutra and a short meditation, 2 hours of lectures including discussion, and 45 minutes of artistic experience (dance, movement, poetry, drawing, clay modelling), with breaks in between sessions. Please see the dates and daily schedule in the downloadable PDF below.

Please read our Terms and Conditions  for more information.

If you have any queries, please write to our Admissions Coordinator: 

Child Development Calendar and  Daily Schedule

Child Development from Birth to Rebirth (Part 2)

The following modules will be offered from 14 February to 1 April 2022. 

Registration will open on 15 November 2021.

If you want to have more information about each Module, you just need to click on the following links below. 


Module 4: Adolescence:  Age 14 to 21
Dates: 14 - 18 February  

Module 5: Adult Development: Lifespan phases from 21 to old age 

Dates: 21 - 25 February

Module 6.1: From the Bardos of Death to the moment of conception 

Dates: 21 - 25 March 

Module 6.2:  Prenatal Development  from conception to the moment of birth

Dates: 28 - 29 March

Module 7: Child Development, Biography Work and the Buddhist View

Dates: 30 March - 1 April