Child Development from Birth to Rebirth

Online course 5 July to 3 September 2021

The study of consciousness at the intersection of
Buddhism, Developmental Science and holistic perspectives

Registration for Child Development will open in spring 2021

Through seven online modules students will develop an in-depth understanding of Buddhist human development, Developmental science and the holistic Steinerian perspective of the nature of the human being. Forming part of Abiding Heart’s 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. 

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

This 10-week online course comprises seven modules ranging between one and three weeks. The daily 3.5-hour schedule consists of: a lecture, discussion, meditation, artistic experience (dance, movement, poetry, drawing, clay modelling). Please note that the sessions will be streamed live and will not be recorded.


Module 1 explores the key concepts underpinning all seven courses and attendance is mandatory. Participants cannot attend any of the following modules without doing Module 1. We encourage those interested to attend all seven modules but it is also possible to register for combinations as outlined below, depending on one’s area of interest. Students can also attend Module 1 and then register late for other courses. Please scroll down and click on More information for a detailed description of each module.


The course runs from 5 July to 4 September 2020 (Mon - Fri) and a weekend 20 - 22 November. The confirmed timetable is: 17.30–21.00 Nepal time. The maximum number of students per module is 30 (except Module1, as this is mandatory for all combinations) so we encourage early applications.  


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


Lecturers: Ven Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Dr Meyrav Mor, Dr Robert Roeser, Lucila Machado

Guest lecturers: Marjorie Theyer, Kathy MacFarlane, Dr Matthieu Ricard, Dr Richard Davidson, Dr Susan Davidson, Dr Tawni Tidwell

Arts: Lucila Machado, Kristin Powers, Marianna Buakho, 

Meditation: Kunsang Palmo

Course Fees: we would like all those interested to be able to attend so we are applying an introductory offer: 

  • Module 1: US$200 + US$9 processing charges US$209

  • Module 2: US$300 + US$12 processing charges US$312

  • Module 3: US$100 + US$6 processing charges US$106

  • Module 4: US$100 + US$6 processing charges US$106

  • Module 5US$100 + US$6 processing charges US$106

  • Module 6US$100 + US$6 processing charges US$106

  • Module 7US$100 + US$6 processing charges US$106

  • 10% discount on the module fees if you register by 3 July for 6 modules 

  • 5% discount on the module fees if you register by 3 July for 3 to 5 modules

  • If you attend Module 1 and then wish to register for other modules, please note that the discount is not applied. Registration is open up to two days before the start of each module and payment must be made before the module commences.

Abiding Heart Education cannot refund fees and we have no cancellation policy.

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If you have any queries, please use the form on Contact Us.

Child Development from Birth to Rebirth

Module 1: The Intersection of Buddhism, Developmental Science and Holistic Perspectives on Human Development 

Module 2: Early Childhood: Birth to Age 7 

Module 3: Middle Childhood: Age 7 to 14 

Module 4: Adolescence:  Age 14 to 21 

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

Module 6: From the Bardos of Death through Prenatal Development to the Moment of Birth 

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

Suggested combinations:
Module 1 (compulsory)
Modules 1, 2
Modules 1, 2, 7
Modules 1, 2, 3
Modules 1, 2, 3, 7
Modules 1, 2, 3, 4
Modules 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
Modules 1, 5, 7
Modules 1, 6

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Module 1: The Intersection of Buddhism, Developmental Science and Holistic Perspectives on Human Development

In this module we lay the foundation for holistic child development by establishing the Buddhist worldview from which to understand the nature of the human being from birth to rebirth. This provides the philosophical underpinning for the following six modules. At the heart of this course is the Buddhist view of self and selflessness, and we explore what developmental science and Steinerian psychology have to contribute to this view.


Module 2: Early Childhood: Birth to Age 7  

In order to become familiar with children’s development, this module offers an in-depth exploration of developmental science and Steinerian psychology and how these relate to and rest within the Buddhist view of human development. We learn about children’s physical, socio-emotional, cognitive, self and spiritual consciousness, or development of consciousness, from birth to age 7. The Buddhist view on development of self interplays with developmental and Steinerian perspectives on the evolving sense of I. Students learn how to use this knowledge to observe children in different phases of early childhood.

Module 3: Middle Childhood: age 7 to 14

In this phase, the child’s world expands and she develops subtlety of feeling. The child’s healthy feeling life is supported by providing a context of beauty for all things, from simple movements to complex ideas. By appealing to their natural imaginative capacities, children can be encouraged to use these active feelings to connect with learning as a process. The child becomes ready for academic learning, as long as it appeals to the social, physical and to the feeling realms. In this module we explore the development of thinking, feeling, and willing with a focus on feeling and pictorial mental image.


Module 4: Adolescence: age 14 to 21

Through the lens of Steinerian psychology we explore how, in this phase of development, the child is moving from the age of loving authority (feeling life, age 7-14) and coming into the age of reason, which provides the freedom for adolescents to develop their own thinking and balance in life (the inspirational experts, age 14-21). Where children learn to manage their will in early childhood and then to engage with their feelings in middle childhood, adolescents are ready to work with their thoughts and beliefs, to think critically and evaluate the world around them.

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

The end of adolescence marks the completion of a significant phase but human development is a life-long process. We explore adult development as part of Lifespan science, where we look at psychological and physical aspects of adult development and engage with the Steinerian phases of spiritual rhythms. Steiner conceived of a theory of human development based upon nine 7-year cycles and in previous modules we explored the three phases of childhood. Steiner observed that every stage of life offers a specific set of challenges and lessons that offers opportunities for our inner development. 


Module 6: From the Bardos of Death through Prenatal Development to the Moment of Birth

In the previous four modules we studied the bardo of living, the time from birth to the end of life. In this module we focus on the bardos of death and the period from conception to birth of the bardo of life. Prenatal development is studied from physiological, epigenetic, psychological and Steinerian perspectives. As an important part of understanding child development from the Buddhist view, Ven Mingyur Rinopche will take us through the extraordinary journey from the moment of death across the bardo of liberation, the bardo of becoming and back into the bardo of living at the moment of conception.


Module 7: Phases of Childhood Biography Work and the Buddhist View

This module is particularly recommended for those who attend three or more of the child development modules as participants will do biography work related to the phases of childhood. Experiential artistic exercises form an integral part of this work. Biography work enables participants to relate Abiding Heart’s holistic approach to child development to their own childhood. This can be supportive on a personal level in progressing on the path of inner development and on a professional level in deepening their understanding of child development and its implications for the teaching and caring of children.


Abiding Heart Education, Boudha, Tinchuli-6, Anandapur, Brihaspati Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal 

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