Child Development from Birth to Rebirth

The study of consciousness at the intersection of Buddhism, developmental science and holistic perspectives in view, meditation and application

About the course

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. We will learn the Buddhist view of human development and how it relates to child development. In this course, we engage in meditation to explore the view in an experiential way. We learn how to apply the view and meditation when caring for and teaching children. An important aspect of child development in children's pedagogy is for teachers/parents to know what awareness, mediation, and contemplative practice are appropriate in each developmental phase from early childhood to adulthood. Also, how we introduce the View and Meditation to children must come from a deep understanding of child development and how children learn in each developmental phase.  In this way, we are able to support the child’s well-being and all-round development. As part of application, we also introduce in this course some meditation exercises for children appropriate for each developmental phase. 

 

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 are presented following Abiding Heart‘s interactive approach, integrated with experiential art and Charya dance. The online format allows everyone who is interested to join and, at the same time, open a welcoming space where participants can 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. 

Structure

Part 1: Modules 1- 3 - Fee: $330*

Part 2: Modules 4 - 7 - Fee: $250*

*Financial support is available for those who can't afford the tuition fee.

The complete course comprises eight modules (8 weeks). Completion of part 1 is required for enrolment in part 2. 

Lecturers: Ven. Robina Courtin, Dr Meyrav Mor, Dr Gay Watson, Dr Tawni Tidwell, Dr. David Vago, Emma Hart, Shlomo Springer

Arts: Sangita Shakya, Swaembhu Shakya, Kristin Powers

Heart Sutra Recitation: Dr Meyrav Mor 

Registration is open for Part 1 (2022-2023 intake), which will take place from 27 June - 26 July 2022. 

Ongoing guided meditations.

 

Module 2

Early Childhood: Birth to Age 7

Dates: 7 - 19 Jul 2022 (2022-2023 intake)

Duration: 8 days (39 hours and 20 mins)

Time: 16.45 – 21.40 Nepal time

Format: Live streaming

Module 1 

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

Dates: 27 June - 6 July 2022 (2022-2023 intake)

Duration: 8 days (39 hours 20mins)

Time: 16.45 – 21.40 Nepal time

Format: Live streaming

Module 3

Middle Childhood: Age 7 to 14

Dates: 20 - 26 July 2022 (2022-2023 intake)

Duration: 5 days (24 hours and 35 mins)

Time: 16.45 – 21.40 Nepal time

Format: Live streaming

Module 4

Adolescence: Age 14 to 21

Dates: 6 - 10 March 2023 (2022-2023 intake)

Duration: 5 days (24 hours and 35 mins)

Time: 16.45 – 21.40 Nepal time

Format: Live streaming

Module 6.1 

From the Bardos of Death to the moment of conception 

Dates: 20 - 24 March 2023 (2022-2023 intake) 

Duration: 4 days (19 hours and 40 mins)

Time: 16.45 – 21.40 Nepal time

Format: Live streaming

Module 7

Child Development, Biography Work and the Buddhist View

Dates: 29 March - 31 March 2023 (2022-2023 intake)

Duration: 3 days (14 hours and 45 mins)

Time: 16.45 – 21.40 Nepal time

Format: Live streaming

Module 5  

Adult Development: Lifespan phases from 21 to old age

Dates: 13 - 17 March 2022 (2022-2023 intake)

Duration: 5 days (24 hours and 35 mins)

Time: 16.45 – 21.40 Nepal time

Format: Live streaming

Module 6.2

Prenatal Development from conception to the moment of birth 

Dates: 27 - 28 March 2023 (2022-2023 intake)

Duration: 2 days (9 hours and 50 mins)

Time: 16.45 – 21.40 Nepal time

Format: Live streaming

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If you have any queries, please contact us at admissions@abidingheart.education.

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