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Kindergarten Teacher Training Diploma in

the Abiding Heart Education™️ Approach

Course details

Dates: 5 February 2023 - 20 December 2024

Duration: 2 years, full-time course

Format: Online classes with teaching placements in the country of residence

Language: All classes and instructions are in English

Minimum requirement: High-school (completed class 12) final examinations: grade C or above in English, science and maths. 

Monastic applicants: Minimum 9 years of Shedra studies.

Desirable: Bachelor’s degree: minimum grade C+ or third class honours.

Teaching placements: Successful applicants must comply with all legislation in relation to school placements in their country of residence

Commitment: Assessment including attendance, class participation, written assignments, oral presentations, reflective practice, curriculum planning and teaching placements.

Award: Kindergarten Teaching Diploma in the Abiding Heart Education™ approach 

Course description

Abiding Heart Education™ is a new approach to education that rests on contemplative traditions worldview that is rooted in ancient wisdom. Fusing this worldview, meditation and application with Steiner/Waldorf methodology and developmental science we have created a unique children’s transformative experiential pedagogy that gives equal weight to the intellectual (head) affective (heart), and action (doing) domains. This new approach places the emphasis on developing wisdom and compassion that is to be lived in the class and in our personal life. Trainees will gain a good balance of theory and practical knowledge in teaching that is grounded in transformative experiential contemplative traditions thus fostering their continuing inner development.

The curriculum draws deeply on the live experiential ancient wisdom tradition which emphasises applying the knowledge acquired in everyday experience in order to nurture an ongoing transformation. Students develop practical teaching skills based on child development theory and gain experience in creating teaching and learning resources in preparation for school placements and embarking on life as an Abiding Heart Education™ teacher. At the core of this two-year course is the practice of letting our minds rest, our hands create, and our hearts rejoice. The sense of wonder that nurtures young children is a capacity we all have, and although it may not always flourish in adulthood, we can reconnect with it and deepen our experience.

The course will empower kindergarten teachers with the knowledge, skills, and understanding to create a nurturing, calm and stimulating learning environment in order to support child development. Evidence shows that experiences of such positive learning environments support the development of self-esteem and confidence and increase the likelihood of children continuing in education. 

Students will receive a theoretical and practical understanding of kindergarten education based on the Abiding Heart Education’s transformative experiential contemplative learning approach. We will also include elements of the cultural heritage of the Himalayan region to demonstrate how the curriculum can be adapted to a specific culture. Teachers from other regions will learn how to integrate their own culture, language, and tradition into this education approach and curriculum. The course content includes:

  • The Abiding Heart’s transformative experiential contemplative studies, which includes an engaging and life-changing study of contemplative philosophy, meditation, and application;

  • The Abiding Heart’s unique child development studies from birth to rebirth, bringing together contemplative philosophy and psychology; together with developmental science, neuroscience, and transformative experiential philosophy of education;

  • The Abiding Heart Education Learning Approach: Contemplative pedagogy, the transformative learning approach of Steiner and other contemporary philosophies of education leading to the understanding of the components of the Abiding Heart Education™ transformative experiential contemplative learning approach;

  • Transformative experiential curriculum studies content and application for kindergarten;

  • Transformative experiential contemplative curriculum studies content and application for kindergarten;    

  • Curriculum development and lesson planning;   

  • From an unhealthy self towards a healthy self: Safeguarding and nurturing the wellbeing of children with Buddhism in mind;

  • The compassionate wholesome practice of school organisation, management, and community building;

  • Himalayan arts, such as thangka paintings, mani stone carving, and charya dance;

  • Artistic activities, such as drawing, painting, clay modelling, woodcarving, handwork, and stone carving;                       

  • Teaching placements in the student's country of residence. 


The ​full-time training is a 2-year course and consists of a total of four semesters. The trainees will have 2 semesters each year:

  • Winter/Spring Semester 

  • Summer/Autumn Semester


Each semester has:​

  • 1-4 weeks teaching practice at a school

  • 1-2 reading weeks/self-study  

  • 14-19 weeks of online lessons  

 New students must join the course during the winter/spring semester. 


​Students taking this training are required to attend all modules to receive a Teaching Diploma in the Abiding Heart Education™ approach. 

Now that the pandemic is mostly behind us, students will have the option of attending in-person classes at the Abiding Heart Education Centre in Boudha, Kathmandu while those who so prefer may continue with online classes. The academic calendar will remain the same and we will offer a blended course to accommodate both online and in-person students. Please note, there is an additional fee of $300 per semester for in-person attendance.

Tuition Fee:

  • Weekly instalments of                                            US$65       (104 payments) or

  • Monthly instalments of                                           US$270       (24 payments) or

  • Bi-annually (twice a year) instalments of               US$1,550       (4 payments) or

  • Annual instalments of                                            US$3,000       (2 payments)


Additional processing charges per transaction apply. 

Students are asked to cover the cost of arts and crafts materials independently. 

Please contact us at admissions@abidingheart or WhatsApp 00977 9746235508 for an application pack. 

If you need further information, please contact admissions or use our admissions inquiry form.

Lorena, alumni of the Kindergarten Teacher Training Diploma

Get to know a small taster of the rich kindergarten curriculum we have developed over the past several years by clicking on the photo below:

Puppet show based on the event of the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma

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