Teaching is a difficult profession. Every teacher is faced with too much to do and a multitude of distractions that feel distant from the values and principles that bring fruitfulness to the art of teaching. The Health and Harmony – Community of Practice seeks to return a natural balance to the daily life of the classroom teacher. The goal is healthier and more engaged teachers and students.
In early 2015, Prince Charles visited Louisville and spoke eloquently about his thoughts for a future informed by principles of harmony evident in nature. During his visit our community was introduced to Richard Dunne, headmaster of Ashley Church of England Primary School where an effort is underway to infuse the seven harmony principles into the daily exploration of learning. It is NOT a new curriculum of study, but rather an approach to learning that supports learning across any curriculum.
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, with support from private funders and the blessing of school administrators across the community, is convening 30 educators and supporting organizations to join with a pilot group in England to explore how the seven harmony principles can inform a healthy approach to the work of the classroom teacher. We would like for you to consider being a part of this exploration.