Because the Bernheim Center for Health and Harmony is nature based, our team is more than the people who might respond to an email or speak with you during a program or visit.
Our team also includes the plants, animals and living relationships that provide the inspiration and the knowledge upon which our programs are based.
Our team also includes you.
The people who work at the Center facilitate conversations between people and nature. Everyone who takes part in those conversations, human and other, make up the team. We are an experimental, exploratory and evolving community.
It is important to note that our team extends beyond Bernheim. It includes community partners and knowledgeable individuals.
Claude Stephens is the Facilitator of Outreach and Regenerative Design at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. He has more than 30 years of experience in informal education and project management. With an academic background in biology and ecology, Claude takes a natural systems approach to projects exploring regenerative and restorative design aspirations. He has served on numerous non-profit boards and supported community efforts focused on creating livable communities. Claude is an adventure play advocate, storyteller, urban homesteader, parent and supporter of ideas and actions that make communities healthier, more creative places to dwell.
Individual Partners and Advisors
Christy Brown founded and is currently the board chair for The Institute of Healthy Air, Water and Soil. She wants to bring about the kind of change that will help people live healthier lives, such as helping people understand how to clean up our natural environment as well as why we need to do it.
Richard Dunne is headmaster at Ashley Church of England Primary School, where an effort is underway to infuse the seven harmony principles – as outlined in Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World – into the daily exploration of learning. Harmony in Practice parallels his work in England.
HRH Prince of Wales – Prince Charles
HRH The Prince of Wales is the author of Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World, and the inspiration for our retreat series. In his book he reveals how the solutions to our most pressing modern challenges, from climate change to poverty, can only be found in regaining a balance with nature.
Jessie Newhouse is a teacher in the Jefferson County Public Schools. After attending a program with Richard Dunne during his visit to Louisville with HRH Prince Charles in March 2015, Jessie was inspired to follow up with Richard. Her passion has helped inspire and inform the Harmony in Practice program for educators since its early inception.