A Quick Sketch of Nomadic School

A Quick Sketch of Nomadic School

Here is a quick sketch of the school I would like to start
with families and communities around the world

What is school?

School is not just a place where we have desks and blackboards. The entire planet is our classroom. School is anywhere we come together to learn.

What is learning? How does it happen?

Learning is change. Change happens through experience. Experience happens when we are fully engaged with the moment with our feelings, thoughts, and physical bodies. Therefore, learning can happen anytime and anywhere.

Who is the school for?

Adolescents and young adults, roughly ages 10 to 20.

What kind of change (learning) are we aiming for?

For adolescents (stage 1): The development of an authentic social identity rooted in the broader community, involving the acquisition of knowledge and skills related to the exploration of values and social identity, self-reliance (practical and economic), emotional management, conflict resolution, human-nature reciprocity and ecological responsibility.

For adolescents (stage 2): The development of a soul-centered identity that is rooted in the mysteries of nature and the unconscious à la C.G. Jung. An intimacy with the world and broad and deep familiarity with its cultures. Deepened intimacy and connection with nature. A world-centric perspective of self and sense of belonging. An awareness of one’s possible life purpose(s) and direction. Strengthening previous stage’s knowledge and skills where needed, plus knowledge and skills related to romantic love, sex, sexuality, healing one’s sacred wound, spiritual practices, shadow work.

For young adults (stage 1): The maturation of a soul-centered identity that is rooted in the soul and the mysteries of nature, but fully embodied in the world. An ecocentric perspective of self and sense of belonging. Strengthening previous stage’s knowledge and skills where needed, plus knowledge and skills related to the diverse cultural delivery systems to support the embodiment of soul in culture. Expanded and deepened awareness about how one will realize one’s purpose(s) in the world and taking concrete actions towards it.

How teaching and learning will be facilitated?

The approaches at Nomadic School are inspired by my (H.D. Lee) studies in transpersonal psychology, self-directed education, and vitality centered education, and visits to schools in Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, China, and Indonesia.

Transpersonal psychology addresses the development and maturation of the human personality that is holistic, integrated, and evolving. It accounts for the full spectrum of the human experience, including altered states of consciousness. Self-directed education values, trusts, facilitates the individual’s inherent biological and psychological intelligence for growth and development. Vitality centered education facilitates the creation of regenerative culture in one’s community.

At Nomadic School, everyone is a teacher and a learner. More often than not, the adults will be the teachers simply because they have had more time to acquire knowledge, skills, and experiences that are valuable. Learners are not forced to learn anything they do not want to learn. The young adults and teens can also be teachers, teaching what they are knowledgeable and passionate about. Experts and professionals who love their work will be invited on an as needed basis to enrich the learning experience at Nomadic School.

We will run our learning experiences in a mixed age setting.

What does the curriculum look like at Nomadic School?

We intend to offer a curriculum that is holistic, comprehensive, and responsive to the needs of the learners. The curriculum will reflect all areas of life, nature, and society, and facilitate the kinds of learning and development that are stated for the question “What kind of change (learning) are we aiming for?”

Because learners will not be forced to learn what they do not want to learn, the successful curriculum will require that the teachers and learners communicate and organize well together.

Will we support our students to go to university?

Yes. The students will be supported to do the necessary national and international examinations required to go to the university of their choice.

Will we support our students to go to work directly without university?

Yes. If our graduates desire to create their own company, intern for professionals or companies in the field, we will support them to do so through our growing network of likeminded people and companies.

Where will the school be located?

Belgium (Europe). The exact location is to be determined based on the first groups of families that join us and where we are able to find a place.

How will the school be run?

We are considering a democratic school model where everyone’s voice counts, including that of the parents and students.

Who are the kinds of families and students that will be a part of Nomadic School?

Those of us who see enormous value in the kinds of learning and development described above and are committed to it. We envision a school that have a diverse student and teacher population, from all walks of life regardless of their cultural, socio-economic, and religious background.

Who are the kinds of adults that will be a part of Nomadic School?

Those of us who have already been committed to his or her path of personal development and maturation according to the kinds of changes we intend to facilitate for our learners.

How much is tuition at Nomadic School?

This is to be determined. It will involve a combination of donation drives, grants, and sliding scale payment models based on the family’s income, the number of adults involved at the school, and the activities we undertake.

Traveling with Nomadic School

My (H.D. Lee) vision for the school is global in nature even though it will be based in Belgium. What I mean by this is I intend to make regular travels with the students and adults involved at Nomadic School to various countries and continents around the world. These will be travels of 1 or 2 months depending on the age groups involved, and it will play an elemental role in the learning and development of our students and our staff. The travels will be immersive. This means that the intention is not to travel as tourists, but to immerse oneself into the local culture of the countries we visit and use this as an opportunity to examine one’s fundamental cultural identity, as well as develop an identity that is transcultural.

I also intend to organize programs where youths and adults from all over the world can meet together on a regular basis. My intention is for youths and people to feel that the planet earth is their sacred home, and that we as a member of the vast ecological community have an essential role to play, which we will come to know in a profound manner as we develop an identity that is rooted in soul and nature.