The Nomadic School Approach
Where is the school run?
Locally in Belgium. There is no physical school. Teachers and students will meet together as a group and learn in the locations that are relevant for learning.
What is the bridge language of the school?
English. Although we will endeavour to run the school in French, Dutch, and other languages as well according to the teachers who are teaching through Nomadic School.
What is the pedagogy based on?
Phenomenon based learning, self-directed education, nature based education, arts-based education. Transpersonal & humanistic psychology. Psychosynthesis.
Emphasis is placed on exploring who we are, our relationship to nature, community, and society.
See the list of historical and current figures whose work and life inspire the Nomadic School approach here.
What is the way we teach at Nomadic School? (part I.)
Adults at Nomadic School play the role of mentor, coach, and facilitator. They support first and foremost the personal growth of the adolescent. Learning of various kinds is a means to facilitate this personal growth. We the adults at Nomadic School are thus people who have been dedicated to their own personal growth. This is the only way they would be able to be of service to the adolescent who is in the process of finding out who they are and the possible directions of their life.
What is the way we teach at Nomadic School? (part II.)
The so called “teachers” at Nomadic School do not need to be an expert in a particular topic or a set of topics, though it is almost certain that each and everyone of us will have some experience and expertise in something that will be meaningful to the adolescent. We the adults at Nomadic School will work together as a team in most matters of learning and coaching, and we will also rely heavily on the community around us to impart knowledge and expertise. By “community”, we mean everyone who is local to where we run the school, as well as those who are interested in sharing their time and expertise with Nomadic School, wherever they are in the world.
What is the way we teach at Nomadic School? (part III.)
Adolescents will also get to be “teachers” to each other. Adolescents will teach as a way to learn, on topics they are skilled in or knowledgeable about or passionate about.
Is Nomadic School part-time or full-time?
What is the age group Nomadic School is designed for?
– Abraham Maslow
in The Farther Reaches of Human Nature
What is taught at Nomadic School?
Skills we aim to develop
Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Public speaking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, Media literacy, Financial literacy, Scientific literacy, Technology literacy, Health & Food literacy, Legal literacy.
Sensibilities we aim to potentiate
– Maria Montessori in
To Educate the Human Potential
Learning Curriculum in Visual Form
Being - Body, Mind, Spirit
This aspect of the curriculum helps the young person ~explore~ the age-old question of “Who am I?”, ~awaken~ the sense that “I am a part of a greater whole”, and ~act~ out of the depth and heights of one’s Self.
Nature - All living things, the environment, the universe
This aspect of the curriculum helps the young person ~explore~ Nature as an interconnected whole, ~awaken~ their sense of belonging to Nature, and ~act~ with consideration toward Nature and all of its inhabitants.
Life - Practical, Relational, Cultural
This aspect of the curriculum helps the young person ~explore~ Life as it is right here right now, ~awaken~ their sense of Life as an adventure, and ~act~ in concert with the Life force within.
Pedagogical Philosophy in Visual Form
Self, Life & World as places to learn.
The place of learning is first found within your Life story:
what are the places, memories, and people that matter to you?
The place of learning is also found in the World in which you find your self:
what is your World about these days?
Wherever she is, this is where the nomad learns.
Self, Community, World as your teachers.
The things you care about are the things
you want to learn about. This makes learning meaningful.
Learning at Nomadic School will inevitably be meaningful,
because you are invited to express and explore the questions that captivate you.
You are free to learn from your community and from people across the world.
Relevant Frameworks to the Nomadic School Approach
Sustainable Development Goals, or “Global Goals”, have been adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, and provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. Read more
Being Solutionary is:
1. Reflecting on the complexities of a problem, its causes, and the underlying systems that perpetuate it.
2. Striving not to harm people, animals, or the environment and seek to avoid unintended negative consequences.
3. Working to positively transform the underlying systems that perpetuate the problem. Read more
– Roberto Assagioli
in the Act of Will
Historical and current figures whose work and life are inspirational
to the Nomadic School approach: