Approach

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?​

It is a full-time programme. We are looking for our first group of students to launch in September 2021 or January 2022. One-off workshops and courses are being planned as well.

What is the age group Nomadic School is designed for?

Nomadic School’s courses and programmes are currently intended for adolescents ages 16 and older, including young adults in their early 20s. Eventually we hope to work with ages 12 and up.
 
“If one thinks in terms of the developing of the kinds of wisdom, the kinds of understanding, the kinds of life skills that we would want, then he must think in terms of what I would like to call intrinsic education – intrinsic learning; that is, learning to be a human being in general, and second, learning to be this particular human being.”
 

– Abraham Maslow
in The Farther Reaches of Human Nature

What is taught at Nomadic School?

We aim to bring about learning through experience, skills through application, and knowledge through intrinsic motivation. The following topics will be programmed into our learning in an integrated and holistic manner that relates to life here and now.

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

…through profound engagement with nature, society, each other, and self (based on Maslow’s writings on B-Values, or Being-values and supplemented by Christopher Peterson’s research on cross-cultural character strengths and virtues): Truth, goodness, beauty, wholeness, dichotomy-transcendence, aliveness, uniqueness, perfection, necessity, completion, justice, order, simplicity, richness, effortlessness, playfulness, self-sufficiency, curiosity, love of learning, creativity, love, kindness, citizenship, temperance, spirituality.
 
“If the idea of the universe can be presented to the child in the right way,…the knowledge he then acquires is organized and systematic; his intelligence becomes whole and complete because of the vision of the whole that has been presented to him, and his interest spreads to all, for all are linked and have their place in the universe on which his mind is centered”
 

– 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

Nomadic

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.

Meaningful

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

 
“…this wide gulf between man’s external and inner powers is one of the most important and profound causes of the individual and collective evils which afflict our civilization and gravely menace its future.”
 

– Roberto Assagioli
in the Act of Will

Historical and current figures whose work and life are inspirational
to the Nomadic School approach:

Lao Tzu, Roberto Assagioli, Andrew Loomis, Maria Montessori, Abraham Maslow, Angeles Arrien, Philip Zaleski, Paul Kaufman, Aldous Huxley, Paulo Coelho, C.G. Jung, Carl Rogers, Hayao Miyazaki, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Roger Walsh, Jack Kornfield, the Dalai Lama, John Welwood, Ken Wilber, William James, Stanislav Grof, Bill Plotkin, Frances Vaughn, Siddhārtha Gautama, Eckhart Tolle, Robert A. Johnson, Joseph Campbell, Christopher Bache, Sadhguru, Magic Johnson, Jeremy Taylor, James Fadiman, Robert Frager, Rumi, Helen Schucman, Peter Gray, Anthony Robbins, John & Julie Gottman, and still others.