Ty Adams is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Wayfinding Academy. The traditional college promise made to previous generations is dramatically different for young people now, and there’s a large segment of people who are falling through the cracks, or ending up burdened with mountains of debt and feelings of shame for being “drop outs”. Our culture of higher education is backwards. First you pick a 4-year college, then you pick a major from a list, then you figure out what you’re going to do, and then you try it out. The Wayfinding Academy is working to turn that around by offering a new model of higher education.
Sarah Ockwell-Smith is the author of the new book, Gentle Discipline: Using Emotional Connection–Not Punishment–to Raise Confident, Capable Kids. Sarah is a popular parenting expert whose blog is read by two million parents each year. A trained prenatal teacher, birth and postnatal doula, and pediatric homeopath, she is also the cofounder of GentleParenting.com. She lives in a 350-year-old cottage in rural Essex, UK with her family, including four school-age children.
Robert Gilman is an internationally renowned pioneer in cultural sustainability and someone who most definitely qualifies as a cultural “change-agent.” For over 35 years, his work as a writer, researcher, activist and consultant has helped thousands of people and hundreds of communities around the world understand cultural transitions and implement practical innovations towards creating a humane and sustainable future. The founder of Context Institute and its award-winning journal “In Context,” Robert’s passion for ensuring a sustainable world is passed on through the Bright Future Now program.
Ba Luvmour is one of the developers — along with his wife, Dr. Josette Luvmour — of “Natural Learning Relationships.” This is a whole-child understanding of childhood development that supports optimal well-being in children. Ba is a renowned specialist in child development, family relationships, and education. He has led hundreds of seminars and appeared at national and international conferences to share his vision on how children organize their world and how we can create relationships that bring forth optimal well being. Co-founder of Summa Institute and author of Optimal Parenting: Using Natural Learning Rhythms to Nurture the Whole Child, he has a Master Degree in psychology of education from UC Sonoma State. His Master’s thesis was on spiritual philosophy and education with an emphasis on practitioners (such as Montessori, etc.)
Paola Vidulich is a member of Gaia Education’s Management Team, working with grassroots & contemplative education organizations involved in education for sustainable development in Africa and Asia.
Richard Koob, founder of Kalani (a non-profit retreat center in Hawaii’s tropical rainforest), has made a remarkable contribution to self-development and education. He toured the world as a professional dancer before building the community with his partner in the 1970’s. Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center opened in 1982. Kalani sponsors an extensive Community Arts Program with more than 50 offerings per week — typically free to the public or by donation including offerings of yoga, Hawaiian culture, dance and performing arts, wellness, and personal growth.
Our guests this week on Pathways are Josette and Ba Luvmour, developers of Natural Learning Relationships — a whole-child understanding of childhood development that supports optimal well-being in children. Josette serves as Director of Family and Professional Development at Summa Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides Natural Learning Relationships™ programs to students, families, and professionals. Ba Luvmour is the director of Summa Academy.