"All the great teachers of the past
have drawn their action from non-action. From Christ
upon the high mountain, to Lo Tung over his tea, down to us.
And I can never see that those names are too big to be used
side by side with today. The intention is the same - teaching".
- Sylvia Ashton-Warner
In the myths of ancient Sumer, Enki is the god of
the waters. He flows into every corner and crevice, changing his
shape to explore every detail and provide whatever is needed. By
his very nature he reflects all he meets - lighting up its natural
wisdom and vitality.
Nothing is too foreboding, small, dark or dirty for Enki. It is
said that when Inanna, the Queen of Heaven, hung trapped and lifeless
in the underworld, all the gods and goddesses turned from her. Only
Enki saw wisdom in her descent into the depths. From the dirt under
his fingernails, he fashioned creatures and gave them the power
of the waters. Sent into the underworld, they set Inanna free and
returned her to life.
Like Enki, the teacher is challenged to continually perceive, nurture,
and celebrate the brilliance and possibility in all her students
and in all she teaches. Her challenge is to meet everything fully,
whatever it may be.
The first thing we meet each and every day, moment to moment, is
ourselves. As we enter the classroom we stand before the children
as more than facilitator or director or instructor. We stand before
the children as a examples of human potential, human decency, and
human striving. Our example will impact the children more deeply
and more permanently than any of the skills, information or experiences
we provide. So it is here we begin, and here we hope to end, standing
honestly with ourselves.
" When I began this program I thought I could play the recorder.
I thought I could sing. I thought I could speak and walk. Here I've
learned lessons through my body that I never thought I could know.
This is not a surface program about how to be a teacher or a parent.
It's about how to be." - Kristine, student 1995
Our goal is to help each participant meet new parts
of himself, bring his own wisdom and confusion to light and discover
a way to work with children that expresses his personal vision and
passion for life. The Teacher Training Program works intensively
with the Enki curriculum and methodology and is required for those
wishing to teach in Enki schools. However, whether a participant
goes on to teach at all, or pursues Enki, Montessori, Integrated
Day, Self-Design, Traditional, Waldorf or any other form of education is not
important. What is important is that each participant find a deep
personal connection to the approach heor she chooses.
In the course of the Enki Teacher Training Program participants
will come to see how details of the physical environment, the curriculum,
and the methods always express a particular perspective - whether we
intend them to or not. Participants will learn how to choose curriculum
content, balance particular activities, and set up classrooms and outdoor environments that
express their personal vision in a harmonious, coherent learning
We begin on this process in the Ecosystems of Education course, and take that learning ever deeper in the courses that follow.