Ecosystems of Education
a 15 session, live-online Course
September 8th through December 12, 2019
REGISTRATION OPENS June 1st, 2019
Call Blake at: (603) 496-8605
Mark your Calendar NOW!
REGISTRATION CLOSES August 15th, 2019!
"The experience of the Ecosystems class felt more like the beginning of a journey than a class that you would take to simply learn material. It was a journey both back to myself and beyond myself, into a new way to think about teaching and working with children . . .
Emily, New Mexico, 2016
Public School Teacher, 10 years
At this time in history we are badly in need of a focus on the ecosystems of our lives. In truth, we are in need of a full paradigm shift and that starts with education. But we can't teach ABOUT a paradigm shift, standing in the old one or we simp[ly reinforce the known ways. We have to begin with truly shifting the educational paradigm. There are many ways to manifest that shift, but we have to begin with making the shift. That is what this course is about, and how it unfolds.
The educational ecosystem is, in all likelihood, a core reason that so many of the ecosystems of our lives are now in jeopardy. In this course, we explore the ecosystems of learning and growing, and in so doing develop understandings applicable to us all - whatever our work. Education, like all other aspects of life, functions as an ecosystem with each aspect impacting all others. As is the case with the natural world, this is true whether we attend to it or not; the only issue is whether we will work consciously with it so the child's whole experience is in service of our educational goals, including a sustainable and healthy experience for all.
We will be offering the Ecosystems of Education course beginning September 8th 2019. This is one of the two course in the Enki Teacher Training program that can be taken as a stand alone course. It is a 15 session program, spread over 13 weeks, and is designed for the adult learner - undoubtely a juggler of many balls!
So what is an Educational Ecosystem? Any Ecosystem has principles that cannot be ignored or violated without paying a high price. For plants, one could say that it is the interaction of sun, water, soil (type and life), and nutrients that make up the Ecosystem. All plants work with these elements - not all in the same way, but all must work with them. Picture what happens when we speed up the fruiting of vegetable plants with chemical fertilizers, herbacides, and pesticides. We know these impact the natural ecosystem, and the impact is there whether we pay attention or not. The same is true in education; when worked with harmoniously, the core principles create a self-sustaining and vital system that serves health and well being for all; when ignored we have the same hurried and destructive results as we would with plants.
Just as different plants must work with these underlying principles differently if they are to most fully bloom in their true nature, the same is true in education. In this course, we work to uncover each student’s unique outlook on education and explore how she or he can better manifest that vision through understanding of the principle of educational ecosystems. We do this through study of the Enki Web or ecosysytem, the underlying structure of the Enki Education, using it as a tool to look at educational ecosystems in general.
As we said, this has to begin working from a different paradigm, and so we do. Each week students are given short exercises to do at home to give them a personal experience of the particular "web thread" in focus. Then in a workshop format, we explore the participants’ personal experience with the exercise. From that, as well as specific reading on the topic, we develop ways each can bring this new understanding into their teaching or life situation. In this way, the students each have their own, personal experience of each of the principles of the educational ecosystem and are better able to apply these to their own situations and desires.
The web principles explored (and shown above) are: Core Goal; Essential Energy/content focus; Rhythm; Child Development; Integration of Body, Heart, and Mind; Rhythms of Learning/discovery learning; Unity and Diversity; Environment; The Teacher - Health and as a Model; Community.
Because our focus is on the underlying principles at play in learning and growing, the experience and understanding gained are applicable to any situation, educational, business, creative, etc.
Tuition: $650 US includes the 15 session course, and the books; scholarships available on a limited basis.
For more information , click here to email your questions and needs and we will get right back to you. Or you can simply call Blake at 603 496-8605 to register directly.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Dates and Times for the Winter - Spring session 2019:
- 1-4 pm PACIFIC time for Sunday classes,
- 3 pm PACIFIC for the two Thursday classes (marked below).
It is important that all attend the first two and the last class live online. Besides the start and the end weeks, students can miss "live online" attendance up to 3 times over the course of the program and view those recordings asap.
• Sunday September 8
• THURSDAY September 12 (3 pm PACIFIC)
• Sunday September 15
• Sunday September 22
• Sunday September 29
• Sunday October 6
• Sunday October 13
NO CLASS on October 20
• Class MONDAY October 21 (3 pm PACIFIC)
• Sunday October 27
• Sunday November 3
• Sunday November 10
• Sunday November 17
• Sunday November 24
NO CLASS Dec 1 (U.S. thankgiving Weekend)
• Sunday December 8
• THURSDAY Dec 12 (3 pm PACIFIC)
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Reviews of the Ecosystems Course:
Ecosystems of Education has been a transformational course for me. The framework that this course has provided me with has not only strengthened how I articulate my foundational beliefs about Education but has also helped me to more fully integrate with the world around me. This course is hands down the best Educational instruction I have ever received. As a participant you get to experience the very framework that you are learning about and therefore can more fully integrate the teachings. This course has impacted my life in so many ways and has rebirthed my passion and inspiration for Education in a way that feels grounded and accessible.
(Indigenous Studies Educator, 6 years
Public Schools, Nelson BC, Canada)
Yesterday, I received the information about the Enki Ecosystem course. As I read it, it was through the lens of my current work as a midwife. What struck me immediately was that all I have learned and experienced in my work with Enki, has informed the work I do as a midwife - in fact, it has touched all aspects of my life.
As I enter the birth space, it is critical that I open to what is arising; I am reminded of learning to do the same as I entered the space of movement, or lesson, or project. The many hours spent in open observation - of myself, the children, the environment, the activity - now guide me as I work with birthing women.
On top of that, now, as I teach new midwives, I grapple with questions such as, "How did I know what was needed?" As I look for answers, I see that the Enki Web still serves as a framework for exploring and understanding so I can guide others to do the same. Looking from the Ecosystem model explored and experienced in this class has become a way of life for which I am grateful.
2005 to present
Midwife 25 years)
The Ecosystems Course is the foundation of Enki Education. Studying, and understanding this course, has not only been an educational endeavor, but also a personal, spiritual journey. Through this journey, I came to reconnect to parts of myself I have long buried.
This reconnection allowed me to reawaken my vitality in ways I never thought possible. The course study, at times, was challenging. It requires a deep clearing of old patterns. The work was well worth the effort. What blooms in you, and what seeds it plants for your children, is something much needed in our world today.
Enki education is truly one of the most beautiful and humane educational philosophies! It has been a great honor, and privilege to be able to study directly under Beth Sutton, the founder of Enki Education. Her level of expertise, and her attention and focus to every intricate detail, is unparalleled to anything I have ever experienced in my 30 years of teaching.
(Special Needs Teacher)
This has been an immensely enlightening course for me and what I’ve learned is valuable. Firstly, I’d like to note the recursion that I’ve experienced in the way in which this course was ‘taught’; the content of the course was shared with us using the paradigm that was laid out in the course content. In this way, I feel I have experienced the process, first hand, of how the Enki Web enables me to engage in the process of meaningful learning and teaching. I don’t think I have ever learned something at such a slow and deliberate pace, making and taking time for intake and digestion of the material. The result has been astounding. I feel like I have a real grasp of the course content, more so than in other courses I’ve taken. This confirms for me, the value of engaging in teaching and learning from an ecosystemic perspective.
(25 year alternative educator)
Even though I have studied Enki over the last 5 years while bringing this philosophy to life in my classroom, the ecosystem course revealed even more of the core of Enki. My understanding of the elements of the ecosystem that makes Enki what it is, broadened and deepened through discussion, through experiential exercises, and through rereading the guides. Engaging with a group brought inspiration and encouragement to fully experience the exercises and share openly even in an online format. Beth has a unique way of bringing participants together, connecting with personal challenges and triumphs, and sharing the insight so valuable to parents and teachers.
Perekin 2015 (Enki teacher 5 yrs
alternative educator 10 yrs prior)
" . . . I can finally dive into rereading the guides. I reread the first two sections yesterday and it is really amazing, after the class, and of course my cumulative time spent with Enki, how much more I understand what the guides are saying!"
(Enki Homeschooler 3 years)
(con't from above) One of the things that I truly appreciated was the camaraderie of walking this path with others. It was helpful to hear others' stories because they shone light on the subjects we were discussing and helped my understanding. Enki and other holistic educational models are not mainstream (yet!) and so it was very special to meet other parents and teachers cut from a similar cloth. They are a resource I still have even though the class is over. Another gift of the class was that it left me with a deeper understanding of Enki and the Enki web than I had when I read the manuals. We got to examine most of the strands, and to experience them in our own lives.
(Public School Teacher 10yrs)
The ENKI Ecosystems coarse was eye and heart opening, It guided me through a personal journey that left me with such gratitude for what ENKI brings to my children and to the classroom. Before taking the coarse I understood ENKI in a topical way, but after moving through the Ecosystems with Beth, I felt it really come alive in me, and began to understand the depth and rhythm that ENKI creates in a tangible way . . . I look forward to learning more
(Homeschooler, Class Teacher
Developer Applesong School)