health and wellness

Holistic Education: Integrating Health and Wellness into the Curriculum

students practice transcendental meditation

Students Practicing Transcendental Meditation

Consciousness Based Education is like embarking on a joyful journey of self-discovery, where you cozy up to your innermost being, which leads to enhanced outward success in life as a natural outcome.

At the heart of this educational philosophy lies a simple yet profound idea: by nurturing our inner connection to self, we can unlock boundless potential and achieve outward success in life. And at the forefront of this movement is the practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM), a technique embraced by students in our school twice a day, every day.

yoga asanas

Yoga Asanas

But Consciousness-Based Education is more than just meditation sessions. It’s a holistic approach to nurturing mind, body, and spirit. Health and wellness aren’t afterthoughts; they’re woven into the fabric of daily life. Yoga sessions, monthly meditation retreats, and nourishing organic meals in our cafeteria are just a few examples of how we prioritize the well-being of our students.

 

In our high school curriculum, we offer a transformative course called Consciousness, Connections, and Life Skills (CCLS). Here, students embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth, exploring the nature of consciousness, honing critical thinking skills, and cultivating a growth mindset that empowers them to overcome challenges with resilience and grit.

Consciousness, Connections, and Life Skills

Our high school students take a course called Consciousness, Connections and Life Skills (CCLS) in which they;

  1. Develop habits of critical thinking about the nature of life and the human experience.
  2. Develop an interdisciplinary framework by exploring principles or “big ideas” expressed across different fields of knowledge.
  3. Foster personal development through the experience and understanding of Transcendental Meditation and consciousness and through the understanding and practice of Social and Emotional Learning strategies and comprehensive health recommendations.
  4. Develop clear and effective expression through writing, discussion, and presentations. 
  5. Understand and practice a growth mindset– challenge ourselves and build grit.
  6. Appreciate that Transcendental Meditation is a lifelong practice that has benefits beyond the school routine.

Our CCLS course, Exploring Knowledge asks, What do I know? How do I know it? How can I become a better knower (learner)? More knowledge supports more fulfillment in life because it gives us more freedom and allows us to fulfill our desires and the needs of society. Because of the self exploration that goes on in our CCLS class, it serves as another way we integrate health and wellness into the curriculum.

Health and Wellness in All Levels

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Seed-to-Table Program

Consciousness-Based Education isn’t just confined to the classroom. It permeates every level of our school, from lower to upper grades. Even our youngest learners are engaged in projects that promote health and wellness, whether it’s raising awareness about nutrition or understanding the principles of holistic living and integrating those into your life at home.

In the fourth grade, students launch a “Save the Cake” campaign, exploring the impact of diet on health and well-being. In the fifth grade, they dive into the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, learning about the three Doshas and how to create meals that harmonize body and mind.

At our school, education isn’t just about grades or test scores; it’s about nurturing the whole person. It’s about empowering students to thrive in a complex and ever-changing world. And through Consciousness-Based Education, we’re equipping them with the tools they need to succeed not just in school, but in life.

 

 

 

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