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Ecosystems of Education

Ecosystems of Education

a live, online video class
September 12th through December 17th, 2021

My experience in the Ecosystems course, has been quite literally, life changing. I thought I was taking a course to learn how to teach and understand children better. I did do that, however, what I learned about myself, has made an undeniable difference in my life.

Beth has a gift when it comes to being compassionate, and teaching others the importance of being that to others, and most importantly, to ourselves.

To describe what and how I learned what I did, I don’t think is possible. This is something one has to experience for themselves. I would recommend anyone taking this course, and frankly wish it were a mandatory course for anyone working with children. What I am taking away from this experience, will stay with me for life.

Theresa, Halifax, Nova Scotia

At this time in history we are badly in need of a focus on the ecosystems of our lives. The educational ecosystem is one of the most neglected of these and 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.

We will be offering the Ecosystems of Education course beginning September 12th, 2021. This is one of the two course in the Enki Teacher Training program that can be taken as a stand-alone course. This is a 15 session program, is designed for the adult learner – undoubtedly a juggler of many balls! – and, therefore, it is spread over 13 weeks to account for holidays.

Watch a Video Overview:

So what is an Educational Ecosystem? Any Ecosystem has principles that cannot be ignored or violated without paying a high price. When worked with harmoniously, these create a self-sustaining and vital system the serves health and wellbeing for all.

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.

We believe the same is true in an Educational Ecosystem, i.e., that there are certain principles that impact the children and the schooling, that cannot be ignored without straining the health of that system. No matter what system or educational methodology you use – including unschooling to the most structured – these principles are at play – the only question is how much we align ourselves to them.

In this course, we will explore the underlying principles shown at above, through the lens of the Enki Approach. This, in turn, allows us to look at how each participant’s UNIQUE educational vision can be best supported, or manifested, when these core principles are consciously worked with.

This program consists of 15 sessions and will run primarily on Sunday afternoon’s, beginning September 12th; there will be two weekday classes held in the evening – dates and times are found at the end of this letter. Classes are recorded and can be made up during the week if you have to miss something – but there is nothing like interacting with others on the same journey and we encourage participants not to miss more than two or three classes. Each class runs about 3 hours. Attendance at or timely review of the video (if you miss a class) is required for all classes. High speed internet connection and a camera that is on or connected to the computer, is a must.

Tuition is $650. Scholarships are available in extreme situations. This course is a stand-alone part of the Enki Education Teacher Training Program and is a prerequisite for that program.

Space is limited. For more details or to sign up, please contact us, and watch for the registration announcement. Space is limited. 

Hear from Students:

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.

Julie 2013
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 2017
15 years Alternative Educator
6 years Enki Teacher

 . . . 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!

Jessica 2015
Enki Homeschooler 6 years

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. 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.

Emily 2015
Public School Teacher 10 years

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
(12 – 3 pm PACIFIC time for Sunday classes, and 4 pm PACIFIC for the two weekday classes – marked).

It is important that everyone attend the first two and the last two classes in person; beyond that, we expect that each student may need to miss here and there; and recorded classes are available. However, this is a participatory class and we ask that you make up the missed class and accompanying work with that week, and that you not miss more than 3 classes.

Class 1: Sunday, 9/12
Class 2: Thursday, 9/16
Classes 3-12: every Sundays 9/19–11/21
*11-28 U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday
Class 13: Sunday 12/5
Class 14: Sunday 12/12
Class 15 (Final): Wednesday 12/16