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The Refugee Run and “White Helmets:” The Deep Impact of Experiential Learning

Introduction It is a truism that “experience is the best teacher,” and so it is with Humanities I in Action, our cornerstone social conscience course at HKIS, that the second most powerful lesson in the curriculum (after the Foshan orphanage … Continue reading

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“Dealing with the Accuser: Befriending Your Inner Critic” by Sangeeta Bansal and Marty Schmidt

All of us have a running stream of voices that direct critique inwards, which when well-managed can serve us well. However, for many students these voices become far too powerful, leaving them with low self-regard. In this blog entry guest … Continue reading

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Presence and Plant Intelligence: Best Books of 2017

Finding my first Buhner book in Dublin in July, a celebratory moment! Introduction If last year’s highlight was easy to identify – studying the Enneagram in London – then this year’s epiphany was equally obvious, coming during summer holidays on … Continue reading

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Introducing the Wisdom Way of Teaching: Educating for Social Conscience and Inner Awakening in the High School Classroom

This entry, written as an introduction for a future book, explores how the yin-yang symbol offers a model for the integration of service learning and spiritual practices in school curricula. Such an approach is needed to meet the deep needs … Continue reading

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“Saving Starfish: In Search of Genuine Service in a Chinese Orphanage” by Andrea Sum

A picture of Andrea (on left) at Xiqiao Mountain during the China Orphanage Trip. Introduction Every year in the Humanities I in Action class I take students to two nearby orphanages in southern China for an experience with taking care … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Meditation Five Years On: A Personal Reflection

Richard and Suzanne Friedericks and myself traveled to Assisi, Italy five years ago to do a spiritual retreat with our teacher Cynthia Bourgeault. Looking back on that time, I can now recognize the significant turning point in my life that … Continue reading

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Using Spiritual Practices to Transform Service Learning Guilt into Compassionate Action: Two Students’ Experiences

The shadow side of powerful service learning experiences, like the one that Claudia had at the Foshan orphanage, is that students carry a burden of guilt with them when they return to school. This blog entry explores the possibility of … Continue reading

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