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Putting modern childhood under the spotlight

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New Waldorf World List online

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The challenge of Waldorf

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Contemplative Inquiry

A new approach to Adult Learning

Von: Crossfields Institute

April 13 - 14, 2010 Merton College, Oxford, UK

A two-day seminar with Dr Arthur Zajonc

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About:

Crossfields Institute is a service provider and umbrella structure for learning organisations, educators and researchers working within further and higher education. Our particular focus is with individuals and organisations who promote and seek to develop a transparent, spiritual approach to learning and education. Many of our affiliate members are working in some way out of the time spirit and the work of Rudolf Steiner Crossfields Institute works closely with affiliated learning organisations and individuals to meet government criteria for further and higher education whilst maintaining and developing an integrative and transparent spiritual approach at the core of their practice. Our aim is to turn this often challenging process into an opportunity for growth and development, both from a core values perspective and from the perspective of student numbers, external recognition and quality of provision. ________________________________ Booking Form To book your place on the seminar please complete and return this booking form. Places are limited so we suggest you book early. Merton College The venue for the Contemplative Inquiry seminar is the prestigious Merton College, in Oxford, UK. Founded in 1264, Merton College offers a historic and picturesque setting for conference or meeting. As soon as you step through the ancient Lodge Gate, you enter an enclave of learning and contemplation. Because the College has continuously evolved to suit the needs of cutting-edge research and education, it is no surprise that its diverse buildings boast modern convenience as well as traditional grandeur. Accommodation on campus Prices start at £56.50 plus VAT for bed and breakfast in a standard room. All of the bedrooms at Merton College bedrooms are quiet and comfortable; most have views of award-winning gardens and historic quadrangles. All come with a workspace, telephone, and tea and coffee-making facilities, and Internet access is also available. Some come with separate study rooms. All are non-smoking. >> On campus accommodation for the seminar can be found here Other local accommodation For an extensive search facility offering a wide range of accommodation for different needs and budgets follow this link. Various types of accommodation are available, from self-catering and cosy local Oxford bed and breakfast (B & B) establishments (guest houses and farm houses) to high-class Oxford hotels. __________________________ Dr Arthur Zajonc Arthur Zajonc is the director of the Academic Program of the Center for Contemplative Mind, which supports appropriate inclusion of contemplative practice in higher education. He is professor of physics at Amherst College, where he has taught since 1978. His research has included studies in parity violation in atoms, the experimental foundations of quantum physics, and the relationship between sciences, the humanities and meditation. Arthur’s latest book is Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry: When Knowing Becomes Love. In this book he offers an overview of the meditative life, weaving practical instruction together with the guidance and inspiration of the world’s great teachers, from Rudolf Steiner to Rumi, and from Goethe to the sages of Asia. Arthur has developed his orientation toward meditation through working with hundreds of university students and professors, as well as with contemplative groups in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. ***** You can read the first chapter of Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry here A break down of the seminar will be added as soon as it is available For articles by Arthur on education: The Heart of Higher Education Towards an Epistemology of Love a talk given at Teachers College, Columbia University Spirituality in higher education Liberal Education article Transformative Education Survey Arthur Zajonc with Maia Duerr and Diana Dana Lessons from quantum jumps American Journal of Physics article ______________________________________

Crossfields Institute address:

Painswick Inn Gloucester Street Stroud GL5 1QG Office: +44 (0) 1453 808118 Director direct: +44 (0) 770 4341744 Office hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm Email: dialogue@crossfieldsinstitute.com Website: www.crossfieldsinstitute.com

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