The qualification is designed for learners clarify and implement their own spiritual wellbeing practice, which then provides the foundation for supporting and enabling others. The qualification emphasises the development of maturity, autonomy and self-management.
The Spiritual Companions Trust is an educational charity. They develop resources and programmes at the interface of health, wellbeing and spirituality.
Crossfields Institute is a Gloucestershire based education charity, specialising in the development niche qualifications for providers with a particular vision or ethos. The Institute is also approved by Ofqual (the regulator of qualifications, exams and assessments in England) as an awarding organisation.
Any learners who are interested in finding out more about this qualification should contact the Spiritual Companions Trust www.spiritualcompanions.org 01458 555008
Text: The dust has certainly been stirred up in the UK agriculture sector following the Brexit result of last Thursday. In my last blog post the big issue was the fate of Roundup and glyphosates in the EU – the renewal of the licence for these being delayed and a decision will rest on further study of potential negative effects of glyphosate in the food chain. A significant role, from an agroecological perspective, that has been played by the EU is the regulation of GMO’s and many member states have opted out of growing GMO’s. It remains to be seen what emerges in a Brexit UK. The NFU states on their website that farmers in the UK have been frustrated by an “excessive use of the precautionary principle” (see www.nfuonline.com – article of 24.06.2016). Now that the vote has been cast what does this mean for consumers, who will want to be sure that developments in agriculture continue to be carefully scrutinized?
On Sunday June 12th the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology (APPG Agroecology) published a report on their website (https://agroecology-appg.org/) highlighting the fact that “the national picture on soil health is deplorably lacking, and there are currently no assessment plans, despite the Government commitment to ensure that all soils are managed sustainably by 2030”. Go to the APPG Agroecology website to see the full reports. The importance of fostering good soil health is clearly an area in which much more research and education needs to be undertaken. Holistic approaches to agroecology (such as permaculture, biodynamics, organics) have long acknowledged that healthy soil is the basis to sound agroecological practices, and the basis for healthy food. Crossfields International is keen to support research and education in how to develop and maintain soil health, which we are doing through supporting a number of international postgraduate students in their agroecological studies.
Interesting article yesterday in the Guardian, questioning the overuse of technology in schools and asking whether Steiner schools have the right approach. We believe that technology has its place in classrooms, but that the early years particularly should involve young people learning through making and doing.
Delegates from schools in Finland, Norway, Denmark and the UK gathered in Oslo last week for the third Transnational Event of the ACTS (Acknowledging Creative Thinking Skills) Project, funded by the Erasmus+ European Commission fund. The project details can be found here:
In 2012 Susan Cain brought a sense of affirmation and recognition to millions of introverts worldwide with her TED talk and book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. She has now written a book specifically for young people, Quiet Power, prompted by the huge response she had from adults and young people talking about how much harder adolescence can be for those with introverted personalities. Read about her book and inspiration here:
It is reported in the Guardian this week (Recall of Monsanto’s Roundup likely as EU refuses limited use of glyphosate; Monday June 6) that a renewal of a licence for Roundup and other glyphosate-based weed killers is not going to be as straightforward as it’s producers would hope. There is growing concern about the hazards of glyphosates for the environment and indications of potential toxicity for humans, which is contributing to the potential that it will have to be withdrawn from sale and use. From an Agroecological perspective it is high time we took seriously more sustainable approaches to agriculture – shifting from those based on manipulation to those with an ethos of stewardship. Perhaps it is also time to redirect some of the vast amounts of money invested in chemical, industrial scale agriculture into some of the options that are better for both the environment and people?
In an excellent blog from Joe Atkinson of the Permaculture Association Joe explores why permaculture courses seem to attract a higher than usual proportion of people with dyslexia. He includes some very interesting video links about dyslexia and creativity and, especially interesting for us, whether the learning processes of people with dyslexia are particularly helpful for thinking holistically and appreciating a holistic view. This way of thinking is important for permaculture but also the other areas that Crossfields Institute covers.