We believe any healthy society should begin with the question ‘how are the children?’, because we shape the future through the choices we make today about how we educate and support children into adult life. If education is a primary conduit for passing on values, ethics, skills and behaviours to children, then we only have to look around to see the extent to which the current system is failing us.
Our education systems need to be more ambitious and more effective in helping us to transition to a healthy, harmonious society. They have the potential to! That’s why we support schools to be visionaries for change and model what a thriving community looks and feels like. We help them to help themselves, in turn helping society. Our work takes many forms, supporting a whole school ecosystem through a long-term process of community building through holistic rites of passage and the development of nourishing relationships. A great oak doesn’t grow overnight.
There’s an ancient practice carried out across the world throughout history, forgotten about by many, that when remembered and adopted offers a powerful gateway to a flourishing society. This practice is called community-oriented rites of passage. We work with schools to offer rites-of-passage experiences to staff and students that help them to navigate big transitions in their lives and supporting youth to cross one of life’s biggest thresholds – from childhood to adulthood.