We provide a space where children of the earth, of the universe, can explore and walk barefoot in body, mind and spirit to experience their sacred home. We believe through that sacred relationship a child will naturally work and become reliable to himself or herself because that is the nature of the earth and of life. We believe that this work is a foundation for a more joyful experience of life and humanity and that there is no greater priority than this. We believe that there is an optimal and necessary set of circumstances that must be in place in order to promote this sacred relationship and our goal as a school is to provide the opportunity for the child to access this sacred space and do this work.
We, as the responsible guides and caregivers, commit to being open to the process of providing this opportunity. Specifically, we acknowledge that fear, objectification and violence are aspects we all share as part of our human experience and that we must face and overcome these aspects so as not to prevent or misdirect children from being able to access the sacred space.
At the Foundations School we treat the children and ourselves as causing agents in the world and respect the cause and effect relationship as one of life’s most effective teachers. We think our greatest responsibility as parents and guides is to provide a model of compassion, love and courage in finding and facing life’s lessons. We recognize that failure is a wonderful teacher and we seek ways to encourage failure through compassionate challenge, reaching children at their very personal and preciously unique levels so they can experience and build resourcefulness and self-esteem.
We require a commitment from you, the parent. We ask you to look at your children as a reflection of yourself and be open to the wonder, potency and necessity of using this reflection to create and nurture the sacred space. We do not seek to interview or select children, there is no need to *adapt to them and in fact it is vital that they are given the opportunity to adapt to whatever they are immersed in. Instead we seek parents who are committed to learning through and with their child, parents who seek the rewards of challenging their own foundations, you must be willing to challenge your own foundations. This is the commitment we ask of all who come to the Foundations School.
We recognize that our current cultural and societal priorities are not overtly friendly and sometimes are unfriendly to nurturing this sacred space. We recognize there may be conflicts with the comfort of traditional economic, social, religious, and philosophical mores and beliefs. And we believe that many of our current social and cultural constructs are having a negative impact on our children and ourselves. We seek to build community around these recognitions and beliefs by identifying and supporting all people who share these values with us. We do not think it is an easy road but that does not deter us in the least, in fact we think this conflict is necessary to create a more solid foundation for our children and ourselves. It’s time to break through old models and find new roads and we will do this with courage, strength, compassion and kindness, we hope that you join us.
*because of this we are open to any child, from any background, no matter what. This does not mean that we will be able to accept this child, but it means we will evaluate how we can best encourage the individual childs’ sacred space so they can experience their own foundation of resourcefulness, self-esteem and joy. We will not know what this will mean from a resource perspective until we do interact with the child and the parents and we reserve the right to accept or deny any family for any reason we deem fit. Because of our unique approach we believe we are well equipped to take on children that may have been labeled or experience limitations that have, until this point, been considered negative.