The Winter Tour of Zaytuna Farm in 2018 was a prelude to a metaphoric spring for my family. Enthusiasts and experts of colourful kinds had come for various reasons — as an introduction to permaculture; an opportunity to ask questions about their own designs; to network; or to be inspired.
I came for all of those reasons, but also to breath!
We have been homeschooling for 7 years. In that time, we have lived in Brisbane and Sydney, Australia. With the support and guidance from veteran homeschoolers from around the world, and lots of research I quickly established the best program for my children. Throughout these years my children have received a quality classical, eclectic education.
They have been in good company too.
With the homeschooling population on the rise, it is easy to find co-ops and social groups to suit your taste. Sports, arts, sciences, community events — it is easy to debunk the loaded What about socialisation? question that is first on every cynics lips.
And I have always been confident that I have what it takes to be the best teacher for my children, facilitating their intellectual and spiritual awakenings… There was only one real struggle.
The thing is, I don’t do things by halves. Having the best educational program for my children, the best pedagogy, the best resources, great company, there was one monumental element to our plan that was lacking: Environment.
We were overwhelmed in an artificial world. We were living in an environment that was against the very principles that we declare. We were living in a state of cognitive dissonance, frustration, and ultimately in an unsustainable lifestyle. We felt the cold.
I first met Geoff, Nadia and their daughter at a Permaculture event in Sydney in 2016, and was inspired to do a Permaculture Design Certificate online. Since then, we kept in touch and at the end of that pivotal winter day in 2018, we came together in a common vision— to nurture and educate our children in a wholesome, holistic environment, at the farm.
Together, our children not only see and practice their knowledge in action, but come to true and deep understanding through action!
In a nurturing community and environment, children are engaged and self-motivated in their own educational paths. They are encouraged by constant changing landscapes, textures, and seasons. They see reflected in nature all the stages people go through, physically, mentally, spiritually.
It’s a lot easier to bring up children in an environment like this, because with artificial veils removed, nature nurtures, and has the potential to unlock the doors to gnosis.
We would love to share our experiences with you as we chronicle our homeschooling journey. And we’d love to hear from you too, and how you are inspired into action, as we bring up our next generation into a world of abundance.