The True Love of Learning with Aaron Stern – Part 3

Jeffrey has a fascinating conversation with Aaron Stern, Founder, Executive Director and Core Faculty of the Academy For the Love of Learning in Santa Fe.

As designer of the core curriculum at the Academy, Aaron is also a composer, performer, educator and former dean of the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Aaron consults with educational, arts, spiritual and social-change organizations and communities, around the world and is also trained and certified as a transpersonal therapist.

A brainchild of a special relationship that Aaron had with the late musical genius Leonard Bernstein, the
Academy for the Love of Learning draws on a wide, multidisciplinary spectrum of resources: educational philosophy and practice, the arts, transpersonal studies, contemplative traditions, earth-based wisdom, body-centered practices, psychotherapy, organizational consulting, and the wisdom distilled from personal experience.

The scholar in residence at the Academy is American priest and theological exponent of Creation Spirituality Matthew Fox. Creation Spirituality is a movement grounded in the mystical philosophies of medieval visionaries Hildegard of Bingen, Thomas Aquinas, Meister Eckhart and Nicholas of Cusa. Author of twenty-eight books on philosophy, religion, and spirituality, Matthew Fox’s most recent book, The A.W.E. Project: Reinventing Education, Reinventing the Human has led him into an increased engagement with issues impacting the education of children, something very dear to the heart of The Academy and Aaron Sterns vision.

In Aaron’s and the Academy’s view, who we are as human beings is indicated by the depth of our openness to life, our engagement with our process of learning, and our self-awareness and capacity to be as fully awake as imaginable with one another. because of this viewpoint, the Academy is strongly experiential and calls forth a high degree of self-reflection, both individual and collective. This ground of deepening self-awareness provides the stability and freedom from which right action can grow.

I think you will find my conversation with Aaron warm, stimulating and uplifting because he is dedicated to living a life focused on the highest aspects of the human experience and bringing out the best in others so that they too can really enjoy the love of learning that is the deepest of human birthright’s.

The Omni Art Salon theme music, When Angels Smile, is provided courtesy of Back To Earth

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