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Thomas Berry helped us understand that “education in the twenty-first century should be about knowledge as understanding and knowledge as presence through which children and young people can find the meaning of their existence and their inter-relatedness with all living forms.  They need to develop interiority, a sense of wonder at the amazing differentiation in the universe, a sense of relationships, imagination, and the feeling of belonging to the whole universe.”

Over the years, we have worked in collaboration with many schools and organizations that want to bring this perspective more deeply into their learning communities.  Evidence of these collaborations can be found in the following downloads:

  • “Cultivating Care for Our Common Home with Catholic Schools”, which documents a ten-year collaboration with Our Lady of Grace Catholic School in Greensboro, NC.  Download here

  • “Re-imagining Montessori’s Great Lessons in the Light of Thomas Berry, Parts 1 & 2”, which documents a collaboration with the Greenville Montessori School in Greenville, NC. Download Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

  • “Belonging to Earth: Our Common Home,” which documents our work with the immigrant and refugee children at the Doris Henderson Newcomers School in Greensboro, NC. Download here

We are now collaborating with the faculty at the School of Living Arts (SOLA) in Candler, NC to co-imagine the question:  "What would a’ living school’ look like, a ‘living, learning community’ that is an outgrowth of the Center’s work, engaged in a daily continuum of practice?    How might we embody the work’s depth, breadth, and scope within a learning community?"

If you have an interest in collaborating with the Center in these ways, we would love to hear from you.  Email Center Director, Peggy Whalen-Levitt, at beholdnature@aol.com.