Quest for Life: NEW TEEN COURSE

Quest for Life: An Adventure in Learning and Living is The Sanctuary School's new online course for teens--ages 13-18. Its eighteen lessons introduce students to a vision quest--a search for each one's important role on earth--that will empower them to realize and pursue life-affirming dreams and visions. Lesson topics include: The Nature of the Quest, Companions on the Quest, The Power of Listening, Living Truthfully, You Can Make a Difference, Focus and Belief, and Walking Your Vision.

For a course overview, lesson excerpts and summaries, cost, and to enroll,
visit the Quest for Life section of The Sanctuary School web site.

Laurel Springs School

Laurel Springs School is an accredited K-12 personalized distance learning program. It provides a variety of curricular options, trained teachers, college counseling, grades, diplomas, and official transcripts.

Students of Laurel Springs School can enroll in The Sanctuary School's courses as electives. If your family would like to take Sanctuary School courses while enjoying the benefits of attending an accredited school, Laurel Springs School may be just what you're looking for.

Click here to visit Laurel Springs School
web site.

Heart-Based Teaching

An online course is in preparation for parents and teachers of Sanctuary School students. While working with a Sanctuary School mentor, this training guide provides opportunities for parents and teachers to explore and develop their awareness and understanding of heart-based education.

The course is dedicated to the children as well as to the parents and teachers who have chosen The Sanctuary School as a consciousness approach to higher-mind education and heart-based living.

Prospective teachers at least 18 years old are welcome to inquire about this course.

School Sharings

Peace makes me quiet

Peace makes me gentle

Peace makes me love myself


By Glen
New Zealand

From the United Kingdom: Christopher's Journal

Although I have birds that visit my garden, there is a bigger community of birds that live in Granny's garden. Mostly they are hedge sparrows, robins, bluetits, pigeons, collar doves, blackbirds and thrushes and wrens. They all live in the hedges and trees surrounding the garden. They live in harmony with each other sharing whatever food they find.

Recently Grandad bought a new bird feeding table and some other feeders that could be hung in the hedges. Each day seed, nuts and water are put out for them. It took quite a few days for the birds to get used to the bird table being in the garden and to start feeding on it. The first bird to go to it was a blackbird, then we noticed the next day that the smaller birds were feeding from it too like the message had been passed around that they had nothing to fear from this strange object.

They found the hedge feeders very quickly and started lining up on the hedge to take turns at feeding. It's really interesting watching them do this. Sometimes they seem to get impatient and fly in and chase the other birds off the feeders. The bigger birds like the pigeons, collar doves and thrushes wait around the bottom of the feeders because they are too big to perch on them. They wait for the smaller birds to scatter seed and nuts onto the ground. This way they are helping each other get plenty to eat. They communicate with each other to tell where fresh food and water can be found. It is good to see them all sitting on the hedges on a sunny day singing and tweeting and appreciating the beauty of the day. If the weather is wet or windy, they hide away in the hedges and only come out to feed when they are hungry.

What I've learned from the birds is--in a community you have to work together for peace. That means learning to share, to communicate and to practice being patient. It also means that there have to be some disciplines set to encourage harmony within the community. I've noticed that some birds are greedy and another will fly in and kind of give it a warning with a sharp peck. This is like a discipline to help keep the peace and to help remember one's place and partnership in the community.

© 2005 by Patricia Jepsen Chuse.  MARCH 2005.
Patricia Jepsen Chuse for reprint permission.




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