Entries by Michael Nitai Deranja

It’s Time We Started Raising Organic Children

About 50 years ago, a small but dedicated group of people began challenging American society’s attitudes toward food production. The prevailing opinion at the time was that vegetables should be judged primarily by their outward appearance. Bigger and redder tomatoes were deemed more desirable, and so American agriculture brought in the chemical fertilizers and pesticides […]

India Summer School

Ananda Pune’s New Biweekly Children’s and Parents’ Programmes by Brahmacharini Prisha (read as a PDF  Biweekly Children_Parent Programmes in PDF) “Could we have an ongoing children’s programme?”, urged several Ananda Pune parents back in February. In response, community children now gather every other Sunday at the City Centre for an inspirational as well as fun […]

Darshan on Music and EFL

Two hours every week are spent with five third graders. On my schedule it says I’m supposed to teach them music. Have I taught music before? Sure! Apart from many individual violin classes, I explored the realm of sound for about 6 years with a previous generation in our school. We sang long notes and […]

How to Help Children and Teens Experience Meaning, Purpose and Well-Being

For over 40 years, Education for Life has pioneered a holistic, non-sectarian approach to learning that  integrates character development and academic achievement. This workshop will share many of the materials, methods, and insights that have resulted in a continuous stream of students who have successfully cultivated universal values such as cheerfulness, forgiveness, and self-control while […]