Our Mission
The mission of the Academy for the Love of Learning is to awaken, enliven, nurture and sustain the natural love of learning in people of all ages. We seek to encourage and cultivate the powers of critical thought, imagination, curiosity, innate sense of purpose, wonder and inspiration, and an ongoing awakening of the heart.

To achieve our mission, the Academy exists as a non-profit educational organization developing and disseminating a transformative curriculum and methodology – our learning field inquiry approach to learning – through an integrated set of programs, conferences, organizational practices and research. The over-arching intent of our work is to help stimulate and support the rebirth and renewal of learning and education in America. In the words of American poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, we are seeking to foster a perpetual ‘rebirth of wonder’.

Our Work
The Academy’s work is centered in the research, development and implementation of a particular model, or pattern, that we believe is fundamental to all learning – we call it the learning field. Our work and this model have grown out of our experiences as artists, educators and consultants.

Since the Academy’s incorporation as a 501(c) 3 in 1998 we have begun to actualize this work through core trainings and ongoing seminars, workshops and consultancies in Sedona, Arizona, Big Sur, California, Santa Fe, New Mexico, New York, and Europe. The model continues to be refined through these programs and our ongoing engagement in the world.

Individuals and Organizations With Whom We Work

ParticipantsWe work with people who are engaged with groups and individuals in the midst of growth and change. Typically, participants in our trainings include teachers, consultants, artist-educators, facilitators, managers, and leaders of all kinds. Our advisory services, offered through our Ventana project, are with schools and educational organizations, spiritually oriented organizations and foundations that cultivate life-affirming, sustainable patterns in the social fabric of our culture.