How did you hear about Gentle Teaching? Were you inspired by a moment or a connection that stirred your heart or rekindled hope? Or were you moved by the many steps of a journey that left a lasting impression? Whether you are just learning about Gentle Teaching for the first time, have become curious or knowledgeable about its relationship-building framework, or have gained experience with its practices and outcomes, you have most likely glimpsed the anchoring of unconditional love and acceptance in one’s essential feeling of existence.
There are four pillars or lessons in the Gentle Teaching pedagogy for teaching one about how to feel safe, how to feel loved, how to feel and be loving, and how to feel and become engaged.
Without judgment or conditions, we lay the foundation for’ true learning,”* building on and expanding from this foundation as we discover, together, what has value, and what gives meaning for one’s quality of life. With a Gentle Teaching framework, experiences of companionship and community are made accessible for one’s awareness and social-emotional growth, cultivating a sense of belonging. It’s good to feel connected and ‘at home’ in yourself and in the world, and even better when this feeling becomes a lasting impression.
*[Traditional learning is focused on cognitive, left-brain ability. The concept of “true” or “intrinsic” learning was introduced by psychologist Carl Rogers in the 1950’s, who formulated the premise that for “true learning” to occur, the right-brain must also or at least be engaged.]