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Rewilding and Ensouling Education


 JULY 13-17, 2020






A Weeklong Exploration of a Nature-Based and Soul-Oriented Education

We invite you to join with the faculty of California Teachers College for a weeklong online immersion to explore the importance of the inner lives of the students we teach and how to respond to their unique gifts; how to implement a soul-inspired, nature-based classroom; and the effects on the challenges of our culture.

With Guest Speakers:

Richard Louv, Michael Meade, Lisa Miller, Ph.D.

and TWO Complimentary Evening Sessions:

Brian Stafford, M.D., Ellen Hall

The Program

Our experiential online program includes morning sessions where we meet with the faculty, and evening sessions with Guest Speakers. Participants in this weeklong immersion will be invited into nature-based activities on their own time in the afternoons.

  • Revitalize your teaching career

  • Be inspired by a new perspective on education, one that results in more joy, less classroom management and more learning. 

  • Have renewed satisfaction and fulfillment in your vocation.

*Sponsored by the California Teachers College, for Nature-Centered, Soul-Inspired Teaching.  This experiential online symposium provides a taste of the College. Sign up for our mailing list to learn more.

Transform Yourself

Identify with your essential nature through soul awakening experiences in the wild, through meditation and in self reflection.

Transform Education

Bring your soul expression into the classroom to meet and connect with the souls of your students. The amazing results are improved classroom management and more learning.

Transform the World

It is within the school community that an ecological, cultural and spiritually sound world can be created.

Observing Flowers

The Schedule


All of the offerings are EXPERIENTIAL. 

We will move, talk, create, laugh and learn together.

All times are in Pacific Standard Time (PDT)

JULY 13 - 17, 2020

MONDAY - JULY 13, 2020

Brian Stafford, M.D.


California Teachers College

Ellen Hall

Founder & President 

California Teachers College

Richard Louv

Guest Speaker 

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM   The Role of Nature and Animals in Education 

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM   Group Check In

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM   Break

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM   Brian Stafford Wholeness, Wildness, and Depth

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM   Break

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM   Ellen Hall The Inner Lives of Children at School

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM   Facilitated Discussion

11:30 AM - 5:30 PM   Afternoon Experiential Invitations

TUESDAY - JULY 14, 2020

Michael Lindfield


California Teachers College

Caprice Thorsen

Administrative Dean 

California Teachers College

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM   Group Check In

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM   Break

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM   Michael Lindfield Children, The Promise of a Brighter Future

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM   Break

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM   Caprice Thorsen Educating for Wisdom

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM   Facilitated Discussion

11:30 AM - 5:30 PM   Afternoon Experiential Invitations

Michael Meade

Guest Speaker 

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM   Awakening of the Soul


Tim Hall


California Teachers College

Linda O'Toole


California Teachers College

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM   Group Check In

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM   Break

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM   Tim Hall The Inspired Classroom

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM   Break

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM   Linda O'Toole Patterns of Soul Expression

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM   Facilitated Discussion

11:30 AM - 5:30 PM   Afternoon Experiential Invitations

Brian Stafford, M.D.


California Teachers College

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM   Rewilding Education

THURSDAY - JULY 16, 2020

Paul Herder

Academic Dean 

California Teachers College

Heather King


California Teachers College

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM   Group Check In

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM   Break

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM   Paul Herder Krishnamurti & Self Understanding

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM   Break

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM   Heather King Discovering Wild Nature

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM   Facilitated Discussion

11:30 AM - 5:30 PM   Afternoon Experiential Invitations

Lisa Miller, Ph.D

Guest Speaker 

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM   The Science and Power of Spirit in Education

FRIDAY - JULY 17, 2020

John Connell


California Teachers College

Carol Castanon


California Teachers College

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM   Group Check In

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM   Break

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM   John Connell The Soul’s Calling

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM   Break

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM   Carol Castanon Emotional Nutrition 

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM   Facilitated Discussion

11:30 AM - 5:30 PM   Afternoon Experiential Invitations

Ellen Hall

Founder & President 

California Teachers College

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM   The Future of Soul in Education

Kids Reading Outdoor

Guest Speakers & Faculty


In Schedule Order


Richard Louv Guest Speaker

Monday July 13, 2020  5:30pm-7:00pm

Richard Louv is a journalist and author of ten books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder; The Nature Principle; and Vitamin N.  His new book is Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives — and Save Theirs. Translated into 22 languages, his books have helped launch an international movement to connect children, their families and communities to nature.


He is co-founder and Chair Emeritus of the nonprofit Children & Nature Network, which supports a new nature movement.  In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society. Prior recipients have included Rachel Carson, E. O. Wilson, Sir David Attenborough and President Jimmy Carter. Among other awards, Louv is also the recipient of the Cox Award for 2007, Clemson University’s highest honor, for “sustained achievement in public service.” 

He speaks frequently around the world, including keynote addresses presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, the first White House Summit on Environmental Education, the Congress of the New Urbanism, the International Healthy Parks Conference in Melbourne, Australia, and the national Friends of Nature Conference in Beijing, China.  

Louv has written for the New York Times, the Times of London, Parents Magazine and many other publications. and has appeared on CBS This Morning, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, NPR's Talk of the Nation, and other programs. Married to Kathy Frederick Louv, he is the father of two young men, Jason and Matthew. He would rather hike than write.


Learn more at

Jacqueline Green Public Relations Inc., Los Angeles, CA.

Email: Phone: 310 429-8157


Michael Meade Guest Speaker

Tuesday July 14, 2020 5:30 - 7:00

Michael Meade, D.H.L., is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. He combines hypnotic storytelling, street-savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths with a deep knowledge of cross-cultural rituals. He has an unusual ability to distill and synthesize these disciplines, tapping into ancestral sources of wisdom and connecting them to the stories we are living today.

He is the author of Awakening the Soul, The Genius Myth, Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of The Soul and The Water of Life. Meade is the founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a nonprofit network of artist, activists, and community builders that encourages greater understanding between diverse peoples.




Lisa Miller Ph.D. Guest Speaker

Thursday July 16, 2020   5:30pm-7:00pm

Lisa Miller, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University, Teachers College and is Founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, the first Ivy League graduate program in spirituality and psychology.

Dr. Miller is a foremost scientist on spirituality across the lifespan, with her work published in top research journals including JAMA-Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Her innovative research has focused on quantifiable effects of spirituality in health, resilience and thriving, and an overall sacred and joyful life. Her clinical and consultation work focuses on spiritual awareness and spiritual growth, for individuals, families, groups and organizations.

Dr. Miller is the author of “The Spiritual Child; The New Science of Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving.” Based upon her decade and a half of experience, she offers talks, workshops and consultations on spirituality in healthy development to parents and schools, adult wellness groups, and private and public organizations. She is the Editor of The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality and Co-Editor of the APA journal, Spirituality in Clinical Practice. She has been elected as Fellow by the American Psychological Association, as well as for the Virginia Sexton Mentoring Award of graduate students. A graduate of Yale, she received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania from Martin Seligman.

She frequently is cited in print and in on-line media and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and NBC Today Show as an expert. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and three children.

Brian Stafford M.D. Vice-President

Monday July 13, 2020   9:30pm-10:00am

Wednesday July 15, 2020   5:30pm-7:00pm

Brian Stafford, M.D., M.P.H. is a depth psychiatrist, wilderness and professional human development guide, poet, essayist, and agent of human and cultural transformation. Previously, he was an academic pediatrician, and an adult, adolescent, child, perinatal and infant psychiatrist with numerous clinical, research, and educational publications as well as many institutional, state, and national awards.

He left academic medicine in 2012 and founded Eco-Psyche-Artistry and Wilderness Is Medicine, organizations that foster mature eco-centric human development. He also completed training with the Animas Valley Institute as a Nature-Based Human Development and Soul-Initiation Guide. He serves as the Training Director for the Wild Mind Training Program in Wholistic Human Development with the Animas Valley Institute.


Brian spent decades in medicine, teaching, organizing conferences, and developing courses in adult, child and adolescent psychiatric conditions. His positions included a holder of an endowed chair and professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, at the University of Colorado, Denver Dept. of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Denver Children’s Hospital Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics. At Tulane University School of Medicine Dept. of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry New Orleans, Louisiana he served as Training Director, Triple Board Training Director and Associate Training Director. Tulane University School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry, and Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics.

He is now using his extensive teaching skills to mentor teachers to cultivate a relationship to wholeness in service to Self and to their students. Opportunities for guided nature immersion and for crafting nature based classroom experiences will be addressed.




Ellen Hall Founder & President

Monday July 13, 2020   10:30am-11:00am

Friday July 17, 2020   5:30pm-7:00pm

Ellen has been the Principal of the Krishnamurti K-12, Oak Grove School, and she co-founded a distance-learning company, Laurel Springs School. She has owned a small publishing company that provided curriculum to thousands of home-schooled children. 


Ellen started her career teaching in a lab preschool, attached to a graduate school for Early Childhood Education. She co-founded a preschool. She was an elementary, 4th thru 8th grade homeschool support teacher. She taught secondary school English, American Literature, World Literature and Cultural Geography over a 12-year span.  Ellen has authored two books, including "High Schools in Crisis: What Every Parent Should Know".


Ellen directed and co-founded the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, was the Executive Director of the Ojai Valley Museum. She was elected to the Ojai City Council and served as the mayor in 1999. She was the Executive Director of Meditation Mount for the seven years prior to devoting herself full time to establishing soul-inspired education initiatives. Through these various enterprises she has exercised administrative, supervisory and entrepreneurial competencies since moving to Ojai in 1980.

Michael Lindfield Faculty

Tuesday July 14, 2020   9:30am-10:00am

Michael Lindfield is a highly regarded consultant and coach with over 45 years of international experience in helping individuals and organizations unleash the creativity of the human spirit to meet the needs of our times and the call of a brighter future.


Michael learned his craft from a broad range of experiences that include: a 14 year residency as a gardener and as Director of Education at the Findhorn Community in Scotland; small-scale organic farming in western Sweden; conducting seminars and presenting at conferences around the world on the themes of ‘transforming self and society’ and ‘cooperation with the Subtle Realms’ plus working as a senior organization development consultant with The Boeing Company from 1989-2005.


He is author of ‘The Dance of Change: an Eco-Spiritual Approach to Transformation’ (Penguin Books 1986) and numerous articles featured in psychology, education and business journals.  Michael studies and seeks to apply the Ageless Wisdom teachings in daily life and has been involved in the practice and promotion of Creative Meditation since the late 1960s.


Michael is co-founder of The Science of Group Work initiative and currently serves as Board President of Meditation Groups Inc. (MGI) that is responsible for the welfare of Meditation Mount in Ojai, California. He is also a resident member of the Community of Living Ethics in Umbria, Italy.




Caprice Thorsen Administrative Dean

Tuesday July 14, 2020   10:30am-11:00am

Caprice has been an innovator in education for the past 15 years. Her experience in education includes co-founding a Sudbury school where she was on the teaching staff, creating a self directed learning and enrichment center and designing two K-12 charter schools in California and won federal start up grants of $500,000. She led teachers to develop learning programs for K-12 public schools.

Caprice worked with SelfDesign, a personalized learning program from Canada for ten years, where she led program design and development and business development.

Before Caprice entered the alternative education space, she consulted to Fortune 50 and start up companies. Early in her career, Caprice worked for two US Senators. She has an MBA in finance from Carnegie Mellon and a BA in cultural anthropology from the University of Virginia. She started an International Parent Coaching Program for SelfDesign and is a certified personal and professional coach.

Caprice 's expertise includes strategy consulting, transformative and leadership coaching, entrepreneurship, and self-directed education.

Caprice believes we can transform our world by designing education and work in a different way. Her work with companies and schools has emerged from the understanding that people, no matter their age or stage, need autonomy as they develop mastery by doing meaningful work. 

Tim Hall Faculty

Wednesday July 15, 2020   9:30am-10:00am

In Tim Hall’s decades in the classroom, he has taught over 20,000 students at all K-12 grade levels. As a master teacher he has advised other teachers on the various aspects of the profession, including classroom management, behavior without threat or fear, and bringing lessons to life. He has individually tutored many students with special needs in high schools, junior high and elementary school.

Tim has been a teacher trainer, a Special Ed/ Resource teacher, a Dean of Students for elementary and junior high levels, pioneered soul inspired education, developed outdoor educational programs and has written and lectured on the subject of education.

The secret to his success with children is connecting to the soul of the child and creating safety, consistency and an atmosphere of love. In this course he will share his unique perspective, simple techniques and many stories that demonstrate soul-inspired teaching. 




Linda O'Toole Faculty

Wednesday July 15, 2020   10:30am-11:00am

Linda’s professional work for more than thirty years has involved writing, training, and personal coaching in education, health care, and global corporations, with a focus on helping people integrate the cognitive, relational and sensory functions within a whole system perspective.

In the 1980s Linda played a key role in original research on individual differences, which was later formulated as Human Dynamics. As Director of Training & Product Development for over 20 years, she designed and delivered seminars, including producing multimedia workshop materials. She trained facilitators in more than 20 countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

For the past ten years, Linda has been Senior Fellow at the Learning for Well-being Foundation, a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands, which provides training opportunities to promote holistic learning opportunities and environments in Europe and the Middle East. She has a B.A. from Scripps College, and earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles.

Paul Herder Academic Dean

Thursday July 16, 2020   9:30am-10:00am

Paul Herder holds degrees from Connecticut College (BA, Philosophy) and The School for International Training (MA, Inter-cultural Administration & Education). Since first being introduced to progressive educational practices in graduate school, Paul has worked to unlock the deeper potential of collaborative, inquiry-based approaches to learning. In his first book, "Revolutionary Minds", he tackles the iconoclastic educational philosophy of J. Krishnamurti (1895-1986). Mr. Herder has taught in Krishnamurti schools in America and England.


Paul’s experience includes serving as Teen Program Director at an innovative Self-Directed school, Adjunct Instructor /Teacher Mentor at the University of Arizona’s Master’s of Education Program, Secondary English Teacher, Director of Oak Grove’s Teacher’s Academy, Director of Teacher Development at Oak Grove School and Teacher Trainer / In-service provider for the L.A. Unified School District in inquiry based and student centered learning strategies.


Paul has taught high school in two Krishnamurti Schools; Brockwood Park, in England and Oak Grove School in Ojai, CA. His approach to education is deeply influenced by David Bohm’s approach to dialogue, emphasizing whole group inquiry and the awakening of group intelligence. Paul is currently teaching teens at an innovative self-directed school. He has taught and mentored teachers extensively in public as well as private schools.

"Learning must be extended inwardly so that students learn about themselves in the context of group inquiry."




Heather King Faculty

Thursday July 16, 2020   10:30am-11:00am

Heather King is most profoundly moved by the relationship between children and nature. “Nothing else has the same mirror to the nature of being human; A sense of calm, a surge of energy, a marvelous moment that lasts a lifetime, these are the gifts of nature, and I can only hope to create the space for that connection to happen more often”. Heather has two daughters (her best teachers) and is married to Greg Grant.


With a Masters Degree in Outdoor Education Administration, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Education and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, she continues to seek new insight and knowledge of nature, kids and herself. She is a professional outdoor educator and mentor with over 25 years of experience. Her broad range of positions have included outdoor education coordinator and science teacher at Oak Grove High School, wilderness educator for the International Center for Earth Concerns on the Taft property in Ojai, the Sunbow Ecology Center in Ojai, and Naturalists at Large in Ventura among many other programs around the country and internationally.


Currently Heather continues her work as Education Director and instructor for Once Upon a Watershed in Ojai, and in 2009 Heather co-founded Ventura Wild and continues as the director and lead instructor with a growing team of leaders and a community of families and collaborators. This is a heartfelt profession for Heather, who is committed to fostering a playful sense of discovery and wonder that leads to a joyful curiosity about life and learning.

John Connell Faculty

Friday July 17, 2020   9:30am-10:00am

John Connell is a Media and Communications consultant specializing in managing distribution services for content producers, television programmers, and domestic and international multiple system operators. John has led distribution, marketing, and sales development for independently owned lifestyle programming in Education, Children’s, Family, Sports, Religious, Ethnic, and Commercial genres.


An avid outdoorsman, skier, and surfer John blends his love of the natural world and his passion for storytelling to enable his clientele to increase their Share of Voice by connecting them to audiences throughout the world. Whether working with Inguat, the tourism department of the Guatemalan government to increase awareness among US travelers to the natural and architectural wonders of the Ancient Mayans, or working with telco Digicel in the Caribbean to launch the latest technology for music apps to feature local artists, John has used his unique ability to connect with all walks of life at a soul level.


John will help lead the awareness campaigns for establishing CTC as an alternative and progressive movement for leading soul and nature based education domestically and internationally.




Carol Castanon Faculty

Friday July 17, 2020   10:30am-11:00am

Carol Castanon has been working with families and schools for over 40 years.  Family and school clients span the age range of childhood 0-18 years.  She was the Executive Director of the Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center in Ojai, California from 2008 until 2017, serving families with children 0-5.  Her theoretical leanings are in attachment and regulation in human development, child development, and anti-bias practices.  


Carol is a mediator specializing in family and school-based communication. Most recently, she has been part of a weekly Attachment Seminar for 8 years in which PhD and MFT students are trained in clinical psychology.  Carol has also had training specific to parent and infant relationships and maternal mental health.  Her work is focused on social and emotional development.  She works closely with adults who are in relationship with children, nurturing a deeper understanding of behavior and curiosity as to just what a child is telling their adults.


Carol's work includes building adult tools for observing children, understanding the emotional life of children, and the work each stage of child development or experience represents, noticing what parents, caregivers, and extended family are feeling, and uncovering the dilemmas children and families face.

Brian Stafford, M.D., Ellen Hall

Brian Stafford, M.D., Ellen Hall



Frequently Asked Questions

How do I attend?

Click the "Register Now" button and purchase your online pass.  You can select ONE of these options:

  • Full Week - All Inclusive

  • All Evenings - Guest Speakers

  • Guest Speaker - Richard Louv

  • Guest Speaker - Michael Meade

  • Guest Speaker - Lisa Miller Ph.D.

What is the difference between all the online passes?

**All tickets include TWO Complimentary Evening Sessions, Wednesday and Friday.**

Full Week - All Inclusive: Includes Morning sessions, Afternoon invitations, and Evening guest speaker sessions. Discounted rate for all sessions.

All Evenings - Guest Speakers: Includes all Evening guest speaker sessions. Discounted rate for all three speakers.


Guest Speakers: This ticket gives you access to only a single Evening guest session of your choice. No discount included.


Where do I find the Zoom link?


You will receive your unique Zoom link in your confirmation email, immediately after you purchase your online pass. 

How do I invite my friends to join?

You can send your friends and family this link, and they can Register online to receive their unique Zoom link, and be allowed access once the events begin.

Will there be Recordings available if I miss one?

Yes, recordings will be made available after the Live event.


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