La Veleta Educativa
La Veleta Educativa is an educational space in nature, based on the principles of free, active and democratic education. A space that respects, supports and cares, where children can learn freely and according to their own needs and concerns.
“Childhood has its ways of seeing, thinking, and feeling that are proper to it. Nothing is less sensible than to try and substitute our ways”.Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Science is an overwhelmingly powerful and beautiful tool, but it is not a good mother: it needs to find its counterpoint in something broader and deeper.
Like wind and climate, ecosystems and microorganisms, snow crystals and evolution, human learning remains indomitable, unpredictable. It is a dynamic fractal structure that unfolds so complex and so mysteriously that none of us can measure or control it. We are, however, part of that fractal structure and we have in our DNA the ability to help our children to learn. We can start rediscovering this ability right now. Try it. Observe. Listen out. Explore thousands of different ways of learning that still exist all over the planet. Read information and set it aside. Observe the eyes of your daughter, your son, discover what makes them fade and darken, what makes them wake up, shine, light up like a spark. That is where learning resides.
It is demonstrated throughout our planet that people from different cultures have all found the way to transmit knowledge and encourage the process of learning. There is a common denominator: to respect the unique beings, the children, their interests, moments and choices. This is a “naturally free” education, which we adopt as the backbone of our educational project: Veleta Educativa - “holistic education in nature”.
Our proposal has a series of inspiring aspects that appear along with the evolution of humanity and different philosophical and ideological currents. All of them share a common goal: the integral development of the human being in a community in touch with nature in order to reach a state of peace, freedom and happiness.
The 4 fundamental, but not exclusive, pillars of our proposal
Holistic education (from the Greek “holos”: wholeness) appears in the 90s of the last century and is, without a doubt, the educational paradigm for the 21st century.
Holistic education is not an educational method, but a creative and integral vision of education. It is an education for life, which contemplates a child as a whole. It does not only appeal to the left hemisphere (the logical, analytical and rational) leaving behind the right one (intuitive, creative and imaginative). It is an education that goes beyond the cognitive aspect and also focuses on the physical, the emotional and the spiritual aspects of development.
It is the pedagogy of love.
The active pedagogy is a process that encourages development of each child’s personal capacities respecting his/her natural process. It promotes the authentic development that results from the interaction between the person and his/her environment, in order to integrate into society and contribute the value of their individuality to transform it.
The active pedagogy allows to eliminate the passivity and mere the memorisation of knowledge giving priority to individualised education respecting the personality of a child.
The differences and particularities of the individual are recognised and accepted, encouraging the harmonious development of all his/her capacities, nurturing creativity and free expression to ensure the personal feeling of satisfaction and security.
Education in nature
Nature is important for multiple aspects of human development: sensory, emotional, physical, intellectual, social and spiritual. Human appreciation for Nature is a deeply instinctive trait that only occurs if a child is immersed in natural environments from an early age.
Direct contact with Nature allows personal well-being and growth as well as positive impact on the natural and social environment.
Thus, there is a solution to two of the greatest challenges that we as a human race face right now: dehumanisation, or rather “denaturalisation”, of people and the ecological crisis. The first takes us away from each other and the second leads us to endanger our survival. The solution is an education in close contact with Nature.
Democratic education is an educational ideal, which sees democracy as both a goal and a didactic method.
Democratic education is a movement that takes the principles of democracy to the educational structure. This implies a total modification of the way in which we conceive the school. It is to be based on the respect for children and young people and the learning process is to occur when they are honoured and recognised as individuals who are actively involved in their educational journey.
Democratic education includes self-determination within a community of equals, as well as values such as justice, respect and trust. It is an education based on relevance, joy, community, love and human rights.