New Paradigm Education is initiating a pioneering network of educational facilities and research centres called HOME, designed to address the challenges faced by humanity from an holistic perspective. HOME is a place where we can bridge the generation gap by offering families an integrated experience of living and dying.
HISTORY – The First HOME
HOME was the first centre for learning established by New Paradigm Education and was based in the heart of Brighton near the Seven Dials area. Employing a gift circle and embodying the principle of ‘pay it forward’, many people were able to access the facility and the activities provided who would not have been financially able to do so.
The enterprise started out as a bilingual nursery called Little England Petite France which achieved an ‘Outstanding’ report from Ofsted. Eventually it was decided to broaden out the project to offer services to the wider community supporting those with an appetite for lifelong learning. HOME served as a community hub and education resource; a place for inspiration, healing, belonging and play.
Committed to the principles of non-violence, HOME dedicated itself to assisting people in their quest to thrive; physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
HOME played host to a number of high quality practitioners sharing the skills and inspiration required to establish great natural health and happier lives. HOME was available for interesting projects and events that aligned with our principles.
HOME offered a wide range of services:
Languages French, English, Spanish, German, British Sign Language, Compassionate (Non Violent) Communication.
Technology Graphic Design, Music/Video Production, Website Design, Desktop Publishing, Computer Skills.
Arts Dance, Poetry, Creative Writing, Public Speaking, Fine Arts, Instrument Tuition, Graffiti Projects.
Life Skills Maths, Law, Finance, Nutrition, Cuisine, Gardening, Exercise, Creativity, Project Management.
Health Shiatsu, SCENAR Therapy and Training, Metamorphic Technique, Massage, Raw and Fermented Foods.
There was also a wide variety of other services provided:
Experienced mediators and counsellors were available to resolve all disputes and find win-win solutions. Advice on law and debt issues. A resource for developing art, dance, music, computer skills, instrument tuition and film/animation production. Tuition in music production and performance with private lessons in drum kit, percussion, bass, keyboards and music workshops.
HOME also played host to:
Activities and focus groups seeking to build stronger links and working connections in our communities.
Terra Nova School – Project for a Free Earth – a weekly group linked to Tamera’s global research project.
Experienced mentors from A Band of Brothers were available to support young men struggling to come to terms with the apparent lack of opportunities today and it’s associated problems.
A library: we loved to share the knowledge contained within its shelves offering books by Charles Eisenstein, Herman Hesse, Derek Jensen, C G Jung, The Anti Terrorist, Philip K Dick, Robert Anton Wilson, Irvine Welsh, Marshall Rosenberg, Dieter Duhm, Sabine Lichtenfelz, Kelly Bryson, Ken Wilber, Michael Talbot, Richard Bach, Riane Eisler, Rudolph Steiner amongst others… There were many classics as well as unique resources for health, law, spirituality, psychology, teaching etc. We also stocked the entire collection of pamphlets and books by the Dieter Duhm and Sabine Lichtenfels.
HOME exhibited the work of talented artists including:
“Well done for doing what you did. I certainly have very fond memories of coming around and making music and laughter.”
“I enjoyed our early morning yoga sessions back in the early days…and have been inspired to see the developments since…”
“Thank you for all you offered. For sharing your space, your home and your vision. I learned and grew a lot, I shared beautiful connections with many. Being able to be witnessed is a powerful natural thing which empowers. I felt this at HOME. Thank you. Also, Alex Catchpole’s food workshops were a highlight for me.”
“Bless you… all those who created the community and energy and experiences that will ripple on outwards in many ways.”
“You have achieved much… Thank you for all you have done to move towards this place of togetherness. I am sure you have laid great foundations for new ventures to blossom.”
“You aimed admirably high… and I reckon the list of achievements will be the abiding memory. Good work.”
“Lots of love… very grateful for so much of your heart for this beautiful vision… and putting into practice that ‘stuff’ that many of us have so far only managed mainly to only talk about….”
“Quantum science has proved everything is connected and everything we do / say / feel / think / effects the whole – so just remember the wonderful / positive effect you and crew have had on everyone and everything on the planet to (not just at HOME)…. much love and light and thank you for sharing.”
The Next HOME
We are inviting collaboration from talented and visionary individuals who would like to live and work within an enterprise whose objective is to embody a better way of living, incorporating the best of modern research and new paradigm ideas.
Our intention is to establish research and educational centres that can serve as catalysts for widespread social change. The developments include:
A Learning Centre – a school for excellence… drawing out the gifts and recognising the genius in people of all ages.
A Doula Centre – enabling guests to make healthy transitions around birth and death.
A search is currently underway to find the ideal locations and the visionary people necessary for bringing this vision into existence. Successful candidates will have outstanding personal qualities (far more important than qualifications) including the following attributes:
- A commitment to The Four Agreements.
- Dedication to continual self-improvement.
- Ongoing practice of Compassionate Communication.
- Genuine willingness to re-examine every aspect of human life.
- A sincere desire to transform oneself for the good of all beings (including ourselves).
This page outlines the evolving vision for the future educational centres to be established by New Paradigm Education.
Our environments take inspiration from the technological approach of Buckminster Fuller, the humour and philosophy of Alan Watts, Aldous Huxley, the passion and determination of Patch Adams, the rigorous inquiry of J Krishnamurti, the powerful narratives of Michael Meade, the practical experience and vision of Dieter Duhm and Sabine Lichtenfelz.
HOME – New Paradigm Education
A hive of creativity, HOME creates a loving atmosphere imbued with a relentless celebration of life.
Service to the Earth.
Truth, Trust, Transparency.
Everything that occurs in the course of running these facilities constitutes research, forming part of a wider investigation into the following question: Is it possible to find a peaceful means for humans to live in harmony with each other and the biosphere, and if so, how can that be improved?
A campus with up to 150 permanent residents. This picture below is of a thriving research centre in Portugal called Tamera with thousands of visitors every year.
A water retention landscape with mixed woodland and tree houses.
A multi-purpose communal space with a dancefloor, a stage and a grand piano, large enough for 100-250 people hosting workshops and events.
A communal kitchen capable of serving meals for 50-250 people.
Learning centre with computers, study rooms and lecture theatre.
Residential block for visitors.
Live/work spaces for artists and residents.
Video production suite.
Music recording studio.
Wood, metal and textiles workshops.
Extensive permaculture gardens.
THE FOUR AGREEMENTS
Everyone participating in the project is asked to honour the four agreements.
- Be impeccable with your word.
- Don’t take things personally.
- Don’t make assumptions.
- Always do your best.
HOME is concerned with providing, as far as possible, a self-sufficient food supply. Employing the principles of permaculture and the most up to date techniques including aquaponics. ‘Design to recline’ enables all inhabitants to benefit from a home-grown, 100% organic diet. Until an ethical means of working in partnership with the animal kingdom is discovered, HOME is dedicated to provided a torture-free food supply devoid of GMO’s, steroids, hormones and pesticides.
When larger community buildings are available for creative work and socialising, a modest home for sleeping, eating and retreat from community life can suffice. All construction is done to the highest standards of ecologically friendly and sustainable techniques employing renewable, recycled or reclaimed materials where possible. Individual homes are built as small as possible with larger structures reserved for group activities and communal resources. Kudos is earned by creating the most compact, inventive, beautiful and resourceful buildings. Nearly all of the buildings included in this slideshow were built for less than £50,000 and most less than £20,000.
For more info about buildings and the investment required… this is a handy link.
Employing sustainable harvesting methods, all electricity requirements are easily met.
Humour is the lubricant to a culture of harmony, tolerance on behalf of the listener is encouraged. People can say what they like, it’s our reactions that we are responsible for. Asking questions is the first step to understanding, always try to ask a question before losing oneself to judgement. The project’s community will be underpinned by an appreciation of Compassionate Communication which is employed as a means of conflict resolution, every participant must have completed some training in Non Violent or Compassionate Communication.
Aiming to reduce all refuse to zero, a culture of re-using, recycling, upcycling and composting is engendered.
These fall into the following categories:
Those individuals who are offered positions to work with the project have the option to build homes to their own design. (We seek to create a thriving community, an environment of vitality, a place where all fundamental human needs can be met in an exciting atmosphere of deep meaning, exploration and service.)
The venture supports creative projects with serious marketing potential like the Pleebles. An aspect of the enterprise as a whole is to distribute inspiring ideas via all forms of media, emanating from a buzzing hive of activity in our own studios.
A limited number of placements are available to those who wish to benefit from the Doula Centre and other therapeutic aspects of the community. Some of these placements are specifically for those wish wish to give birth or live out the rest of their days in an inspiring environment where the issues of life are compassionately faced head-on.
Thousands of people from around the world seek to learn from those who are invested in alternative ways of approaching contemporary issues.
Revenue generated by the creative projects emanating from the studios. There are a number of people who we’d like to include in the project and their associated talents all have the capacity to attract significant revenue.
Many people wish to support New Paradigm Education, some of whom wish to live and participate wholly with the venture and others who wish to do what they can to support our work from afar.
The over-riding principle is one of autonomous learning where people are supported in their own learning journey. There are seminars, private tuition, workshops and courses but always geared towards providing a resource as opposed to creating a dependency. The pursuit of truth is the highest human endeavour, it is the quest for reality.
“…truth is reality”
“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
For those who would like to know more about the policies regarding some more challenging aspects of the project; click here. This page explores the key issues to be confronted in the development of a successful long term venture.