Para sa mga interesadong kaibigan sa Pilipinas: will be co-facilitating a short workshop with Louise Far next week at the 2017 Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Symposium at Acacia Waldorf School in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. We’ve got two hours for a quick-and-dirty exploration of the links between early childhood education and how we can engage the many social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental challenges facing our communities. Been way too long since I last worked in this space, but it does feel like the right place and time for a stock-take.
Bonus points: doing it back-to-back with Bella Tan and Meila Payawal of the Sipat Lawin Ensemble!
For more information, clickety-click here.
So happy that Louise has finally birthed this beautiful photobook, which has been a work in progress for the better part of the last three years. I’ve got quite a few personal projects waiting in the wings right now, but there are few things more inspiring than being a creative komadrona. 🙂
Inahan sa Sugilanon: Mother of the Fairytale
Birthing a Green School Community
Images and Essay by Louise Far
Essays by Willa P. Maglalang, Janneke “Nex” Agustin and Nicanor Perlas
Essays edited by Ica Fernandez
Mother of the Fairytale is a 56-paged 8in x 10in book composed of 26 black and white images that tells the story of how a striving green school community in Davao City, Philippines advocates healthy and holistic education. It gives a glimpse of the journey of the school’s first teachers, the daily challenges and triumphs of little children, and the emerging sense of space and community among parents and friends of the school. Also included in the book are relevant essays on the book project itself, the experience of initiating Tuburan, early manifestations of holistic education through the story of Steiner education in the Philippines, and a macro perspective on education and the true need it must address.
As our brothers and sisters say, alhamdulillah. On to the next volume of work.