For the Love of Learning – Holistic Education – Epi#41

For the Love of Learning Episode 41


Show Title:

For the Love of Learning Episode 41

Holistic Education

Monday November 30, 2015  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
Tuesday December 1, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am GMT

Special Guests:

Blackhorse Shasta
Manuel Fritzenwallner
Amy Wentworth


In this episode we explore what it means to educate the whole person through the practice of holistic education.

Holistic education encourages  deep explorations into student’s unique intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative and spiritual potentials.

Holistic education is a philosophy of education based on the premise that each person finds identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to humanitarian values such as compassion and peace. In many cases, holistic education includes exploration of  core academic topics, but there is something deeper added to the mix. An integrated approach of mind, body spirit that is overlooked by many conventional institutions.

Robin Ann Martin describes holistic education by stating, “At its most general level, what distinguishes holistic education from other forms of education are its goals, its attention to experiential learning, and the significance that it places on relationships and primary human values within the learning environment.”

Tonight we will be exploring these goals, relationships and values within holistic education with an extraordinary panel.

Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

Blackhorse Shasta

BlackhorseBlackhorse Shasta (AKA William Weishampel) is the visionary founder and executive director of Circle of Children. He has been directing a diverse array of experiential programs for the past 8 years. His work includes community building, volunteer coordinating, program design and development, networking, fundraising and the onsite management of the 60 acres of land on Triangle Lake where Circle of Children has its home. The experiential programs he creates for Circle of Children inspire teens, young adults, parents and teachers to rethink the current paradigms of education.

Manuel Fritzenwallner

ManuelEducation begins at home. Manuel chose to be born and raised in the Bavarian Alps of Germany, cradled by a family deeply devoted to natural healing and working professionally in geomancy, alternative sports therapy, nutritional counseling and quantum healing. His love of science and engineering was fostered by his grandfather, a master mechanic and his family of race car drivers.

Manuel attended school in Bavaria and received specialized training in natural sciences, technology, machining and engineering, as well as nutrition, carpentry and Alpine outdoor education. Despite the seemingly solid foundation of his upbringing he was disenchanted with the limited perceptions of traditional schooling. He left Germany in 2002 determined to find a more complete system of education and the answers to the big questions.

Immersed in the school of life, Manuel spent twelve years traveling the world learning from mystics, native tribes, ancient civilizations and pioneers in health and technology. Through daily cultivation of a harmonic lifestyle Manuel rapidly developed skills and techniques for a higher quality of life than he had ever known. The results were so profound and self evident he was continually asked to share his experience of inner light cultivation, self-healing and self-mastery.

In 2009, during one of his South American journeys Taoist Master Lin Chow Liang (Taiwan and Argentina) initiated him and blessed his life’s work to share these teachings. Thus began the development of The Heaven on Earth School for Regenerative Living  and the founding of the Holistic Science Institute.

As a Taoist, geomancer, holistic health and Qui Gong practitioner Manuel embodies the art of harmonic living. He walks as a steward of the Earth to serve the Tao and inspire others to discover their own infinite potential.

Amy Wentworth

AmyAmy Wentworth, the younger group Teacher at School Around Us, has been teaching since 1995 and has a Masters Degree in Teaching and Learning. She is certified to teach children K-8th grade. She has been teaching at SAU since 1997 and during this time she has taught both the younger and middle group of students.
Amy’s passion is being a teacher, she cannot imagine herself doing anything else. She believes that through teaching one can help change the world. Amy tries to create a learning environment that is from her heart. One in which the children become empowered through designing their own learning and being active participants in the school and greater community. She loves the magic of childhood and how children remind her of the beauty in the world. She has strong environmental interests and it is her intention to help children develop a deep love for the Earth through authentic experiences.

She is a dedicated teacher to the school. She went to the School Around Us as a child and her son Alexander went there for his elementary schooling. There are times that SAU feels like it is in her blood! Additionally, she believes in the consensus process and sees how it has the potential to create peace in the school and the world. Amy is inspired by the whole idea that a group of people can work together for the good of the group rather than just for themselves.

In addition to her love of holistic education she loves gardening with her husband, Nate, being creative, taking walks in nature, hanging out with friends and dancing her heart out. Amy also enjoys working with others to do great things. She feels revived by the energy she gets from invigorating conversations, group action and the creative power of many minds working together.

School Around Us is situated on several acres of beautiful wooded land with a stream and trails running throughout. The teachers use this outdoor classroom often, as we truly believe that our school is all around us.

The School Around Us is a holistic learning community. We encourage the growth of mind, body, heart and spirit in a balanced K-8 academic program. Founded in 1970, we have been a state-approved independent school. Our 8:1 student/teacher ratio enables cooperation, self-direction and consensus in our classes. Innovative teaching, creative arts, parent and community involvement make our school unique.




Lainie Liberti

As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at: You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

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