We seek to move students from the isolation of strict ideas and theoretical principles, to a world of practicality, functionality, and relevance.
Ideas are only as good as they look when manifest in the real world. We seek to help students move their theoretical knowledge into the light of the real world. We help them establish practical and workable routines that might assist them in the achievement of the goals they have set out for themselves.
Often these ambitions take on the shape of routines that teach self-reliance, spiritual, physical, intellectual, and emotional independence and control. We advocate means of integrating oneself into society without undermining the individual's self-directed and self-fulfilling purpose, identity, and independence.
Assess the Student's Objective
First we meet with the student and help them establish a standard for what it is they wish to become. Sometimes the student already has an idea of some of what they wish to change about themselves. We help them articulate and expand on this in a way that helps both them and us to better wrap our heads around exactly what that might look like.
We then prescribe a varied curricular approach that includes both theory and application. Trainings, classes, and performance oriented experiences all conspire to help the student find the tools to fulfill their goals.
Establishing Valuable Routines
Trainings fall within four categories: Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, and Emotional.
Spiritual trainings are those that cultivate positive spiritual habits that help clarify and align the governing motivations within the student. The behaviors we teach are designed to help them question, recognize, and cultivate their inner motivations so that they might find reliable inner strength and purpose, and therefore greater self-respect, love, and peace.
Physical trainings include everything from exercise to employment to hygiene to cooking to personal style to caring for one's personal space. We help students build habits that are woven into the social fabric in order to help them feel more integrated and normalized to the culture they wish to be a part of. While each culture does things a little differently, we try to adapt these routines to the local customs, always taking into account the desires established in the beginning by the student.
Intellectual trainings take on the appearance of a class in which students learn the fundamental principles of life and everything. We hold a class discussing these ideas once a week for an hour and a half. They are described in greater detail below under the heading, "Principles and Patterns Discussions."
Emotional trainings might take on the look of moral support and appear as surrogacies of sorts for those who have lacked certain positive role models in their development. Surrogate fathers and mothers are the most common moral support structure we provide.
Helping With Transitions
We not only help students with establishing positive routines, but we assist them by helping them recognize what to expect through the many transitions that might occur as they make these changes. We also help them by talking them through difficult life transitions they might be unfamiliar with. Helping establish realistic and predictable expectations surrounding transitions helps them to adjust to these changes and maintain the positive characteristics and results of the new routines they are practicing.
Principles and Patterns Discussions
Each Wednesday we devote one meeting a week for an hour and a half to discuss the foundational principles of the nature of the world. These are the principles which define us and govern all processes. They are the principles upon which all instruction is based. A deeper understanding of these principles will assist students in comprehending and gaining competence in their objectives.
These virtual classes are more like open discussions where students can learn at their own speed from a mentor who adapts the ideas to the level of understanding of the group. These principles are listed and explained in detail, and can be read and studied ahead of time in our manual, which can be downloaded here.