BOOK: Montessori and Mindfulness
This book has the magic of leading the reader to be able to understand how Montessori environments offer the practice of “mindfulness” in such a natural and authentic way through work, concentration and being part of all the wonderful experiences, as children and also as adults.
—Cecilia Elguero, Director of Training,
AMI Instituto Montessori Internacional de Queretaro, Mexico
(From the Introduction)
What is Mindfulness and what does it have to do with Montessori philosophy or practice? A relatively new concept in the West refers to something that has been explored for centuries in the East. Google mindfulness and you will find hundreds of pages of advice for learning to be in the moment, something to help make our fast-paced sometimes hectic lives more manageable, more enjoyable. Most of us are interested in mindfulness because we seem to be always focused on the future, never quite caught up. We want a break. Continue reading
Aged Care through a Montessori Lens (and Turning 80)
Anne Kelly had already published a book on Montessori for the aged, and I was writing one to share my experience of attitudes toward old age and death in various countries. We talked about our plans at the AGM in Amsterdam in the spring, then when we met again in Vancouver Canada decided to combine our efforts in order to reach more people.
If you would like to know more about the Vancouver meeting that inspired many people, not just us, to create, CLICK: Adele Diamond
THE BOOK—Glimpses of Aged Care through a Montessori Lens
—Interviews of Anne Kelly, Head of Montessori for Dementia, Disability, and Aging for AMI
—Anne’s Experience and Wisdom: 90% of Anne’s original Australian book, entitled Forgetfulness, Feelings, and Farnarkling
—Human Needs and Tendencies at the End of Life
—Conclusion Continue reading
The Kodaikanal (Tamil Nadu, India) Experience, an Interview of Mario Montessori by David Kahn
The Kodaikanal years were a period of internment for Maria Montessori against her will in India. Yet in these remote hills, a training course emerged, and so did the inspiration for an in-depth unification principle for the elementary program which we now loosely call Cosmic Education. Continue reading