Integral education, based on the worldview and teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, is an alternative model for learning and teaching that seeks to awaken and harmoniously integrate the mind, body, heart and spirit of the child.
Integral education does not merely prepare children for life in the world but actively helps them to grow into conscious, self-aware, integrated and harmonious and happy human beings.
The integral curriculum creates a sustained context and basis for a holistic, integral education throughout the learning process, from the pre-primary to the senior-most classes: an education synthesizing and balancing knowledge, skills, attitudes and feelings to create in the learner a deeper and wider perception and understanding of life.
The integral pedagogy works on the uniqueness and independence of every individual learner and the dynamic and creative nature of learning processes.
The stress is on the joy, creativity and freedom of the learning process rather than on any prescribed content of learning.
An integral pedagogy is facilitative and participative, it does not teach or instruct; it does not function through authoritative and hierarchical structures, which inevitably disempower, but through facilitative learning processes which empower, enabling the learner to assume conscious responsibility for his or her own learning.
The integral pedagogy is dynamic and process-oriented, in harmony with the child’s inner purposes, playful and creative.
THE INTEGRAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
The integral learning environment is not rigidly structured but fluid, allowing for the free and dynamic play of learning, unlearning, growing and outgrowing; it allows children to play, explore, discover and express.
Integral education is indeed a seamless weaving of body, mind and spirit in joyful harmony.