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Consciousness-Based Education expert speaks to educators in Iceland
by Global Good News staff writer
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11 October 2012
Dr Ashley Deans, an expert in Consciousness-Based Education, visited Iceland to present knowledge about the uniquely successful system of education.
Dr Deans, Executive Director of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, spoke at several events in Iceland including a Boy Scout conference and a separate gathering of educators.
The Iceland Boy Scouts hold an annual conference, explained Dr Tom Stanley, director of Consciousness-Based programmes in Iceland.
They had heard of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment and were intrigued by its focus on Consciousness-Based Education and creating world peace. This latter goal was especially in line with the Boy Scouts' 2012 annual conference, the theme of which was peace.
'They have a conference that they conduct every year and the theme of this year's conference is peace,' Dr Stanley said. 'They thought this school in Iowa [Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment] seems to have a handle on peace.'
So they decided to invite Dr Deans, who has represented the award-winning Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment and its system of Consciousness-Based Education worldwide.
The Scouts asked Dr Deans if he wanted a half-day or full-day workshop and he was happy to lead a full-day workshop.
Dr Deans explained that the annual conference is not generally for active Boy Scouts, but for educators.
'It is attended largely by teachers and other youth leaders . . . adults who work with youths,' said Dr Stanley. Dr Deans gave a workshop on Consciousness-Based Education.
He also had another opportunity to speak to educators in Iceland at a gathering after the conference, of the directors of all the higher secondary schools in Iceland.
In addition Dr Deans appeared in a workshop session with several government leaders of Iceland.
Dr Stanley added that Transcendental Meditation, a central component of Consciousness-Based Education, has gained popularity in Iceland in recent years. In just the past three years, 1,500 people have learned the meditation technique.
One catalyst for this upsurge of interest was the 2009 visit of filmmaker and longtime Transcendental Meditation practitioner David Lynch, whose foundation supported many Icelanders to learn the technique, to improve the quality of life in the country.
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