May update from Lou Doliczny

Warm greetings from all at Crossfields Institute. We hope that you and your family are safe and well in this unprecedented time. We have certainly felt the effects of the coronavirus crisis here at Crossfields, but we have also been impressed and heartened by the resilience of our affiliates, centres and learners. Indeed, the crisis appears to have had a galvanising effect in some cases and we are seeing new projects and initiatives emerging.

Before explaining more, I should perhaps begin by announcing that I have now been confirmed by trustees in the role of Executive Director and have taken over the leadership of the Institute.  We have chosen to furlough some staff, but the rest of us are still working with energy and commitment, including Charlotte who continues to be director of our subsidiary company, Crossfields Europa.  Her heart remains firmly with us as she continues to lead on Consulting and feed into other important Institute-wide projects.

Just to give a flavour of the work we are engaged in:

    • Our HE programmes are progressing well with students close to graduating in both Agroecology and Reflective Social Practice.
    • Our third cohort of students studying the Philosophy and Practice of Integrative Education are also being supported in their remote learning, with our experience with online learning coming into its own at this time.
    • The move towards online is also evident in the Awarding part of the Institute where we are supporting many centres to move their delivery and assessment online while still retaining the essence of a Crossfields educational approach.

So, the message is that we remain very much active and alive! We have been delighted to agree several new collaborations in recent weeks, including the development of a regulated qualification in forest gardening, a commitment to a second year of support for a school and a new long-term contract to advise an international education movement as they bring their inspiring integrative vision to life.

All these projects mean that we are able to continue to operate, but we also want to be able to expand our work and fulfill our charitable objectives.  I would like to do more to support other charities in their educational initiatives.  One such example is very local to us – a group of Stroud parents and educationalists are working to set up a Homeschool hub which may offer our integrative education qualifications to 14-16 year olds.  We are looking at ways to raise funds with them and would welcome any contacts, advice or indeed offers of support in the coming weeks.

After the successful response to our small-scale fundraising appeal in March, I know that there is a desire to support our work.  Indeed, I feel that there is an even stronger urge to explore educational alternatives and promote a more sustainable world view at this time.  If you would like to support us in this work, either as a one-off or as a monthly donation, then please visit our website and click the ‘donate now’ button.  Your donation would help us to spread our educational approach more widely and provide valuable support to other charities.

I very much hope that you are also able to sustain yourselves and your organisation in this time of challenge and opportunity.  Do stay in touch with us and let us know if we can be of any assistance in your educational endeavours.

With my best wishes to you all,

Lou

Lou Doliczny Bsc QTS
Executive Director

New qualifications launched

Crossfields Institute is delighted to announce the launch of three new qualifications

Crossfields Institute Level 7 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Osteopathy
Crossfields Institute Level 7 Diploma in Integrative Healthcare
Crossfields Institute Level 4 Certificate in Family Work

These qualifications are now open for registrations

The Level 7 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Osteopathy was developed in response to the changing market and emerging regulatory requirements for osteopaths. It will provide accreditation that meets internationally agreed best practice standards for trainee osteopaths from various countries, as developed and delivered by the European School of Osteopathy.

The Level 7 Diploma in Integrative Healthcare aims to develop the theoretical and practical knowledge, critical and analytic abilities and the professional and reflective practice of health care professionals to help them transform health care into a more effective and compassionate practice that respects the individual as a whole person

The Level 4 Certificate in Family Work introduces learners to the key knowledge, understanding and skills involved in Family Work: what it looks like and why it is a vital part of caring for children, young people and adults with life histories of loss or separation from family members, attachment disruption or other relational ruptures, and/or developmental trauma.

Crossfields Institute is a Gloucestershire based education charity, approved by Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations in England) as an awarding organisation. The Institute specialises in the development of specialist qualifications for providers with a particular vision or ethos.

Letting go to let come …re-assessing death and desire in a post-pandemic world

By Dr Charlotte von Bülow

The current situation is a harsh and unforgiving reality for most people around the globe. People are suffering and many are losing livelihoods or lives. We must keep all those people in our awareness as we, who are self-isolating but essentially still have our good health, are given the opportunity to reflect and re-imagine new ways of thinking, feeling and being on this planet.

Let us take note: the climate crisis did not bring the world of work to a standstill – it was a sudden widespread fear of statistics showing impending illness and death that did it. It took a global pandemic to make us stop and think. Most of the people I have talked to in the last three weeks describe their inner state as a strange combination of deep anxiety about the future and a sense of liberation from the treadmill.

Each day at work as an educational activist, researcher, consultant or coach, I engage deeply with others in the following questions:

    • What would a post-pandemic economy look like?
    • What is the impact on our attention as a result of a life led primarily online?
    • What can we do to ensure that this situation is not only a crisis but an opportunity?
    • What have we learnt so far from not having the things we think we need at our fingertips?
    • Can we start to re-evaluate our so-called needs and wants in light of what we are experiencing now, and can we put such learning to good use in the design of new ways of being on this planet?

With various countries offering support to employers and the self-employed, a new era has begun for sure, but are we gratefully taking what is being offered whilst continuing to hanker after what we knew and what we had? Or are we ready to embrace the new and, if so, at what cost?

I recommend reading The Coronation by Charles Eisenstein and I suggest you ponder his perspective. It is a longish read but stick with it and tell us what you think. I invite you to contemplate in particular Eisenstein’s point about our relationship to death and dying well. In my view, it is not only our relationship to death itself but the death also of what we desire.

This point about death and the relinquishment of desire is made also by Professor Jem Bendell, whose forthcoming book I am honoured to author a chapter for with my co-researcher, Charlotte Simpson. Charlotte and I are asking educators, pupils, parents and activists four questions inspired by the Deep Adaptation framework:

    • Resilience: what aspects of education as we know it would we want to keep developing and learn from in a climate of change and complexity?
    • Relinquishment: what aspects of our current education system would we want to let go of?
    • Restoration: what would we want to re-introduce in education, for example, can we re-imagine past practices and can we learn from other cultures past and present?
    • Reconciliation: how do we facilitate hope and agency in the hearts and minds of children and young people and the people who take responsibility for their education?

How do we learn to let go in order to let come? We talk of innovation but where do we find the courage to commit to actual tangible change? Professor Gert Biesta speaks and writes about The Beautiful Risk of Education and he gives education of the future the task of figuring out how we can put our desires in perspective. If the health of our planet and all living beings on it relies on a major attitude shift, re-evaluating our relationship to death and the relinquishing of desires has to be among the things we need to work on now.

… there is so much more to say but, for now, join the debate. Let us know what the current situation is inspiring you to do differently. Share


Dr Charlotte von Bülow is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership at the Bristol Business School, Faculty of Business and Law, University of the West of England. She is the Founder of the Crossfields Institute Group (UK) a recognised awarding organisation for holistic and integrative education, a higher education institute and a consultancy for supporting change in businesses, charities and communities. Charlotte served as the CEO of the Crossfields Institute Group for twelve years and is the founding Director of Crossfields Europa (based in Denmark), a branch within the group offering consulting and executive coaching internationally. Charlotte has worked as a consultant and executive coach for over a decade, serving individuals, groups and organisations the world over.  

New Philosophy and Practice of Integrated Education qualification launched

Crossfields Institute is delighted to announce the launch of

Crossfields Institute Level 7 Diploma in the Philosophy and Practice of Integrative Education

This qualification is open for registrations from Wednesday 4th March 2020

The qualification was developed in response to the major social, environmental and technological changes that are being experienced globally, and the changing skills and competences that young people need. As a response to these challenges, many educators are now experimenting with new approaches to teaching and learning with the aim of nurturing capacities such as creative thinking, empathy, resilience and resourcefulness. This qualification invites teachers and school leaders onto a journey of creative exploration that can serve as a catalyst for positive change within their own thinking and within their practice as educators.

Crossfields Learning is passionate about education in all its forms, and has a vision to inspire, innovate and initiate positive social change towards a better world for all. They design and deliver workshops, short courses, conferences, in-service training and specialist higher education programmes within the UK and around the world.

Crossfields Institute is a Gloucestershire based education charity, approved by Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations in England) as an awarding organisation. The Institute specialises in the development of specialist qualifications for providers with a particular vision or ethos.

New Equine Facilitated Learning qualification launched

Crossfields Institute and LEAP Equine are delighted to announce the launch of

Crossfields Institute Level 4 Diploma in Equine Facilitated Learning: the LEAP method

This qualification is open for registrations from Monday 2nd March 2020

This Crossfields Institute qualification was created in collaboration with LEAP Equine in order to bring professional standards into a fast growing and as yet unregulated field. The qualification emphasises the development of maturity, self-awareness, authenticity, safe and ethical practice.

    • Any learners who are interested in finding out more about this qualification should contact LEAP Equine on 0776 0776 500 or at info@leapequine.com
    • Any organisations wishing to deliver this qualification should contact the Crossfields Institute Quality Team qualityassurance@crossfieldsinstitute.com 01453 808118

Crossfields Institute is a Gloucestershire based education charity, approved by Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations in England) as an awarding organisation. The Institute specialises in the development of specialist qualifications for providers with a particular vision or ethos.

LEAP Equine’s aim is to provide safe and healing Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) and Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) for individuals and groups, and to provide high quality, professional training for those who wish to become EFP/L practitioners.

Crossfields Consulting Launches New Workshops

For over a decade, we have helped businesses, charities, schools, colleges, universities and communities strategise, innovate and transform. We are delighted to offer the following new workshops to organisations that are ready for change –

    1. Working with uncertainty and complexity in the workplace
    2. Care, creativity and courage in the workplace
    3. Creating a culture of effective and creative client facing work
    4. Developing self and others in the workplace
    5. Performance and development reviews that make a difference
    6. Competent moment-to-moment facilitation and leadership in the workplace
    7. How to hold a meeting that matters
    8. The Art and Craft of Delegation

Each workshops can be delivered on location for smaller or larger teams. Duration and details can be customised to meet the needs of the individual organisation or team.

Contact us for more information and to speak to our expert faculty.

January 24-25 2020 Launch of New Educational Leadership Programme

Managing change and complexity is one of the most frequent issues facing leaders, managers and their organisations today. How do we navigate confidently and competently in this climate of moving goalposts, environmental, social, political and financial challenges and intensifying compliance demands? How do we balance these issues with the need to maintain focus on those we aim to serve and the vision we hope to realise for a better world?

Crossfields Learning has launched a new Educational Leadership Programme with the senior leadership team of a large UK independent school with a vision. Committed to meeting the emerging needs of the school, the programme is customised and consists of a series of workshops, all certified and delivered over a period of 6 months.

For more information, contact Crossfields Learning.

First Graduates of Level 2 Integrated Education Certificate

Congratulations to students from Raheen Wood ALFA school in Ireland, who are the first graduates of the Crossfields Institute Level 2 Integrated Education Certificate. Their teacher, Cormac Griffith, is a recent graduate from the Post-Graduate Certificate in the Philosophy and Practice of Integrative Education, delivered by Crossfields Learning. The students’ Independent Projects were inspiring and very diverse, and they confidently demonstrated development of their Creative Thinking Skills. Find out more about the ACTS project and Creative Thinking Skills, and the suite of qualifications developed by Crossfields Institute with Creative Thinking Skills and transdisciplinarity at their core.

Teacher Cormac Griffith with 5 of the Raheen Wood ALFA students who received their Crossfields Level 2 Integrated Education Certificates.