Transforming Education – How a Grassroots Movement is Changing the World

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by Michael Carberry

Michael Carberry is the founder and director of the Whole Life Learning Center, in Austin. He is also a writer, speaker and educational consultant who is currently completing an M.A. in Holistic Education from the SelfDesign Graduate Institute. The following is an abridgment of Carberry’s October 2014 article on Alt Ed Austin, where he sums up his views on the current state of education and what truly meaningful reform looks like.

I believe in standardizing automobiles. I do not believe in standardizing human beings. Standardization is a great peril which threatens American culture. ~Albert Einstein

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Community Spotlight – Earth Native Wilderness School, Teaches Survival and Sustainability

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by Sheila Julson

Childhood exploration, either through neighborhood parks, riverbanks or wildlife areas, can instill a sense of wonder and appreciation for all things great and small. So it was for Dave Scott, founder and executive director of the Earth Native Wilderness School. His youth was spent frequenting the wooded areas around Williamson Creek, in South Austin, along with his brother, Michel. The siblings spent hours observing nature, catching turtles and enjoying the outdoors. As Scott entered adulthood, he continued to immerse himself in nature while learning valuable outdoor and wilderness survival skills which he now shares with people interested in connecting with the wilderness and learning sustainable ways.

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Keeping Skin Healthy and Hydrated During Winter

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by Beth Carpenter, ND

As cooler temperatures return, our skin naturally seems drier. Sometimes it seems that no matter what we put on our skin, within minutes it is dry again. Our skin is the largest organ of our body, and it’s referred to our third kidney. If our skin is not staying hydrated, taking a look at ways to remedy and hydrate thirsty skin will help us feel better and look younger, no matter the season or climate.

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Be a Hero for a Hero to Welcome Soldiers Home

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The Welcoming Your Soldier Home Project is sponsoring Save a Hero, an event created to provide a safe and supportive environment for returning combat veterans to share their experiences of wartime trauma with the community and bring to light the heartbreaking truths of suicide that exists among veterans and active duty service members. The discussion will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m., November 19 at One World Theater, in Austin.

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Community Spotlight – Deer Lake Lodge & Spa, Helping People Transform Their Lives

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by Sheila Julson

During his teenage years, Shaun Carson, director of marketing at Deer Lake Lodge & Spa, had the opportunity to travel and immerse himself in other cultures. He experienced Germany and the Netherlands through a foreign exchange student program, which piqued his interest in a career in the resort industry. He loved talking to people and sharing experiences, thus making him a natural fit for the Deer Lake team.

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Combating the Degenerative Effects of Stress

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The World Health Organization asserts that at least 90 percent of illness is caused by stress. Having a method to release physical, mental and energetic stress is a must in our fast-paced yet sedentary Western society. A lesson can be learned from tribal societies that have developed ways to expend such destructive energies.

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Acupuncture for Internal Medicine

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Many people get acupuncture treatments for pain, but what they do not know is that acupuncture is also very effective for internal medicine. Chinese internal medicine takes a holistic look at the individual, not their disease or diagnosis. It deals with aspects of the mind, body and spirit that can help patients gain and maintain an optimal state of health and well-being. Drawing upon 2,000 years of case histories, acupuncture and Chinese medicine practitioners employ unique approaches to identify the root causes of health issues. Here are a few examples.

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Aromatherapy and Touch Health

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Massage and essential oils have been used together for hundreds of years, and for good reason, as they complement each other well. Both massage and essential oils improve circulation, detoxification and lymphatic drainage, as well as relieve depression and anxiety, reduce stress, energetically sedate or stimulate and restore physical and emotional well-being.

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Bee-autiful Art Show to Raise Funds for Bee Preservation

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The American Honey Bee Protection Agency (AHBPA) is hosting a bee-themed art show and fundraiser dedicated to saving feral honey bees in Central Texas through bee rescue, relocation and education. The event will be from 6 to 10 p.m., October 29 at the Omni Hotel, in downtown Austin. Accomplished artists are donating jewelry, textiles, ceramics, paintings, drawings and photography to the cause. Food, live music and signature cocktails will also be provided.

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Community Spotlight – Living Clay: Molding a Better Life

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By Sandra Yeyati

Approximately 43 million years ago, a volcano erupted sending out plumes of ash hundreds of miles before settling in a lake in what today is Death Valley, California. With the passage of millions of years, that ash turned into a clay ore called calcium bentonite.

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