After many years in the Co-Principals’ ”hot seat” at Brockwood, Adrian Sydenham is about to exchange it for an airline seat as he travels the world doing much needed outreach, the purpose and pitfalls of which are reflected upon in this article.
One of the benefits of a Brockwood education is the opportunity to experience India via a visit to our sister Krishnamurti schools. Students Anna and Tejo recount the importance of such a trip for them.
We learn the important lessons in life in a variety of ways, and for Arina that seems to have happened at the pottery wheel when she saw “…what is real exists now, in front of me; it is the hands, the cold wheel, the murky grey clay, the flying specks of dust”. She learnt that to centre the clay is to centre oneself.
How many of us would be game enough to take a group of lively 8 to 10 year olds away for three nights on a camping trip to an organic farm? Well, a group of Inwoods staff did, and it inspired them as much as it did the children.
An explosion of smells, numerous kinds of dishes and peculiar culinary techniques are all features of the Brockwood Food Festival and what fabulous looking dishes it results in.
Not many students consider tree climbing an important part of their learning in school, but Noemi does, meditating on her relationship with the tree while giving sensible instructions for the beginner.
It happens once in 5 years, takes a whole year to prepare for, involves a huge amount of work, runs for 5 days and attracts hundreds of people; it is of course an alumni reunion.
Once a year Brockwood runs an Annual Appeal to raise the necessary funds to support the good work that goes on here; this explains how that money was used and the benefits that flowed from it.
The journey, as a solitary traveller, to two of our sister schools in India had a profound impact on Brockwood teacher, Fazila Benoit.
Having recently brought his own son to Brockwood as a student, Pablo Severin is reminded of the day in 1973 when he was dropped off here, feeling terribly alone.
With the arrival of spring the Grove is bursting with colour and life and there is no better place to sit beneath a tree and read poetry.
Question: what do the replica cockpit of a Spitfire, two horizontal top-bar bee hives and some freshly baked bread, pizza and brioche have in common? Answer: they were all made by students, mature students and staff.
One of the special features of Brockwood is the international mix of students and staff which is impressive for a small school.
Without them we would struggle to make the whole place run smoothly; the Mature Students are a key part of the life of Brockwood, but what do they make of the place?
The arts are always popular at Brockwood and our centre pages are devoted to some examples of student's and staff work which we hope you will enjoy.
The Observer now has a page dedicated to the activities at Inwoods, our small school for children aged 5 to 11. In this issue teacher Evelyn Mackintosh writes about what she feels makes the school special.
Woodwork and metalwork teacher Clive Dunkley has been at Brockwood for many years and here some of the marvellous work the students produce is showcased.
Former student, Reuben Weininger, has been a regular visitor to Brockwood over the last few years and this time it was to give a workshop on the application of yoga in the healing professions.
A big event for Brockwood shown here in photos with a brief explanation of some of the features that make these buildings special.
As if life in the Brockwood kitchen isn’t busy enough, school cook, Sarai Alons, gives two recipes selected from the range of items students and staff decided to bake for a local fair.
A searching question from a challenging class gives a student pause to stop and think about the personal and the public.
Very seldom does a guest get to stay so long, or to see so much of Brockwood life as did the subject of this interview, which is just a foretaste of the book to follow.
Our chef may bury her nose in cookbooks frequently but these delightful dishes are her own creations.
In this extract, Krishnamurti explores with Brockwood students questions about the nature of thought and the self in a clear and concise manner which cuts to the heart of the issue.
India holds a special place in the hearts of many Brockwoodians, and this year the relationship has been further strengthened by two very different journeys there.
An inspirational small school in India found the funding to send most of their teaching staff to Brockwood for a very special three-week visit.
The empty bedrooms and apartments assigned to students and staff when they come to Brockwood soon become personalized refuges, revealing something of their occupants.
Wherever life may take us, we need to be able to carry the feeling of being at home. Krishnamurti explores with students and staff what this requires of each one of us.
One student considers the impact of the entire student body spending eight hours in dialogue over two days.
For years our numerous apple trees have given us more fruit than we know what to do with, but not any more!
Perhaps it was the "melancholy, wisdom and passion" of Persian classical music that has attracted two students to learn the dulcimer.
A new series of presentations at Brockwood, given by former students and invited guests.
J.Krishnamurti with Staff and Students at
Brockwood Park, 12 June 1983.
Mike Davies ponders what it is about
our new Pavilions that makes them Green.
At Brockwood we seldom see the parents of
students but once a year that all changes.
Lionel Claris considers what it means for students
to 'learn to learn in a way that they love'.
Brockwood Pavilion project has lifted off.
(News updates will regularly be posted
on the blog.)
Glimpses of the term through photography,
art and poetry.
Steve Smith remembers the late Jim Fowler;
last summer's Teaching Academy.
Life in the School kitchen; Head Chef Sarai
Alons' favourite recipe.
Recovered writing among the recycle bin
and two students impression of Cinema
Students travel to Japan for a tour of Tokyo
and another student shares her experience
of living in India for one term.
Trustees approve plan to go through with
building project and a recent donation
from Holland supporting it.
Painting, Poetry and Photography. Creativity
Students travel to the Highlands
of Scotland for tree planting and a
small group visits the museums of Paris.
Former Brockwood student and staff,
now living in the USA, share on life
before, during, and after BP.
A week of professional workshops,
visiting teachers, and activities for all.
Response to the 2009 Reunion and an
upcoming Teacher's Academy hosted by
Brockwood Park this July.
Student trips to India, Germany's Black
Forest, and Stratford upon Avon.
Student art projects from months of
research, planning, and exploration.
Two former Brockwood students share
their work in Ethiopia and Kenya.
Steve Smith reflects on his relationship
with one of Brockwood's neighbours.
Guest speakers, performances,
new staff and reunion Information
Back in time to the first Brockwood Observer appeared in 1971.
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