The mission of Rainbow Institute (RI) is to inspire a holistic education movement through transformative learning experiences, resources and research. This adult education arm of Rainbow Community School serves as a nexus between research, education and practice by supporting individuals and institutions as they discover the critical role that holistic practices play in child development.
RI aims to build the well being of individuals and institutions by offering support in transformative learning experiences and holistic resources.Through these holistic resources, we seek to inspire shifts in school culture, systems, structures and programming that meet the developmental needs of the WHOLE child. We strive to see our work enhance organizational management and teacher preparation, support, and programming while informing educational policy.
Our work is built on the 40 years of holistic education at Rainbow Community School and ongoing improvement through research and reflection has been integral. Our whole child approach known as the Rainbow Seven Domains ™ yields learning experiences that nurture the development in all seven domains of learning: physical, natural, social, emotional, creative, mental and spiritual. This approach values healthy development in all the domains and considers the spiritual domain the elixir that breathes life into the other developmental domains.The goal of this secular spiritual education is to awaken the individual to his true nature, pave the way for transformative learning and illuminate his purpose in life. Above all else, RI aims to help individuals, educators and institutions nurture the spiritual identities of all community members by inviting the “sacred” into the classrooms and culture. If you want a first hand look, please consider registering for our annual More than Mindfulness Conference.
BE WHOLE: Holism is the understanding that life is an interaction of wholes, rather than a collection of individual parts. Holistic Education follows this same premise, subscribing to the philosophy that learning is a comprehensive integration not only of traditional academic subjects, but of the many facets that comprise a human being.
“What are you called to do?” This question lies at the heart of all our work at RI. Purpose is a calling- something that a greater force is trying to bring into being. Purpose is born out of a strong spiritual identity.
Our RI facilitators can support you or your organization develop and implement holistic systems, structures and programming that embrace the health and well-being of your students, teachers, and community members. RI offers:
- Consulting services and instructional resources that emphasize The Rainbow Seven Domains™ holistic approach. Click here for a list of recommended reading for any holistic educator.
- Support in cultivating a holistic school culture, classroom & curriculum that serves the needs of your unique learning environment. Click here to purchase RI’s Teaching the Whole Child book.
- Continuing education through workshops and teacher/adult training programs anchored in heart-centered & holistic education. Please click here for a list of RI offerings.
- Access to a holistic assessment tool that measures complexity of cognitive development. Click here to learn more about Lectica assessments.
If you are interested in getting trained please email RI’s co-founder West Willmore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in experiencing a “Rainbow Reflection,” which is a curated campus visit and classroom observation that gives you a first hand look at the Rainbow Seven Domains™ approach and the secular spiritual curriculum please contact West Willmore at email@example.com
Rainbow Institute Blogposts
Rainbow's centering curriculum aims to support the spiritual identity development of each learner through various contemplative, mindfulness and meditative practices. It also serves to cultivate a strong class coherence and foster a collective wisdom through...read more
The centering rituals, although all rooted in mindfulness and in sacred spirit, vary from Rainbow classroom to Rainbow classroom. For example, the middle school, known as Omega, opens each centering with a reflection on a quote, a lyric, or a blessing. As centering...read more
The words of American spiritual teacher and author Ram Dass encourage us to live FULLY, in the present moment, without judgement. How do you achieve this? What practices do you embrace? “Be Here Now” for example, calls on mindfulness practice. “The quieter you become,...read more