What is 

Conscious Curriculum ?

A revolutionary year-round Conscious Curriculum for families wanting to raise a mindful and eco-literate student!

Our times are calling humanity to begin seeing itself identified with the protection and regeneration of Earth’s life regardless of our cultural, ethnic, or national backgrounds. We can launch missions to Mars and invest billions in creating life support for people on another planet, but as possible as this might be, it will only be attainable if we can create systems of collaboration that support individual and collective wellbeing on our own planet first. What we need is to restore our understanding of the interconnectedness of everything on our Planet and a path to do this is by asking ourselves questions such as: Who we are? Who do we want to be? What sustains us? What connects us? What do we care about most? What kind of life do we want for the future?

In this context, educators have both a seemingly insurmountable challenge to transform education and an incredible opportunity to put our vocation at the service of the collective existential questions of our time. How can educators, caregivers and homeschool families take on such a lofty goal while moving through a day of learning? How can we “play” ourselves into a profound shift in consciousness alongside our early learners?

What is Conscious Curriculum?

Origin's Conscious Curriculum is a comprehensive and new paradigm approach to education that guides and grows a child’s connection to their emotional, social, and environmental consciousness.

The unschooling-inspired educational content and instruction seeks to answer the questions: “Who Are We?” “Who Lives Here?”  “What’s Happening?” and “How Are We Connected?”. These are answered through our essential understandings into 4 over-arching Focal Points of learning – Internal, External, Metaphysical, and Interconnection.

We are dedicated to the whole child: mind, body and spirit.

Children will develop critical-thinking skills toward solving real-world problems, while gaining confidence in their identity, meaning, and purpose. Creating the Origins Effect.

Origins Effect

The Origins Effect is the concept that the guidance that Origins Curriculum provides for children through our Conscious Curriculum will have positive immediate  effects that will evolve and grow into  long term  habits that will positively influence  themselves and ripple out into the world around them. Children will develop a profound depth of mindful awareness, while gaining confidence in themselves and fostering the ability to achieve the goals they set.

Origins curricular framework offers an eco-system design approach to devising and implementing interconnected learning cycles (thematic mandalas). This approach incorporates the pillars of a sustainable way of life broadly used in the field of ecosocial design such as Ecology, Society, Worldviews, and Economy. We have translated these pillars into four dimensions of learning that we consider appropriate to guide young learner’s inquiries: Nature, Self and Society, Cultures and Art, and Wants and Needs. 

At Origins, we believe that children of the XXI Century deserve an education where they can nurture a sense of belonging to and caring for the Earth and all of its inhabitants. In order to provide such education, we must engage in a kind of teaching that invites a personal shift in consciousness and fosters innovation, imagination, and most importantly, avenues for us to rediscover our indisputable connection with the body of our beloved Earth.

Our lesson plans are designed based on 3 essential understandings:

  • That the Earth is a living body of interconnected patterns of relationships
  • That by knowing nature’s ways we can learn more about who we are and how we are part of nature
  • That mindfulness is a way for us to know ourselves and experience our belonging to the Earth

The lessons can be adapted to any bioregion and can be changed to fit the interests and needs of individual teachers. They are not intended to be recipes to teach, rather be inspiring of new questions, connections, and explorations of who we are within the diversity of the web of life.

It is important to keep in mind that for young learners, our relationship with nature must be explored to foster awe in its beauty and magic, avoiding expectations of activism and perspectives of the negative impact of our societies in the Earth’s ecosystems. As teachers and parents, it is our responsibility to implement experiences in and about nature that lead to positive feelings and bring to the forefront our innate love for the world that we are a part of.

In contrast, we need to be prepared to answer children’s questions about what is happening to the natural world as information about climate change and ecosystem collapse becomes more widespread throughout society. How can we be prepared to explain the consequences of our economic, social and political systems of exploitation of nature to young children? The invitation is for us as educators to consider the questions posed at the beginning of this introduction: Who we are? Who do we want to be? What sustains us? What connects us? What do we care about most? What kind of life do we want for the future?

It is possible that in these questions we could find a message of love of the world and our innate capacity to be kind and compassionate, and to create solutions to the challenges of our time. If we are to embark on this journey of education for ecoliteracy, let’s remember that we are not alone in our endeavor and that there are millions of people from all walks of life striving to heal and protect our beloved planet. Stories of success can help us feel more prepared to support children’s feelings of sadness, fear, and anxiety generated by what is happening around them.

A new paradigm in education is rising as more and more educators embrace the existential questions of our time and begin to value nature as a primary origin upon which to build our human identity regardless of our diverse belief systems.