Monthly Archives: July 2011

Picasso & GCE

July 12, 2011 at 11:14 pm, by

Today I facilitated an activity with the staff in which we examined Picasso’s bulls. Picasso deconstructs a bull and simplifies it to its essence (see below). His efforts stand as a critique on almost all unnecessarily complex and purposeless things we do, including how we construct and operate schools. Our discussion was fascinating. We explored […]

Neuroscience of Learning

July 8, 2011 at 12:36 pm, by

GCE has partnered with Landmark College, “The college of choice for students with learning disabilities and/or AD/HD.” Sapna Prasad, Landmark’s visiting instructor, led GCE staff through a two-day Neuroscience of Learning workshop, which focused on the Neurology of the Brain, Brain-based Learning, and Brain-based Instruction. Please see staff comments to glean a sense of this Read More…


July 8, 2011 at 2:02 am, by

  We walked the sacred sites of Tulum…many elemental beings greeting our every step and showering the girls and i with blessings! How absolutely magical to see this sacred site of worship with Iguanas guarding the sides of the door and stairs leading to it. There were 8 iguanas symmetrically positioned  along the steps looking very Read More…

Chocolate Maya is the best ….

July 8, 2011 at 1:32 am, by

way to meet and share space and time with three wonderful ladies, Angeles, Laura and Lupita. All three women are passionate social and enviornmental activists using their talents in distinctive ways to deliver information and healing to the community at Playa del Carmen. We met, sipped delicious Mayan Chocolate, talked shop and shared stories about Read More…

First day of the new school year

July 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm, by

Back at GCE after a “Summer in a Day,”* or so it feels given the fact that it’s July 6th and our staff has returned to full-time work. Our schedule today was simple: • Welcome • Big Picture • HR • Facilitated reading and discussion • Closure The afternoon exercise was facilitated by Adam Davis, Read More…


July 6, 2011 at 1:32 am, by

Second day spent at Cancun. Miriam has been a wonderful host, she drove us around all day as we got aquainted and prepared for our work this weekend. Visited with a local female Shaman/healer who owns hotel named El Rey del Caribe. It is a EcoHotel and Spa in the heart of downtown Cancun. It Read More…

Many Connections… The GCE Forest

July 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm, by

Back to planning and making connections, we spent yesterday in search of a visual representation of the communication lines of GCE: – How to convey in a diagram all the networking we cultivate? After much drawing and letting go of traditional hierarchical organograms, the idea of a 3D map came to my mind, which I […]

The Adventure Begins…

July 4, 2011 at 1:11 am, by

In about 7 hours my daughters and I will be boarding a plane to Southeastern Mexico, the Yucantan Peninsula on a service and learning trip, our first one as a family. This adventure had been possible by the support of many…special thanks to Gregory Gomez founder of Indigenous Institute of the Americas and our Read More…