Holistic Learning and Spirituality in Education Network

What is Holistic Learning

Holistic Learning is based on the principle of interconnectedness and wholeness. Thus the student is seen as a whole person with body, mind, emotions and spirit. Holistic Learning seeks to develop approaches to teaching and learning that foster connections between subjects, between learners through various forms of community. Holistic Learning also seeks a dynamic balance in the learning situation between such elements as content and process, learning and assessment, and analytic and creative thinking. Finally, Holistic Learning is inclusive in terms of including a broad range of students and a variety of learning approaches to meet their diverse learning needs.

The Holistic Learning and Spirituality in Education Network

This network was founded in 1990 by John Palladino and attempts to foster communication and networking among educators interested in Holistic Learning. The network publishes a newsletter The Holistic Educator twice a year for its members. The network also conducts sessions at the ASCD annual conference. Some sessions explore ideas and themes related to Holistic Learning and other sessions allow for interaction and discussion amongst its members as well as others interested in Holistic Learning.

Network Facilitators

The current facilitators are John (Jack) Miller and David Marshak. Jack is author of Education and the Soul and is Coordinator of a graduate focus in Holistic and Aesthetic Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. David is author of The Common Vision and is a professor in the School of Education at Seattle University.


Membership is obtainable by sending your name and address (including e-mail address) along with the one-year fee of $10.00 US or lifetime fee of $40.00 US to:
Jack Miller
OISE/UT Southern Centre
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1V6
phone: 416.923.6641 ext 2633
fax: 416.926.4744