THE CIRCLE OF LIVING EDUCATION

The Circle of Living Education (CLE) has been founded in 2014 in Katowice, the most industrial part of Poland.

Our goal is to work with people, work towards people, animals and plants. After many years of searching, we have developed appropriate ‘tools’ to achieve this goal. Most of all, these are educational programs, which we are continuously improving.

Education is the main area of our activity. We believe that education is the base of development and all changes. We are engaged in education which evolves along with various conditions, with the environment, or with a particular group of people, even particular person.

Why living education? There are many reasons. Firstly, because education is a living process. As John Dewey said:  ‘Education is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.’

And why else? Because we teach about life. About nature, plants and animals. Because when we educate about human relations, the ways of communication; even when we help people to look inside themselves – we have the nature in the background. We always try to nurture by the nature.

And finally – because education, the need for giving, sharing with others is vivid inside us.

Here, we are presenting you the circle of our inspiration. These are just a few of the many sources from which we derive inspirations, but it will allow you to figure out what is the theoretical, practical and cultural context of our educational proposals. We take it very seriously because we want to build and design activities with a clearly identified theoretical background, with known impacts on participants (cognitive, developmental, corrective, therapeutic, etc.) and verifiable effects.

Our inspiration:

Nature deficit disorder

Process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead

Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication

Cultural anthropology of Jean Gebser

Since the beginning of our activity, we have invited 8311 children from 172 schools to the forest. Several hundred teachers and several dozen parents accompanied us in our adventures. We visited forests and many other ‚green’ parts of 17 Silesian towns –  bigger and smaller ones. We spent together a total of 3424 hours in nature.

We are always ready to ‘nature’ you 😉

Contact us:

Address: Francuska 12, room 404, 40-015 Katowice, Poland
Website: pez.org.pl
e-mail: pracowniaedukacjizywej@gmail.com
Tel .: +48 604 063 709
DETAILS OF OUR FOUNDATION
KRS: 0000505410
NIP: 6351833473
REGON: 243532757
BANK ACCOUNT: BGZ o / Mikołów 35 2030 0045 1110 0000 0371 7970

Our  founders:
Maja Głowacka, PhD
e-mail: mglowacka.pez@gmail.com
Tel .: +48 789 363 273
Maja received her PhD in biology sciences. She graduated from coaching school of psychosocial skills.
She was also a lecturer at the University of Silesia and Opole University. Previously Maja was associated with the Silesian Botanical Garden in Mikołów. Now she is the head of our foundation.

Bogdan Ogrodnik, PhD
e-mail: bogrodnik.pez@gmail.com
Tel .: +48 604 063 709
Bogdan has his PhD in philosophy, he is also a naturalist. He graduated coaching school of psychosocial skills. He is a coach in School for Parents and Educators. Bogdan was an initiator and co-founder of the Silesian Botanical Garden in Mikołów. He has been a lecturer at the University of Silesia and the Medical University of Silesia for many years. He leads a democratic school in Tychy to share his passion for education. He is a deputy head of our foundation.

Our educators:
Alicja Kloczkowska MS: akloczkowska.pez@gmail.com
Agata Kloczkowska MS, PhD student: agata_kloczkowska@wp.pl
Izabela Skowronek-Schmidt MS, PhD student: izaskowronek.pez@gmail.com
Alicja, Agata i Izabela received theirs Master’s in biology sciences at the University of Silesia. They graduated from the School for Parents and Educators and are still learning more about the nature.