TACCE Wood School was opened in 2013by Director and Founder, Arul Selven, under the Charity Foundation of TACCE (Tjok Agung Conservation and Cultural Education), to serve the needs of our growing community. The aim was to create a school that would operate on a new and progressive model of education.
Tjok Agung wanted to support the vision of this kind of alternative school project based on the teachings of P.R. Sarkar, the founder of New Humanist Education. A school with a spiritual approach to education, aimed at developing well rounded children, incorporating local wisdom was born.
The land the school is built on has a rich heritage based in both Hinduism and Buddhism. The surrounding village of Pejeng is home to three well know temples, Kebo Edan, Penataran Sasih and Pusering Jagad. It is also home to many ancient artifacts such as the “Moon of Pejeng” (the oldest single-cast bronze kettle drum in the world and the “largest known relic from South East Asia’s Bronze Age”)
The school has grown organically from two teachers and two students, without any outside funding, to the bustling five classes of today. We are currently only able to accept a very limited number of new students, and only as spots become available as the school remains dedicated to keeping our community harmonious, with open minded parents and families that suit our alternative and progressive education model.
We share our land with Non-Profit, Friends of the National Parks, as well as work on our on-site organic gardening project with a local gardening Non-Profit. We have also worked with another local Non-Profit serving children and adults with disabilities, by creating shared days of immersion and games.
Our method of learning focuses on embracing the highest consciousness and opening and expanding the mind, not staying within the box. Nothing in our curriculum supports dogma or pseudo culture, but rather is based on social equality and rationality. It is also not based on Self sentiment, Social sentiment or Humanist sentiment. Our curriculum is based on New Humanist Education, which is devotional sentiment and is guided by Yama and Niyama as moral conduct.
The curriculum consists of daily lessons in Mathematics, English, Social Sciences, Indonesian Language, Morning Circle (a structured time for spiritual practice) and Language Arts. The difference between having daily lessons as opposed to lessons on and off throughout the week for subjects such as Math and English, is it no longer feels like studying, it’s just part of the children’s life routine, like meals, a habit. The children have Science lessons twice a week. We use the Singapore curriculum for Science and Math. For English lessons we use the Cambridge curriculum. Our teachers create the Social Sciences curriculum through themes based on cultures from around the world, studied throughout the term. At the end of each term the children showcase what thy have learned and rehearsed throughout the term during a final performance full of dance and song and uplifting plays.
We take all the local wisdom, dress, music, songs and traditions, yet remain open to the equal wisdom of all cultures. We delve more into these though the themes each term. In the past the children have explored cultural wisdom from places such as Africa, India, South America, Egypt and most recently the United Kingdom, to name a few. We integrate what we take from these cultures rich diversities with our unique and beautiful local Balinese culture. We also have discussions on spiritual personalities and great figures throughout time.
How is devotional sentiment cultivated in children? The daily expression of the school running, is it’s own Spiritual Culture. It’s rich in divine flow. From morning to the school day’s end, our day is packed with Practical Programs that go hand in hand with our Spiritual Culture. Our school is strictly vegetarian, teaching unconditional love to all living things. Unconditional love is intentional living as a part of a bigger “family”. The children are encouraged to feel and know that everything around them, from the precious natural environment, to the supportive materials that make up their everyday life, is limited and must be shared and honored. A daily extension of this concept is seen clearly in the natural way our older students care so readily for our youngest. Without any instruction they are motivated instinctively, acting in a loving and caring way towards one another from the classroom, to the playground, to the lunch table.
These are the values we teach and follow.
- Ahimsa: Don’t be violent to myself or others; Be caring to myself and others.
- Satya: Don’t lie; Be truthful with myself and others.
- Asteya: Don’t steal; Be generous.
- Brahmacara: Don’t waste my energy; Use my energy wisely.
- Aparagraha: Don’t be greedy; Be grateful for what I have.
- Saucha: Be clean
- Santosha: Be happy with myself and others
- Tapas: Always work hard.
- Svadhyaya: Studying is important. Take time to learn about myself and the world around me.
- Ishvara pranidhana: Always trust the power inside of me.
What is Neohumanism?
“When the underlying spirit of humanism is extended to everything, animate and inanimate, in this universe, I have designated this as Neohumanism. This Neohumanism will elevate humanism to universalism, love for all created beings of this universe.” – P.R. Sarkar
Neohumanism is a new ethic for the new millennium. It broadens our understanding of what it is to be human by promoting an ecological awareness of our relationship with the entire universe. In short Neohumanism is an invitation to enter into the full depth and mystery of life. Neohumanism has as its leading exponent the Indian philosopher, political activist and mystic, Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar. As such it is philosophical in form, revolutionary in spirit and spiritual in orientation.
Neohumanism is the spirit of benevolence. To teach love one must embody it. To embody love one must see all as divine. To see all as divine one must contemplate the divine self within us all and dance with divinity as we proceed through our lives.
“What is Neohumanism? Neohumanism is newly explained Humanism. “Humanism” and “Humanity” have been very popular words for the last century, and only human beings have come within the scope of humanism and humanity. But this explanation is not sufficient – it cannot quench the thirst of the developing human society. Why should the love and affection of developed human minds be restricted to human beings only? Why should it not include all living beings, including plant life? This is the new explanation of humanism – Neohumanism – for within Neohumanism the entire animate world is included. “
But what is the status of inanimation in Neohumanism? Fundamentally there is hardly any differencebetween the world of animation and the world of inanimation. Some people explain that when there is movement within a structure it is animate, otherwise it is inanimate. But this explanation is not sufficient, because there is dynamism within both animate and inanimate objects.
“Neohumanism includes within its scope not only human beings and animate creatures, such as plants and animals, but also all inanimate entities as well, for the scope of Neohumanism extends down to the smallest particles of sub-atomic matter.”