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Re-envisioning Education, and 
the Craft of Teaching and Learning.

Sponsored by KFA's Oak Grove School and the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. Optional post-graduate professional level inservice credit available from UCSB Ext.



Program Intro (4 minutes)

What is teaching?



What is Teaching? (15 minutes)   Participants' reflections (4 minutes)

The Ojai Teacher Education Program: An 8-day Program for Educators. [July 16th - 23rd, 2017]

Uncovering and questioning our assumptions about teaching and learning.

Starting with the questions that we grapple with in our daily lives as educators, the program builds on the insights participants come to from their own deep looking and shared inquiry during the program. We shift from seeking answers to finding key questions that transform the way we see (and respond to) our educational challenges. 

Hands-on, minds-on experiences of teaching and learning.

We pay minute attention to school and classroom activities - and question what we see. By uncovering the underlying values of teaching and learning, we re-envision school, classroom and other learning environments. In re-orienting the act of teaching to one of learning, we awaken the craft of teaching.

School from scratch: the practical design of schools and classrooms.

We start from scratch to design teaching and learning environments using dialogues, classroom observations (viewing film clips), role-play, interrogating our own educational narratives, readings, videos, journal writing, nature walks, silence and study time, and designing mini lessons. 

An invitation to awaken (or renew) a sustained passion for teaching. 

(In addition to Ojai, California this program is also conducted internationally in England, Thailand, Europe, India and other locations.)

Ojai Program 


Sunday July 16 to Sunday July 23, 2017.


  • Program fee: $600 (Includes lunches, dinners, materials and tuition for full 7-day program.)
  • Lodging: $575 (Subsidized fee for shared room and breakfast at adjacent Krishnamurti Retreat.)

Spaces are limited and preference will be given to early applicants.




Program Coordinators

gopal-teaching-academy-bp-1.jpgDr. Gopal Krishnamurthy (Director) has spent most of his life since the age of 4, as a student and teacher at Krishnamurti's schools in India, the UK and the USA. He was a student, mature student and staff member at Brockwood Park School in the UK. He is currently at Brockwood teaching physics and mathematics, and working as Co-Principal. His focus is on faculty and educational programs. He enjoys teaching a variety of subjects including physics, mathematics, geography, environmental studies, philosophy, drama, Indian classical music, and education. He has been a teacher for more than 18 years at High School, Middle School and College levels. He is Director of the internationally conducted Educating the Educator programs. Gopal holds a PhD in Education, MAs in Education & Philosophy and a BA (Hons) in Physics. Gopal is passionately interested in teacher education and Krishnamurti's educational vision. Gopal proposes that "When teaching is so resolutely structured around demonstrating what one already knows — "not knowing" is a challenging and unexplored point of departure for teaching and learning".

Sunsong Susan ClarkSusan Sunsong Clark has worked in small alternative schools for 30 years; cooking, gardening, and teaching. She spent 9 years at Oak Grove School (Krishnamurti Foundation of America). In 2012 she joined the staff at Brockwood Park School (Krishnamurti Foundation Trust England) where she teaches Psychology, Human Development, and ESL. She co-facilitates annual teacher education workshops through the ‘K’ foundations in the U.S, England, India, as well as in non-Foundation schools internationally. She studied early childhood education, psychology, and English as a Second Language. Sunsong has been interested in the teachings of Krishnamurti since she was first introduced to them in 1980 by an 11 year old who asked her: “When you look at a tree – do you really see the tree, or your idea of a tree?” She has spent a lot of time since looking at trees.

Additional Program Details

We will primarily use J. Krishnamurti's insights on education as the foundation for our considerations.


Krishnamurti, J. (1953). Education and the Significance of Life. San Francisco, CA: Harper.
Krishnamurti, J. The Whole Movement of Life is Learning (Letters to the Schools), Brockwood, UK: Krishnamurti Foundation Trust.

All texts and photocopied material will be provided.

Instructional material

Participants will have access to an extensive collection of books and audio-visual materials. There will also be free computer and internet access. Participants are encouraged to bring their own personal computers.


In an atmosphere of reflection and a setting of natural beauty, participants will engage in daily activities such as:

* Inquiry and dialogues


* Classroom observations (viewing film clips)

* Interrogating our own educational narratives


* Study of educational articles on the aims of school and the foundations of teaching

* Designing learning environments, schools from scratch


* Communication and collaborative work in different settings

* Journal writing


* Silence and Quiet time

* Role play and theater (myths of teaching and learning)


* Developing a learning/teaching portfolio

Recreational activities including nature walks, folk dance, music, theater and film viewing will also be available.

Optional Course Credit

As the Teaching Education Program is an Inservice program, the University of California Santa Barbara Extension offers Inservice post-graduate, professional level credit (four units quarter system, $150 additional payable to UCSB) . Information and forms available during the program.


Vegetarian food is served as part of the program. No meat is allowed at the Krishnamurti Educational Center. We will make reasonable efforts to meet your dietary and other special needs. Please let us know in your application.


The Ventura County Airporter shuttle from LAX to Ventura charges $35 each way and discounts the fare if the round-trip is purchased ahead of time (www.venturashuttle.com). At no charge, the retreat will pick up participants at the Holiday Inn Express at 2:45PM on the first day the program begins, and will drop off participants at the Holiday Inn Express at 10:45 AM on the day the program ends. At all other times, participants must make their own travel arrangements.

We advise that you not make flight reservations until final confirmation of the program and your enrollment. If the program is cancelled for any reason, all program payments will be returned.

Testimonials from past Participants

 “The sessions on observation and assessment will remain with me  - to keep us deeply engaged with looking at what we do as educators and as human beings.” Teacher with 30 yrs experience in primary schools.

“Deep gratitude to the facilitators for peeling off layers of “knowing”, and for showing what impersonal affection looks like - by listening hard to us in order to help us clearly hear where we come from.” Highschool science & math teacher.

 “One question that became acute for me as the week went on was: why not make it my dominant intent to “keep my ears to the ground” for any thinking by the student that I as the teacher can think with. I learnt a tremendous amount both for my doctoral research and my teaching practice, so thank you.”  Language teacher and Educational Researcher, Smith College.


Please read the course policies before applying.


For more information, please contact Academy Coordinator Gopal Krishnamurthy via email, or call the KFA at (805) 646-2726.

How to Apply

To apply for the course, please fill out our Online Application Form.