5th WEEK – PROGRAM
Education, Essence and Meaning
Writer, professional speaker and trainer,
He is the author of more than twenty books translated into fifteen languages, including “The Frog that didn’t know it was cooked”, “Le Don du Pardon” (Trédaniel, 2010), “Lettres à ma prochaine incarnation”, (Flammarion 2018) and the best-seller for children “Tu es comme tu es” (Père Castor, 2019)
He is also the translator of hundreds of books by renowned authors such as Don Miguel Ruiz, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, Gregg Braden, Byron Katie, etc.
He is at the origin of the Circles of Forgiveness, inspired by his meeting with Don Miguel Ruiz in Mexico in 1999
Passionate about education and an outstanding pedagogue, he uses a language rich in images and metaphors that make the ideas transmitted easily understandable.
For an Integral Education
Integral education is not limited to knowledge (the intellect), but also includes the heart (relationships), the body (health) and the spiritual dimension (the relationship to life)
Denise Scotto, Esq is an attorney at law and policy advisor.
Her influence on human rights on the world stage is exhaustive both as a former UN staff person, as an NGO Chairperson and as a leader in professional organizations. She has always been a voice for the innocent, the oppressed, for the rights of women, children, persons with disabilities and for the realization of world peace.
Throughout her career, she was Chair of the Children’s Rights Committee of the NY Women’s Bar Association for 10+ years, mentored international law students and was a key advisor to Bridges of Hope Project which built more than 100 libraries in schools in rural areas in Turkey.
She is also an ordained Interfaith Minister who believes in advancing human consciousness through an individual’s intentions, values and actions and through collective action to create a better world for all.
Currently, she is the Chair of the International Day of Yoga Committee (IDY) at the United Nations and Special Editor of the IDY Committee Special Edition of “Light on Light” World Yoga Day E-Magazine.
Educating through The Golden Rule
Living in Harmony with Our Precious Planet, Our Animal Companions and All Life
The Golden Rule is a saying for leading one’s life by treating others as you would like them to treat you. It suggests that other people should be treated fairly and with respect
For Denise Scotto, it extends to our beautiful planet and all forms of life. It’s the universal heart of most faith-based traditions and found in different cultures across the world. It’s called the ‘Golden’ Rule because there is value in having this kind of respect and caring attitude for one another and for humanity as a civilization.
Through her functions and her various actions over several decades, we will see with Denise Scotto, that this Golden Rule is at work everywhere in the world and that a great movement of consciousness is rising on our beautiful planet.
Yogi, Founder of the Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir (SAYM).
Born in a small remote village in the Himalayas, he spent many months in the mountains, alone with the cows, from the age of 7, despite the tigers, leopards and incessant rain in the summer. At the age of 12, he decides to leave everything: his family, his village, his mountains and his country. He left on foot, without saying anything, with a few young men to reach India. There, he thinks that he can earn money. He wants to help his parents and his family. From one adventure to another, he became a soldier at the age of 12 and a half, then a mendicant monk at 15 and a yogi at 21.
Returning to his native country after 20 years, he founded the SAYM and a first ashram-school. The community welcomes children from the most disadvantaged backgrounds in Nepal, free of charge, from kindergarten to university and beyond. It develops a holistic education based on integral yoga, the joy of serving and working for others, the community and the world.
Each child, at his or her own pace, discovers little by little what motivates him or her and what he or she wishes to dedicate his or her life to.
A Lifetime of Discovering Integral Education inspired by The Mother
“Delivered to myself and to the Divine since my childhood, my life has been an uninterrupted series of trials, experiences and various initiations, sometimes extreme, sometimes extraordinary and magical, which have gradually forged this incredible adventure of an educational ashram essentially made up of children and young people, a true school of Joy and Self-giving.”
Since March 2020, income is not at all what it was at the time of this video. During the many, many months of confinement in Nepal, the markets were closed. The Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir had no resources left. In the last two years, foreign visitors deserted Nepal, many wealthy families left the country or stopped buying organic products.
Two years later, the ashram’s income is less than half of what it was, and donations have become vital to continue caring for the children. Despite all this, in the midst of all these difficulties, it is one of the most joyful places I have ever encountered in my life.
Born in Cairo, Egypt, Mikaël has been living in Quebec for over 40 years. His roots have led him to carry the tradition of oils in connection with an integral vision of health. In Ancient Egypt, health was considered the result of a balance between body, soul and spirit.
The first part of his life in Quebec was spent in the educational system, from university studies to teaching and accompanying adolescents in difficulty. At the age of 35, he decided to dedicate himself to what makes him vibrate deeply: oils, aromatic essences and health.
Theology, education, philosophy, music, poetry, pregnancy and childbirth… Mikaël shares his love for Life and its multiple expressions… from the art of language and sounds to the art of questioning, all with one goal in mind: to rediscover meaning, to embody one’s Essence. He invites us to live in peace with each of our relationships, to question our reference points, to cultivate our inner garden and to play our part in order to participate harmoniously in the great Symphony of Life…
Mikaël Zayat, Alchemist by Essence, has been producing essences and creating numerous aromatic synergies since 1985. He has established himself as one of the pioneers of integral aromatherapy in North America and is recognized throughout the world as an expert in promoting body-soul-spirit balance.
When plants and their essences teach life and teach us to know ourselves better
Is water alive? Is wood alive?
In a drop of water, there are a billion billion H20 molecules (1,000,000,000,000,000,000).
This is unimaginable! Incredible!
This invites us to marvel at the richness of nature and its wonderful complexity. In our little galaxy, there are billions of suns… and billions of galaxies in the universe.
It is phenomenal! There are so many possible wonders in life.
Nature, plants and their essences invite us to wonder and it is essential that education offers all children this capacity to wonder, to interact in a positive way with nature, to connect to the essential, to joy, to Life… and thus to develop a positive outlook to transform our environment and the world of tomorrow.