Learning is an essential dimension of true healing, and it emerges through dialogue. We believe that we are designed to learn better through conversation, story, and art. Our love of learning and our need for healing forge our destinies—individual and collective.

Our arts and education programs create spaces for learning and healing as a community. The New School at Commonweal has more than 3,000 partners exploring nature, culture, and the inner life in live conversations, talks, art exhibits and musical events, many of which are available in our audio podcast and video library. EDGE: The Center for Creative Community is a new program exploring dialogue, cognition, creativity and community. We invite you to browse through all of our arts and education programs, below. Virtually all Commonweal programs are essentially educational in nature; the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness (ISHI) curricula for medical students and nurses are explicitly educational.

Visual Thinking Strategies

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a method initiated by teacher-facilitated discussions of art images and documented to have a cascading positive effect on both teachers and students. It is perhaps the simplest way in which teachers and schools can provide students with key behaviors sought by Common Core Standards: thinking skills that become habitual and […]

Gift of Compassion

The Gift of Compassion focuses on under-served and under-resourced communities, integrating ancient practices with current conditions to help bring clarity and healing into the lives of both youth and adults. The program uses art as a portal to meditation and contemplative practice, creating opportunities for difference to merge as oneness. In pursuit of this experience, […]

The New School at Commonweal

Imagine that you could listen to—and talk with—U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin. Or with visionary writers like Terry Tempest Williams, Jean Shinoda Bolen, and David Whyte; integrative physicians like Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, and David Servan-Schreiber; environment and justice leaders like Joanna Macy and Sandra Steingraber; or innovative cosmologists like Rubert Sheldrake and Sister Miriam […]

The Center for Creative Community

The Center for Creative Community (C3) at Commonweal explores the intersection of dialogue, cognition, creativity, and community. C3 seeks to deepen our exploration of complex issues in our world—issues that many Commonweal programs confront daily.

Regenerative Design Institute at Commonweal Garden

The Commonweal Garden is a beautiful 17-acre site in Bolinas, California—just down the road from the Commonweal Administrative Building—which has been developed into a large-scale living permaculture classroom and demonstration center for regenerative design. In 2003, Penny Livingston Stark and James Stark became the caretakers of the Commonweal Garden land, bringing with them the expertise […]