Programs

Natura Institute for Ecology and Medicine

How do we, precious natural human beings, reconnect with the living systems that restore us to health and wholeness? How can individuals and communities be empowered to take care of each other and themselves? How can we cultivate a healing ecology within the culture of medicine? What might western medicine learn from permaculture? What does it mean to “do no harm”? What healing alliances might be forged as we animate the healer archetype in this plantetary moment?

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.

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) is an international partnership, founded in 2002 at Commonweal, committed to strengthening the scientific and public dialogue on environmental factors linked to chronic disease and disability. CHE acts as a catalyst for civil discourse and collaborative initiatives among researchers, health professionals, health-affected groups and others concerned with social and environmental impacts on human health. Through these relationships, CHE fosters systemic, multi-factorial, prevention-oriented actions in order to improve human health across the lifespan. CHE's partners include almost 5,000 individuals and organizations in 79 countries and all 50 states.

The New School at Commonweal

The New School presents conversations, readings, and performances with thought and action leaders of our time. Our programs focus on the subjects that Commonweal champions: issues that affect nature, culture, and inner life. Most of our events are free, and so are our podcasts and videos, with 350 on iTunes, Soundcloud, Vimeo, and our Library.