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EFL International Fall Newsletter 2021

Dear Friends,
I’d like to thank you for your ongoing interest in Education for Life.

With new energy from Clarity West, Aryavan McSweeney and others, we will be able to offer this monthly newsletter to share current events from EFL World-Wide. You will now be able, in a timely manner, to hear of the new initiatives for spreading EFL as well as ongoing opportunities for connecting via online events. 
We would also like to include you in celebrating our 50th year of sharing Education for Life! One fun development is that we can now include the term “How-to-Live” in our official title. As many of you will remember, this is the term that Paramhansa Yogananda used to describe his program at the Ranchi, India school back in 1917.

Our official title will now be Education for Life: A How-To-Live Approach
I look forward to sharing this new chapter with you.

Nitai Deranja
President, EFL International

The Education for Life Institute of Europe

With an inspired, creative team of nine individuals, EFL Institute is opening its doors to the public, offering Level One - of the teacher and parent training program, The Foundation Course!
When Swami Kriyananda completed writing his book, Education for Life, he stated that when the EFL approach gets fully developed, it will change education around the world. Thus, he envisioned EFL having a global mission, perhaps involving thousands of students, teachers and parents.
The mission of the Education for Life Institute includes seven levels of training programs for teachers and parents — to be offered in English, Italian, German, Spanish, Slovene, Russian and more. In this way, the EFL principles and practices may eventually be integrated into public and private school curriculums and homeschools throughout Europe and beyond.
For more information, please contact Kabir MacDow at

Conscious Families is an EFL partner program serving parents and families with inspiration, support, classes and more! You can visit the website to sign up for weekly inspiration and find out more about upcoming offerings. There is also a Conscious Families podcast with monthly episodes sharing interviews with EFL educators, parents and authors to inspire and uplift. You can email Erin Vinacco ( with any questions or for more information on how to get involved and help share Education for Life with parents and families.


Join us for a Live EFL Resource Library session on:

The Will Years - Techniques for Helping Teens Thrive in a fast-paced World.

This webinar will be co-hosted by Nitai Deranja and Gary McSweeney who both have many years experience with teaching in the EFL High Schools as well as raising their own children. We'll focus on the many challenges and opportunities that present themselves in the Will Years.

Saturday, October 9th, 8-9am PST

$10-15 Sliding Scale for stand alone webinar
*Free with Subscription to the EFL Library
(For Subscribers link be e-mailed closer to event)

Save your spot:
                      Click here to Subscribe to the Resource Library
How to Subscribe

Mini-Conference for EFL Teachers:
Exploring the EFL Curriculum Categories


This is an opportunity for current EFL teachers to come together and inspire each other by sharing insights on key topics in EFL.

Saturday, November 6th, 6-10am Pacific Daylight Time (changes back to Standard Time the next day). 

Information about the upcoming conference will be posted on:

The conference will follow the same format we have been using. A page will have all the necessary links you need. A sample page can be found at this link:

EFL Online Highschool News & Update

We are now in our 2nd week of classes, and all is well with students and teachers alike enjoying the classes together.  We have teachers all over the world: Hawaii, Israel, New York, Hong Kong, China, California and England, and our students are from Italy, India and the United States. This is a perfect way to get a global perspective on all subjects!

The courses this term are: physics, math, Non violent communication, Performing arts, history of world religions and this year we will also offer a 'centering' class so students can learn many options for calming and de-stressing themselves, along with a course in communication skills and ethics for daily life (yamas and niyamas).  

We are all looking forward to this year's new adventure! For more information you can go to our website at this link.

Kathy Rodrigue 

Living Wisdom Life Skills Course

This course is open to 12 & 13 year-olds from around the world. The course is co-taught by Aryavan McSweeney and Niyati Dave and meets on Saturdays. Current students are from India, Iran, Slovenia, and Uganda.
For more information, contact us at this link.
The class will examine such Life Skills as courage, sensitivity, making friends, and finding happiness. The approach will focus on personal development in each area supplemented with an inquiry into how these qualities have affected people historically and in modern times. There will be some out-of-class assignments that go with the lessons.
Student Ages: The course serves students between 12 and 13 years of age.
Class Meetings: The course begins the third week of September and continues until the end of May. Meetings will be once a week for an hour and a half. 
Prerequisites: a reliable internet connection and the ability to converse in English
Cost of Program: $500 for the year, with scholarships available on a need basis

     * Inspiration* - New Blog Post from Nitai Deranja

 "It's Time We Started Raising Organic Children". 
Read Blog post from Nitai Deranja
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