Caring for yourself and others

The outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and  the community you live in. Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger. Things…

Lost River Caverns Trip

The Lotus School took an afternoon trip to Lost River Caverns in Hellertown, PA to tour the cave and learn about the local history of the site. We enjoyed seeing the natural mineral formations inside the cave like stalactites, stalagmites, columns, rimstone, and flowstone. Our guide’s grandfather purchased the land soon after the limestone cave was discovered by miners. Successive generations built a mineral and lapidary business, as well as a museum area comprised of geologic artifacts, hunting equipment and trophies, and other interesting artifacts. Experiencing…

How Nature Alleviates the Technology Affect

Nature relieves attention fatigue and increases creativity. At the Lotus School we know that technology is designed to constantly pull for our attention. But many scientists believe our brains were not made for this kind of information bombardment, and that it can lead to mental fatigue, overwhelm, and burnout, requiring “attention restoration” to get back to a normal, healthy state. Some researchers believe that being in nature restores depleted attention circuits, which can then help us be more open to creativity and problem-solving. “When you use your…

Lotus Coffeehouse Fundraiser

2020 Coffeehouse Fundraiser - Friday, May 15, 2020 It's always a fun time at the Annual Lotus School Coffeehouse Fundraiser. Good food, live jazz music and a silent auction featuring lots of great items from local businesses and artisans. All proceeds benefit the Lotus Scholarship Fund. The Lotus School of Liberal Arts is a 501(c)3 non profit and all donations are tax deductible. Tickets available from Eventbrite.  $40 adults, $20 students, under 10 free. Below are some of the companies donating items to our auction.  More will be added soon! Kimberton Whole Foods, Ottsville will donate a gift basket.Van Sant Airport, ErwinnaCatherine Lent Design, Frenchtown. Catherine will donate two 30-minute private henna sessions, $45/each value, and two 15-minute sessions, $25/each value.Paula Focazio Art & Design, Revere will donate a piece of her amazing pottery.Evening Coffee Courtesy of Brig O'Doon, OttsvilleThis conestoga-style tractor chicken coop, built by our students and teachers, will be a star at our auction!Stephen Taylor, Portrait Artist, is donating a Gift Certificate valued at $3000 for a family portrait which includes a stay at at the Bernards Inn in Bernardsville NJ.Stephen Taylor, Portrait Artist, is donating a Gift Certificate valued at $3000 for a couples portrait which includes a stay at at the Bernards Inn in Bernardsville NJ.

Professionals Open House

  Open House for Professionals *cancelled until further notice March 25, 2020 We are inviting professionals to learn more about the program at The Lotus School of Liberal Arts by attending a short presentation on The Lotus Model. Students flourish in what a small learning community offers: low student/teacher ratio, strong connections with teachers and course work, mindfulness practices, and an education that emphasizes experiential learning. At The Lotus School, students find a place where they can better reach their potential.  By keeping small and thinking big, each student gets the personal attention they need to achieve more.  Our small class size, combined with experienced educators, meet our students' needs for challenge with support. Register now to attend a short presentation of our educational model, meet our founders and faculty, and ask us any questions you may have. To register for the evening visit lotusla.org/RSVP We look forward to seeing you!

The Lotus School at a Glance

Small schools that are student-centered and teacher-powered make a difference. Young people sometimes need something different.   The mission of The Lotus School of Liberal Arts is to cultivate a community of compassionate, mindful, lifelong learners who are able to meet life’s challenges with the confidence and knowledge of how their efforts can help create a better world for themselves and others. What We See… We are finding more and more students suffering from…

Mindful Hiking

Take A Mindful Hike

Physical activity. Beautiful scenery. Who doesn’t like the occasional hike in the great outdoors? And when you add a little extra awareness to the experience, your outing can benefit both your body and your mind. The teachers and students at the Lotus School take regular mindful hikes on the nearby Lake Nockamixon trails. We know that spending time in nature has healing and restorative power. Being outdoors increases well-being, helps alleviate stress and anxiety, promotes creativity, assists with recovery from mental fatigue, helps restore attention, boosts the brain’s ability to think, and engages…

Compassion & The Teenage Brain

Adolescent development isn’t all hormones and drama. As Daniel Siegel explains in this mindful.org article,  it’s a time when teens begin to foster greater compassion and kindness. The adolescent period is absolutely amazing. People often give it a negative approach, saying it’s a time when adolescents are going to lose their mind, or it’s just immature, or raging hormones drive you crazy. These are not only wrong, but they’re myths that mislead us and actually disempower us. Whether we’re adults or adolescents, they actually give us the wrong message and…

Welcoming the New Year

With thanks to our friends at mindful.org, we’d like to share this simple practice for welcoming the New Year. As an old year ends and a new one begins, please join us in doing this simple practice that helps us recognize this transition and honor all that has happened and all that awaits each of us. You might want to have a few tissues or a journal handy. This practice brings so many emotions to the surface, you might get teary and grateful and excited to be alive all at once. We hope you…

Free Screening of “Like”

A FREE SCREENING OF A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON OUR LIVES LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. PRESENTED BY THE LOTUS SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS This free screening will be held at: Life Sciences Building Auditorium, 101 Admissions Drive, Doylestown, PA 18901 Directions and Parking: https://www.delval.edu/img/040919CampusMap_EnlargedEventLSB.jpg LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. The goal of the film is to inspire us to self-regulate. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care … but is that what's really happening?  Are we addicted? How do we stop? Where do we start? What do we need to know? By understanding the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives and on our civilization, we can learn how to navigate it more safely together. Our goal for this film is to inspire people of all ages, especially kids, to self regulate. It’s not about blame. It’s about looking in the mirror and empowering ourselves to create balance in our lives and to learn to be there for each other. ARE YOU USING TECHNOLOGY OR IS TECHNOLOGY USING YOU? https://youtu.be/9qVi63wG2OMPanelists Mr. James Mast, LPC, Penn Foundation Behavioral Health Services Mr. James Mast is a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified Eco-Systemic Structural Family Therapist. He works in the Mental Health Outpatient department at Penn Foundation. James' clinical work focuses on helping individuals, couples, and families understand and cope with a variety of mental health issues. He specializes in supporting children who are high risk for hospitalization due to the severity of their behaviors. He spends time collaborating with community organizations on subjects related to mental health. He completed his bachelor's degree in Psychology and master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Trauma Studies at Eastern University.  He leads workshops on topics such as peacemaking, the impact of social media, implicit bias, honoring diversity, and modern anxiety. He is involved in his community and strives to bring about positive change. Directions Google Maps Link