Newsletter September 2017


The Lotus School of Liberal Arts Student Art Project
Student collective art project 9-7-17

Welcome back

September 12, 2017

Welcome to The Lotus School of Liberal Arts. Our students have settled easily into the routines of the new school year. Academic study is supported by numerous short periods of mindfulness practice, which certainly helps everyone during this transition from summer vacation. We have a sincere, hardworking group who have already demonstrated some of the openness and focus we seek to cultivate here.

Our students have taken many different paths to get to The Lotus School. What they have in common is a desire to work through academic and personal challenges with their teachers and to learn about themselves.

Our first week was oriented toward creating group cohesiveness. Students worked in the gardens and grounds, and learned about mindful caretaking. They were introduced to the basic rules and expectation at Lotus and received their first instruction in meditation and martial arts. We went for a long hike at Mariton Wildlife Preserve in Riegelsville and worked on a group art project afterwards. On Friday, students joined classes for the first time and got a good look at the academic year ahead of them.

What makes The Lotus School unique is our daily and varied approach to using mindfulness to support our students’ cognitive and emotional development. Over the course of the day, moments of silence, family style meals, shared chores, meditations, yoga, structured reflection, and martial arts allow each student to develop their own path of self-understanding as they undertake the challenges of high school life.

This Fall The Lotus School will be presenting students with some interesting learning opportunities:

September 18: Students will be assisting the St. Luke’s U.C.C. in Ottsville with their annual rummage sale preparation.

October 24: Students will be using the cluster of museums and the library in Doylestown Borough as a campus for the entire day.

November 3: The Lotus School will be helping the organization Rolling Harvest Food Rescue to gather produce from local farms to donate to food banks in the area.

The staff and I look forward to a great second year.


Peter Ryan

Dean of Students and Development

The Lotus School of Liberal Arts

The Lotus School of Liberal Arts
The Lotus School of Liberal Arts
Students learning to maintain the gardens and grounds around the Lotus campus.

Fall Open House Dates

September 20, 2017
October 18, 2017

We will be hosting two Open House events:

Wednesday, September 20 from 2:00 to 5:00.
Dean of Students Peter Ryan will be leading a discussion at 4:00 on how to communicate effectively with your teenagers.

Wednesday, October 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Dr. Nancy Lubow will holding a BRAINsmART Therapy workshop, a research based approach to adolescent learning and development that integrates the arts and traditional academics.

Merit Scholarship Opportunity

2017 – 2018 school year

The Lotus School of Liberal Arts is pleased to announce a merit scholarship program for the 2017-2018 school year.The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to students that will not only enhance the vibrant community at The Lotus School of Liberal Arts, but add to the school’s compassionate, mindful, and lifelong learning atmosphere.

Eligible candidates should be able to show their ongoing commitment the following: service to others, leadership, and academic integrity.  Read more and apply

Small Schools Make a Difference

Op-ed from the Bucks County Herald, 2017

A statewide poll mentioned during a recent Central Bucks School District board found that unhappiness was widespread and even corrosive throughout our high schools. Forty percent of students indicated that they were significantly unhappy most days at school. Adolescence is a time of transition and happiness is a pretty subjective term, but something significant is going on here.

Teenagers have four fundamental worlds: family, self, peers, and school. Often, their families are under a great deal of pressure…. read more

School Trip to Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary

September 7, 2017

Lotus staff and students took a day trip to the Mariton Wildlife Santuary just south of Easton, PA, where students learned how to read a map and navigate the refuge’s trail system. At the Nature Center students saw a myriad of creatures indigenous to the land alongside educational materials. The bird blind, shown at the lower left, offers a chance to bird watch undetected, when students aren’t navigating some of the trickier river descents.
Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary
Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary Center
Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary bird blind
Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary hiking descent Delaware River

Lotus Day at River Country

July 22, 2017

Thanks to the kind folks at River Country for having us out on July 22nd! It was a beautiful day to set-up outdoors and provide refreshments and share information about The Lotus School. Rivergoers could tube at a discounted price and support The Lotus Scholarship Fund. Thanks much to those that came out!
The Lotus School of Liberal Arts at River Country
Stephanie and Mary Cay served brownies and lemonade from Buffy’s kitchen.
The Lotus School of Liberal Arts
The Lotus School of Liberal Arts Shim Gum Do
Martial Arts at Lotus
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