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The Simplicity Exercises: A Sourcebook for Simplicity Educators

September 17th, 2012 · No Comments

The Simplicity Exercises is a free PDF full of lessons that engage students with the concept of simplicity. Produced by the Simplicity Institute, it covers areas such as mindfulness, the environment, money and time, asking students to consider simplicity and sufficiency. Some of the activities are experiential. For example, a lesson called Silence and Solitude asks students to spend an hour in a place where they can hear no human sounds and reflect on that experience. Other lessons are more traditional, using short readings and group discussions. Each lesson includes a couple paragraphs of framing, which can be quite handy for students or teachers who aren’t familiar with the philosophy of voluntary simplicity. Notes are also included with additional information on the subjects.

Activities from this free sourcebook would fit easily into lessons on health, shopping and hobbies, just to name a few. In addition to serving as a source of supplementary materials, it would be great to have a simplicity elective based on this book. Do you think students would register for that type of elective?

Thanks Bill

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