Siddha Acres, CA

Photo by Steven Glazer

Poetics of Place:  Connecting People & Places

Place-based education is learning in and from where you are. Learning from the outer place - nature, culture and the community; learning from the inner place - body, mind and spirit; and learning from the places "in between," those edges where outer and inner meet and rub: borders, relationships, interactions, and so many other "arisings." Place-based education uses as classroom and curriculum what is here, what is gathered, and what is unfolding. Place-based education is not for children only. Learning in and from "here" is very helpful for adults, groups, organizations, communities, and the planet.

The poetics of place are the subtle and infinite ways that places speak their truth, tell stories, sing their songs. Each place is a unique gathering of pieces which nest in patterns. See the pieces, discover the patterns, and they will reveal the processes of what has, is and will happen here. The poetics of place is a practice of inhabitation: entering into place, breathing it in, experiencing it deeply. The poetics of place is also dialogical: breathing out into the place gifts of experience, energy, clarity and creativity.

Steven Glazer, through his work - Poetics of Place - helps individuals, groups, organizations and entire communities connect people with places.

An internationally respected leader in the growing field of place-based education, Steve is the author of The Heart of Learning (Tarcher/Putnam, 1999), the editor of Valley Quest: 89 Treasure Hunts and Valley Quest II: 75 More Treasure Hunts, and co-edited Best of Valley Quest: Treasure Hunts to Special Places. He is the co-author (with Delia Clark) of Questing: A Guide to Creating Community Treasure Hunts (University Press of New England, 2004).

Steve has directed the Valley Quest program for ten years, and consults internationally with groups interested in developing Questing and other place-based education programs. He serves on the faculties of Antioch New England Graduate School, Plymouth State University and the Center for Whole Communities.

Previously, Steve was a co-founder and teacher for Living Education, a placed-based education organization serving Southern Arizona. From 1990 - 1997 he worked for Naropa University, first as Director of Development and later as Director of the School of Continuing Education. In the summer of 1997, he and Debra Horowitz co-directed the landmark Spirituality and Education Conference in Boulder, Colorado. From 1988 - 1990, Steve was the Administrative Director of The School of Sacred Arts in New York City, a school dedicated to teaching and perpetuating the world's sacred art traditions.

Steve received his BA from Union College, and earned his MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago in 1986.

"Steve took a room full of strangers and soon had us writing poetry, creating art and working as a team to create a fun, educational quest for the visitors of Muir Woods National Monument. It has become one our most popular programs. The woods are full of people young and old searching for clues, learning about the ecosystem and finding the hidden treasure."
- Jim MacDonald, Muir Woods Nat'l Monument