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Summer Study Program


This week-long program will attempt to delve deeply
into the educational aspects of Krishnamurti's teachings.

JULY 23 - 30, 2017


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Program Description

Scott H. Forbes will facilitate a week-long program that progressively explores elements of Krishnamurti’s Teachings on education which have links with what Krishnamurti described as religious. Scott wrote the following, reflecting his working closely with Krishnamurti as head of The Brockwood Park Krishnamurit Education Centre in England, the only school Krishnamurti founded in Europe:

“Perhaps the most unique link between educational places and religiousness is the atmospheres that should exist. Krishnamurti wanted the atmospheres of schools to have their own affect on students. At Brockwood, he talked frequently about the importance of generating an atmosphere that would itself transform students the moment they came through the gates! Long discussions were held with the staff at Brockwood about the nature of such an atmosphere and how it might come about. Krishnamurti had no doubt that it was necessary. It had more the ring of something religious than anything commonly associated with a school. It was something sacred that worked its own magic on people in a profound and transforming way. Without that real religious atmosphere, a school is empty; or worse, it is a parody of itself, a kind of Disneyesque education theme park with the impression of something real but no real substance.”

The program will also include listening to a series of discussions Krishnamurti held with people wanting to start a Krishnamurti school. There will be small and large group discussions to explore, internalize, and make relevant this material. Ample time will be provided to explore the natural beauty of the Educational Center in Ojai.

My Understanding of Education, So Far

“Krishnamurti’s insights into education are still radical and frequently ignored or dismissed as impractical. This is possibly due largely to the fact that Krishnamurti presents education as a religious activity in an age when most people still see it predominantly as preparation for succeeding in a material world. People often can only hear what they expect or want to hear. We all want our opinions and perspectives confirmed because we prefer thinking that we already see the truth; we already know what is right. This is as true in educational matters as it is in religious ones. Modern education is so obviously failing to solve the world’s problems, is so criticized for failing to meet societies’ aspirations, and is so clearly unable to prepare people for the challenges of life. Because Krishnamurti’s insights into education marry the religious with the secular, they meet the challenges of living and the failures of society at a profound level, and they do so at a time when these insights are desperately needed.” [From the Article: Education as a Religious Activity]

– Dr. Scott H. Forbes


Scott Forbes Scott H. Forbes guides the development of Holistic Education, Inc. and heads the Holistic Education Research Unit. He received his doctorate in education from The University of Oxford. His intellectual work in Holistic Education has been published as Holistic Education: An Analysis of Its Ideas and Nature (2003, Foundation for Educational Renewal). He has worked in the field of Holistic Education for over 40 years. For twenty of those years, ten as principal, Scott taught at the Brockwood Park Krishnamurti Educational Center in England.

Scott H. Forbes is the editor of the memoir of Mary Zimbalist 'In the Presence of Krishnamurti: Mary's Unfinished book


We are fully aware of the impersonal, institutional approach of most college educational experiences. For many college students there is also a great deal of confusion that arises as a result of the fragmented nature of treating different disciplines as “separate” islands of knowledge, and the insistence that learning is nothing more than memorization. In the Krishnamurti Study-Intensive Program, you will have the opportunity to go very deeply into the core questions that can lead us directly to find out for ourselves how the mind actually works, and what is preventing us from making a leap into another more wholistic dimension of awareness.


Retreat and study in peaceful, breathtakingly beautiful Ojai, California, amidst majestic mountains, lush orange and avocado groves, and wonderful hiking trails.

The Tuition fee and the Pepper Tree Retreat room fee cover the entire program including all meals and materials and round-trip transportation from Ventura to Ojai. We pick-up and drop-off all participants taking a shuttle from LAX to Ventura, once on the first and last day of the program.

Regular Tuition: $750

College Student Discounted Scholarship Tuition: $350
Scholarships must be approved. Students, please  contact us for further information.

Local commuter participants pay the Tuition of $750, which includes lunch and dinner.

Pepper Tree Retreat room fee: $575

Retreat fee includes breakfast; program fee includes lunch and dinner.
Note: The room price is subsidized.  The price listed is for shared rooms, and room allocation will be determined by the retreat staff.

We ask all participants to please pay a 50% deposit on both the Tuition and the Pepper Tree Retreat fees, in order to hold their place in the program. The balance of payments is due one month before the program begins. The program fills on a First-to-Sign-Up basis.

You can pay your Deposits to hold your place in the program (Registration, plus half of your Tuition fee, and half of the Pepper Tree Retreat room fee) by submitting your credit card information via our Secure Payment Form. Please select the correct Tuition fee (Regular or Discounted College Student Scholarship), at the top of the form and also enter your name and contact information.

PROGRAM POLICIES for the Krishnamurti Study-Intensive & Retreat Programs

Registration and Payments: Participants are required to pay a 50% Deposit of the Tuition Fee and the Pepper Tree Retreat room fee, to hold their place in the Program. The Tuition fee and the Pepper Tree Retreat room fee include all meals and program materials. The balance of all program fees is due one month before the program begins.

If the participant cancels their participation in the Program before 30 days, they get half of their Deposit back. If a participant cancels after 30 days before the Program starts, they are obligated for the full Tuition.

We recommend that every participant independently purchase trip-insurance from a number of carriers for around $80-$120 (www.insuremytrip.com), just in case the unlikely possibility arises that the Programs do not run, or that a participant must cancel for personal reasons.

Food: Delicious vegetarian food is served during the program. No meat is allowed at the Krishnamurti Education Center. We will make reasonable efforts to meet your dietary and other special needs. Please let us know in your application.

Transportation: We advise that you not make flight reservations until final confirmation of the program and your enrollment. If the program is cancelled for any reason, all course payments will be returned.

For further information, please contact us.