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    Education from the Heart

    Heidi Erhardt

    Mentor . Facilitator . Educator


    ~ because life is a learning journey ~

  • Private Lessons

    One-on-one tutoring, teaching, mentoring


    Facilitated learning groups, classroom style with pairing and individual lessons

    Outdoor Wilderness Awareness Programs

    Immersed in nature, learning primitive skills, awareness through games, building self-confidence and presence

    Gardening & Wild Food Foraging

    25 years experience with herbalism in both temperate and tropical climates and 16 years living and working on farms

    Creative Writing

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    Teaching writing classes, running programs and helping children to write their own 'hero's journey' in the US, Europe and India.

    Photography & Art

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    Integrating a love of nature and people into photography and nature based art

    French Language & English Language Tutoring

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    10 years experience teaching English and French language privately, in groups, tutoring and online.

    Rhythm & Percussion

    With over 20 years musical experience, facilitation in any percussion instrument (including the body!), with songs and games

    "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."

    - Aristotle

  • ~ Bio ~

    Education is not filling a bucket

    it's lighting a fire...

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    2019 - Present

    Victoria, BC, Canada

    2010 - 2018

    Maui, Hawaii, USA

    • Homeschool Teacher, Tutor & Curriculum Consultant (all ages)
    • Private High School Teaching & Tutoring: Creative Writing, Language Arts, History & French Language
    • Private French Language Tutor
    • Private English Language Tutor


    Maui, Hawaii, USA

    Instructor, History of Mercy: Haleakala Waldorf School (High School), Maui, Hawaii



    Victoria, BC, Canada

    Thriving Roots Wilderness School, Forest Dwellers Youth Program: Volunteer Mentor



    Maui, Hawaii, USA

    • Facilitator for Peace & Mediation Training: NVC NextGen for King Kekaulike High School
    • Kokua Pua Preschool: Co-founded and co-designed the layout of the school and grounds. Curriculum design, scheduling, and teaching.


    Maui, Hawaii, USA

    • Tutoring and Coordinator Liaison (Manager):  The Reading Clinic: Executive Manager for 10 districts to 10 Coordinators statewide, overseeing 70 tutors for the federal program No Child Left Behind. 
    • Kindergarten Aid: Haleakala Waldorf School
    • Private High School Teaching: LA, History, Physics, Health, and French Language
    • “Thresholds” Leadership Training/Rites of Passage Youth Work: Haleakala Waldorf School


    Maui, Hawaii, USA

    Facilitator for NVC Conflict Resolution Program

    NVC NextGen for Kalama Intermediate School



    Private Teaching: Ticino, Switzerland

    • Primary School Teacher
    • Kindergarten Teacher
    • Elementary/Middle School English Language Teacher


    Maui, Hawaii, USA

    Executive Director on the Board and Head Teacher: Kipahulu Community School & Ke Kula ‘Ike no ke Kaiaulu (The School of Vision/Knowledge for the Community)



    La Provence, France

    Program Consultant, Writing & French Teacher,

    Facilitator for Dance, Yoga and Expressive Arts:

    Barat Foundation, Summer in Provence Program



    Maui, Hawaii, USA

    Writing Consultant/Program Facilitator/Writing Teacher:

    Hana High School/Kukulu Kumuhana



    Maui, Hawaii, USA

    Creative Writing Teacher:

    Kipahulu Community School



    Switzerland & USA

    French/English Translator

    Foreign Language and Writing Consultant:

    High Media Incorporated



    Santa Cruz, CA, USA

    Head Course Assistant - Psychology & Religion:

    Created, developed and taught Creative Writing Section:

    University California Santa Cruz/Psych Board   

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    Maui, Hawaii, USA & ONLINE

    Event Coordination, Educational Outreach, Media Support, Video Production, Web Design & Maintenance,

    LocalsForLocalChange.com; Maui Youth in Action; Share Foundation (FaceBook). These projects are focused on building capacity in the local community via supporting intercultural alliances and intergenerational bridge building, facilitating youth in service projects, collaboration and self-inquiry. We unite various community initiatives via online platforms, direct community action, education, and video interviews to promote the formation of partnerships in law-making and legislative action. (Same responsibilities for SHAKA, Maui Hawaii 2014 Election)



    Maui Youth Delegation to COP 21, UN Climate Talks, Paris France 2015 https://www.gofundme.com/mauitoCOP

    Co-founder, Coordinator and Mentor: Locals for Local Change hosted this platform to train a group of young Hawai`ian leaders in international politics and social change. With only 6 weeks to organize, we successfully brought five young adults and three coordinators to Paris for 3 weeks and held a final event on Maui to share with our community what we had learned and next steps.



    Jagriti Yatra, INDIA  http://www.jagritiyatra.com/

    Mentoring groups as well as one-on-one counseling, creating, coordinating, managing and facilitating youth activities and synchronizing with organizers for 400 Indian (and 20 international) highly motivated youth on a 15 day, 8000 km national odyssey to meet social and business entrepreneurial role models.

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    Education & Training



    Bachelor of Arts in Literature/Writing

    University California Santa Cruz, USA


    Post-graduate courses in Writing, Psychology, Child Development and Philosophy, USA

    University California Santa Cruz and UCSC Extension


    U.Lab: Transforming Business, Society & Self

    (MIT) Massachusetts Institute of Technology


    French Language

    Université de Lausanne, Switzerland


    Montessori Teaching Credential

    North American Progressive Montessori Teacher Training Program, Canada



    • Soul of Education
    • Non-Violent Communication (NVC)
    • Waldorf Teacher Training Courses
    • Dharma Leadership Program: Dharmata Foundation
    • ULab and Theory U: MIT
    Design for Change, VSG School, Sikkim, India

    International Service Projects Volunteering



    India, Germany, France, Sweden, Canada and Hawai`i

    Volunteer teaching and mentoring (ages 7-27)


    9/16-12/16 Victoria, BC, Canada

    Thriving Roots Wilderness School, Forest Dwellers Youth Program: Mentor


    6/12-7/12 Pune, India

    Volunteering: “Service Space,” “Meals on Wheels,” “God’s Angels, an HIV Initiative”


    3/09 New Zealand, Tui Community

    “Connections”, An Art Mentoring Program for youth (Ages 12-17), Music/Dance


    4/09 New Zealand, Tui Community

    “Tides”, Rites of Passage/Mentoring for Young Women (Ages 12-16), residential


    4/09-5/09 Bali, Indonesia

    ESL, English Language and Environmental Awareness (Grades 3-5), weekly


    6/09 & 4/14 Sikkim, India

    Vidya Sagaar Gyanpeeth School

    (Ongoing Sponsorship of Students)

    ESL, English Language Intensive, Science, Geography (Grades 1-6), 6 days/week

  • Values



    Independent Thinking



  • Beliefs

    listen . encourage . support . respect

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    Because learning with Love



    "I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death."

    ~Robert Fulghum


    I am privileged to be based in the exquisite Coast Salish Territory, in what is now known as Victoria, BC, Canada. This unceded territory belongs to the Lək̓ʷəŋən speaking people of the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations. I appreciate and acknowledge those that have stewarded this land before me and those that continue to work diligently to uphold those sacred traditions.