The logo of School for Wellbeing represents the Jnana mudra, that is, a symbolic, “spiritual gesture” found in Hinduism and Buddhism which is known to impart happiness, develop the intellect, sharpen memory and concentration powers.
Concept of “School” for wellbeing
The word “school” originally refers to a spontaneous cluster of students gathering around a teacher or a group of teachers. It embraces the spirit of community and leisure. Only later in history, schools became institutes defined by buildings and compulsory rules and regulations. In a “school”, streams of philosophical thought, new paradigms are explored, experimented, tested by debates, and introduced to mainstream thinking.
The School for Wellbeing also founds its inspiration in the concept of Critical Holism.
“Critical Holism is an uncommon synthesis. Criticism and holism refer to different modes of cognition. This makes it a welcome synthesis: without a critical edge, holism easily becomes totalizing, romantic, soggy. Without holism, criticism easily turns flat, sour.”
- Jan Nederveen Pieterse in ‘Development Theory’ -