As we watch children grow, we want to see them healthy, sparkling with enthusiasm and creativity, quietly focused, happy alone or with friends, learning, exploring, valuing themselves.

How may we best guide our young and attend not only to the development of their intellect, but to:

  • their physical health

  • their inner well-being

  • the maturation of their character

And how can we foster their connections with each other and with the natural world? 

These are the questions that drive our work at Creative Lives. 

Founding director and educator Maureen Burford realized that the work of her longtime meditation teacher, author Ellen Tadd, provides an elegant, holistic approach to education -- and in 2011 was inspired to form Creative Lives, Inc. for the purpose of disseminating this work to a wide audience of parents and teachers. We name our approach A Framework for Wise Education: tools and philosophy based on seven key categories associated with Tadd's unique understanding of the chakra system and its role in human development.

I have never encountered a more powerful or meaningful framework
for approaching education.
— Sharon Webster, elementary educator and parent

 seven key categories

 Complete, Universal, Integrative...these are words our program participants have used to describe the seven main Framework categories as defined by Tadd.       Read More

I hope this work catches on like wildfire!
— Karen Ganey, Educator and Creative Lives Outreach Associate

director's welcome

“My great desire is to help children flourish, appreciate themselves, and contribute their gifts. The educators and parents I know share this desire..."    Read More    

Finding the wise view

One dramatic Framework tool we use helps children shift from emotional reaction to their “Wise View” -- with astonishing, positive results.             Read More

In the short film below, our afters school students share their photo journals as they explore their White River Junction Community with The World Story Exchange leaders Lindsay and Scott Miller McClure. Enjoy!