The impetus for this project came from our passion for nature and the limitations in the educational conditions for students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021, we decided to get all our means and start a school in nature, with an ecological curriculum, and strive for a more human/nature-connected educational development.
Camille Eichmann (Swiss,) and Mercia (Brazilian) graduated from the University of Zurich with a Master's degree in Science - Geography. After 15 years in Switzerland working in different educational and private sector jobs, they moved to Barcelona where Mercia studied School Management at the University of Barcelona.
Starting a school is not an easy undertaking!
Our partnership with Gaia Education was a game-changer in establishing an ecological curriculum. Gaia Education shared with us a more holistic overview that fit exactly what we were looking for; a sense of community, a non-violent communication program, and an ecological curriculum that is based on the dimensions of human experience;
Social, Economic, Ecological, and World View, known as Four primary dimensions.
At The Chestnut Tree, we practice Ecological Education!