Kopala, Julia. When Heaven Comes… Into the Classroom: How to Reduce Stress and Increase Overall Well-being Through Holistic Health Practices. Edmonton, AB: Walking Spirit Ink, 2013. This leading edge holistic health handbook was designed for the classroom and speaks directly to counsellors, teachers, parents and students of life. It is an educational application of mind-body-spirit awareness that provides a road map to health for any student in any setting. All professionals, as well as the general public, would benefit from this resource-rich and easy-to-follow handbook, which draws on the healing wisdom of many cultures. Much has been written on the topic of holistic health and its benefits but little, if anything, has been written about the effect of these practices on those in our care. Julia Kopala shares her wisdom and experience garnered from 37 years as a teacher and counsellor. She has personally and professionally pursued a path of holistic health for over three decades. When Heaven Comes… Into the Classroom is an enlightened journey through the emerging world of holistic learning, and is unfolded in such a way that these concepts are more accessible to an education-focused audience. More importantly, this comprehensive and thoughtfully written text allows educators of all forms to positively guide the development of young people while their journeys into learning self-care are yet forming. [It is] one of the best books I have read that incorporates new ways of learning and knowing with foundations from traditional education.
Tracey Trudeau Ph. D.
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