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Josette Luvmour, PhD

Antioch University Online

As an educator, writer, developmental consultant, and public speaker, Josette specializes in the fields of human development, the Natural Learning Relationships of children, the evolution of consciousness through life, transformation learning, nurturing well-being in family relationships, how adults and children grow together, relationship-based and holistic education, and teacher professional development. Most recently she is teaching in Antioch’s Individualized Master of Arts Program (IMA) in the School of Education.

Over the years, Josette has delighted in sharing her expertise with adults, professionals, and family groups seeking to deepen self-awareness, enliven optimal well-being, and develop access to innate wisdom. She has authored six eBooks and six print books, including Grow Together: Parenting as a path to well-being, wisdom, and joy, as well as articles that focus on relationships with children. Grow Together earned the Mom’s Choice Award.

Together with Ba Luvmour, Josette co-created and developed Natural Learning Relationships, a whole-child understanding of child development. They have studied and explored consciousness since they met in 1979 and have been using Natural Learning Relationships with children, families, educators; in programs; and with schools since the 1980s. Together they produced and hosted the popular podcast series, Meetings with Remarkable Educators. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Educational History

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Human Development @ Fielding Graduate Univ., Santa Barbara, CA
    • School of Human Development and Organizational Systems
    • Dissertation: A study of the developmental experiences of adults who meet their child’s developmental imperatives
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Human Development @ Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA
    • Thesis: A Study of Adult Transformational Learning
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology

Teaching Statement

I love working with people in all areas related to consciousness and relationships with children.

Children bring the opportunity to engage life with authenticity and in-the-moment spontaneity that draws us into great opportunities to grow together.

I have worked with children, parents, teachers, and whole families in seminars, family programs, and in schools since 1985. As an educator, writer, developmental consultant, and public speaker, I specialize in the fields of child and adult development, adult transformational learning, the evolution of consciousness, sustainable family relationships, and how adult and child grow together.

A Study of the Developmental Experiences of Adults who meet their Child’s Developmental Imperatives
A Study of Adult Transformational Learning
Parent Enrichment in the Parent Education Program Survey Results
Parent Bridge Program Research 2016-2017
Parent Bridge Program Research 2015-2016
Summa Teacher Training Program Research (2015)

Luvmour, B., & Luvmour, J. (2019). Everyone wins!: Cooperative games and activities (3rd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: New Society Publishers.

Natural Learning Relationships eBook Series (2018, Vol. 1-5), Luvmour J. & Luvmour B.

  1. Relationship Based Education: Relationships and partnerships in educational environments, (in press, 2019). (Vol. 6). Portland, OR: Luvmour Consulting, LLC
  2. Brain Development and The Natural Learning Relationships of children, (2018). (Vol. 5). Portland, OR: Luvmour Consulting, LLC.
  3. A Compendium of writings: The work and ideas of Luvmour & Luvmour 2010 – 2016, (2018). (Vol. 4). Portland, OR: Luvmour Consulting, LLC.
  4. Freedom in Education: Talks at the Brockwood Park Krishnamurti School 30th Anniversary (2018). (Vol. 3). Portland, OR: Luvmour Consulting, LLC.
  5. Effective Boundaries with children: Creating and maintaining healthy boundaries with all age children (2018). (Vol. 2). Portland, OR: Luvmour Consulting, LLC.
  6. Natural Learning Relationships: An introduction to whole-child development (Vol. 1). Portland, OR: Luvmour Consulting, LLC.
  7. Luvmour, J. (2017). Grow Together: Parenting as a path to well-being, wisdom, and joy. Portland, OR: Create Space. (Mom’s Choice Award Recipient; Finalist, Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award, of the best books in Articles (most recent):
    1. Luvmour, J. (2011). Education and the Consciousness of the Developing Child. Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice, 24(4), 15-23.
    2. Luvmour, J. (2011). Nurturing children’s well-being: A developmental response to trends of over-diagnosis and overmedication. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 51(3), 350-368.
    3. Luvmour, J. (2011). Developing together: Parents meeting children’s developmental imperatives. Journal of Adult Development, 18(4), 164-171.
    4. Luvmour, J. (2009). Nurturing the Child’s Well-being: Key markers to support well-being in physiological and psycho-emotional development. Naturopathic Doctor News and Review (NDNR).

Teacher Training at Sarah College for Higher Tibetan Studies, Dharamsala, India (2020).

  • Project title: Empowering Tibetan Educators: Teaching child development at Sarah College in Dharamsala.
    • A spring semester course for students training to become teachers in the elementary schools administered by the Central Tibetan Administration. This course is designed for Tibetan student teachers to learn the special qualities, nature, and characteristics of child development with classroom applications.

More than Mindfulness Conference 2018: Celebrating Education as a Sacred Art, Asheville, N.C. at the Rainbow School. Keynote speaker: Grow Together: Wisdom Based Relationships with Children.

Holistic Teaching and Learning Conference (HTLC), Ashland, OR inside Southern Oregon University. Exploring Wholeness: Connecting Voices and Visions.

National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), Portland, OR. Pediatrician’s Conference presentation: Ethics, Development, and Relationship: The Context of Healing.

Friends of the Children (FOTC), Portland, OR: Training for Mentors who work with the children: Supporting Development in Children.

AERO Conference; Alternative Education Resource Organization: Wisdom-based Relationships with Children

Parent-Child Preschools of Oregon (PCPO) Annual Parenting Conference

Salmonberry School NW Holistic Education Conference 2011, Orcas Island, WA: Adult and Child Develop Together: Focus on Adults in Relationship with School-age Children.

Oregon State Bar – Family Law Section: group panel topic – Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Plans.

Portland Cooperative Preschool Organization Annual Parenting Conference presentation: Adult and Child Develop Together.

Oregon Counselors Association Conference, Silverton, OR. Seminar: Adult Development in a Family Context.

Grow Together Book earned the Mom’s Choice Award
Everyone Wins Book earned the Parent’s Choice Award
Arnold Fletcher Award for exceptional achievement in academic learning, and achievement as a self-directed learner

Private Practice: Consultant to individuals and families, Professional Development and teacher training, and advisor to schools, social service agencies, and child-oriented nonprofit agencies. Consulting focus is on children and the people who have relationships with them.

Josette Luvmour

Individualized Master of Arts Program


Courses Taught

  • Natural Learning Relationships and the Evolution of Consciousness
  • Conflict Resolution in Education: What do I do now?
  • Radical Hope and Healing: Resistance, Resilience & Emergence
  • Vital Connection between Educator and child
  • Neuroscience and Psychedelics
  • Natural Learning Relationships Application in Comprehensive Sexuality Education
  • Natural Learning Relationships Application in Art Education
  • Rites of Passage in our Times

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