Lucila Rudge, Ph.D., began her career in education as a Waldorf kindergarten teacher in Brazil. She has over 25 years of experience in education in K-12 schools and higher education. Lucila has a doctorate in Holistic Education from The Ohio State University and an M.A in Drama in Education from the University of Central England. She was an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Montana and an Honorary Academic at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Lucila has extensive international experience. She has taught in Brazil, her native country, the U.K., Indonesia, and United States. Her research and teaching experience include teacher-student relationships, social and emotional learning, holistic pedagogy, contemplative practices in education, diversity in education, and international education.
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.
Originally from Hawaii, Dr. Peters is Native Hawaiian and earned her PhD in Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University) in Palo Alto, CA. Specializing in both human and cultural development, Dr. Peters work is concerned with the bio-psycho-social determinants of health and the challenges faced by vulnerable and oppressed populations in the U.S. and beyond. Emphasizing the significance of human development and value systems as a metric for understanding culture, Dr. Peters is also a systems thinker and a researcher who appreciates the factors of complexity inherent in natural phenomena and the evolutionary dynamics of change.
Dr. Peters has an interdisciplinary background that includes humanistic psychologies, culture/ethnicity, feminism and gender concerns, integral philosophies, systems/complexity science, integrative health, alternative healing practices, and traditional Indigenous knowledge. She has been avidly engaged in the leadership and governance of the American Psychological Association and many of its associated divisions for over consecutive 12 years.
Dr. Peters values working with students to help them succeed and she excels in mentoring and supporting students in their academic and professional pursuits.