SARALA

JANUARY 1969

The Beginning

Founded by the philosopher and educator, this unique institution is an international boarding school nestled in the picturesque Hampshire countryside. Tailored for students aged 14 to 19, the school, accommodating approximately 75 students, offers a holistic education that stands unparalleled in Europe. This distinctive approach emphasizes not only academic pursuits but also the overall well-being and personal development of each student.

The institution was designed to be a very different entity from the outset, with all its uncommon elements integral to the whole. It was not intended to operate for financial gain, nor would it be supported by the state; instead, it would depend on fees and donations by those who felt the value of what was occurring there. Wherever needed and possible, bursaries would be provided for deserving students. All residential members of staff – whether academic, gardening, kitchen, office, maintenance – would receive the same modest salary and have the same basic responsibility as educators. The task of coordinating the whole was assumed by the principal/s, but important decisions were only to be taken after full discussion by staff and students.

The envisioned institution was designed to be international (students and staff now attend from 25 countries, or more) and small, not exceeding around 100 residents in total. These two factors were crafted to ensure that everyone living there would learn how to meet others from different backgrounds and resolve any difficulties arising in a spirit of mutual consideration and affection. The limited size of the community meant there wouldn’t be so many people as to require an institutional approach to school life.

A high staff-student ratio was to be maintained, and each student would receive as much individual attention as possible. While the academic work of the institution was important and pursued seriously, the main point of its existence, its deeper purpose, lay in the intentions, as outlined by the founder. These intentions underpinned the central concern of the institution: to what degree could a community of staff and students, living and learning together, free themselves from the background of destructive conditioning?

THE FOUNDER

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The Intentions

THE INTENTIONS OF SARALA SCHOOL, STATED IN KRISHNAMURTI’S MANY PUBLIC TALKS AND BOOKS, CAN BE SUMMARISED AS FOLLOWS:

 

To educate the whole human being

To explore what freedom and responsibility are in relationship with others and in modern society

To see the possibility of being free from self-centered action and inner conflict

To awaken a sense of excellence in academic studies and everyday conduct

To learn the proper care, use and exercise of the body

To appreciate the natural world, seeing our place in it and responsibility for it

To find the clarity that may come from having a sense of order and valuing silence

The People

Our staff are drawn to Sarala School from around the world. They bring with them an impressive range of experience, skills, and qualifications, and they share a passion for education and inquiry that helps make the school unique.

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Staff at Sarala are residential, living and working together in a spirit of inquiry and cooperation.

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