Who We Are


Living Wisdom School serves children from preschool through 8th grade through the lens of Education for Life, a holistic educational model that seeks to bring out the best in each child through a balanced curriculum and a supportive, nurturing environment. Our philosophy is rooted in the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, the great Indian teacher who introduced yogic principles to America, and the seminal book, Education for Life, by J. Donald Walters, also known as Swami Kriyananda.

We aim to bring universal spiritual principles into the daily lives of our students through direct experience and practical skills for living. Our focus isn’t on one specific teaching but rather the incorporation of what is meaningful and relevant in our shared experience; we value thoughts, actions and words that bring greater happiness, peace and harmony to ourselves and the world around us.

Our school provides a remarkable educational experience for children in the Portland Metro area. We look at children and their potential to grow and learn– always seeking to bring out their natural curiosity, creativity and strengths. Bright, curious and creative children show us possibilities for a better world. The success of our student- centered system is evident in the graduates of the program who are balanced, altruistic and clear in the knowledge of who they are and how they can serve in the world. They bring fresh solutions to local and global issues in compassionate ways.

Mission Statement

Living Wisdom School helps children to develop their own unique potential and gives them the tools to make life choices that lead to lasting happiness.

Accomplishing Our Mission

We emphasize:

  • A safe, uplifting environment where a child’s natural curiosity is nurtured.
  • Self-understanding and balanced growth: body, feeling, mind, will, and spirit.
  • A sound academic program that gives students the foundation to thrive in almost any private or public school program.
  • Individual attention, made possible through small classes of from six to twelve students.
  • Universal values such as honesty, generosity, love, and living in harmony with each other, nature, and all of life.
  • Consistent, gentle guidance to help children recognize for themselves which actions bring them happiness (such as kindness and generosity) and which actions make them feel diminished and unhappy (such as selfishness and bullying).
  • Skills for living, including positive attitude, concentration, how to achieve one\’s goals, how to control emotions, how to work in cooperation and collaboration, and how to be a friend.