We believe students require more than just academic instruction to grow into the best versions of themselves. Our online center provides a loving, peaceful and nurturing virtual environment with a team that strongly believes in our vision and mission.  
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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life:

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil–he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Our Mindfulness Education program, The Medicine Wheel & Me teaches children and adolescents to understand and accept both aspects of themselves. However, our focus is to provide them with the tools and experiences to help them feed the GOOD and help them understand that they always have the choice as to which wolf they are going to feed. 

Primary Mission of the Medicine Wheel curriculum:
  • To develop inner resiliency to manage difficult lifetime situations with ease.
  • To maintain/develop a strong and positive self-image as the best form of protection from outside negative influencers.
  • To have/increase compassion for oneself and others to increase level of lifetime happiness.
  • To understand the universal laws of nature to provide a solid base to meaningfully interpret unfolding events in one’s life.
  • To understand the body’s capacity to heal itself to increase self-reliance, self-confidence and the ability to live in a healthy state of mind, body, soul, and spirit.
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The Medicine Wheel is the ancient practice of viewing oneself as having four important aspects of self, i.e. the physical body, the mind, our emotions, and our spirit body. Our goal is to teach the students, at age appropriate levels, the following learning objectives.

Meet Your Teacher

Your teacher is Dr. Paula Petry, the Chief Wellness Officer for the Lightwork Education & Wellness Center. Dr. Petry has developed this curriculum for you. She does this by blending her background in education, teaching, mindfulness, and the science of the mind.

Dr. Petry is the founder of the non-profit organization Parent to Parent of Miami, Inc. which she created to help other parents of children with a disability. At the medical school at the University of Miami, where she was faculty for 12 years, she developed the still existing ArtAbilities program to promote the artistic talents of students with disabilities. She also created, Understanding the Family Perspective, a curriculum to teach pediatric residents about children with special health care needs and their families.

More recently, Dr. Petry has written her life’s story in her book, A Mother’s Courage to Awaken where she describes her experiences with alternative approaches to healing, those you will learn about in your course, to help her heal from the loss of her daughter. She’s the creator of a virtual course for parents and others that also applies the holistic Medicine Wheel approach to wellness.

Dr. Petry is currently living in Cooperstown, NY where she is the co-owner of the Light of Heart Sanctuary.