About Us

The New Adult Learning Movement (NALM) offers 3 paths of learning based on dynamic 7 fold processes.  The NALM processes were developed by Coenraad van Houten, author of Awakening the Will, Practising Destiny Learning, The Threefold Nature of Destiny Learning and Creative Spiritual Research.  (www.nalm.net).   New Adult Learning processes are being used and developed by adult educators, human resources personnel, coaches, mentors, therapists, and social innovators all over the world.

If one visits www.nalm.net , there is a map showing 3 dots in North America where the New Adult Learning is identified.  One of the dots is in Toronto, Canada.  It was at the Rudolf Steiner Toronto www.rsct.ca that seeds of the New Adult Learning in Canada were sown by Coenraad van Houten.  “After the Michaeli event in 1979, five of us from the founding group in Toronto went to England (June 1980) to the Centre of Social Development for a 4 week course with Coen van Houten on adult education.  Out of this we formed the first course which began in 1981.  My own part in the initiative of the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto has always been connected with the way of working that I met in the Centre for Social Development.  This comes from an impulse to make the spiritual (out of Anthroposophy) operational in daily life.”  Shirley van Houten Routledge 2004.

It was at the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto that I met the New Adult Learning.  Coenraad van Houten was a featured presentor at the Centre for many years.  He was offering a week on Destiny Learning and the program was fully booked.  A chance meeting in the campus bookstore brought the two of us together and he asked if I would be attending the program.  Indicating that there was no space, he responded by saying  ‘You can be in my group.”   Thus began my relationship with Coen which led to my enrollment in the New Adult Educator program in Engen, Germany in 2003/4.

My intention for taking the NALM program was to increase my knowledge of adult education, as I was working at the RSC as an administrator in adult education.   It was during the program in Engen that I had a dream that I called myself to be an adult educator.  This was the beginning of the ‘Awakening of My Will’ and my destiny path.

On my return to the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto, I boldly started my first 12 session course based on the New Adult Learning.  Since then I have offered NALM processes in the Connections program for personal development, in the New Adult Educator program which is a ‘train the trainors’ program and in the  My Child Myself programs for parents.

The size of the red dot in the Toronto area is still small yet there is a growing number of NALM facilitators in Canada who have taken the New Adult Educator program and are offering courses in their communities.  Programs are being offered in Waldorf school communities, biodynamic farms and have been offered in Camphill communities.

Coenraad van Houten, coming through the Dutch stream that led from Rudolf Steiner to F.W. Zeylmans van Emmichoven to Bernard Lievegoed, created three paths leading the wisdom in the human to the wisdom in the universe.   Coen, born of Dutch and American heritage, hoped that the seeds that he sowed in Toronto, would bear fruit in North America communities.

We welcome your interest in facilitating the ‘new’ in individuals within your community.   We look forward to speaking with you.

Arlene Thorn