Updated 2019-07-11

The Garden

The Garden is an evidence-based, democratic community for children in Bristol, UK. We prioritise the emotional well-being and social skills of children, through an unconditional approach and horizontal communication. Learning is self-directed.
Artemis D Bear founder
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Address: 222 Mina Road
City: Bristol
Country: England
Postal Code: BS2 9YP
Union: United Kingdom

SDE Optimizing Conditions

ASDE surveys all SDE communities/programs about how they provide, enhance, or align with each of the Six Optimizing Conditions for young people to succeed in SDE.  Survey answers:
  1. Responsibility – Learning is self-directed and project-based. We give children the tools for learning, rather than filling them with facts.
  2. Youth Autonomy – Children are free to spend their time however they wish at The Garden.
  3. Access to Tools and Technology – We provide a rich environment where children have access to the tools they decide they need for their learning.
  4. Adult Allies – Facilitators use an unconditional (no praise or punishment) approach, free from coercion and manipulation. We do not judge their work or behaviour.
  5. Free Age Mixing – The Garden is open to all children from UK compulsory school age.
  6. Community – Children have an equal say to adults in all aspects of The Garden. We hold democratic meetings and resolve conflict using horizontal communication.

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