Home is Where My Heart is
Life is Beautiful. Each one of us is truly lucky to be here – to be alive, and to live in a world that is full of such awesome and overwhelming beauty. Together, we live on the most special, exciting and implausible pale blue dot in the known universe. Instead of a sky filled with thick clouds of sulferic acid (H2SO4) like on Venus, we have pink sunsets over mountain ranges and cool mornings misty with dew and fog. Instead of an ocean of freezing methane (CH4) and amonia (NH3) like on Neptune, we have the warm, turquoise Caribbean Ocean and the vast, deep seas of the Pacific. Earth’s deserts bloom with life, with plants and animals, with color and beauty – they are not the endless, lonely, red deserts of Mars. Our home is special. There is no place like it. Everyone on Earth has a right to be empowered and inspired by that fact.
Humanity is Beautiful Too. Together our collective creations in art and music are our most inspiring triumphs as people. Self-expression and creativity are what make different cultures so special and so exciting. Through science, the great discoveries and inventions birthed by the dedication and sacrifice of many lives past and present, have made the world we live today a civilization. Everyday we know more about our world than we did the day before.
Our Children Are Our Future. They are the most important reason we have for making good decisions in the economy, for the environment and when addressing social issues. Children are our present and our future all at once. They need to be smart, moral and brave people who also have a relationship with Nature. Nature is a wonderful teacher to humanity. Concepts of life and death, harmony and beauty are all formed by our connection and roles in the natural world. To know Nature is to know beauty. A growing mind stimulated only by the electronic world of television, social media, video games and telephones often falls short on values, dreams and the means to make their dreams come true. Too often children grow up believing that materialism is the only path to joy, satisfaction, social and self acceptance – this is a tragedy. A global tragedy that is unfortunately a reality for millions of people – adults and children everyday. Success and happiness are not prizes to be won in life, they are fights to not give up on. Addictions to caffeine, heroin, shopping, alcohol, Rx-Pills, and damaging relationships – are all manifestations of the same poverty – brought on by instant gratification, and the inability to truly know one’s self.
The Next Generation Deserves More. A life where the joys and virtues found in music, in art and in discovery are missing – is an impoverished life. No child deserves to grow up in poverty. Poverty does not refer to money alone, a life of material wealth can be just as sad and poor as a penniless life. Poverty exists in the spirit as well. The Terra Firma Institute is our response to the globel fight against this poverty of spirit. We have a real chance to change a life through education. Yet, children are not the only ones to give up on their dreams. Adults can give up on their dreams as well. It is time for all of this to change. Youth is not the only time to learn. Life is for learning and attaining your dreams, it is not for giving up and accepting a job or career that makes you not be you. We owe it to the next generation. We owe it to ourselves.
We Must Make a Difference. The Terra Firma Institute is a non-profit organization that provides exceptional hands-on education in science, music and art to people of all ages. We do this two ways: by teaching and by empowering others to teach as we do. We educate and empower humanity – children and adults from all walks of life, from all over the world to strive for a life of learning. We also know the learning environment is just as important as a good teacher and a good curriculum. We design and create functional displays, cabinets of natural curiosities and beautiful spaces for children and adults to learn and play. We invite you to Think Terra Firma.
We Invite You to Take a Closer Look. The Terra Firma Institute is a unique organization that has a fresh approach to education and learning. We don’t rely on silly bubble in tests and robotic emails to get to know you. We believe you are better than that. Every day technology replaces human interaction with a computer program and we aren’t about to let learning go in the same direction. Learning is meant to be a personal experience with another person. One person as a student, one person as the teacher and both people learning from one another. No matter how young or old you are, wonderful experiences in life are gained by learning.
We Depend On Your Support to Help Us Succeed. As a non-profit organization that employs talented students, teachers and professionals from the communities in which we operate, we help to provide a lot of local jobs at flexible hours and generous wages to the working people who need them. We directly rely on donations and the services we offer to help us enrich the lives of our patrons, as well as to create job opportunities for the community. Your donations directly benefit education and make a positive impact in someone’s life by providing them with an income earned through honest work, teaching what they love. As an organization, we hope to empower our teachers by providing an income for them doing something that they love while empowering their students through education. Please consider donating to us or scheduling a class today. It is a win – win situation for teacher and student.
Think Terra Firma. The world we live in is constantly changing. Each new generation sets themselves apart from the generation before by addressing their own trials and tribulations in their own way. This necessary struggle for answers to the World’s problems will ultimately come to define a generation. We at the Terra Firma Institute want to help you learn to paint and play the guitar but we really want to help teach you how to look at the world in a different way so you can use that knowledge to live a better, fuller life. Determining your identity as a person comes from exploring the issues, ideas and facts that are important to you. We believe everyone should be active in their community and know about the world around them. To succeed in our Mission, we at the Terra Firma Institute offer an exclusive curriculum guided by the Five Pillars of Sustainability. The Five Pillars of Sustainability are Energy, Water, Food, Waste and Ecology. We strive to bring an understanding about how these five pillars play a role in everyone’s life and how they can make the right decisions about important things like what foods to eat, how to reduce trash, how to conserve energy and protect the natural resources local to their community. Our future depends on it and we want to help. Let’s do something amazing together.