2003 - 2007. Kents Bio
Schooldownunder experiential school at Highden Manor
and various other locations in New Zealand.
Videos - By Thomas C. Schultheis & others . Great memories of SDU in action.
you know who you are?
These words, a translation from the Maori song “Ua Marama Kia Koe,” reflect the essence of StoneFire in New Zealand: The School Down Under.
The fires have been silent for a while
waiting for the faint glow of an ember
to summon forth the snap, the crackle and the Pop
of a New Stonefire in New Zealand experience.
An international semester abroad, for young people ages 16-19.
It is an educational adventure and a transformational experience.
Enthusiastic instructors from diverse backgrounds
Participants from around the world come together to learn, to work, to make music, to grow food, to craft art, to climb mountains, to reflect and to learn about themselves and the mystery of life.
Academic courses can be taken on-line but are not essentially necessary. One-on-one tutorials are the educational style of this institution.
Potential participants and parents would be those seeking
a break from the intensely populated regions of the 1st World
a safe international experience,
a focused learning program,
a healthy community environment,
exhilarating outdoor activities,
Hunting and Fishing or Not,
Visiting and living with New Zealand Maori families and their marae culture,
experiencing multi-cultural diversity,
opportunities for self-introspection,
and exposure to a global perspective designed to inspire service.
A desire to live an uncommon life and a willingness to make this world a better world is a bond we share and seek to cultivate.
All of this is offered in the exotic beauty of “Aotearoa”, Maori for
“Land of the Long White Cloud” and is perfect preparation for any next
step forward in life.
This web site was constructed entirely by faculty and former students.