The Village School for Human Development
"The theories presented in graduate school didn't fit my experience;
they were only a part of the process of healing. VSHD helped me sort it
all out and integrate who I am with what I learned in graduate school."
-MA. in Psychology
The Village School Curriculum
There are no offerings from the Village School for Human Development at this time. Most community members have attended the Village School, and practice what they learned about human development daily, in their lives. Below, see what the curriculm encompassed. If you desire to learn the curriculum of the Village School, contact Colette Hoff.
Through its 25 years of service, the Village School has developed
a threefold curriculum design that participants find helpful.
Students begin with a study of self, their own characteristics,
and developmental issues.
Next, relationship is explored, learning the skills required to
relate with others most effectively.
Finally, the student is prepared to study "social dynamics" while
working collaboratively in small groups and organized settings—becoming effective members of community.
Each school year follows this model. Fall term focuses on your human
development; winter term focuses on helping you use relationship to
support your growth; spring term focuses on helping you participate
effectively in organizations.
Although students can benefit from a single term, they are encouraged to
commit to a full year.
If you have additional questions, call
(206)755-8404 or email
You will study your own life as
friend. The skill of self observation will be taught and
practiced. You will learn the art of identifying what is happening
inside you intellectually, physically, and emotionally as it happens.
You will examine characteristics you think of as friendly. You will be
able to compare these to how other people see you. You will work in
You will learn the core
skills used by friends:
- Resolving conflict
- Making decisions
- Joining through
- Avoiding judgment
another’s self esteem
John Lawrence Hoff
provided a conceptual overview and facilitated a core educational
process. He developed his diverse interests and skills through study
of many cultures, disciplines, and spiritual traditions. Dr. Hoff's
professional interest in adult education was reflected in his resumé:
Regional Training Director for the National Training Laboratories (NTL
Institute); faculty positions in two universities and two seminaries,
and more than 200 major workshops for a variety of governmental,
private, and church agencies. His ability to inspire interest in
relationships and his practical and common-sense spirituality had
a fundamental influence on the Goodenough Community System. He taught in the Village School for Human Development for all of its 25
Colette Hoff, M.Ed.,
is Director of the Village School and provides administrative
leadership. Valuing the transformation in her own life, she monitors
individual and group processes and offers leadership training to
interested students. She has served in both the public and private
sectors as a researcher and counselor. For the past 30 years, she has
been a pastoral educator for families, couples, and individuals.
School, formerly known as the Private School for Human Development,
began in 1986 and ran a certificate program through 1999, which prepared
scores of people for a more relational and effective life. The school
focus is on facilitating human development, which includes training and
leadership. In the last decade the Village School has sponsored learning
projects on topics such as finance and sexuality and now this project on
sustaining friendship in community life.
friend shares freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures
boldly, listens patiently, and continues being a friend unchangeably”
said William Penn. The word friend is an old one and found before the
current era in Greek and in languages of the Far East. Friend was at
first a verb and referred to the action of loving kindness or
helpfulness. In other words befriending was the verb that slowly became
a noun “friend or friendship.” In most languages, to befriend is to love
and to care for. Join us as we continue to explore friendship through
Living Harmoniously as Friends, building friendly relationships and a