A Better World, A Meaningful Life

Man standing on mountain The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Humane Education website at http://humaneeducation.org/a-better-world-a-meaningful-life/


OC-BWML-iconA Better World, A Meaningful Life is our six-week long online course for personal and global transformation. It is designed to help you live a life that truly reflects your values.

From thoughtful and inspiring course exercises, to the dynamic conversations with fellow participants, to mentoring from your course instructor—you’ll find the support and motivation you need to bring more joy, balance, and meaning to your life. This course is designed to make a positive difference in your life—and the lives of other people, animals and the planet.

This course offers you an opportunity to:

  • consider what matters most to you.
  • make choices that do more good and less harm in ways that best reflect your values and circumstances.
  • find ways to pursue a joyful, compassionate, humane life and work toward a better world for all.
  • practice solutionary actions.
  • connect with others seeking a changemaker path.

Course Dates

There are two ways to participate in this course.

1. Sign up a group of 10 colleagues/friends/family members at the same time, and we’ll run a session of the course for your group. This is a great chance for additional personalized attention to your unique goals and a way to build a support system that will last long after the course. To sign up 10 participants at once, please email Marsha Rakestraw.

2. Complete this form to be added to our interest list. Once we have 20 registrants, we’ll schedule the course session.


Individual Registration for this course is $150.

We also offer a special rate of $125 for IHE Graduate Program alumni, a family rate of $125 per person for two or more family members (one course book per family), and a Solutionary Group rate of $100 per person for three or more people who take the course simultaneously and work together in their community for positive change.

Members of APHE (the Association for Professional Humane Educators) receive a special discount of 25% off the individual course fee. Inquire at info@humaneeducation.org

A limited number of scholarships are available. Inquire at info@humaneeducation.org.

Cancellation Policy

We will refund your registration, minus a $25 administration fee, if you cancel more than seven days before the course session begins. IHE is unable to grant refunds for cancellations after that date.

Transfer Policy

At this time we are unable to provide transfers to future sessions of the course.

For more information, email us at info@HumaneEducation.org.


Meet Your Instructor

Lynne Westmoreland

I have trouble remembering a time when I was not concerned with making the world a better place. But we all know that is much easier said than done and finding our unique and individual way of making a positive difference can sometimes be a frustrating and lonely path. Being with similarly concerned people though is one great way to test out ideas, look more deeply at our individual value systems, learn about what others are doing, and gain knowledge and inspiration about the many ways to create positive changes in our own lives and then more broadly in the larger world. Join us in this adventure to create a better world and align your deepest values with your daily life decisions.

This course will challenge us all to “question our answers” – a wonderful phrase I first heard at the Omega Institute. The goal of A Better World, A Meaningful Life is to begin a process that empowers individuals to think in new ways, to envision different realities and to challenge the assumption that one person cannot make a difference.

Lynne Westmoreland holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees in piano performance and an M.Ed. from the Institute for Humane Education and Cambridge College. Lynne has been a pianist, accompanist, and piano and music instructor for 30 years. While always having a great love for music and for her students, she has also always been concerned with issues of justice, compassion, and environmental responsibility and has been a lifelong student of human nature in all of its fascinating ambiguities. After exploring many paths as an encore career, she met Zoe Weil at a festival and immediately knew that humane education was exactly what she had been looking for. She says that the journey through this degree work has been more transformative, engaging, and sacred than could have been imagined.

Lynne lives in the Finger Lakes area of New York with her partner, Linda, and their elderly dog Taz. Her free time is spent reading, walking, biking, dancing, cooking, working on local environmental issues, and spending as much time as possible with friends.