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/online-courses/a-better-world-a-meaningful-life/


OC-BWML-iconA Better World, A Meaningful Life is our six week-long online course 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.

During the course, you’ll examine important questions, such as:

  • What do I want to be able to say about my life and what I’ve done to create a better world?
  • What am I responsible for?
  • How can I best make choices that do the most good and least harm for myself, other people, animals, and the environment?
  • How can I help nurture just, compassionate, restorative systems?

Course Dates

Oct. 6 – Nov. 14, 2014


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

If you find you cannot participate in the session of the course for which you have registered, you have until the Friday of the first week of the course session to let us know and transfer to another scheduled session of the course or to another IHE online courses. After that time, we cannot offer you a transfer. The transfer must be made to a course that is scheduled within nine months of the current course session, and there is a limit of one transfer per course. There is an additional $20 course book fee if you transfer to a different online 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.