The Academy for the Love of Learning is a non-profit educational organization near Santa Fe, New Mexico that engages participants in in-depth explorations of themselves and their world through a variety of workshops, trainings and community dialogues.

After many years of collaboration, vision and hard work, the Academy for the Love of Learning® was incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit organization in late 1998. During that first year, we planned our initial set of programs. Between 2000 and 2002, the Academy began to offer its first workshops and trainings. In 2002, the Academy began moving into a larger context and growing a core group of staff and associates. Founder Aaron Stern’s consulting practice evolved into an advisory service and training program called Ventana and the Consultancy Training metamorphosed into an innovative new training program in personal leadership called Leading By Being.

In 2003, the Academy purchased a historic property in Santa Fe, New Mexico, planning to restore the house, standing on 86 acres of land, known as Seton Castle. In 2005, when the restoration was two-thirds complete, fire consumed Seton Castle leaving only the stone walls and chimneys. After a year of reappraisal, the Academy decided to build a new home on the land adjacent to the Castle, and to restore the Castle remains sufficiently to be used as an outdoor amphitheater for performance, meetings and other outdoor activities.

In 2011, the Academy completed and moved into its current Gold LEED certified home where we offer an expanding cohort programs. The building itself was intentionally built to house our work and support our mission to awaken, enliven, nurture and sustain the natural love of learning in people of all ages.

We welcome your questions and visits and invite you to learn more by attending an Evening of Exploration.

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A Brief Look at the Academy for the Love of Learning


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