Lovescaping class with 3rd and 4th graders and Irene Greaves. "The Fifteen Pillars" at Terrace Elementary

Irene Greaves and Jessica Distaso – Lovescaping: Learning to Practice Love in Action

Date grant awarded: June 27, 2019

Lovescaping is a program that teaches the skills needed to practice love in action. We believe that only through love can our humanity be transformed to embrace individuals as well as societies worldwide. In order for us to practice love in action, we need to learn to embody the 15 pillars of Lovescaping: respect, care, honesty, communication, empathy, trust, patience, compassion, liberation, humility, vulnerability, solidarity, hope, gratitude, and forgiveness. We are based in Houston, Texas, where we are carrying out Lovescaping pilot programs at different public schools throughout the city, learning to love with students of all ages, from 1st through 12th grade.

Our current education systems aren’t equipped to nurture and cultivate feelings, emotions, self-value, self-esteem, and self-love in the way that Lovescaping can. It is of utmost importance that we equip the future generation with the social and emotional skills that will allow them to cooperate, collaborate, and transcend our differences in our increasingly diverse world. Schools can be a conduit to provide safe, loving, and nurturing environments where students learn to love. When Lovescaping techniques are brought into a school, it becomes a place of empowerment for self-discovery, where students learn first and foremost how to love themselves, and how to practice love in action. Despite any perceived differences between us, we teach inclusiveness in the practice of love as an important uniting force, as individuals and as a group. We explore meaningful ways of authentic expression, and with love and kindness we validate each other’s opinions, self-expression, and uniqueness without prejudice and without fear.

We believe there is nothing more urgent, more timely, and more important than learning to love. By learning to practice love in action we will be able to overcome discrimination, hatred, aggression, racism, xenophobia, and all other forms of violence and oppression. This grant will be instrumental in helping us cover the costs of the materials we need to carry out our lessons, and to continue spreading the love. Welcome, future fellow Lovescapers, to the humanity of tomorrow!