In a leafy, seemingly conventional corner of suburban Essex in southeast England ordinary children are learning in the most extraordinary of ways. At her appropriately named ICU Academy, Nicola Farmer employs a series of fun and revolutionary exercises to help children assimilate information by accessing expanded states of awareness.
Teachers and experts the world over are in agreement that fun and relaxed play are critical to the healthy holistic development of children, enabling them to learn about the world around them, to interact confidently with others, to solve problems and make decisions whilst improving their co-ordination and fine and gross motor skills. Nicola’s work takes this to a whole new level. Whilst they are still at a young enough age, typically between the ages of five and twelve, when their logical minds are yet to create the barriers and limiting belief systems that hold so many adults back, and their right brains are still very active, she gently encourages them to explore life from an entirely new perspective.
During their formative, programming years children spend most of their day navigating alpha and theta brainwave cycles. This is nature’s way of ensuring they effortlessly and unconsciously learn the skills and patterns of behaviour necessary for them to adapt and survive in any given environment. They are highly suggestible and intimately connected to their internal, imaginative world. Whilst they might have begun to interpret and draw their own conclusions, they are still extremely likely to accept what a trusted adult tells them to be true. At this crucial age they are walking the boundaries of the conscious and subconscious mind. They are in a super-learning flow state.
Children attending this unique course learn to read, write, draw, successfully identify shapes and colours, complete jigsaw puzzles, and play card games. Like any other kids their age, they can catch and throw a ball, they have sack races and run, giggling, with an egg and spoon. They ride their bikes. But these kids are different, because they are able to do all of these things blindfolded.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a super power. It’s an ability.