People

Leadership

Willow Dea

Executive Director

Willow Dea MS OTR plays with integral program development for all ages. As Director for the Integral Education Center at META Integral, she provides consulting and coaching for those committed to individual and organizational evolution. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in occupational therapy, the science of human performance. After 16 years in private practice, she turned to facilitating seminars for educators, and is the Editor of Igniting Brilliance: Integral Education in the 21st Century. She co-developed Inner Space Training for commercial space tourists, taking integral education to the Kosmos.

Twenty three years of therapeutic, embodiment and contemplative training inform her work. She utilizes experiential practice, language distinctions, emotional integration and highly customized Jedi skills to assist her clients to have breakthroughs on a regular basis. Willow contributes to Huffington Post, and educational magazines regularly. After work, she can be found running, meditating, dancing Argentine Tango, or writing.

Matthew Rich

Director of Operations

 

Matthew Rich-Tolsma is presently Director of Operations at the MetaIntegral Foundation’s Integral Education Center. He also serves as a visiting Research Fellow at the School for Transformative Leadership, Palacky University, where he is involved in research in the field of Transformative Higher Education approaches and social innovation as well as teaching transdisciplinary courses on Meta-theory, psychology, and complex thought. More locally Matthew serves as an educational consultant at the Experience Integral Foundation in the Netherlands and serves as guest faculty for the Montessori Foundation’s Montessori Leadership Institute. His present research interests integrate multiple approaches (especially those stemming from the work of Montessori, Aurobindo, Wilber, Bhaskar, and Morin) in service of the development of transformative educational futures in the face of complex personal, social, and ecological crises. Matthew has a background in Montessori education, democratic education, and unschooling. He has taught children and teachers and consulted with schools and training organizations in South Africa, China, India, the USA, and throughout Europe. He holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Development (Sustainability Institute), as well as graduate level certifications in Montessori Education (Center for Guided Montessori Studies (IMC/MACTE)), Facilitation (University of Fort Hare), and TESOL (LTTC). In addition he has completed leadership training throught the Integral Sustainability Center, Bay Area Nonviolent Communication, and the Center for Partnership Studies. Matthew holds a Master’s degree in Psychology and Consciousness Studies (International Center for Integral Studies – Graduation pending), and is a Certified Life Coach (CCA / ICF) and Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer (Center for Nonviolent Communication – awaiting announcement). Matthew is a popular conference speaker and trainer and has spoken at conferences in Africa Asia, North America, and Europe. His writing has also been published in numerous book chapters and journal articles. He is also an editor of two forthcoming volumes on the topic of transformative higher education through Palacky University Press, and has acted as an expert reviewer for a number of journal including The Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning, Integral Leadership Review, Educational Research, and The International Journal of Peace and Development Studies. Matthew is proudly South African and presently lives with his wife, Anneke, in Utrecht, the Netherlands.