Alef Trust is a globally-conscious non-profit organisation offering online graduate education programmes, validated by UK universities, and open learning courses for academic, professional and personal development.
Our transpersonal – beyond ego – programmes and courses are derived from a cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural and holistic philosophy which integrates science and wisdom from Western and Eastern perspectives in psychology, consciousness and human potential. Through exploration of the interplay between mind, body and spirit, we offer an integral education to meet the evolving needs of our interconnected human community in order to foster harmony and transformation in individuals and communities.
The programmes and courses offered through Alef Trust are a response to the growing need to create sustainable and ethical development, social and ecological harmony and opportunities for individual growth and community transformation.
Our programmes and courses flourish through a culturally diverse, globally distributed student body and are delivered by acclaimed instructors across a broad range of academic disciplines, research backgrounds and wellness philosophies.
The Story Of The Alef
The story of the Alef originates as a glyph depicting an ox in the Proto-Sinaitic alphabet, and may have roots going back to the Egyptian hieroglyph of an ox’s head. The modern letter A derives from these origins, with the ox’s two horns having become inverted over its long evolution.
The connection to the ox for this, the first letter of the alphabet, emphasises the raw, untamed energy of creation and the journey towards channelling this energy into constructive directions. The spiritual connotations of this journey are exemplified by the famous ox-herding images in the Zen tradition, based in turn on an older Taoist story.
In Hebrew, the Alef becomes a silent letter mystically depicting the nothingness from which all derives. It is this profound dynamic between the silence of our innermost being and the potent energy underlying all creativity that the Alef Trust seeks to foster in all its work. The Alef depicts the infinite potential that facilitates individual and collective transformation.
Online. Never Distant.
We educate through a unique online approach, providing 1-to-1 virtual tuition and guidance. We focus on the areas of transpersonal psychology, consciousness studies, spirituality and the application of transpersonal principles in academic, professional and personal development. We collaborate with the International Transpersonal Association and the Scientific and Medical Network to deliver a holistic and integral learning experience to the widest possible audience.
Our online postgraduate programmes bring together people from around the world who work in diverse professional arenas. Our international learning community includes coaches, therapists and counsellors, as well as health and education professionals and people from many other professions.
We also provide Open Learning opportunities to people around the world who want to study purely for personal enrichment. Our Open Learners have access to the same high quality resources as our postgraduate students and they form an integral part of our learning community.
In all our educational programmes we cultivate dynamic, practice-oriented learning, honouring intellectual as well as experiential knowing, and we aim to enhance opportunities for those who otherwise would not be able to benefit from programmes for personal or professional development.