Message from the Founder
What does the world need now?
This is a question I have asked myself over and over throughout the years, and it is a question that continues to fuel my work.
Humanity is on a great adventure that has been unfolding throughout time. Our history is the story of exploration and wonder, struggle and perseverance, horror and ecstasy. All of these things have driven our growth and development as a species.
Now, we stand at a crossroads. Our technological advancements outpace our biology. The world we've built puts us increasingly at odds with the things we need to thrive. Modern buildings provide safety and comfort, in exchange for poor air quality, exposure to toxic chemicals, and the health consequences of separation from the natural environment. Agriculture produces more food than ever, and ravages the planet. The oceans that every species rely on are poisoned. The internet brings people together from the farthest reaches, yet our children feel more isolated and inadequate.
There are no easy answers. However, there is a simple, powerful step we can take to make things a little better: Grow.
Each person that chooses to grow and develop themselves, is better able to navigate their life, better able to contribute to the lives of others, and better positioned to improve the world in the ways in which ONLY THEY CAN.
Stillness Academy exists to provide an education and space for students of all ages to explore themselves and their potential.
Hal David was right when he wrote that "What the world needs now is love, sweet love", but compassion without strength and competence can't withstand the pressure it takes to change the world. Here, we build that strength. Here, we build competence.
Stillness Academy exists to empower the good. We exist to express the beautiful. We exist to show others the truth of how great they might be. Together.
- Cesar Clavijo
Founder and Head of The Academy
Cesar Clavijo, a native of Long Island, New York, is a Holistic Health Professional and Martial Artist. A Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, he served in Iraq and returned to a career as a musician, making the transition to Stillness in 2009. He is the founder of Stillness Academy.