Matthew Rich is an independent scholar-practitioner and began his work in alternative education under the guidance of Sharon Caldwell at the Nahoon Montessori School. Since then he has worked extensively in Asia and Africa as a teacher, trainer, researcher, and consultant. He is a keen student of integral studies (particularly Wilber’s Integral Theory and Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga), alternative education (particularly the work of Montessori, Aurobindo, Illich, and Freire), and Nonviolent Communication and conflict transformation. He has spoken at conferences and retreats in four continents and his writings on sundry topics have been published widely. Presently he divides his time between South Africa and the Netherlands working as a freelance writer; he also offers coaching and consulting services internationally. Matthew can be reached by email at m.h.r.rich[at]gmail.com.