The Genius Tree

We are here to support young people identify and nurture their talents.

The Genius Tree is growing into a small community of New Paradigm thinkers who believe in natural immunity and a better world for all.

“Thank you for today! My daughter came back elated, full of stories… She can’t wait for the next session.”

Michael Meade quote about Genius

“After so many years of conflict with the school system, I’m so happy to see the children love learning again and to have found you to help them on their journey. I knew intuitively you were the right person to work with them and immediately fell in love with the genius tree project. Thank you for all you have done so far.”

We create an atmosphere of exploration and experimentation. Students are sheltered from external pressures so that their natural inclinations can sprout forth and take root under the protective branches of the Genius Tree.

Here’s a video explaining more about what we’re up to at the moment.


We provide services to key workers and other special cases so that a consistency of care is provided to families regardless of restrictions.

The work we do is of a sensitive nature and we like to keep things personal so we always prefer to work face-to-face.

To find out whether we can help your family contact Ian on 07476 179330 to find out more. We’ll make an appointment to come and meet with you.


We tend to be popular with self-employed families who can receive large discounts on our activities due to the tax-free childcare scheme.

Example: A £50 day can cost parents as little as £10.


The Genius Tree provides an outstanding alternative to conventional education, both private and public. Only a handful of schools in the UK are actually dedicated to self-directed learning.

In our Genius! magazine we lay out a powerful case against the out-of-date educational practices in schools so we’re not going to labour the point here. We provide the inspiration and the support for young people to develop their capacities in order to thrive in this rapidly changing environment.


The Genius Tree provides an alternative to mainstream education for those families who are wishing to breakaway from conformist attitudes and cultural trends to re-establish a grounded approach to youth development.

It can be a struggle to provide a rounded upbringing which can prepare young people for modern life and an uncertain future. What is for certain is that we can only experience the best that life can afford us when we connect fully to the latent genius waiting to be awakened.


By placing ourselves firmly in the context of a Hero’s Journey, as postulated by Joseph Campbell, every living moment becomes an opportunity to pursue our never-ending quest for self-improvement and adventure. This creates an environment in which we can assess our behaviour and decide whether or not our actions are taking us towards meaningful goals.

Moving away from the paradigm where students are coerced to practise ‘real-life’ before they’re allowed to do anything ‘for real’, the Genius Tree provides an encouraging environment where young people can play for long enough to find, identify and nurture their inner calling so that their gifts can be brought fully into this world.


The Genius Tree has been launched, currently operating three days per week: Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Brighton (ages 3-7) and Fridays in Lewes/Ringmer (8-15). As demand increases, more capacity will be added.


Sunday Assembly – November 28th, 2021 – 3pm-9pm

(Vegan roast dinner served 5-6pm ish – £10 Adults £7 Children)

An afternoon of games with a roast dinner followed by a talk. This growing educational community is for families of self-directed learners who trust in natural immunity. Get int touch to find out more and reserve your places.


As we work increasingly with young teenagers, we’re beginning to see the need for places (and ideally a location) where a shared spirit of exploration can be generated. Many of the young people leaving the school system are tired of working on a screen in the silence of their own bedroom. They yearn the company of others to share the journey of self-directed learning.

Although I can envisage hosting further study clubs, I won’t be able to provide the 5 days per week that might be yearned for by young people in this area. Fellow organisations like Acton Academy and local initiatives like Myhelm and Hope Sussex are great inspirations. Once a culture has been initiated on one or two days, this could be grown to cover more days with the support of other teachers and adult supervisors.

It is hoped that the philosophy outlined by The Genius Tree can provide the impetus to start a similes project in East Sussex for a number of families who share similar values.

Contact Ian on 07476 179330 if you’d like to find out more.

If you want to find out if we’re truly aligned in terms of our educational philosophy, please take a little more time to explore our Genius! magazine.

The Genius Tree is where heroes grow.

The Genius Tree animated gif