Holistic education is inspired by several forms of thought about education. Its hermeneutics is rooted in the work on interpretation by Hans Georg Gadamer. Its notion of cognition comes from the embodied, embedded, enactive account initiated by Francisco Varela. Its account of teaching and learning draws on the research done in what is sometimes called the learning sciences brought together in the Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences. Its notion of spirituality comes from the participatory spirituality research agenda of Jorge Ferrer. Its pedagogy comes from the educational work of J. Krishnamurti. The choice of these main inspirations is based in the fact that they are by and large compatible with eachother and that each one of them allows for a holistic approach to education.