We are very fortunate to have the backing from well known authors, educators, and recognised teachers of Insight Meditation for this endeavour. A few of whom have shared a few words of support for Spring Up Foundation and its creators.

Raja Shehadeh

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‘Spring Up’ are a very good organization and I am proud to be a patron.”

“It’s very important to imagine something new, to be excited by imagination. And that imagination will mean, someday, that we can all live better."2

As perhaps the most prominent Palestinian author amongst English-reading audiences, Raja Shehadeh’s starting point for building a vision for peace is imagination. He is also a lawyer, political activist and founder of the human rights organisation, Al-Haq. The author of several books about international law, human rights and the Middle East, he was awarded the Orwell prize for political writing in 2008 for his book, 'Palestinian Walks'.

Ivor Goodson

"I fully endorse the work of the Spring Up Foundation and its dedication to humanitarian and social action. Their continued support for education in Palestine is a necessity. Educational opportunities are a human right for a future for young Palestinians and their families, and organisations like the Spring Up Foundation supply hope for future generations to come."

Ivor Goodson is Professor of Learning Theory at the University of Brighton and International Research Professor, University of Tallinn, Estonia. He has spent the last 40 years researching, thinking and writing about some of the key and enduring issues in education and has contributed over 60 books and 650 articles to the field. Life history and narrative research specialisations are his key areas, with large-scale research on teacher's lives and careers and teacher professionalism.

Rob Burbea

"Access to education must be considered a universal Human Right, but today young Palestinians are systematically deprived of this means to expand and explore their human potential. Supporting Spring Up Foundation’s work will help provide the vital opportunity of higher education for young Palestinians."

Rob Burbea has practised and studied Dharma since 1985. Teaching since 2004, he is currently a Gaia House Resident Teacher and a member of its Teacher Council, as well as a Guiding Teacher of Freely Given Retreats. He is a co-founder of SanghaSeva, an organization exploring the Dharma through international service work, and a co-initiator of DANCE, the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement. Rob is the author of Seeing That Frees: Meditations on Emptiness and Dependent Arising.

Donald Rothberg

"Having very recently visited both Israel and the Palestinian territories, I know that developing many nonviolent collaborative projects between Jewish Israelis and Palestinians is so crucial to actualizing the long-term vision of a durable peace and reconciliation. Furthering the education of young Palestinians, in response to the Foundation’s friends in Deir Istya, seems like a wonderful way to help to foster hope, trust, mutual respect, creativity, and purpose."

Donald Rothberg, Ph.D., a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, USA, has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976, and has also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice, working with trauma, and the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy. A former teacher at the University of Kentucky, Kenyon College, and Saybrook Graduate School, for many years he has regularly taught insight and lovingkindness meditation, and on transforming the judgmental mind, mindful communication, working skillfully with conflict, and socially engaged Buddhism. He has helped to guide three six-month to two-year training programs in socially engaged spirituality through the Buddhist Peace Fellowship (the BASE Program), Saybrook Graduate School (the Socially Engaged Spirituality Program—an interfaith study and practice program), and Spirit Rock (the Path of Engagement Program). He is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World.

Martin Aylward

"I am very happy to support and recommend the Spring Up Foundation. I have known the founders, Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde, for 20 years as friends, colleagues, luminous human beings and tireless activists for social, humanitarian and ecological care. I have great respect for both their wisdom and their work. They bring deep integrity, fierce compassion, liberating vision and bold creativity into their numerous projects around the world."

Martin Aylward is a Buddhist teacher with 30 years of meditation experience. He leads retreats, guides meditation students and offers teachings internationally, and is the founding and guiding teacher of various projects including and


We would like to mention a couple of organisations that have been very supportive of Spring Up.

Benoit Martin and Spun

Benoit Martin has gone out of his way to help Spring Up with technical advice about setting up our website. He also arranges our domain registration, and hosts our website for free. Meaning it is so much easier for us to say "all the money we raise goes to the cause it was raised for".

We thank Benoit (and Spun) for his devoted generosity, warmth even when sharing very complex information, and his incredible availability when we hit a crisis or a gap in our knowledge.


This small Swiss email provider was quick to respond to our request for help. They now host us for free on their 'mini' plan which would otherwise cost Spring Up $60 a year.

Migadu have been so fast to reply it's felt like they are waiting online just to help, and their generosity will really make a difference to what we can achieve.