Catherine L’Ecuyer

Researcher, writer, speaker & bestselling author of The Wonder Approach


“When we are very young children we do not need fairy tales; we only need tales. Mere life is interesting enough. A child of seven is excited by being told that Tommy opened a door and saw a dragon. But a child of three is excited by being told that Tommy opened a door.” G.K. Chesterton

“We parents shouldn’t worry, trying to make things magical and exciting for our children; childhood is, by itself, magical, because children regard everything as miracle. When the rabbit comes out of the hat, it is not the trick that excites them, but the fact that the rabbit exists. That’s wonder.” Catherine L’Ecuyer

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An Ode to Imperfect Parenting

By Catherine L’Ecuyer, published in El País on February 14, 2017 Children are not showpieces, pre-designed to satisfy the sweet dreams of an idyllic parenthood When we discuss different parenting styles, we tend to polarize the issue, falling back on various stereotypes, like the cruel “tiger mom,” the “indulgent” or obsessive “helicopter” parent, or the … Continue reading An Ode to Imperfect Parenting

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Catherine L’Ecuyer is Canadian, now living in Barcelona with her four children. She holds a law degree, has an MBA, an Official European Master of Research and a Doctorate in Education and Psychology. The Swiss journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience published her article “The Wonder Approach to Learning,” which converted her thesis into a new hypothesis/theory of learning. She received the 2015 Pajarita Award from the Spanish Association of Toy Manufacturers for “promoting a culture of play in the media,” was invited to speak to the Education Commission of the Congress of Deputies of Spain and to the Second Summit on Education organized by the European Commission. She has served as a consultant to the Spanish government regarding the use of digital technology by minors, to the governments of Mexico and of the state of Puebla in Mexico concerning preschool reform and has participated in a report for the Cerlac (Unesco) on the use of digital media in childhood. She has recently been named Honorary Member of the Spanish branch of the Association Montessori Internationale.

Author of many publications, she is the bestseller author of The Wonder Approach and It Looks Better in 3D published in eight languages and available in more than 40 countries (over 150K books printed for both). Her areas of interest and research are: The Montessori Education, the importance of wonder and beauty in education, evidence-based education, the attachment theory, education theory, etc. She currently collaborates with the Mind-Brain Group of the University of Navarra and is a columnist for El País, El Mundo in Spanish and The Huffington Post in France.


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  • 13 de enero 12h. Pamplona. Seminario para el ICS de la UNAV. Edificio ICS. ¿Por qué la educación no puede ser neutra? Abierto al publico.
  • 23 de enero. 17h. Vitoria. Formación al claustro del CEU.
  • 23 de enero. 20h. Vitoria. Aiurri Montessori. Educar en el asombro. Inscripción previa (contactar con el centro)
    • 7 de febrero 18h15. Alicante. Formación al claustro del CEU.
    • 8 de febrero. Alicante. 15h15 Formación al claustro del colegio diocesano Santo Domingo de Orihuela / 17h15 Conferencia a los padres.
    • 9 de febrero. 16h30. Madrid. Formación al claustro del CEU.
    • 21 de febrero. 17h15. Madrid. Formación al claustro del CEU.
    • 21 de febrero. 19h. Madrid. Conferencia para padres Colegio Sanchinaro
    • 23 de febrero. Terrasa. Formación al claustro de colegios diocesanos.
    • 28 de febrero. 16h. Murcia. Formación al claustro del CEU.
    • 28 de febrero. 19h30. Murcia. Charla sobre educacion. Paraninfo de la Universidad de Murcia. Abierto al público.
        MARCH 2023
          • 3 de marzo. 17h30. Villaviciosa. Centro de profesores de Gijón y Centro rural agrupado. Educar en el asombro.
          • 4 de marzo. Madrid. TED Francisco de Vitoria.
          • 11 de marzo. 10h: Getafe. Diocesis de Getafe. Jornada de formación. ¿En qué consiste la libertad educativa?
          • 11 de marzo: 19h. Torreviejo. Ayuntamiento de Torreviejo. 2ª edición del Congreso reinventar la educación. Abierto al público.
          • 23 de marzo. Terrasa. Formación al claustro de colegios diocesanos.
          • 25 de marzo: Sevilla. Palacio de Congreso. Enséñate 2023. ¿Cómo educar en un mundo con más pantallas que ventanas?
          • 30th of March: Houston EEUU. Private event. The Wonder Approach.
          APRIL 2023
            • 13 de abril. 19h15. Madrid. Charla para padres en colegio Sanchinarro.
            • 21 de abril. Ecuador. Evento privado.
            • 23 de abril. Terrasa. Formación al claustro de un grupo de colegios.
            MAY 2023
            • 5 de mayo. 10h30: Cantabria. Congreso de Educación Cantabria XIV. Educar en el asombro.
            • 18 de mayo. 18h. Terrasa. Formación al claustro de un grupo de colegios.
                AUGUST 2023
                • 30 de agosto: Lisbón, Portugal.  EECARA Conference. Abierto al público.
                SEPTEMBER 2023
                  • 30th of september. United States (Teams). The 2023 Inquiry Education Summit.
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