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2008 Past Events


November 20, 2008

Transformative Learning Centre (OISE/UT) and Canadian Hispanic Congress present:

Municipal Voting for Permanent Residents: Is It Worth Considering?

Thursday, November 20, 2008
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Room 5250
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor Street West (at St. George Street)


Daniel Schugurensky, Transformative Learning Centre, OISE/University of Toronto

Janet Davis, City Councillor Ward 31, Toronto

Alejandra Bravo, Maytree Foundation and Vice-President of the Canadian Hispanic Congress

January 16, 2008


Community-Based Peacebuilding Across Borders and Boundaries

In November 2007, InterChange: International Institute for Community-Based Peacebuilding, held a peacebuilding symposium in Rwanda. Join Toronto-area participants, including Dr. Anne Goodman, co-Director of the TLC, and several OISE students and graduates, to hear about their experiences and future plans.

Wednesday January 16, 2008
4.00-6.00 pm
Place: Seminar Room 7-162, OISE/UT
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto (at St. George subway)

For more information about the Transformative Learning Centre, see: http://tlc.oise.utoronto.ca/wordpress
For InterChange, see www.interchange4peace.org

March 20, 2008 and March 25, 2008

Body and Trauma: Recovering closeness in survivors of sexual and human trafficking

Patricia Crast, Latin American Association of Healing Art

Two dates to choose from:

Thursday, March 20th OISE, 252 Bloor St. West (at St. George Subway Station) Room 7-162
Tuesday, March 25th OISE, 252 Bloor St. West (at St. George Subway Station) Room 2-227

Viewing traumatic events from a “seeing things the way they are” point of view can help survivors of sexual or psychological abuse change their perspective in a positive way.

By applying a group of techniques that encompass a multidimensional view of the human being, it is possible to approach the psychological problems in survivors of traumatic events from a vital and richer perspective.

These techniques include the Empathetic Listening technique, working with emotional restraint through psycho-corporal techniques, and using systemic and archetype models to reinterpret traumatic experiences. These practices enable survivors to experience relief from anguished feelings and emotions and freedom from the feelings of victimization. It also eases the process of accepting the facts the way they are rather than regarding them as “divine punishment” or as paralyzing guilt.

The humanistic approach to this issue intends to help the individual to rebuild his/her body, cultural and family identity. It views the individual as a survivor of an event that shouldn’t be morally interpreted or judged. This approach also encourages the “letting go process” which is composed of humbleness, acceptance, and the creation of a safe space for new experiences that allow transformation.

In order to achieve these objectives it is of vital importance to work on the aspects of physical closeness, rebuilding the bodily scheme, and help the individual to be able to choose his/her own ways of life and personal development departing from the traumatic event. This is to be done based on the concept that somehow all of us identified as humans are “survivors” of events where the pain of loss cannot be measured by others but can be comprehended.

Patricia Crast is a clinical psychologist and body and transpersonal psychotherapist. She is the President of the Asociación Latinoamericana de Arte Sanador A.C. (Latin American Association of Healing Art), Head of the Biopsychosocial Department at the National School of Classic and Contemporary Dance (INBA-CENART). She undertook studies in the Masters of Systemic Configurations, Psychodrama and Archtype Psychology. She is a researcher for television programs for children and teens produced by Canal 11 (Channel 11) of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional, and a specialist in Empathetic Listening applied to states of emotional crisis.

Wednesday, April 9th

Adult Education and Community Development Program (OISE/University of Toronto), in conjunction with CERLAC (York University), Comparative, International and Development Education Centre (CIDEC) and Transformative Learning Centre (TLC) present:

Popular education in the context of the Venezuelan Bolivarian project

Miguel Angel Sanchez Navarro, Centro International Miranda, Ministry of Higher Education, Venezuela

Wednesday, April 9, 2008 (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE)
4.00-5.30 pm
OISE/University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto (subway St. George)
Room 7-162

The current educational project of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela was created with the aim of transforming society by becoming more relevant to the population’s needs and requirements and by promoting new forms of thinking and acting that are more inclusive, participatory, critical, reflective, democratic, comprehensive and ethical. These characteristics are encapsulated under the slogan “Toda la Patria una Escuela” (The entire nation is a school). As such, education in Venezuela is intrinsically connected to the third motor of the Bolivarian revolution (morality and enligthenment) and is expressed in a variety of initiatives and programs. This session will present an overview of the main educational reforms in Venezuela today, and will focus on some of these programs, particularly the accompishments and challenges of six “Missions”: Robinson, Ribas, Sucre, Vuelvan Caras, Arbol and Cultura. The goal of these projects, based on the principles of popular education, is to nurture new human beings and communities that are more conscious, caring and critical agents in the process of their own individual and collective transformation.Miguel Angel Sanchez Navarro has a Masters in Contemporary History from Sorbonne Paris IV University (concentration in social movements) and studies in education policy and in international relations from the University of Chile. He has worked as a consultant for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and is currently a researcher at the Bolivarian public education policies of the Centro International Miranda, Ministry of Higher Education, Venezuela.

May 14-18, 2008 in Ireland

Read the participant bios (pdf).

Our journey to rekindle indigenous spirit takes us first to Ireland. This is fitting. Ireland is not only the land of saints, scholars, fairies and mystics, it is the place where the ways of colonizing Spirit, lands and minds of othered peoples were first documented, developed, practiced and resisted from 1157 on. We are a core group of about twenty-five educators, visionaries, artists and keepers of indigenous spirit from all four directions and diverse peoples. Most of us, knowing each other many years, came together in new ways during the two Spirit Matters gatherings in Toronto Canada in 2004 and 2007. See www.tlc.oise.utoronto.ca/gathering2007/process.html for details of working in Council and biographies. In April 2007 a group of us committed to beginning this journey in Ireland.

We will meet together on May 14th in Dublin and travel by coach to two sites, first to Inish Beg www.inishbeg.com a tiny island in the wild tidal inlets of West Cork (May 14-18th), surrounded by hundreds of sacred sites, the Gaelic language and peoples respectful of their ancestral traditions. Our second site, Dunderry Park www.dunderrypark.org is back closer to Dublin, near Bru na Boinne, the valley of the Boyne, whose carved mounds have seen 5000 years of sacred ceremonies, armed conflicts and extraordinary peace. Our mornings will generally be spent eating, talking and meditating together. The long May days will then enable us to explore the sacred sites, historic lands and towns around us. Ceremonies of healing intergenerationally and ancestrally between peoples will take place amongst the stones in each area. Sharing our stories and strategies for rekindling indigenous spirit and knowledges with Irish peoples will be ongoing. Sharing with Irish educators, artists, healers and visionaries will likely be May 20th at University of Maynooth.. We return to the Dublin area on May 21st.



  • To be in deep council with each other around our diverse ways of rekindling indigenous spirit and knowledges at this time of Earth crisis
  • To do so in relation to the lands, wildlife, ancient sacred places, ancestors, stories, music and peoples of Ireland around us

Our conversations will be inspired by the stories, visions, short reflective pieces, poems and images sent in advance by participants for sharing with the group.


* A book, “Rekindling Indigenous Spirit”, compiling some of the worldviews, frameworks of understandings and practices of participants will be edited by Eimear O’Neill, Renee Linklater, Njoki Wane and other members of the group after the journey. Photographs, resources and learnings from our time together in Ireland will be included. Spring 2009 is the estimated date for completion.

* Anishnaabe-Metis filmmaker Sara Roque will be a participant and is hoping to work collaboratively with an Irish documentary filmmaker, such as Margo Harkin, to document highlights of the journey as an artistic resource and a teaching tool.

* Photographer Michael O’Brien will also be a participant and documenter of our interactions and ceremonies.

* Patti Shaughnessy is another participant with both Irish and Anishnaabe ancestry. She will perform a 30 minute one woman monologue “Louis Louis”, written,directed and produced by Janette Platana, which explores the politics behind mixed-blood indigenous identity. A panel on “Indigenous Knowledges” will be part of the Sharing Day at Maynooth on May 20th.

* Local artists in Ireland and Canada will be invited to contribute minature hearths as part of a joint installation, “Coming Home”. A call for pieces will be sent out in three weeks, by Samhain, the feast of spirits and ancestors that marks the end of October in the Celtic tradition. The intention is to have a display in Ireland in May 2008 and another in Canada in October 2008. A venue for a joint display will be sought in Ireland this May.

* Finally, we are hoping that Irish and Galgael universities and educators will not only attend our Sharing Day May 20th in Maynooth but will also use this opportunity to invite members of the group to their campuses and classes. Faculty from the universities North and South have already expressed interest.


Those interested in contributing to the book, attending the Sharing Day at University of Maynooth May 20th 2008, participating in healing ceremonies amongst the stones in Cork or Newgrange, hosting members of the group at their universities, colleges and community centres and/or funding this unique venture are asked to contact Eimear O’Neill as co-ordinator of the journey and associate of the Transformative Learning Centre, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, by e-mail eoneill@oise.utoronto.ca, by phone Canada 416 967 9010

May 7, 2008

Transformative Learning Centre (TLC) and CERLAC (York University) present:

Thirst for Profit: A Story of Privatization of Water
A Film by Fernando Rouaux

Wednesday, May 7, 2008
6.00-8.00 pm
Room 3-311, OISE/UT


June 25 - July 23, 2008

The Transformative Learning Centre presents: An Introduction to

—a 5-session 10 hr. series—


4 Wednesdays, 1 Monday: June 25-July 23, 2008

Peace Circle

Every 2nd Tuesday throughout 2008

Come and experience a safe space where all are welcome to explore personal visions of hope for the Middle East. Using a simple process of guided self-reflection, we will access the well of our hopes, the power of our imagination, and the wisdom   of our bodies. We will also receive inner-guidance about what we can do personally to help our hopes happen.Palestinian and  Israeli leaders recently met for the first time in 7 years to re-establish peace talks. They also agreed to meet face to face every two weeks throughout 2008 to create an independent Palestinian state at peace with Israel. This peace circle, and others like it, are portals for citizens around the world to participate in this historic initiative. We all can be portals to receive the powerful visions of hope, peace, and healing that are needed for our world. It is not just those in office that hold this power.We will gather every 2 weeks, on the eve of the peace talks, while the leaders are in their sleep/dream time. This may be the time when they are most receptive to our hopes and visions. As we imagine these visions, we send waves of hope and plant seeds of possibility into the world that can make a difference.

WHEN: Every 2nd Tuesday through 2008, *arrive from 6:30 pm, start at 7 pm sharp
april 1, 15, 29; may 13, 27; june 10, 24; july 8, 22; aug. 5, 19; sept. 2,
16, 30; oct 14, 28; nov. 11

WHERE: OISE, 252 Bloor St. W., Toronto, 7th Floor Peace Lounge (follow the

WHAT TO BRING: Pen or pencil and a firm surface to write on

FACILITATOR: Larry Nusbaum MD WEB: www.imaginehope.ca


Larry Nusbaum MD is a family physician, psychotherapist, storyteller, and
musician who helps people access the power of their inner wisdom. He has
facilitated groups for over 20 years and has a passionate interest in the
art of healing and peacemaking within ourselves, within our communities, and
within the world.If interested, please inform others, and if you are unable
to attend, feel free to participate in your own way.


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