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2010 Past Events


Special Screening of "Play Again"

At a time when children spend more time in the virtual world than the natural world, PLAY AGAIN unplugs a group of media savvy teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure, documenting the wonder that comes from time spent in nature and inspiring action for a sustainable future.

Now, this award-winning documentary comes to OISE courtesy of the Friends of Coyote and the Transformative Learning Centre. Join us for an exclusive screening of this remarkable film, followed by a discussion.

We are excited to announce special guest Andrew McMartin of the P.I.N.E. project! Andrew will lead the post-movie discussion by giving a brief talk on his inspiring work. 

The P.I.N.E. Project’s mission is to inspire healthy, lifelong connections between people and nature through outdoor learning and play. Check out their website www.pineproject.org/ for more information.



Date: Wednesday, November 24th 

Time: 7-9 pm

Location: Rm. 7-162, OISE, 252 Bloor Street West

Admission: $5 ($3 for students/unwaged)





Everyone should see this film! 
- Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods 
 I believe this is one of the great challenges facing us today.   The consequences of our estrangement from nature will be devastating for us as individuals and for society.  Well done and may your film have a big impact! 
- David Suzuki, world-renowned Canadian science broadcaster  
I loved every minute of your film!  We have so much work ahead of us, and our success depends on all of us being able to collaborate with a shared sense of mission and value.  Anything I can do to support your efforts, please let me know! 
- Michael Mitrani, Earth Island Institute 
Watching your film was a pretty emotional experience for me.  As an outdoor educator I’ve tried for years to explain why my work is so important.  I’ve been wishing for a long time for a film that got to the root of these issues.  A heartfelt thank you.
- Zak Klein, Bay Area Wilderness Training 


Friday, November 26th, 12 noon - 1:30 pm

Buy Nothing Bazaar and Potluck Celebration

In celebration of Buy Nothing Day the Transformative Learning Centre (TLC), the Indigenous Education Network (I.E.N.) and the Koru International Network (K.I.N.) invite you to a potluck lunch and clothing swap!

Sometimes, people can get caught up in the business of living. Between rent, mortgage payments, buying lunch, buying staples, grocery shopping, cell phones, debt … it is hard for many to go for even one day without participating in our consumer environment. For those caught in the rush, Buy Nothing Day is about taking a step back – even if just for a moment – to consider the implications of the transactional nature of our everyday lives.

What’s with all this buying stuff, anyway? What does a consumer-free society look like? Why does stuff matter so much? What are the implications for the environment? For those who do not wish or who are unable to participate in the capitalist version of worth?

Come discuss your thoughts over a potluck lunch. Bring a dish to share, and enjoy the company of others and the absence of Tim Hortens’ sandwiches. There will also be a clothing + item swap. Bring your gentle-used, previously loved items.

No bank notes needed!


What: Potluck Lunch and Clothing&Item Swap
When: Buy Nothing Day: Friday, November 26, 2010
Where: OISE, RM 7 – 162
Time: 12 noon – 1:30 pm






Wednesday, November 17th, 4:00-6:00 pm

The Tao of Liberation with Mark Hathaway

 Part of the ongoing TLC circles series

Mark Hathaway is coming to OISE to present his award-winning book The Tao of Liberation, written with renowned Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff. The Tao of Liberation is a “monumental contribution toward tackling the global crisis” (David Hallman, Advisor to the WCC Climate Change Program). It has been receiving extensive praise, including an endorsement from the Earth Charter Initiative and the 2010 Nautilus Gold Medal for Cosmology and New Science.


DATE: Wednesday November 17th

TIME: 4 – 6 pm

LOCATION: Peace Lounge


Overview of The Tao of Liberation:

Today we may be standing at the most important crossroads in the history of humanity, and indeed of the Earth itself. Deepening poverty and accelerating ecological degradation challenge us to act with insight and maturity: How can we move toward a future where meaning, hope, and beauty can truly flourish?

The Tao of Liberation is a search for this path, the wisdom needed to effect profound transformations in our world. Hathaway and Boff describe this wisdom using the ancient Chinese word Tao, meaning a way or path leading to harmony, peace, and right relationship. The Tao can also be understood as the wisdom that lies at the very heart of the flowing structure of the universe, encapsulating the essence of its purpose.

The book begins by asking: How does transformation occur?—Or, perhaps more precisely, Why is it so difficult to effect the changes so urgently needed to save the living Earth commun

ity? It then embarks on a journey of exploration through such diverse fields as economics, psychology, cosmology, and spirituality in search for the wisdom – or Tao – needed to move away from our current destructive path and instead toward authentic liberation: A way leading to ever-greater communion, diversity, and creativity.


Saturday, November 20th, 3:00-6:00 p.m


Yoga Unveiled Film Screening with Q & A with director

Yoga Unveiled is an extraordinary documentary film that reveals the origins of yoga, tells the story of yoga’s passage to the West, describes its numerous branches, and recounts the fascinating biographies of the foremost yoga masters.

Join us for this exclusive Toronto screening followed by a Q & A with the film’s producer and director, Gita Desai.

Date: Saturday, November 20, 2010

Time: 3:00-6:00 pm

Location: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, (OISE/UT), 1st floor auditorium, 252 Bloor St West (click here to view on a map), (on top of St. George Subway Station)

Cost: $10 ($5 for students and YOCOTO members) at the door

Charities: Profits from this event will donated to the YOCOTO Acorn Fund (supporting non-profit yoga initiatives for underserved populations) & the Arya Sugandh Sansthan Children’s Home—Girls’ Scholarship Fund  (Uttar Pradesh, India).

This event is hosted by The Transformative Learning Centre (TLC/OISE), the Centre for Women's Studies in Education (CWSE/OISE), and the Yoga Community Toronto (YOCOTO).

For information please send an email to: info@insiteyoga.com or call (416) 887 8944

 Facebook Event Pagewww.insiteyoga.com/yoga-unveiled-on-facebook


Thursday November 4th: 7:00 p.m

Finding Life Purpose Through Community: A Circle & Teaching Evening with Dr. Malidoma Somé

We are at a turning point, a time of uncertainty and of great possibility. We are here, right now, in this world for a reason. How can we find our purpose and create meaningful lives? What does a healthy sustainable community look like and how is this created? What are and how do we foster the roles of youth, mentors and elders?

Gathering in circle, weʼll have the opportunity to share, reflect and ask questions. Weʼll have the honour of hearing Malidomaʼs guidance and wisdom.

Malidoma Somé, PhD, is one of todays most eloquent champions of indigenous wisdom. His life and teaching form a bridge between the traditional ways of his people, the Dagara of West Africa, among whom he is an initiated elder, and the modern world. He is a gifted medicine man and diviner, as well as a compelling teacher and author. For more than twenty years, Malidoma has shared the ancient knowledge of his tribe with people in the West who are increasingly disconnected from their ancestors, spirit and the richness of life in community. His voice awakens in our hearts the recognition that we are all born with a life purpose to fulfill and that we can do so in a deep and abiding relationship with all beings.

Dr. Somé is the author of several books, including Ritual: Power, Healing and Community, The Healing Wisdom of Africa, and his acclaimed autobiography, Of Water and the Spirit.

Date & Time: Thursday Nov 4th: 7:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 6:30 p.m.)

Location: The Peace Lounge, 7th Floor, OISE, 252 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V5

Registration: In the Peace Lounge. Suggested Donation: $25. for attendees of the Nov 2nd evening on the Ancestors ( http://malidoma.eventbrite.com ), $35 Regular or Offer What You Can Please be generous as funds help support youth in Toronto and Burkina Faso, Africa.

Invitation: to bring a drum or musical instrument Sponsored by: the Transformative Learning Centre, OISE, Leslie Fell and Hazel Bell Koski For info/questions contact hosts:

Leslie Fell, leslie.fell@gmail.com 416-231-4815



 Monday October 18th, 2010: Burma, Buddhism and Non-Violent Revolt  U Pyinya Zawta & U Agga Nyana visit Toronto to speak about Engaged  Buddhism, Protest, and Loving-Kindness

The Saffron Revolution of September 2007 has changed Burma’s history forever and placed Buddhist monks and nuns quite literally in the front ranks of peaceful resistance to Burma’s brutal and illegitimate dictatorship. This evening will focus on the way Loving-Kindness and other non-violent means were used to meet the brutality of Burma's dictatorship.

"Our spiritual message is to bring about a clear, more compassionate way and more harmonious relationship within all aspects of life in the country."

For Buddhist monks and nuns, turning their begging bowls upside down indicates their refusal to accept alms from the ruthless rulers and their servants. This follows a tradition established in the time of the Buddha by which monastic law allows monks to rebuke those who behave against “Dharma” (Buddhist Law).
In Burma’s Buddhist society, monks are highly respected, because they are disciples of Buddha who taught universal loving kindness, wisdom, peace and compassion. But we monks are facing many challenges at this critical moment in history. Thousands of Buddhist monks and nuns who were praying for peace were brutally attacked on the streets of Rangoon and other cities in September 2007. Burma’s regime committed these atrocities in full view of the world.


June 10-12, 2010 - Eimear O’Neill, Ed O’Sullivan, Lewis Williams and several others of Celtic and Indigenous roots held a circle at the Scottish Irish Indigenous Conference in Toronto and Guelph. The focus of the circle was on how processes of colonization in Ireland and Scotland were internalized and played out again in Turtle Island. It explored how the recovery of ancestral wisdoms, the processes of decolonization and the connection with Spirit and Mother Earth had sparked healing between, within and amongst our peoples.

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 - "Examining the Educational, Humanitarian and Spiritual work of Sri Sathya Sai Baba" - with Vinod Lad, Daniela Kibedi and Amit Telraja, OISE, Room 7-162, 4:00-5:30pm.

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010  - "Exploring Conscious Evolution", co-sponsored by the Gaia Centre and Transformative Learning Centre, OISE Peace Lounge, 7th Floor, 7:30-9:30pm.


Through films and conversation explore the work of Barbara Marx Hubbard - founder of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, author, and futurist  www.barbaramarxhubbard.com. The winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award from Association for Global New Thought, Ms Hubbard has been key to many current conversations on internet teleseminars such as Women On The Edge of Evolution, and Enlighten Next. She is a vital voice along with Andrew Cohen, Ken Wilbur, Jean Housten, Brian Swimme and others who are today regarded as Evolutionary Leaders. 
Ms Hubbard is in Toronto June 4, 5 at a conference called, The Solution- Conscious Evolution Now. 207 Queens Quay West, Harbourfront, More info at  http://www.gaiacentre.org/programs/upcoming/Barbara-Marx-Hubbard.html
Ms. Hubbard has produced two movies on the subject of Conscious Evolution: Humanity Ascending and Visions of a Universal Humanity. Clips from these films will be viewed and discussed. The Conversation will be hosted by Edmund O Sullivan, T.L.C., Jeannette McCullough, and Carol Kilby, E.D. Gaia Centre for Eco-Spiritality and Sustainable Work. This event is free and space is limited to 100. RSVP at info@gaiacentre.org.

May 13th-16th, 2010 - The Transformative Learning Centre (TLC) was a co-organizer of the conference "Deepening Democracy as a Way of Life: Challenges for Participatory Democracy and Citizenship Learning in the 21st Century", which took place in Rosario, Argentina, on May 13-16, 2010.

This conference builds on two previous conferences organized by the TLC: "Lifelong Citizenship Learning, Participatory Democracy and Social Change: Local and Global Perspectives" (2003) and "Learning Democracy by Doing: Alternative Practices in Citizenship Learning and Participatory Democracy (2008)."

At the Rosario conference, the Transformative Learning Centre was represented by graduate students Elizabeth Pinnington, Manuel Larrabure, Jeff Myers and Kevin Kester, and by professor Daniel Schugurensky. The conference attracted over 300 participants from all over the world.

Friday, May 7th, 2010 - "Mindfulness practices for Individual and Social Transformation: Insights from Korea" - with Heejoon Yang, Ph.D student Seoul National University, OISE, Room 7-162, 1:00-2:30pm.  

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 -"ENCUENTRO: A Popular Education Encounter" - organized by TLC, OISE Adult Education and Community Development Program, The Catalyst Centre and Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. The Encounter will explore issues of popular education at the intersections of social change, peacebuilding, ecological justice, participatory democracy, higher education, the school system, and theatre and the arts, OISE, Room 5-250, 9:30am-6:15pm. RSVP required to attend.

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 - "Popular Education and Community Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Societies: The Cases of Timor Leste and Aboriginal Australia" - with Professors Bob Boughton and Deborah Durnan, University of New England, Australia. Speaking as keynote presenters for ENCUENTRO: A Popular Education Encounter, OISE, 4:00-5:30pm.


Both Timor-Leste and Aboriginal Australia have long and violent histories arising from colonial invasions and occupations. In Australia, the direct violence of frontier pacification programs ended early in the last century, but the structural violence of marginalisation, impoverishment and the denial of Indigenous peoples basic rights continues into the present. In Timor-Leste only a decade has passed since the genocidal Indonesian military occupation ended, and formal independence was achieved only in 2002. Today, in both countries, Indigenous people in small isolated and remote communities with high rates of illiteracy are struggling to come to terms with the after-effects of colonial violence, but in very different contexts.

From our experiences working in both countries, we have begun to systematise our understandings of the contribution of popular education theory and practice to the work of conflict transformation and community peacebuilding. In this short presentation, we will outline some basic propositions about colonial violence and resistance, and about the interconnectedness once the direct violence ends, of critical literacy, gender, democratic governance, and the right to self-determination. We will provide some examples from our practice and research to illustrate our argument, and suggest some further questions which popular educators and development workers may wish to pursue.

Bob Boughton is Associate Professor, Adult and Workplace Education, University of New England, Armidale Australia. He has worked with the Indigenous rights movement in Australia and the Timor-Leste solidarity movement for over three decades. His other main interest is the history and theory of radical adult education.

Deborah Durnan works as an adult education and development specialist, mainly in the field of Indigenous governance and community development. She was a peacebuilding consultant for UNICEF in Timor-Leste in 2006-07, and UNE Research Fellow on a three-year Australian Research Council project with Bob Boughton which studied the emerging post-independence Timor-Leste adult eduction system.

Monday, April 26th - "Tell Us Your Story" - with Maria Jardim, UofT Family Care Office, OISE, Room 7-162, 4:00-5:30pm. 


Tell Us Your Story is a project conducted by Maria Jardim, a graduate from the Adult Education and Community Development Program who is currently a staff member at the UofT Family Care Office. For this project, she interviewed a number of UofT students with family responsibilities on the difficulties they face at the university, how they have overcome some of them, and their suggestions on how UofT could make their life easier. The resulting videoclips are now posted online. In this presentation, she will show a sample of those videoclips. The inspiration for the project came from a 2007 Summer Institute course sponsored by the TLC, "Researching Our Histories", facilitated by Lena Richardson.  

Saturday, April 10, 2010 - CarrotMob Toronto - An innovative BuyCotting method to promote, through consumer-driven social activism, eco-renovations with local businesses in the Bloor/Annex region. The CarrotMob Toronto initative was started by a group of OISE Adult Education students in partnership with Local Food Plus, www.localfoodplus.ca. The objective of the project was to promote eco-renovations at a select shop and foster partnerships between local grocery stores and Ontario farms, with the projection of repeating this model in other neighborhoods around Toronto and across Canada. For more information on the CarrotMob, please visit www.toronto.carrotmob.org.  The CarrotMob took place on April 10th, 2010, from 12:00pm-4:00pm, at G's Fine Foods, on the corner of Bloor and Huron. 

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 Drew Dellinger, poet, scholar and activist, will present "Justice and Ecology, Art and Activism, Poetry and Politics, Cosmology and Culture", at OISE, Peace Lounge, 7:30pm. 


Drew Dellinger is a poet, writer, teacher, and speaker who has inspired hearts and minds around the world, performing poetry and keynoting on justice, ecology, cosmology and compassion. He is also a consultant, publisher, and founder of Planetize the Movement Press. Dellinger's book of poems, lover letter to the milky way, has thousands of devoted readers on five continents, and his work has appeared on radio, in films and in books, anthologies and magazines--from the new York Times to Tikkun Kosmos, and more. Dellinger co-wrote the documentary film, "The Awakening Universe," which premiered at the United Nations. In 1997, Dellinger received Common Boundary magazine's Green Dove Award. 

Dellinger has taught at Prescott College, Naropa University, Esalen Institute, and John F. Kennedy University, where he was Associate Professor and director of the Program in Social Ecology. He studied cosmology and ecological thought with Thomas Berry for 20 years. In 2009, Dellinger's poetry was quoted by a Member of the United States Congress during Congressional hearings on climate change legislation.

There is a $25 fee for the talk/reading ($15 for students and unwaged). For more information on this event, contact Marilyn Daniels, marilyn@visionlegacy.com.  

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 - "Local Food Plus: At the Intersections of Food, Policy and Community Organizing in Ontario" - with Lori Stahlbrand, President of Local Food Plus, OISE 7th Floor, Peace Lounge, 7pm. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - "Anti-Poverty Organizing and Learning: A CURA Project" - with Peter Sawchuk, OISE Professor of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education & Co-Leader of the Anti-Poverty Organizing and Learning CURA Project; Israt Ahmed, Community Housing Organizer and Resident & Member of the Social Policy Council of Toronto; Tasnim Kahn, Community Housing Leader and Resident; and Youssef Sawan, OISE PhD student and APCOL-CURA Researcher, OISE, 4th Floor, room 4-410, 5:00-6:30pm.

Saturday, March 6th, 2010 - "Creating a Culture of Nature Connection" Join us for this collaborative event hosted by TLC and The P.I.N.E. Project as Mark Morey,  founder of the Vermont Wilderness School and the Institute for Natural Learning speaks on topics including the value of nature connection, and techniques to help create a culture of nature connection in your life, your home, and your community, OISE 2nd Floor, 6-9pm. 

Friday, February 26th, 2010 - "Music as Peacebuilding" - with Gary Diggins, Musician & Soundwork Practitioner, and Alison Burkett, M.Ed student, Adult Education and Community Development, OISE 7th Floor, Peace Lounge, 1-2:30pm. Gary will share his experience as a mindfulness educator in Rwanda and Nigeria and his experience of music as a universal language.  Along with two other Toronto based musicians, participants will be led through an experiential "soundscape" where we will have the opportunity to create and receive our own sound with world instruments including drums, didgeredoos, and singing bowls. This event is by donation, all are welcome and no musical experience is required, please bring a drum if you own one. 


Gary Diggins bio: As a sound practitioner and mindfulness educator, Gary Diggins has integrated his passion for music and peacebuilding through his work with Between Four Eyes, a humanitarian organization for mindfulness education, and his own organization the Toronto Soundsource Academy.  Gary has a profound gift to unlock that which is most wild and creative in the human spirit and to harness this place of liberation for heart based connection.   

Thursday, February 25th, 2010 - "Third Visioning Meeting for this Summer's Spirit Matters Gathering", OISE 7th Floor Room 7-162, 6:30-8:30pm.

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 - "Report back from The World Youth Conference in Italy and an Update on the Buy-Cotting Initiative in Toronto" - with Nico Koenig, MEd student, Adult Education and Community Development, OISE 7th Floor Peace Lounge, 1-2:30pm. 

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 - "InterChange GTA Local Centre Meeting" - OISE 7th Floor Peace Lounge, 5:30pm.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 - The Transformative Learning Centre, Adult Education and Community Development Program, and Comparative and International Development Education Centre present:


"Report Back from the International Civil Society Forum (FISC) and CONFINTEA VI: A View from the International Council of Adult Education (ICAE)"

January 27, 2010
6.30-8.00 pm
OISE, Room 5-280
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

Sue Nielsen, VP ICAE (North America) and founder of Toronto Adult Student Association (TASA)

Bronwen Magrath, Doctoral Student, Adult Education and Community Development, OISE/ University of Toronto

Moderator: Daniel Schugurensky, Adult Education and Community Development Program, OISE/University of Toronto


Every 12-13 years, UNESCO organizes an international summit of adult education called CONFINTEA (Conference Internationale sur l’Education des Adultes). The first CONFINTEA took place in Elsinore (Denmark) in 1949, followed by conferences in Montreal (1960), Tokyo (1972), Paris (1985) and Hamburg (1997). The last one (CONFINTEA VI), was held in Belem (Brazil) in December 2009. CONFINTEA VI marks a new era because it was the first time that CONFINTEA was held in the Global South and because of the important role played by the International Civil Society Forum (FISC, for its Portuguese acronym).

Among the outcomes of Belem was the release of the International Learners Charter and the launch of the Global Learners Network. ICAE ((International Council of Adult Education) also produced ten recommendations in a document entitled “From rhetoric to coherent action”. The second recommendation states that “popular education is key to the renewal of adult learning as a means to social and political transformation”.

In this session, Bronwen Magrath and Sue Nielsen, who participated in both FISC and CONFINTEA as part of the ICAE delegation, will talk about their personal experience in both events, with a particular focus on the key roles played by the civil society caucus and by adult learners.

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 - "First GTA InterChange Meeting for 2010", OISE 7th Floor, Room 7-162, 5:30pm. 

Wednesay, January 13th, 2010 - Adult Education and Community Development & The Transformative Learning Centre (TLC) present "Nonviolent Action: The Struggle for a Piece of Land (Film and discussion)", OISE Room 5-260, 5:00-6:30pm


The movie presents the Struggle for a Piece of Land by landless people in India and the mobilization for Land Rights in India carried on by Ekta Parishad. In October 2007, Ekta Parishad organized a march in which about 25,000 poor marginalized landless people from different parts of the country walked 350 kilometers over a period of 1 month to the National Capital demanding their right to own a piece of land. Screening of "NONVIOLENT ACTION" will be followed by discussion with Jill-Carr Hill, a Canadian activist who has been closely associated  with this movement.


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