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Summer Institute Workshops and Courses

TLC SUMMER INSTITUTE - June 18 to June 30, 2012

We are offering a wonderful variety of 20 hour workshops a 8 workshop, a 5 hour workshop as well as a 8 hour course and 5 courses at this year's Institute.  There are a lot of offerings to choose from!

If you are interested in taking a course being run by a specific facilitator, please click their name.

Please note that the course list is being updated regularly.  If you were interested in a course that you no longer see on the list, please email oise.tlc@gmail.com for more information.

Jessica Bell

Jennifer Chan

Catherine Chater

Mark Hathaway

Jeana McCabe

Sheila Stewart

Marina Quattrocchi

Dorothy Lichtblau

Course descriptions are being updated regularly. 


Dreamwork Uncovered - Marina Quattrocchi (CODE SI-003) CANCELLED

Tuesday June 19 to Saturday June 23 and Monday June 25 to Friday June 29 from 3:00 to 5:00PM

Dreamwork Uncovered is a 20 hour workshop which gives students the tools to understand their dreams. It is based on Marina's book, Dreamwork Uncovered which is used as a course manual. It is a dynamic 20 hour workshop comprising approximately 40 minutes of formal teaching, followed by 20 minutes of questions, discussions, and group activities. Participants use the book Dreamwork Uncovered as a course manual, and a supplementary binder of handouts. The course covers 13 topics, and by the end, even novices will have the skills to understand dreams. The goal of dreamwork is to move the dreamer, whether student or adult, away from karma or spiritual debts, into dharma, a more compassionate, ethical behaviour where they ultimately use their gifts to dharmically give back or contribute to the world. Dreams will gently prod us to recognize and clean up our karma, and to enact our destiny or dharma, regardless of age, so this workshop would fit into both categories. Marina has expertise in Spirituality in Education, since she has taught meditation and dreamwork in both elementary and secondary settings, but have also taught dreamwork to adults in variety of community settings. Themes within workshop include: Popular Education and Community Development or Spirituality in Education.

Cultivating Ecological Wisdom - Mark Hathaway (CODE SI-004) CANCELLED

Friday June 22 to Sunday June 24

Friday June 22 7:30 to 10:00PM

Saturday June 23 10:00AM to 5:30PM

Sunday June 24 10:00AM to 5:30PM

Deep ecologist Arne Naess once described his deep ecology as an ecosophia, or ecological wisdom. Naess likens ecological wisdom to a worldview, but one that is embodied in behaviours and action: "All 'sophical' insight should be directly relevant for action" and involve a "conscious change of attitude towards the conditions of life in the ecosphere" (Naess & Rothenberg, 1989, pp. 37-38). We could therefore understand ecological wisdom as consisting of the diverse modes of consciousness and perception - along with the knowledge, skills, and emotional intelligence - needed to bring forth an ecologically sustainable, spirituality fulfilling, and socially just human prescence on Earth.

Over the course of this workshop, a variety of experiential exercises and practices will be employed to help participants to reflect on and deepen their own experience of ecological wisdom. As well, the facilitator will present a number of key ideas from his research drawing on scientific, spiritual, and psychological perspectives to enrich the group's reflections. In the process, we will attempt to more clearly describe the experience of ecological wisdom, the way it affects both our consciousness and actions, and the transformative learning that has been most helpful in educing, cultivating, and nourishing it in our own lives.


                                             8 HOUR WORKSHOP


Why do Design Driven Community Engagement? - Jennifer Chan (CODE ST-006) CANCELLED

Friday June 29 from 10:00AM to 6:00PM

Why do design driven community engagement? We all belong to multiple communities, whether it is a neighbourhood, a classroom, a cultural group, a social clique, or a political platform. Have you ever thought what would happen if you could re-design the spaces you belong to? This class explores the top 10 reasons why Exhibit Change is doing design driven community engagement and the projects we are learning from and how we are constantly coming up with new projects to do in an efforts to improve our city and education. You'll learn design thinking 101, participatory leadership, rapid idea generation and how to look at your spaces with through a new lens. This class is meant for people who are genuinely interested in learning how to hone their sense-making skills, to build confidence in their creativity and have intent to make an impact on their community. This class is participatory, interactive and I always have oreo cookies on hand!

Home Base: Developing Ecological Identity Through Reflective Writing About Formative Places - Dorothy Lichtblau (CODE SI-005) CANCELLED

Monday June 18 to Wednesday June 20 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM

How do narratives, metaphors, and words shape our understanding? How do the stories we tell about our experiences form our realities and our identities? How can we re-think, re-form, and re-new our lives through re-visioned stories? These are some of the central questions that we will examine during this workshop that aims to creatively explore and deepen participants' understanding of the important experiential and metaphoric roles our enviornments play in sharping who we are.

Locating ourselves in the theoretical framework that narratives are the girders upon which lives are configured (Bruner, 1990: Clandinin & Connelly, 2000) and that stories are the means through which we humans process, recollect, communicate, and give meaning to lived experience, we will recall and write about places that are personally significant to us to consider our relationship with these places and how they may have influenced our perspectives and actions. Our learning process also will include dialogue, visual mapping of personal experience, and short readings that will inform our understanding of the multiple dimensions and complexity of enviornments. Afterward, we will reflect on our writing about enviornments and write responses to these initial recollections to see if and how our understanding of relationship to place has shifted.



Inspire The Shift - Catherine Chater (CODE SE-001) CANCELLED

Friday June 22 from 4:00PM to 9:00PM

"As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." - Marianne Williamson

Our collective visions are noruished by the contributions of each individual. Every shift of consciousness we make for ourselves opens new possibilities for personal truth -- and acts as a catalyst for collective social change. The pwoer to make these shifts already exists within each of us! Learning to bring this empowerment into the day-to-day reality is a constant process of creation and discovery. In this workshop pratical tools to dissolve limitations and activate capacities in body, mind and spirit are provided and practiced. Through an integrated process of didactic presentation (45%), group discussion (25%), reflective pen/paper exercise and group meditative practice (30%) participants will be coached through three specific skills that realign thoughts, feelings and actions to the sacred essence within. These tools draw upon innovations in the field of cognitive therapy, mindfulness and Soul-based Energy Medicine, providing the inspiration to free emotional patterning, expand thinking styles and become an active participant in the co-creation of life's opportunities.

                                                        8 HOUR COURSE

Through the Lens: A Look at Social Justice Issues of our Day - Jeana McCabe (CODE SE-015)

Saturday June 23 from 10:00AM to 6:00PM CANCELLED

'Through The Lens' - A Look at Social Justice Teaching is a workshop designed to train teachers how to engage their students in family, community & global issues through the lens of the camera. Using documentary as their medium, students delve deeper and more personally into human stories connected to their environment, their struggles and their dreams. More importantly they not only learn for themselves the challenges surrounding our world but attempt to share and expose injustices with other youth through their screenings throughout Ontario. Whether it be on the environment, youth violence, the marginalized or cyber bullying, students find new ways to get to the heart of the issue through a combination of interviews, research and observation. They get involved. They produce. They challenge each other for change.

This workshop examines the methods of teaching social justice through documentary production by first exploring social justice topics, by researching and applying the social justice principles which at the core lies human dignity, and finally by engaging in community through exploration and interviews to gather footage for their documentary.

The workshop provides teachers with the opportunity for both theory and practise. Teachers will examine and critique student documentary production for both form and content. They will be given sample materials and provided with my 35 page powerpoint to take home with them. In it are sample assignments and assessments. They will actually video tape and edit a short 3 minute documentary with a partner after researching and writing a short script. They will have opportunities to create a storyboard, design a poster and create their own music for their soundtrack.

Write Your Way: Exploring Poetry's Power - Sheila Stewart (CODE SF-005) Room: 7-162

Monday June 18, Thursday June 21 & Monday June 25 from 6:00PM to 8:40PM

Poetry allows our spirits to come forward. As we explore writing outside of more conventional, linear forms, we work with our own rhythms and stories. Poetry can connect us more intimately with ourselves and others.

In this course, Sheila will lead pariticpants through a series of writing exercises to help them become more comfortable with the possibilities of writing poetry. This course is open to people trying poetry for the first time, beginning poets, the experianced poets. OISE/UT students and community members of different backgrounds and with various interests will benefit from expanding the ways they approach writing.

Sheila will guide participants into their writing through the use of writing prompts and short writing exercises. There will be opportunities for participants to read their work aloud if they are comfortable doing so. Quotes, poems, music and simple movement will help us enter into our writing more deeply and come closer to what we want to say. The course will include how to start a poem, work with a poem's energy, edit a poem, give feedback to others, and support ongoing poetry writing. We will briefly touch on the various Toronto poetry scenes, including reading venues, and opportunities to publish.

Sheila will use an embodied approach to the course, drawing on simple holistic exercises, which encourage the participants to be with and learn from their bodies, spirits, emotions, and minds. Themes within the course include: Spirituality and Education. 

                                                5 HOUR COURSES


The Art and Science of Facilitation Jessica Bell (CODE SF-004) Room: 5250

Saturday June 30 1:00PM to 6:00PM

Meetings can be inspiring, hellish, or somewhere in between. The quality of a meeting depends a lot on good facilitation. Facilitators aren't supposed to run the show, and they do more than keep track of who wants to speak. In this couse, you'll practice some steps, tools, techniques and approaches that can help you effectively facilitate meetings. Opportunity will be given for some participants to recieve feedback on your facilitation technique.




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