Mon Apr 13, 5:30 PM - Mon May 18, 7:00 PM (PDT)

Online via Zoom

“Active Hope involves identifying the outcomes we hope for and then playing an active role in bringing them about. We can rise to the occasion with wisdom, courage, and care or we can shrink from the challenge…. Can we train ourselves to become more courageous, inspired, and connected?“

This course will use the book Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone as a guide to exploring what it means to be an Evolving Human in the world today. What does it mean for each of us to step up and out as our fullest selves and respond to crises facing our world.

The concepts and philosophy introduced will lay the foundation for further explorations in out Multi-Generational Learning for Life Programs.

Tue Apr 14, 10:00 AM - Tue May 5, 11:30 AM (PDT)

Online via Zoom

Awareness Through the Body (ATB)
ATB is an integrative yoga practice, which means it blends the wisdom of yoga with aspects of dance, bodywork, mindful meditation, and new games that enhance concentration, relaxation and self-knowledge in children and adults. By synthesizing exercises from many approaches into an original and developmentally appropriate series of sequential activities, the practices can enable children and adults to become more self-aware and self-confident. The activities can be quiet or lively, simple or complicated, profound or just plain fun, while building skills of refining the senses, identifying and managing thoughts and emotions, and better attuning to ourselves and others. ATB provides tools for parents, teachers, coaches, counsellors, and therapists of all disciplines, who work with people of any age, to help develop their capacities for calm attention, self-knowledge, and self-regulation so they can progress towards a balance of the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of their experience and connect to the world and each other in more meaningful ways. Learn more at:
https://awarenessthroughthebody.wordpress.com/

Mindful Embodiment Practices
These include practices such as meditation, breathwork, visualization and contemplation, as well as bodywork, improvisational movement, and sound exploration. The key is that they incorporate an awareness of mindfulness and embodiment into their lived experience. Mindfulness involves noticing the thoughts that arise in consciousness, and letting them take their course without judgement. This noticing without judgement helps free the mind to express itself, eventually helping to quiet the stream of thoughts that can contribute to anxiety and stress. Embodiment takes the capacity of people to “notice”, to use attention for observing only, without becoming attached to what has been observed, and broadens the application beyond mindfulness to put the body itself, (and it’s sensations in stillness or movement) as the object of attention. Together the inclusion of mindfulness and embodiment create an Integral Bodywork practice that informs a new way of being and responding in daily life.

Program Goal
Mindful Embodiment Practices provide tools which encourage individuals to expand their consciousness primarily through experiencing the body as a vehicle for awakening the consciousness of the entire being. This is done by exploring:
Attention and Concentration, with exercises to direct and focus attention, building the capacity for concentration.
Breathing, with activities to develop awareness of the breath and how breath affects the different parts of the being.
Sensory awareness, through explorations that help to open and refine the senses.
Relaxation, by enhancing the capacity to consciously enter physical, emotional and mental relaxation.

Mindful Embodiment, and ATB in particular, are designed to help adults and children experience the existence of an inner and outer space, and of being present in both simultaneously. Inhabiting our bodies by using each of our senses in a more complete way, free from judgement and preconceived ideas, we are better able to think well, move well, and live well.

Who will benefit most from this certificate course?
This certificate is ideal for parents, teachers, counsellors, and other professional educators, as well as mentors in informal education/wellness settings.

Learning Outcomes
This course is an exploration of ATB in the context of Integral Bodywork and does not replace the ATB Facilitator Courses available through Auroville and listed at https://awarenessthroughthebody.wordpress.com/
Following successful completion of this certificate course, participants will be able to:
Gain an emerging understanding of the origins, epistemology, integral qualities, and practices of Awareness through the Body (ATB).
Develop ease in engaging with selected ATB and other Mindful Embodiment activities and practices.
Develop a daily Mindful Embodiment practice and engage in that practice each day during the course.
Integrate Mindful Embodiment learning activities into daily life, including in a group setting, the classroom, a professional practice, or simply within their own family.

Tue Apr 14, 11:00 AM - Tue May 5, 12:30 PM (PDT)

Online via Zoom

In times of uncertainty, people look for belonging and security. In the year of a global pandemic and forced physical distancing, we lack connection more than ever before. This course will help learners discover their ability to build resilience, build social connection, guide the challenges of self-introspection and come out of a time of uncertainty stronger than ever.
Who will benefit most from this certificate course?
Learners in a global community who would like to “stay strong” during uncertain times

Learning Outcomes
Following successful completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Navigate tools for self-introspection
Redefine themselves by letting go of outdated paradigms and assumptions
Cultivate relationships with self, others and community
Experience Appreciative Inquiry and Gratitude practices
Develop resilience during times of uncertainty
Create joy in the middle of huge life transition
Stay intentional about social connection during physical distancing
Stay strong and be brave in the midst of global fear and pandemic

Wed Apr 15, 11:00 AM - Wed May 6, 12:30 PM (PDT)

Online via Zoom

Overview:
In this four session series, a solid foundation is laid for understanding, discerning and experiencing transformation in the domains of the individual, the culture and the organization. The first two connections will focus on transformation at the level of the individual, the third will emphasize the cultural and the last session will highlight the organizational. A more in-depth study, practice and experience of ICOT will follow in future offerings

Who will benefit most from this certificate course?
Any one committed to being a keen observer of themselves, others, cultures and organizations and how transformation can manifest in each area, and how each influences the others
Learners
Educators
People in Business
Parents

Learning Outcomes
Following successful completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

Define transformation for themselves that is created and embodied by them – model transformational thinking, acting, etc.
Understand the distinctions of transformation – for individuals, cultures, organizations
Demonstrate the usage of listening and speaking to generate environments in which transformation can occur;
Utilize many kinds of conversations that introduce distinct ways of being to bring forth transformation – personally, collectively, culturally, organizationally
Consciously observe themselves and others, and cultures and organizations, and bring a level of discernment to each, e.g. noticing what is present and what is missing in order for a transformational space/environment to show up
Be more at ease with engaging with others in situations that are uncertain and experimental as people discover together how to co create -transformational experiences
Apply what they are learning/experiencing to what they most care about – their life’s commitments, passions, personal and professional endeavors.

Wed Apr 15, 4:00 PM - Wed May 6, 5:30 PM (PDT)

Online via Zoom

Overview: Too many people believe that play is for the younger children. However, while the focus and objects of play change as the child grows the importance of play stays constant. Play is critical for healthy brains and bodies, for emotional well-being, for successful relationships, and to deepen self-awareness. Through dialogue we will explore the dynamics of play, opportunities for play through age 23, and often asked questions such as what is the value of competition at varying ages, how do you play with a teenager, how to integrate play and academics, how to assess the value of video games, how to engage play to resolve conflict, and much more. We shall play together as well as dialogue in our exploration.

Who will benefit most from this certificate course? Everyone and anyone; especially educators, parents, physical education providers, mental health professionals, recreation professionals i.e., camp staff

Learning Outcomes
Following successful completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Engage play with people of all ages to bring forth well-being
Understand how to employ child development to choose the right activity at the right time in the right way
Appreciate the importance of play for all aspects of life—including values, relationship, academics, Emotional Intelligence, tolerance, conflict resolution, and self-esteem

Wed Apr 15, 7:00 PM - Wed May 6, 8:30 PM (PDT)

Online via Zoom

Poetry, Self Reflection and the Impersonal Self

Who will benefit most from this certificate course?
Any questing adult, new or practiced with reflective work through journaling, poetry reading and/or writing.

Learning Outcomes
Following successful completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Practice aesthetic inner listening, create a found poem, write a haiku, lead group poem writing, be aware of the heart/mind connection biologically and metaphorically.

Fri Apr 17, 11:00 AM - Fri May 8, 12:30 PM (PDT)

Online via Zoom

This course focuses on the very foundation of what it means to be human –
contributing our uniqueness to our world, through our own sense of self integration
– our development and integration of our mental, emotional, physical, spiritual
intelligences. Learners engaged in these conversations, contemplations, practices,
and experiences will greatly contribute to the sustainability of life on our planet.

Who will benefit most from this certificate course?
People who are committed to experiencing, expressing and contributing their whole
self to life
 Learners
 Educators
 People in Business
 Parents

Learning Outcomes
Following successful completion of this workshop, participants will be:
Clear about their current knowledge of and relationship with their mental, emotional, physical, spiritual intelligences.
Provided with a substantial foundation, (resources, experiences, reflections, dialogues, consulting, etc., for each intelligence and how best to integrate these intelligences in service of what they are committed to contributing in life.
In action with specific practices they will participate in to expand their knowledge of and relationship with their mental, emotional, physical, spiritual intelligence.
Engaged in a clearly, designed plan to accomplish their goals; how to embody each intelligences to skillfully apply their understanding to what they care about in life – their life’s work.

Sun Apr 19, 4:00 - 5:00 PM (PDT)

Online via Zoom

What is Transformative Learning?
Why did we choose the term ‘Transformative Learning’ ?
What the heck is a self-renewing learning community?

Join Laurel Tien, Offerings Director and Renee Beth Poindexter, Board Chair, for a lively conversation about how the Transformative Learning Foundation defines this phrase and lives Transformative Learning through our program offerings.

Learning doesn’t have to be a didactic top-down drone by a professor inclined to put their yawning students into a deep REM sleep. It can be engaging, invigorating, and done collaboratively where learner and mentor work together to determine the shared path of travel.

Mon Apr 20, 4:00 PM - Mon May 11, 5:30 PM (PDT)

Online via Zoom

Overview: Appreciation of Holistic Development brings inspiration to learners and confidence to educators and parents. Whether it’s in the midst of a particular subject engagement, or communication during the learning moments, or supporting learners to choose wisely that which they wish to learn, knowing the developmental capacities and fields of inquiry naturally available at each developmental stage provides focus and brings forth mutually beneficial relationships for all. We shall use experiences and situations of all participants as the basis of our dialogue so that everyone gains practical and immediately applicable insight and tools.

Who will benefit most from this certificate course? All educators supporting independent learning, parents of independent learners

Learning Outcomes
Following successful completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Holistic developmental insight will allow all those who work with independent learners to clarify subject matter, help learners choose subjects wisely, optimize relationships that support communication and all learning moments

Sun Apr 26, 10:00 - 11:00 AM (PDT)

Online via Zoom

What is Learning as a Living System? How does it integrate first-, second-, and third-person knowing?

Join Laurel Tien, Offerings Director and Renee Beth Poindexter, Board Chair, for a lively conversation about how the Transformative Learning Foundation defines this phrase and lives this through our program offerings.

Mon May 4, 9:00 AM - Fri Aug 28, 12:00 PM (PDT)

Online via Zoom

This is the first module of four in the Certified Practitioner program in Transformative Learning Communities. You are introduced to our map: the inquiry- based process of wonder, explore, design, apply, within the collective of the Certified Practitioners community.

This Orientation module runs for 15 weeks, with weekly meetings in real-time via zoom. This creates a learning environment where each learner can engage in their own process of self-authoring, within a self-renewing learning community of colleagues and faculty mentors. You choose a portfolio mentor to walk with you on your journey.

The Certified Practitioner program in Transformative Learning Communities offers the opportunity for learning in community, acknowledging a tension between two learning paradigms: self-authored and nested in an intentional community. You learn about and experience inquiry-based learning within the power of conversation and connection with your mentors and community.

Mon May 4, 10:00 AM - Mon May 25, 11:30 AM (PDT)

Online via Zoom

Awareness Through the Body (ATB)
ATB is an integrative yoga practice, which means it blends the wisdom of yoga with aspects of dance, bodywork, mindful meditation, and new games that enhance concentration, relaxation and self-knowledge in children and adults. By synthesizing exercises from many approaches into an original and developmentally appropriate series of sequential activities, the practices can enable children and adults to become more self-aware and self-confident. The activities can be quiet or lively, simple or complicated, profound or just plain fun, while building skills of refining the senses, identifying and managing thoughts and emotions, and better attuning to ourselves and others. ATB provides tools for parents, teachers, coaches, counsellors, and therapists of all disciplines, who work with people of any age, to help develop their capacities for calm attention, self-knowledge, and self-regulation so they can progress towards a balance of the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of their experience and connect to the world and each other in more meaningful ways. Learn more at:
https://awarenessthroughthebody.wordpress.com/

Mindful Embodiment Practices
These include practices such as meditation, breathwork, visualization and contemplation, as well as bodywork, improvisational movement, and sound exploration. The key is that they incorporate an awareness of mindfulness and embodiment into their lived experience. Mindfulness involves noticing the thoughts that arise in consciousness, and letting them take their course without judgement. This noticing without judgement helps free the mind to express itself, eventually helping to quiet the stream of thoughts that can contribute to anxiety and stress. Embodiment takes the capacity of people to “notice”, to use attention for observing only, without becoming attached to what has been observed, and broadens the application beyond mindfulness to put the body itself, (and it’s sensations in stillness or movement) as the object of attention. Together the inclusion of mindfulness and embodiment create an Integral Bodywork practice that informs a new way of being and responding in daily life.

Program Goal
Mindful Embodiment Practices provide tools which encourage individuals to expand their consciousness primarily through experiencing the body as a vehicle for awakening the consciousness of the entire being. This is done by exploring:
Attention and Concentration, with exercises to direct and focus attention, building the capacity for concentration.
Breathing, with activities to develop awareness of the breath and how breath affects the different parts of the being.
Sensory awareness, through explorations that help to open and refine the senses.
Relaxation, by enhancing the capacity to consciously enter physical, emotional and mental relaxation.

Mindful Embodiment, and ATB in particular, are designed to help adults and children experience the existence of an inner and outer space, and of being present in both simultaneously. Inhabiting our bodies by using each of our senses in a more complete way, free from judgement and preconceived ideas, we are better able to think well, move well, and live well.

Who will benefit most from this certificate course?
This certificate is ideal for parents, teachers, counsellors, and other professional educators, as well as mentors in informal education/wellness settings.

Learning Outcomes
This course is an exploration of ATB in the context of Integral Bodywork and does not replace the ATB Facilitator Courses available through Auroville and listed at https://awarenessthroughthebody.wordpress.com/
Following successful completion of this certificate course, participants will be able to:
Gain an emerging understanding of the origins, epistemology, integral qualities, and practices of Awareness through the Body (ATB).
Develop ease in engaging with selected ATB and other Mindful Embodiment activities and practices.
Develop a daily Mindful Embodiment practice and engage in that practice each day during the course.
Integrate Mindful Embodiment learning activities into daily life, including in a group setting, the classroom, a professional practice, or simply within their own family.

Tue May 5, 7:00 PM - Tue May 26, 8:30 PM (PDT)

Online via Zoom

Overview: This workshop is an exploration of awareness and the afterlife. The workshop explores afterlife accounts and how they illuminate the afterlife experience, dissolve the fear of death, and consistently emphasize the importance of awareness, knowledge, service, and love.

Who will benefit most from this certificate course? Lifelong learning professionals

Learning Outcomes
Following successful completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Develop and demonstrate an in-depth awareness of the afterlife.
  2. Be able to utilize the knowledge they have gained about awareness and the afterlife to extend their own understanding and research.
  3. Develop the skills needed to identify essential factors pertaining to awareness and the afterlife.
  4. Be able to use the understanding of the afterlife they have gained in their personal and professional lives.
  5. Develop the critical skills needed to apply their understanding of the afterlife knowledgeably.

Wed May 6, 7:00 PM - Wed May 27, 8:30 PM (PDT)

Online via Zoom

Overview: This workshop is an exploration of creative awareness and creative healing processes that enliven healing potential, honor the wisdom of the body, alleviate suffering, and deepen awareness. It includes a review of processes that can variously help release tension and chronic pain, develop physiological awareness, facilitate family and generational reconciliation, transform habitual patterns, transmute energy, engage healing, enhance dream lucidity, access non ordinary guidance, foster sensitivity, expand the subtle senses, access simultaneity, inform relationship dynamics, incorporate the remedial use of food, increase communication and cooperation with nature, renew education, and expand awareness.

Who will benefit most from this certificate course? Lifelong learning professionals

Learning Outcomes
Following successful completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Develop and demonstrate an increased understanding of creative awareness and creative healing.
  2. Be able to utilize the knowledge they have gained about creative awareness and creative healing to benefit their own health and research.
  3. Develop the skills needed to identify essential factors pertaining to creative awareness and creative healing.
  4. Be able to use the understanding of creative awareness and creative healing they have gained in their personal and professional lives.
  5. Develop the critical skills needed to apply their understanding of creative awareness and creative healing knowledgeably.

Tue May 12, 4:00 PM - Tue Jun 2, 5:30 PM (PDT)

Online via Zoom

Overview:
Social justice and sustainable relationships provide the cornerstone of respect, integrity, connection, and relationship. There is no more important and powerful way to create social justice in our communities than by helping our children to become healthy, engaged, compassionate, and fulfilled adults. This course participants become proficient in creating social justice as a necessary and inevitable outcome of nurturing children’s developmental imperatives.

Who will benefit most from this certificate course? Teachers, learning consultants, parents, children, families

Learning Outcomes
Following successful completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Understand how to recognize and nurture the development of social justice in children
To create social justice learning opportunities that bring forth social justice in children
Dissolve myths as to how educate children in social justice
Create social justice learning communities in home or in educational settings
Avoid mistakes in bringing forth social justice in children
Appreciate children’s social justice expressions and gifts to their community

Sun Jun 14, 10:00 AM - Sun Jul 5, 11:30 AM (PDT)

Online via Zoom

Overview: The course is built around the student’s aspirations as framed within the context of an emergent process, and grounded in the understandings that the Earth and all its systems are alive, endowed with life processes, and interdependent. Systemic Understanding will be developed as an emergent process that will enhance both the students’ life work and the life work of those with whom it interacts. The curricula serves as a bridge between Earth Based and Colonizing cultures (to which I belong) and since it is the Earth Based Peoples who embody sustainability, I will be asking Earth Based Elders to co-facilitate at least two of the four classes as Talking Circles. This class is intended to stimulate demand and design points for emergent classes.

Who will benefit most from this certificate course? The initial benefit will be derived by the students, and should serve to benefit all future learning experiences. Our Transformational Learning Community will benefit greatly because we are offering a critical, necessary approach to dealing with World dilemmas.

Format: Each session will be offered through Zoom and will last 90 minutes. Lessons will include a combination of collaborative discussions, information sharing, and reflective practices. We will set our intention through meditation, an Appreciative Inquiry, or prayer at the outset of each session, and will close with some form of gratitude.

Learning Outcomes Following successful completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Teach an embodiment exercise that includes paradigm shifts & living systems
Articulate systemic understanding in terms of Panarchy and cultural maturation
Discern themselves, their organization & interdependent organization as alive
Perceive today’s dilemma in terms of ethical shortfalls with ethical solutions
Incorporate these learnings in their own life-work