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Announcing ‘The Teaching Labyrinth’ @ Brentwood Bay School!

Children's Peace & Nature LabyrinthInside is pleased to announce that ‘The Teaching Labyrinth‘ program will be one of the four workshops at the World Children Summit on Peace and Nature being held May 28th, 2015 at Brentwood Bay Elementary in Saanich.  This is one of Greater Victoria Communities!  Our program, The Teaching Labyrinth, will be one of four at Brentwood Bay Elementary.  The three other workshops will be; Storytelling, Photography and Nature, Music with the Ukulele.

To find out more on how you can host The Teaching Labyrinth workshop at your school please contact us here at Inside.

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Integration or “embodying” personal change through self realization can be challenging for many!

Written by Renee Lindstrom, Nov 19, 2014 – Note from author:  I believe school warehousing of students was for simplifying group management to maximize numbers and group learning.  This author has noticed the  two other styles of learning mentioned in this article are being blended back into some educational systems.  Consider that the original intention of school was the bright idea of one person who thought it was the best way to go.  

The Western Linear learning style schools have adopted for warehousing students has dropped other learning style choices. Two of these other learning styles are: following natural cycles (turning of the seasons) and learning by listening and exploring the experience of those who have gone before us (elders). By only experiencing a linear style education there is a great need for trust and safety in exploring these other two choices.

In Inside’s movement awareness programs, learning is experienced by listening to talking points for references on where to focus and explore those movement patterns. The safety and trust then transfers from the speaker to the those experiencing the changes in themselves as they follow the patterns they hear.  (cannot be compared to yoga where you are shown and put into a pose, or therapy where you are fixed – something is happening to you)

In communication there is a blend of all three learning styles. Linear (for concepts), practice (experiencing the concepts), experience (storytelling).

In movement, the trust in the facilitator is generally readily available, while in communication there is skepticism and doubt until there is a connection to something personal and meaningful. This can happen much easier through experiencing the natural cycle of dialogue (conversations), yet appears to be the most challenging for many. This article has been written one day after leading  both movement and communication workshops by the author whereby this was observed.

It was observed that it was easier for participants to explore new movements than it is for them to practice new ways of talking. In movement there was acceptance and ease in going for it. In communication for many there was resistance and shyness. Yet, while watching others practice there was awe in the outcome of trying to speak with intention and consciousness.

Participants are challenged in the InTouch communication workshops by reduction of the linear learning style and increase in personal practice to encourage sharing for talking experiences and storytelling!

What this author believes from these two experiences of embodying personal change  have integrated as follows:

The participants have demonstrated a higher level of challenge in speaking responsibly and mindfully than those in mindful movement. This is interpreted that this due to the fact that relationships have had a tremendous impact and has the largest focus of a person’s attention, while movement is new territory for most. It reflects the cycle of learning here in the west. Up until school age, children learn through the turning of the seasons and from elders. Going to school the freedom of movement is limited and has a linear learning style, even in sports!

Message to workshop participants: so different, so courageous, so appreciative!

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Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication,  Empathy,  Values Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature in 2015

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School for first timers!

Preparing for fall workshops in the community I was invited to a meeting to discuss what the school Counselors would like me to present in my Parenting and Teacher  getting Intouch Workshops.  In this meeting  I learned many possibilities for supporting parents who are getting their little one’s off to school for the first time.

Sitting now at this end of the parenting years (17 and 19 years old) and looking back  I remembered how lost my children and I where entering the first time.  We didn’t know we were lost!

I would like to say the first time was kindergarten yet we discovered each year and each teacher is a first time experience.  Sorry parents.  There are the milestones of being in elementary, moving to middle school and then up to high school.  Each time is a new experience.

Lets go back to kindergarten.  Even after a few years of pre-school immersion and early child focused classes,  school was a huge adjustment and learning curve for all of us.  Besides being able to cut, color, draw, paint and create little projects children that are attending kindergarten are now  expected to be able to:

  • have letter recognition,
  • write letters,
  • know the beginning sounds, 
  • have reading readiness (awareness of words going from left to right)
  • be attentive and follow directions
  • have polite social skills

  for description of each point – go to link

Wow!  My mother was a stay at home mom and these learning goals she  left to the teacher.  This was before kindergarten and pre-school!  Wanting to be better prepared myself I did have my children in a part-time pre-school and filled their time with other learning activities like early childhood music  and many socialization opportunities.  We also had a full schedule of our own activities and play learning.  Yet, when it came to school, we lacked the preparedness level expected of them.  I discovered that I had focused upon a different set of skills and apparently so did the pre-schools!

The first ugly thing to rear its head that became a huge distraction for us was behavior.  Yes parents in kindergarten.  A wake up call.  As a fresh new mom with beautiful and innocent children this was a nightmare and the last thing I expected.  We ran into bully kids, bully parents, bully teachers, bully secretaries, bully school principals.  No discrimination here!  Yet they all had one thing in common.  Each one was trying the best way they knew how to get their needs met.

I want to support kids in the best way I know how and that is through supporting parents, teachers and schools in finding new ways of integrating behavior awareness, that with practice, makes life easier and more fulfilling.  Therefore after the requests of the above mentioned meeting and to support my current classes I have begun this series of supportive tips.

My goal focus  is to present material to parents that would include the educators needs yet still include the parents perspective.   As I was hearing the needs expressed from the members of the school administration I was able to discriminate my parenting  needs without judgement either way.   Unique, yes and it will allow a rounded outlook that includes more equality.  

Parents stay in touch and find concrete solutions for supporting your children through tips and fall workshops.