Friday, October 24, 2008

MA retreat opportunity for teachers

Subject: Courage to Teach Arts, Nature & Renewal Day for Educators at Walden Woods

Courage to Teach Arts, Nature & Renewal Days for Educators,
at Walden Woods, Lincoln, MA
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2008 and Saturday, June 6, 2009,
9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: The Thoreau Institute, Lincoln, MA
Contact: Lisa Sankowski, or 781-283-2861

We invite you to participate in a special Courage to Teach experience.Â
These one-day retreats, which can be enjoyed singly or together, are open
to all educators. They will combine a taste of Courage to Teach, based
on the work of Parker J. Palmer, with an opportunity to reflect on our
lives and teaching through an exploration of the arts and nature—all in
the lovely setting of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Woods. This event
is offered in collaboration with The Walden Woods Project.

We will come together to learn from and honor our unique qualities,
experiences, and gifts as educators, strengthening our commitment to
nurturing the hearts and minds of our students. These gatherings will
focus on “the person in the profession,” reconnecting who we are with
what we do. Please join us.

In the morning, we will invite you into a quiet, focused, and disciplined
space—a circle of trust—in which the noise within us and around us can
subside and we can begin to hear our own inner voice. In large group,
small group, and solitary settings, we will explore the intersection of
our personal and professional lives, making use of stories from our own
journeys, the writings of Thoreau, and insights from other poets,
storytellers, and wisdom traditions.

In the afternoon, in a fun and supportive environment, we will explore and
enjoy a particular art form as a way of deepening our morning explorations
and of seeing ourselves, our work, and our world with fresh eyes.

We are offering two events:
• December 6th, 2008, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.—Winter Storytelling: Sharing
Tales by the Fire. Facilitators: Pamela Seigle, Executive Director,
Courage & Renewal Northeast & Margie Zohn, The Ariel Group
• June 6th, 2009, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.—Summer Seeing: Joys of a
Naturalist’s Journal. Facilitator: Lisa Sankowski, Associate Director,
Courage & Renewal Northeast & Susan Frey, Director of Education, Walden
Woods Project

The cost for each retreat day, with breakfast treats, lunch, and all
materials, is $50.
If you sign up now for both retreat days, the combined cost is $90.Â
Certificates of Participation towards PDPs will be provided.

Please download attached registration materials.

Lisa Sankowski
Associate Director

Courage & Renewal Northeast
Wellesley College, Billings Hall
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481

phone: 781-283-2861

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