Teaching From the Heart: Educator’s Retreat at Karmê Chöling
July 24 - July 28$495 - $620
Teaching is a great joy and a great challenge. As teachers we have the opportunity to deeply affect the lives of young people, and even to influence the future of society. This challenge goes well beyond the content that we deliver in the classroom. How we are is as important as what we teach, and how we are depends on how we relate to own minds and hearts. Even in the midst of all our daily challenges, it is possible to meet each student and each moment with a fresh mind. Knowing our own heart we can teach from the heart.
This four-day retreat will introduce meditation, teachings and contemplations from the Shambhala tradition as a means of connecting to the wealth of goodness in our lives and teaching activity. Through practice of the contemplative arts we will explore ways to bring this goodness into the culture of our school communities. The retreat will combine daily meditation practice, talks, artistic workshops, peer discussion and time to connect with the land.
Elementary and secondary teachers as well as all others who work with youth or with teachers are welcome.
Participants will select one of three workshops:
Writing: In this workshop we will explore the ways in which writing can facilitate the joy of personal discovery and connection with others. Led by Tony Cape, published author and teacher of English and Drama.
Movement: As teachers we are often too busy to feel who we are. We are alive. We have breath. We have wakefulness. We have wisdom, intelligence, imagination and intuition. We are full of heart. In this workshop we will start with ourselves. We will see if we can touch, crack open, and ripen these innate human qualities by practicing Restorative Yoga. Then we will rise up and explore simple, practical, playful, age-appropriate ways of bringing movement into the classroom.
Music: Through mixing mindfulness and singing, we synchronize body, speech and mind, and reveal our innate human goodness. Recent research has proven what people have known for centuries: singing brings a myriad of benefits to anyone who sings at any level. Specifically, it rouses one’s energy and opens one’s heart. In addition, singing together is one of the oldest, most widely practiced, and most effective ways of building community. These workshops will include meditation practice, individual vocal exploration, group warm-ups, improvisation, rounds and songs. All are invited to attend!
Special funding available.