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It’s not where I go, it’s whom I cross…

Along our journey we meet some great warriors. Some pass by like a brief wind and others stand by us like solid rocks. Living beings, they are our reason for existing, not because they are perfect but because they are human.

Tonight, I tell the story of one great warrior…

A few months ago, I knocked on the door of a perfect stranger, the door of a warrior who’s had far more than his share of challenges, but also a warrior who’s kept hope.

One night he shares this (paraphrased) as we laugh about the day I arrived at his door step:

“Through all the strangers that I have helped in my life about 50% of them have have been bad experiences, but it is worth the gamble for all those who’ve brought light in my life. And frankly your story was quite credible, I thought the odds were pretty high.”

His ability to transcend and rise up after every hit, his ability to welcome yet another stranger into his heart and home. Thank you and your partner for sharing your story and walking part of this journey with me.

RIP great warrior.

 

Des réponses et d’autres questions…

Se poser les bonnes questions c’est un début… et puis les réponses viennent naturellement si on leur permet le temps. Malgré ses défis, ses derniers deux mois de transition m’ont apportés beaucoup…et me voici avec quelques réponses mais aussi de nouvelles questions. Voici un peu à quoi a ressembler mon processus.

Semaine 0 – Le Néant : Plusieurs semaines de confusion avec beaucoup de mouvements et beaucoup d’interactions humaines. Tentation de m’échapper de la réalité en restant occupé.

Semaine 1 – La Solitude : Du temps seule avec mes pensés. J’ai passé du temps à me balader, faire de la lecture, dessiner, écrire et danser. Moment ou j’ai écris: Lost Soul ainsi que fait le dessin au dessus. L’objectif était de ne pas penser aux réponses mais simplement de préparer le terrain avec les bonnes questions.

Semaine 2 – L’action : Avec les questions en main j’étais prête à me lancer dans les possibilités. J’ai fait des recherches, postulé à divers endroits, discuté avec des amis et fait une performance de danse et poésie improviser.

Semaine 3 – Le lâcher prise : Je me suis laissé porter par les évènement autour de moi. J’ai cru que j’avais la réponse… j’allais passer l’été à Montréal comme nounou avec une famille de plus de deux enfants. L’univers avait une autre idée. Quand j’ai rendu visite à une amie à Val-David cela m’a apporté à la découverte d’un lieu et d’une communauté qui correspondait à mes besoins. Les détails concret ne fut pas comme je l’avais imaginés mais les sentiments que je recherchait y était présent et le choix fut facile.

Dans chacune des questions que je me suis posé j’ai chercher à répondre avec les sentiments que je recherchait et non de m’attacher à des objectifs définit.

  • Cette été je cherche… (What do I want to do this summer?)
    • Stabilité, connexion, sentiment d’appartenance, implication concret, communauté
  • Ce qui est important pour moi à long terme… (What do I want to be doing longer term? What do I want to work towards?)
    • Nature, éducation, connections humaines, ako , mouvement créatif, création
  • J’ai besoin d’… (What are my needs? What are my wants?)
    • Amour, acceptation, évolution, avoir une mission
  • Si je n’avais pas peur je m’embarquerait dans le… (If I were not scared what endeavour would I embark on?)
    • Développement d’un lieu d’apprentissage
  • Dans mes relations intimes je recherche…. (What do I want my romantic relationships to look like?)
    • Intimité, vulnérabilité, honnêteté, communication, développement personnel, vivace
  • J’ai envie d’être entouré par une… (Who do I want to be surrounded by?)
    • Diversité d’êtres vivants
  • Dans mon environnement j’ai besoin de… (What type of environment do I want to live in? Do I want to continue wandering?)
    • Connexion, nature, équilibre entre communauté et solitude, découvertes, exploration, créativité
  • Nouvelles questions
    • L’amour, l’amitié, le couple, comment y mettre des mots sans y mettre une boîte?
    • Quels sont mes mécanismes de défenses?
    • Est-ce que je reste dans le mode recherche (écoles alternatives) ou est-ce que je passe à l’action (création d’un programme)?
    • Qu’est ce que je désir crée?
    • Comment je vois cette prochaine année?

*Le dessin n’est pas complet… comme la vie, il y a toujours place au développement!

Lost soul

Sometimes you come to a time where you are lost. Lost amongst the possibilities.

The feeling of wandering without a purpose is strong. When I am busy and trying to survive there is no time to question my direction. The issue arises when I stop, only then do I realize that I have not taken the time to chose a path.

In the life of a nomad the questions arise everyday between each new destination. Because everyday you have to choose what you will do and where you will go, it means being at a new cross road every day. However, in the last few weeks, my mind has been in survival mode, not looking any further than immediate comfort, forgetting that I have the privilege of taking the time to reflect.

I have come to a major cross road which I have been avoiding for the last month. My defence mechanisms have been strong, my body calling for sex, comfort food, dance and sleep, all in escape of thinking about the questions at hand. As the year comes around (and the intended end of this learningtrek and my funds) I think about the options ahead. I am haunted by so many questions in all realms of my life: vocation, relationships and lifestyle.

  • What do I want to do this summer?
  • What do I want to be doing longer term? What do I want to work towards?
  • What are my needs? What are my wants?
  • If I were not scared what endeavour would I embark on?
  • What do I want my romantic relationships to look like?
  • Who do I want to be surrounded by?
  • What type of environment do I want to live in? Do I want to continue wandering?

These are but a few of the questions I am in the midst of working through. I have the privilege of having time to introspect and think about these questions. I AM CLAIMING THIS THIS TIME AND USING MY PRIVILEGE.

I feel lucky to be in this dark place!

Disembodied education

I became aware of how alienated I was from myself, others and the world. It is like I am a being stuck inside an intricate body that I have just discovered has a vast intelligence and awareness. Living at Earthdance and experimenting with body awareness practices (contact improvisation, meditation, contemplative dance practice, ecstatic dance, journey dance and somatics) made me realize the extent to which I knew little about my body. I have rediscovered an entire new language. It has opened my eyes to the disembodied reality of my education experience at school and in dance class.

Disembodied education

In the day to day education curriculum, with the exception of recess and gym class, the body is eliminated and suppressed. Students are coerced to be passive and remain relatively motionless. This creates an environment where the body is irrelevant and even dangerous, leading to a loss in the ability to move the body, especially in an expressive way.

This focus on rational mind and reason omits a valuable potential for learning. The emphasis on the written word rather than all other possible language (verbal, visual, aural, auditory, physical and bodily) abolishes an incredible source of knowledge.

 

Embodied education

An embodied education is one where both the inner and outer movement is brought to attention. It means getting in touch with all the intelligence the human body posses:  thoughts, feelings, ingrained experience and raw emotions, helping us understand our bodies and ourselves as whole human beings.

 

It is important to respect the body as valuable source of knowledge and acceptable way of learning.

 

Reference: Movement and Dance in Young Children’s Lives: Crossing the Divide by Adrienne N. Sanson

The Inner Artist

The few months that I spent at Earthdance went deep into me, emerging with parts of me that had somewhat been forgotten. I rediscovered my artistic self that loves to create performances,  paint visual pieces and reenact imaginary stories.  I rediscovered my inner child whom requires unconditional love, touch and affection. I rediscovered my authentic vulnerable self that has needs it wants to express through movement and words.

Earthdance is an artist-run workshop, residency, and retreat center located in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts.  We provide a dynamic mix of dance, somatic, and interdisciplinary arts training, with a focus on sustainable living, social justice, and community.  Earthdance strengthens connections between people, communities, and the earth by creating a center for experiential learning, creative exchange, and Contact Improvisation.

Why?

When I talk about my project one of the first questions that often comes up is often why. Why am I doing this? What am I trying to achieve with this?  To be honest, I did not entirely know until I feel upon this image.

Camp de leadership

Les jeunes du deuxième cycle du secondaire au Collège Letendre ont eut la chance de participer à un camp de Leadership. Pendant 3 jours chaque groupe d’élèves était amener à développer leur leadership autant au niveau émotionnelle que intellectuel. C’était une expérience haute en émotion et certain on vraiment su nous épater dans leur évolution.

Leadership de soi

Les jeunes était amené à prendre conscience de leur flamme intérieur. Une des habileté d’un leader c’est de se connaître soi même et de connaître ça propre valeur. Une des activités apportait les jeunes à réfléchir sur le masque qu’ils portent. Après le visionnement de clips du film The Mask We Live In, les jeunes était apporter à illustrer la personne qu’il montrent au autres et au verso illustrer les aspect d’eux qu’il cachent au autres. D’autres activités comme des méditations guidés et une démarche de leader guidée, les ont amené à ce centrer sur leur corps et leurs émotions.

Leadership de service

À travers leur séjours, les élèves était amenée à développer leur communication et leur collaboration. Les élèves ont vécu une immersion à un vrai défi auquel l’Auberge Matawinie fait face depuis un incendie en 2016. En prennent conte du terrain et leur population cible, les équipes de jeunes devait proposer une nouvelle direction pour l’Aberge Matawinie. À la fin de leur séjour leur travaille d’équipe aboutissait à un pitch de 2 minutes pour convaincre le jury de leur idée.

Il eut d’avantage d’activités pour explorer le travaille d’équipe. En autre une simulation de situation de survie ou chaque groupe avait une heure pour se préparer pour une nuit en forêt. Les chiens de traineau fut une autre expérience qui sortie ce camp de l’ordinaire. Les jeunes ont pu faire l’expérience de travaille équipe avec une équipe de bêtes canins. Il ont pu observer les caractéristiques et dynamiques de leadership parmi une équipe de chien de traineau.

La passion des enseignants du collège Letendre on vraiment su me surprendre. Ils ont permis aux jeunes de voir leur côté humain, permettant de tissé un lien plus fort avec leur étudiants.

Ces séjours ont vraiment mis le point sur l’importance du leadership de soi, une qualité fondamental qui n’avait jamais était abordé dans mes autres expériences de formation en leadership, même au niveau universitaire. Bravo à tous impliqués dans la mis au point de ce projet.

Shape your school, shape your world

The Free School is the kind of place where you need to spend the time to get to know the students and teachers. The Free school is personal and you need to get personal with it to discover its full potential.

My afternoon visit at the Free School revealed some of the highlights of a free school. It began with a warm welcome from our personal tour guide, a 12 year old senior students, who showed us the in and the outs of the school. One of the central elements of the schools, she highlighted, was the council meetings. She explained that when large conflicts arise any one student can call all the school together to solve it. The most recent council meeting she explained dealt with the issue that people were not closing the outside door. She said that this was resolved by the students voting to turn off the heat and leaving the door open. Every room we went to during our tour felt alive. There was someone doing something in every room from the kitchen where they were making custard, to the classroom where students were quietly working on a project, to the music room where students were playing the piano, to the library where students were playing board games to the outdoor playground where students were playing an imaginary game. Our tour guide also explained that teachers post a schedual of optional classes from which the students can choose from.

The main message that this school revealed to me is that you as a students are autonomous and capable of problem solving. ”It is your life, your mind and your education!” Free to learn documentary. This is true for the students but it is also true for the teachers. Children get to see that teachers are people too with feelings and passions. The school is always changing depending on the interests of students, parents and teachers that are there at that time.

Each day changes you…

I was extremely grateful in so many ways on the special day of November 19th. The   Davalon Healing Center and a very special elder guided us through a very sacred sweat lodge ceremony.

What is a Sweat Lodge Ceremony?
”Many North American and Central American Indian tribes have traditionally used the sweat lodge for purification, cleansing and healing of mind, body, emotions and spirit. The sweat lodge utilizes all powers of the universe: earth, and things that grow
from the earth; water; fire; and air.” Young Warriors

I grew a lot on that one day but here is one of the messages that changed me….

When a child cries it is not because they need love, it is because they know that at that moment you need love.

Thank you Little bear!

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