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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

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.

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.

Things just got personal

Yes I have been visiting schools and communities, but more than anything, I have been visiting myself. Being nomad and meeting so many fabulous places and individuals is pushing me to explore myself more than I ever anticipated. I feel I have reconnected with the curiosity of my inner child and am exploring the inner works of this body, mind and spirit for the first time. It’s so exciting to learn and create and what better way to do it then spend a few weeks in the forest learning with the best teachers: children!

Une collective «d’individualists»

Sageterre fait vraiment bien le mélange entre vie communautaire et vie personnel. Le couple qui a fondée Sageterre, habite dans un des cinqs appartements de la ferme. Les autres appartements sont loué à des gens qui font aussi des projets agricole écologique sur la terre. Chacun à sont propre projet mais on y retrouve aussi des projets collectifs et beaucoup d’entraide. L’implication ne se limite pas à la terre, beaucoup d’autres personnes dans la communauté font partie de ce projet. La ferme est en constante évolution et est un bel exemple de possibilités.

Jean Bédard, un des fondateur de la ferme est aussi philosophe et écrivain. Entre autre, j’ai entamée la lecture de sont livre «Comenius ou combattre la pauvreté par l’éducation de tous». Lorsque la lecture sera fini je vous en glisserai un mot.

Tout change, c’est la loi de la nature

Sur un niveau intellectuel, j’ai compris que tout est continuellement en changement et que de s’attacher à des moments et des sensation n’apporte que plus de misère. Vipassana m’a permis de le comprendre à un niveau plus profond par l’observation de mon propre corps. Ce 10 jours de méditation n’ont certainement pas été facile mais je vois déjà les fruits qu’ils ont apporter. Jeté un coup d’œil pour vous même, c’est une technique de méditation ouvert à tous et qui mène à des bienfaits pour soi et pour tous les êtres. Cela m’a fasciné à quel points des gens de diverse milieu font la pratique de Vipassana. Je suggère fortement à tous de au moins faire l’essai. Pour cette raison je n’irais pas plus loin dans les détails de mon expérience, car l’expérience est très personnelle et je ne veux pas vous crée d’attentes.

Que tous être soit heureux!

Serendipity

Bien que j’ai une idée des projets que je veut découvrir (voir Learingtrek Map, ma carte en évolution des projets à explorer), je laisse aussi beaucoup de place aux opportunités qui ce portera à moi. Le mot Serendipidy, qui signifie de trouver des évènements de valeurs par chance, porte beaucoup d’importance dans ce voyage.

Mes bagages sont fait, ma voiture à été transformée en chambre et demain c’est le départ pour 10 jours de méditation en silence.

How do you learn?

I have a bias because I am, as we all are, a learner. I have an inclination and prejudice about certain ways of learning based on my own experiences.  There are 3 main elements that I strive for that motivate me to learn. They are not the only ways to learn, but they are how I learn best.

CURIOSITY. Whatever it is I am learning I need to have a strong desire to know more about it. If I am passionate about the topic at hand or am genuinely intrigued by something I will go to great lengths to explore further.

EXPERIENCE. I need to be able to experience it, feel it, try it out and do it. For me learning is a whole body experience, having only my mind activated for the task is not as effective as having my mind, body and spirit involved.

OWNERSHIP. Having some creative power over my learning process allows me to problem solve and make the learning opportunity my own. If I can make it my own and related it to my own experiences it is much more likely to impact me.

This is how I learn. How do you learn best?

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