Une éxpédition d'apprentissage pour l'apprentissage



Une voie de changements

Voir des gens s’implique dans  l’évolution de l’école au Québec ça fait du bien. C’est beau de voir des enseignants, des gens passionnés, des parents et des enfants tous dans la même salle!


The Great Privilege of Witnessing

From the exploration of Authentic Movement at Earthdance, I experienced the power of accepting to be seen and taking the time to truly see another.

“To be a witness is a multifaceted experience and responsibilty […] You are the one who sees profound vulnerability and courage, the rawness and the exploration, the declarations and discoveries, the questions and the uncertainties of the movers. […] It is a great privilege. […] As a witness, you are using all of your senses. You are using your whole body as an instrument of perception. […] As a witness, it is not important or even usully possible to understand what the meaning of the movement is. Often what happens is that the witness gains an understanding about themselves through witnessing another. Occationally, the refelction can be so astute that something that feels like a revelation occurs. […]”

White stones, bones and mist by Jan Alexandra Sandman

Are you alive?

“No other group I have ever been a part of has given me as much as what I got out of the alive programs. I am estimating that through my years at SMCS I spent about 25 days at camp. As a near graduate from Queen’s, now more than ever it is clear to me that those 35 days have defined me as a person more than any other learning experience of my life. I want to thank you  Alive and everyone who is a part of because it has given me the most indispensable skills and most cherished memories.”

-Graduate, SMCS

Why ALIVE outdoors is a powerful outdoor classroom?

  1. EXPERIENTIAL MODEL: Most schools that participate in the Alive outdoors programs participate every year throughout high school. Each experience builds on the previous.
  2. GRATITUDE: Throughout their stay students are given many opportunities to show gratitude.
  3. CHALLENGE BY CHOICE: Students are encourage to confront new challenges and expand their comfort zone. (‘YET’ is a powerful tool: I don’t know how to canoe… YET!; I can’t swim…YET!; I’m not good at climbing…YET!)
  4. FACILITATED REFLECTIONS: Debriefs and self reflections are integrated into the program. The students are encouraged to reflect on what happened, why and what changes they are going to implement. (->Do it->What->So What->What Now)
  5. ACTIVE EXPERIMENTATION: Students are encouraged to take risks.

The development of both soft skills and hard skills are developed at ALIVE outdoors leaving many students with a profoundly life changing experience.


Adventure Leadership Individuality Values Empowerment

Virage – Fabrique d’idées

Moments coups de cœur du festival, Virage 2017 :

Les enfants et la philosophie.

Avec des bagues magiques les enfants on explorer la moralité d’avoir des pouvoirs tel que l’invisibilité, le pouvoir de mentir, le pouvoir d’influencer et l’immoralité.

Après une long discussion qui mena à la conclusion que de tels pouvoirs ne devrait pas être entre les mains d’une seule personne, un jeune me surpris en disant, «Si on met la bague dans le feu, le feu deviendra immortel!». Les jeunes sont incroyable quand vient le temps de pensé en dehors de la boîte.

Une école dans une société post-croissance.

Yves-Marie Abraham croit que la croissance économique n’est pas une solution, mais un problème. Mais à quoi ressemble les écoles dans une société post-croissance? Ne pensons pas à quel matières nous voulons enseigné à nos enfants mais quels valeurs nous voulons promouvoir. Les enfants n’apprenne pas seulement des mathématiques, du français et de l’anglais à l’école, ils apprennent aussi à bâtir leur caractère et à interagir avec le monde.

Disembodied education

In the last few months, 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 opened my eyes to the disembodied reality of my education experience in and outside the classroom.

Disembodied education

In the day to day education curriculum, with the exception of recess and gym class, the body is often eliminated and suppressed. Students are coerced to be passive and remain relatively motionless. This creates an environment where the body is irrelevant, 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) omits an incredible source of knowledge.


Embodied education

An embodied education is one where both the inner and outer movement is of equal value. 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

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