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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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A day in the life…

No day is a typical day when you are at forest school because each day depends on its student’s interest and energy levels as well as the environment and its weather conditions. This is to give you an idea of what a day might look like.

8:00- Head out into the forest.

8:30- Arrive at Forest school, set up.

9:00- Children begin to trickle in.

9:30- A wolf howl is called and the group gathers under the tarp. A meeting is held to determine where we should hike to today and what we should do at the chosen location. Once three or so options are heard a vote is held to determine the destination for the day.

10:00- The circle scatters and everyone heads to the cabin to get their backpacks and go to the washroom.

10:30- Everyone is back at the circle and the group heads out for the hike.

11:30- Arrival at destination, the back packs are put down and the children scatter in the bushes nearby. Things are built, adventures are held and explorations are abundant.

12:30- A howl is heard and the group reconvenes. It is time for what is called sit spots. Children lift their veils of silence and are asked to find a spot in the forest alone where they can listen to the messages of the forest.

12:40- A howl is heard and the group gathers to share the messages they received from the forest. Each individual is listened to as they explain what they heard, saw, smelt, did or invented while they were sitting.

13:00- Backpacks are gathered and the pack heads back to the cabin.

13:30- Children are to finish their lunches if they have not already done so and a story is read for all to hear. Children are also free to write or draw in their journals.

14:00- Sometimes the stories inspires an activity (plan a tree house, play with clay, find specific plants mentioned in the story, create your own creation story, build a tool). Activities are suggested and play is reactivated.

14:30- A howl is called and the group gathers to recapitulate the adventures that happened that day and each individual shares their favourite part of the day.

15:00- Children begin to leave.

15:30- I head back through the forest, happy about another fun filled adventure in the forest.

 

 

 

Vipassana Children

Apprendre la technique d’Anapana (la technique que les jeunes apprennent lors de leur séjour d’une journée au centre de méditation Vipassana), permet aux jeunes d’observer leur respiration naturel. Cela sème la graine du bonheur à un jeune age qui ne peut que fleurir avec le temps.

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!

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