Gaia Education Training of Trainers
Participatory Facilitation , SDG’s & Edge Work
5-18 Jan 2020
Bor Nok Beach, Thailand
Facilitated by Pracha Hutanuwatra, Jane Rasbash & team
– certification through ALT and Gaia Education
This course consisting of three sessions constitutes part of a learning journey to become a certified Gaia Education Trainer. The is to help you deepen your experience in how to teach, facilitate and train people by enabling collaboration and participation among a community of learners. In addition, we support and hope to inspire you to know what you are most deeply called to teach, and most importantly, why this kind of education is so critically important for the future of life on Earth.
Gaia Education Trainers will be equipped with the skills and methodologies to facilitate transformative learning environments and host multi-stakeholder conversations that enable collaborative action. The aim of the Training of Trainers is first and foremost, to help you deepen your experience in how to teach, facilitate and train people by enabling collaboration and participation among a community of learners. In addition, we support and hope to inspire you to know what you are most deeply called to teach, and most importantly, why this kind of education is so critically important for the future of life on Earth.
Mindful Participatory Facilitation is an invaluable skill for leaders in the new paradigm, as it is equalizing and empowering rather than dominating. The aim of this session is for participants to gain knowledge, skills and attitudes of empowerment through experiential learning and hands-on application in a safe space. Participants will flourish in a dynamic balance of mindfulness practice and open experimentation with the design and facilitation of holistic education sessions.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Today’s change makers are acutely aware of the global issues facing humanity. Being grounded in the history and introduction of the UNESCO sanctioned SDGs leads to informed action. Using the innovative Gaia Education SDG cards that consider each of the 17 goals in social, economic, ecological and worldview aspects we learn how to initiate powerful discussion from diverse perspectives.
Deepening Edge Work – Today’s edge workers are familiar with states of high dissatisfaction. They are willing to walk the path from business as usual towards regenerative design. Join us in the exploration of maximizing edges to add viability and vitality to your projects and how to optimize your networks into powerful zones of influence.
Just as it is possible through the design of ecologically sustainable systems, to increase diversity and life by maximising the edges between neighbouring biological communities, so it is possible to create a larger edge effect in community development, thereby maximising its benefit to the society as a whole. This session will position Gaia trainers as maximisers of edges between different communities with differing modes of operation, power structures, cultures, physical environments and worldviews.
What you will receive:
- Full tutorial support
- Teachers manual (digital)
- Gaia Youth Activities Guide (digital)
- Certificate of completion
- Pathway to joining Gaia Education Certified Training Roster
Click here for more information through the Gaia Education website.
To gain knowledge, skills and attitudes of empowerment through experiential learning and hands-on application in a safe space.
|Topic||Learning Outcomes – Participants able to|
|Intro to PL & Building Community||
• Recognise value of games as learning tools and processes for participation and co-creation of knowledge
• Comprehend the cycle of participatory learning (Praxis)
• Express the relevance of co-creation of knowledge
|Cycle of participatory learning, co-creation of knowledge & 7 basic skills||
• Recognise value of building a safe container for learning
• Practice activities for community building
• Apply 7 basic skills of participatory learning
|Trust building & learning community||
• Employ techniques for building trust
• Demonstrate participatory facilitation skills
• Practice Kalyanamitra as a means to deepen relationships
|Holistic and clear thinking||
• Recognise values and limitations of holistic, clear thinking
• Use tools to develop holistic / clear thinking
|Emerging design, working with group energy, Intuition and mindfulness||
• Comprehend benefits of mindfulness as a facilitator
• Express how to work with emergent design & group energy
• Practice giving and receiving feedback
|Participation, Empowerment & Social Action||
• Comprehend principles of spiritual activism
• Apply tools to deliver heavy content
• Value links between social action, community building and empowerment education
Learning Themes (example schedule from 2017 Training of Trainers)
Intro to Participatory Learning
● Pair up with learning buddies / Set up Home Groups
● Participatory Learning Praxis
● Basic Skills of Facilitation
● Duck Walk
Co-Creation of knowledge & basic skills
● How to create a balanced facilitation
● Community Building
● Trust Building
● Working in Pairs
● Basic Skills of Facilitation
Participation and Leadership
● 3 approaches of learning styles
● Role Play
Trust and Building Learning Community
● The model of ideal community
● Spider Web Game
Rank, Power and Conflict
● Rank in Facilitation
● How to question
● Personalities and Roles
Mindfulness, Challenging Participants & Feedback
● Meditation and Facilitation
● Working with Emotions
● How to deal with strong feedbacks
Metaskills and Emergent Design
The Work That Reconnects (WTR)
Optimal States of Learning
Meditation and Brain Waves
How to organise The Work That Reconnects
A Systems Thinking Model : Iceberg
3 Aspects of Learning: Head, Heart and Hand
Tools & Attitudes for Participatory Learning
Closing Training of Trainer for Mindful Facilitation
Sustainable Development Goals and Edge Work
|DAY 15||Sustainable Development Goals and Edge Work|
SDG TRAINING OF MULTIPLIERS & EDGE WORK (12-13 Mar 2019)
1. Decode UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & conventions from concept to transformative action
2. Comprehend concept of edge workers & recognise the value in world work
SDGs – Negotiating Tensions between Global & Local
The world is marked by a strong and creative tension. It is a tension between what is global and what is local. The global face is powerful and seeking to be more so. But a tide is rising, steadily reinforcing the local resulting in an increasing ‘Glocalisation’ as the global and local converge. This module will teach edge workers and facilitators how to navigate between the two spheres in language, ethics and implementation. It will support participants to decode relevant UN conventions into meaningful frameworks for transformative action at the local level. Topics include SDGs vertical integration, UNESCO Global Action Programme Priorities Area, and how to translate global Climate Agreements into action and behaviour and life style changes. The course will offe a detailed description of how to prepare, promote and facilitate a SDG Training of Multipliers using Gaia Education’s SDG Implementation Flashcards. Participants will also receive the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Multipliers Handbook to support them in offering SDG courses in their localities.
Deepening the Edge Work
The edge is the meeting point between the known and the unknown, between something being too well known, which makes it boring to us, and too unknown, which makes it confusing. The edge is a zone of high intensity, instability, creativity and innovation. Just as it is possible, through the design of ecological sustainable systems, to increase diversity and life by maximising the edges between neighbouring biological communities, so it is possible to create a larger edge effect in community development thereby maximising its benefit to the society as a whole. This module will position Gaia Trainers as maximisers of edges between different communities with differing modes of operation, power structures, cultures, physical environments and worldviews. It will equip trainers with the skillful means to adapt to multiple scenarios and situations and ultimately thrive and help others thrive through creativity and playing for collaborative advantage
Recommended readings and websites:
Freire, Paulo, 1968. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Penguin Education
Schumacher, E.F., 1977. A Guide for the Perplexed. New York: Harper and Row.
Capra, Fritjof. and Pier Luigi Luisi, 2014. Systems view of life Cambridge University Press
Lakey, G., 2010. Facilitating Group Learning Strategies for Diverse Adults Hoboken, NJ:Wiley
Mindell, A., 1989. Working with the Dreaming BodyLao Tse Press, USA
Mindell, A., 1985. Working on Yourself Alone, The Foundation Series Lao Tse Press, USA
Macy, J. and Brown, M., 2014. Coming Back to Life: The updated guide to The Work That Reconnects New Society Publishers
Lesley, Martha, 2010. Facilitation with Heart : awakening personal transformation and social change. Verlag: Discover Press. Chapter 1, 2 and 3)
Palmer, Parker J., 2007. The Courage To Teach.Jossey Bass: A Wiley Imprint.
(Chapter 2 A cultural of fear: education and the disconnected of life and
Chapter 3 The hidden wholeness:paradox in teaching and learning)
Bradley, D. and Schneider, H., 2009. VSO Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Approaches. Retrived From:http://community.eldis.org/.59c6ec19/VSO_Facilitator_Guide_to_Participatory_Approaches_Principles.pdf
Nhat Hanh, Thich, 1999. The Miracle of Mindfulness,Boston: Beacon Press .
Trungpa, Chogyam, 2002. Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, Boulder, Colorado: Shambala.
Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, 1988. Mindfulness with Breathing: a Manual for Serious Beginners, translated by Santikaro Bhikkhu, Wisdom Publications.
Thera Nyanaponika, 1975. The heart of Buddhist meditation : Satipatthana : a handbook of mental training based on the Buddha’s way of mindfulness : with an anthology of relevant texts transl. from the Pali and Sanskrit. London: Rider.
Phra, T., & Swearer, D. K., 1989. Me and mine: Selected essays of Bhikkhu Buddhadāsa.Albany: State University of New York Press.
Kabat-Zinn, J., 1994. Wherever you go, there you are: Mindfulness meditation in everyday life.New York: Hyperion. Chicago.
Aoyama, Shundo, 1991. Zen Seeds: Reflections of a female priest. Kosei Publishing.
Hand-outs/ Powerpoints During Module: