Module 27 – Gaia Education Training of Trainers – Participatory Facilitation , SDG’s & Edge Work

 

Bor Nok Beach, Thailand

Facilitated by Pracha Hutanuwatra, Jane Rasbash & team

27th February -13th March 2019 (incl. 3 days break)

 –  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.

 

Learning Goal

To gain knowledge, skills and attitudes of empowerment through experiential learning and hands-on application in a safe space.

 

Learning Outcomes

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)

DAY 1 Intro to Participatory Learning

●               Pair up with learning buddies / Set up Home Groups

●               Expectation

●               Participatory Learning Praxis

●               Basic Skills of Facilitation

●               Duck Walk

 

DAY 2 Co-Creation of knowledge & basic skills

●               How to create a balanced facilitation

●               Community Building

●               Trust Building

●               Categorisation

●               Synthesis

●               Working in Pairs

●               Basic Skills of Facilitation

 

DAY 3 Participation and Leadership

●               3 approaches of learning styles

●               Role Play

Facilitation Practice

 

DAY 4 Trust and Building Learning Community

●               The model of ideal community

●               Spider Web Game

Facilitation Practice

 

DAY 5 Rank, Power and Conflict

●               Rank in Facilitation

●               How to question

●               Personalities and Roles

Facilitation Practice

 

DAY 6 Mindfulness, Challenging Participants & Feedback

●               Meditation and Facilitation

●               Working with Emotions

●               How to deal with strong feedbacks

Facilitation Practice

 

DAY 7 Break

 

DAY 8 Metaskills and Emergent Design

The Work That Reconnects (WTR)

Facilitation Practice

 

DAY 9 Optimal States of Learning

Meta-Skills

Meditation and Brain Waves

Energy Reading

How to organise The Work That Reconnects

Facilitation Practice

 

DAY 10 A Systems Thinking Model : Iceberg

Practice Questioning

Self-Management

Challenging Participants

Facilitation Practice

 

DAY 11 Practice Synthesising

3 Aspects of Learning: Head, Heart and Hand

Facilitation Practice

 

DAY 12 Summerising Concepts

Tools & Attitudes for Participatory Learning

Closing Training of Trainer for Mindful Facilitation

 

DAY 13 Break
DAY 14 Sustainable Development Goals and Edge Work

 

DAY 15 Sustainable Development Goals and Edge Work

 

Recommended readings and websites:

 

On Facilitation

Websites:

  1. https://www.trainingforchange.org/
  2. http://workthatreconnects.org/
  3. http://www.joannamacy.net/
  4. http://www.satyana.org/
  5. https://www.transitionnetwork.org/training

 

Books:

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)

 

 

PDFs:

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

 

 

On Mindfulness

Books:

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: