The Training of Trainer course was an unforgettable learning journey for me. Through a combination of discussion, play, meditation, trust-building, and facilitation practice, we got to experience first-hand what happens when knowledge is not a one-way road from teacher to student, but co-created by the entire group.
The rich diversity of cultures, experiences, and skillsets across our cohort made for a vibrant learning environment unlike any classroom I’ve been in before. Being located right on the beach, with no walls and no powerpoints, was also a delightful break from the conventional classroom! Combined with daily mindful meditation practice to calm and focus the mind, endless supplies of crayons and paper, a balanced mix of personal work and group time, and awesomely fresh and nurturing food, it was an optimal learning environment.
I leave this training with a deeper understanding of the synergies between mindfulness, facilitation, and empowerment. I also leave feeling more attuned to the connections between my own work as a community development worker in China and issues at regional and global scales. With gratitude to all the staff, facilitators, and participants for showing up so fully and making this a truly rich learning experience!