The Heart of the Teacher

Designed as an introduction to the Courage to Teach® retreat program, The Heart of the Teacher is offered as a single, stand-alone day. Regularly offered by WholeHearted as an open to the public event, the program can also be offered within a single school community or across a system of schools.

In large-group, small-group, and solitary settings, the concepts of teacher formation and ‘the heart of a teacher’ are explored, making use of personal stories, reflections on classroom practice, and insights from poets, artists, storytellers, and various wisdom traditions.

The principle at the heart of this approach is that caring, competent, and energised teachers are the indispensable ingredient in school success, and that honouring them and renewing their passion strengthens every effort to improve teaching, learning, and the human connectedness essential to education.

Comments from previous participants:

I just really enjoyed the entire day. I was feeling very overwhelmed and stressed and unsure of who I was as a teacher. This day was exactly what I needed!

I am so grateful to the facilitators and the other participants for such a wonderful retreat day. I think the timing has been great and the experience has given me a lot to reflect on. I would love to do a longer retreat.

It really answered one of the questions I have had this semester: How can I be a teacher and also be myself? Now I know being myself is an essential part of me being a teacher!