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!

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Upcoming Events

Jan
24
Tue
2017
all-day Circle of Trust Discussion Group @ Private home
Circle of Trust Discussion Group @ Private home
Jan 24 – Dec 19 all-day
Circle of Trust Discussion Group @ Private home
If we are willing to embrace the challenge of becoming whole, we cannot embrace it alone—at least, not for long: we need trustworthy relationships to sustain us, tenacious communities of support, to sustain the journey[...]
Apr
1
Sat
2017
all-day Series: Learning from the Seasons @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
Series: Learning from the Seasons @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
Apr 1 – Dec 9 all-day
Series: Learning from the Seasons @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
Series description: This series of four one-day seasonal retreats provides time and space for personal and collective reflection. Discover your inner capacity to lead a more authentic, meaningful and resilient life. These programs will help you[...]
Sep
2
Sat
2017
9:00 am Learning from Spring @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
Learning from Spring @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
Sep 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Learning from Spring @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
Program description: Spring is a time when nature bursts back into life after the dormant rest of winter. In nature, it is a time of rebirth and new growth. Leaves return to deciduous trees and[...]
Nov
13
Mon
2017
8:30 am The Art of Skilled Facilitation @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
The Art of Skilled Facilitation @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
Nov 13 @ 8:30 am – Nov 18 @ 3:00 pm
The Art of Skilled Facilitation @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
The Program The Art of Skilled Facilitation is designed to prepare those in various leadership capacities to develop and facilitate groups. Using an experiential learning approach, the theory of adult learning forms the basis of[...]
Dec
9
Sat
2017
9:00 am Learning from Summer @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
Learning from Summer @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
Dec 9 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Learning from Summer @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
Program description: Summer is the season when all the promissory notes of autumn and winter and spring come due, and each year the debts are repaid with compound interest. In summer it is hard to[...]