The design of this learning journey was aligned with the approaches mentioned above. It aimed to support participants exploring both their inner pathway, and a shift towards a healthy sustainable response to the current state of the world – a strengthening of their capacity to face it with peace, resilience, creative power and meaningful action.
IT AIMED TO SUPPORT THEM:
- Cultivating practices to nourish and sustain them and their community
- Connecting to their inner source of action in service for all life and act upon it
- Exploring existing frameworks, movements and approaches working towards creating regenerative cultures
- Deepening a sense of belonging to a wider community of people taking actions on behalf of the Earth
DESIGN of the LEARNING JOURNEY:
The course started with online local meetings in the national groups.
The journey was designed on an inhale/exhale pattern.
Inhale: Six international online live meetings every second Friday at 3-6 PM CET. Meetings happened on Zoom.
Exhale periods: In the two weeks between two inhale online meetings a study and reflection period was planned - Supported by resources such as podcasts, videos, articles and essays, reflection questions.
The Journey ended with a local online meeting in national groups.
METHODOLOGY of the learning journey
The methodology was based on principles and values of non-formal education:
- Experiential learning
- Addressing different learning styles
- Variety of learning settings (individual / small groups / large groups)
- Diverse nature, art and body-based techniques
- Safe and inspiring learning space
- Learners co-create their learning process
We will use practices based on:
- The Work that Reconnects
- Regenerative Culture
- Way of Council
- Social Presencing Theater and other embodiment techniques
- Natural Cycles and Medicine Wheel
The flow of the course was largely based on the change model of Theory U. See this video to gain more understanding of the design and methodology of the course.
RESOURCES for the Journey:
The course website: There participants could find all the resources, communication and relevant information about and around the course.
The Community Sharing Platform: There participants were invited to share reflections inspired by course sessions, materials or other connected experiences.
The Inner Pathways Café on Facebook: The most important connections, aha moments and start-up openings are sometimes happening out of the programme time, during coffeebreaks. We wouldn’t like to miss this opportunity, so we opened Inner Pathways Cafe on Facebook.
Learning Journal: Another practice we offered is writing a diary - learning journal. For every exhale we brought questions to reflect on and write down the answers and thoughts. we invited participants to share some of their reflections with others on our community sharing platform!
Peer Support: Each participant had one other as a peer support / learning buddy. We set this up during the first inhale meeting.