TEACHING AND LEARNING PHILOSOPHY
The course is a mixed-model design involving experiential learning, theory, discourse, readings, reflection, and physical practice. The course facilitators are there to facilitate a learning process through a variety of media including some “lecturing”, discussions, independent study, group work, and readings. Students learn from the instructors as much as they learn from themselves and from their peers through open discussions and the application of concepts in practical work (e.g., yoga, meditation, and coaching). The atmosphere of the course is one of openness, which includes an openness to describe differing opinions and ideas. Students are encouraged to learn in ways that suit them and to engage in discussion with the course facilitators to optimize learning. Sharing of experiences is also an important part of working as a group toward a higher level of understanding and experience with these concepts. The philosophy is learning-centric, as opposed to student-centric or teacher-centric.
The community and experiences of the people who take part in this course also form a valuable part of the course curriculum. Students learn with and from each other as well as share their own experiences with each other. This is an incredible part of the curriculum but one that differs from session to session depending on who takes part. As such, the interview portion of the application process is important for determining a fit between the applicant and the course.