Here’s what people say they like about this program:
- Its experiential nature; learning by doing and reflecting.
- The diversity of approaches and techniques used and learned
- The openness and generosity of the facilitators;
- Working in teams, brainstorming, feeding off each other to develop something- taking the unknown to the known.
- Group work. Small group work- learning from each other.
- Team work and co-facilitation opportunities
- Practicing while learning
- Respecting the learner’s abilities;
- Pace, variety, wonderful people to be with.
- The balance of theory and practice;
- Congeniality- tone of program environment.
- Food, fun, friendship, learning, approach, especially the building block effect; taking one piece at a time- simple to complex.
This is a foundational program at the heart of Tatamagouche Centre. It allows you to learn effective facilitation skills and creative program design, leading to transformational community learning and development. Using an experiential approach participants are afforded in-depth practice, discussion, and reflection. Whether you organize meetings, workshops or design complex projects or programs, this is an opportunity for you to gain skills, clarify leadership styles and deepen insights. Designed for both experienced and novice facilitators, participants will learn and practice this popular education methodology developed and honed by Tatamagouche Centre for over 30 years.
Drawing from a number of sources including human relations training, popular adult education, participatory development, spiritual growth, and organizational planning, the ASPIRE model of the Tatamagouche Centre combines theory and practice in “action-reflection” cycles through which participants learn from their own experience and efforts. It is this participatory, “hands-on” learning process, combined with inputs from contemporary adult education, human development and social change theory, which constitute the heart of the model.
The ASPIRE Model is now foundational for many community education programs throughout the Maritime region in Canada. Educators trained in this model apply it within community, organizational, faith-based, small business, and social change settings. In addition, program resource people linked with the Centre have contextualized the model for use in Africa and Latin America. As well, it is basis for various adult education and training of trainers programs within the Coady International Institute, Antigonish. Participants receive a Facilitation and Design certificate at the completion of the program.
Program Cost: $795 ($400 tuition+$395 meals/accommodations)
Local Price: $560 (program cost without overnight, without breakfast)
Please register at least 2 weeks in advance to secure your place in this program
Jackie McVicar is an adult educator who works part of the year in Guatemala, as Coordinator of the Breaking The Silence Guatemala-Maritimes Network. Breaking The Silence is a partner with Tatamagouche Centre and supports International Human Rights Accompaniers and works with Indigenous community-based groups in Guatemala. She is interested in emancipatory transformational learning and how healing is a tool for political empowerment. She is inspired by the world-wide struggle of indigenous peoples and all peoples working for autonomy and life. She has studied adult education and community development and worked with youth and young adults.
Amanda Reddick, is an experienced facilitator and counsellor. She has a background in Peace and Conflict Studies which compliments her passion for community building and social justice. Amanda is a certified Dialogue for Peaceful Change Mediator, a member of the Black Leadership Advisory Committee and the Program Resource Group at the Tatamagouche Centre, and is interested in processes that lead to healing and understanding.