3 Reasons to Craft a Manifesto for your School

Our Willowstone Academy manifesto transformed our school’s culture and here’s why we think every school needs one!

We crafted our manifesto 4 years ago and it is still serving our community brilliantly!  Our manifesto paints a powerful picture of our school.  It was professionally designed by Roselyn Minnes and is visually appealing. A framed, full-colour version […]

The Essentialism of Play

We are stuck in work mode!  We consider productivity, maximizing, organization, Marie Kondo-ing, and achievement all the time.  The questions swirl like, “What’s in it for me?” or “What is the ideal pathway?” incessantly.  Our rationalism, spirituality, and heritage worship work. But, maybe there is an essential role for play!

The Builder (my husband) and I […]

Children as Change-Makers

Over the holidays, I recounted the story of a family member’s journey through WWII, along with the scars of the trauma of being hungry as a child.  We discussed some leftover behaviours like having to be particular to ensure not too much potato gets carved off when peeling because we don’t want to waste.

The truth […]

By |January 11th, 2019|Changemaking, Faith, Parenting, Teaching, Thriving, What Matters Most|0 Comments

The Possibility of the Season

Last week, I promised the Learn Forward blog would include the reflections of Mr. Jeff Harshad Thomlinson, co-founder of Take a Breath for Schools, yogi, spiritual seeker, mentor, and friend to join me in this deep inquiry of “Word Became Flesh.”

We had the opportunity to sit over tea and consider our mutual meditation of the “Word […]

By |December 17th, 2018|Belonging, Faith, Rooted, The Climb, Thriving, What Matters Most|0 Comments

Holding the Paradox

Friends, as we approach the long darkness of the year, here in the Northern hemisphere, it is good to consider the season.  There is a paradox of what is spiritual and what is physical.  We live in the truth of what we experience in our senses and our spirit.  Although we acknowledge this paradox in […]

The Lacework of Humanity

Loneliness has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.  The question of connection haunts us.  Our age of acceleration has magnetically pulled us into digital spaces, with the promise of connection, yet it never satiates.  Our quest leaves us hollow.  We spend addictive amounts of time on social media, texting, and […]

By |November 19th, 2018|Belonging, Changemaking, education, Thriving|0 Comments

Let Them Cry – The Key to Adaptation

As parents and teachers, sometimes we hold or comfort a child who cries.  The holy moment of an expression of sadness, grief, or futility is a moment of adaptation.  Wet and salty acceptance.
Big Emotions
While big emotions are often difficult and sometimes even socially inappropriate, children cannot be expected to behave like adults.  The work of maturing […]

By |November 4th, 2018|Belonging, Thriving, What Matters Most, Worthiness|0 Comments

Never Let Go

I spent the early years of mothering focused on providing the best meals, organizing the playrooms, ensuring the best learning environments, and facilitating my big kids’ activities.  My concerns centred around obedience and discipline.  However, what I don’t think I did as well, was express my unequivocal, wildly passionate, and wholly devoted love to my […]

By |October 19th, 2018|Belonging, Parenting, Rooted, Teaching, Thriving|0 Comments

Give All Our Children Wings

When I was 5 I wanted to be “saved,” when I was 10 I wanted to be a “teacher,” when I was 15 I wanted to be a “wife and mother.”  The roles were prescribed and I played along.  There was no intent to harm, but very traditional roles of masculinity and femininity existed and […]

Acceleration of Mother Nature

Mother Nature spent aeons taking care of herself, all-the-while humans and ecosystems adapting to her ebbs and flows.  Now, we are entering a new era, one where humans are the ones exerting the greater pressure.  We call this era: Anthropocene.
A New Era
This is the era of the powerful many.  The United Nations report about 9.7 billion […]

Acceleration of Globalization

Do you believe we’re all interconnected?

One of my strengths is “Connectedness” from the Strengthsfinder.

This weekend, I grappled with “Why do I do the Niteo Africa work?”  Why do I serve children I’ll never really know and those who are so far away I could easily forget them?  Why has our family given time, effort, resources, and […]

By |September 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments