Six Books Changing My Life

By |March 28th, 2016|

What changes your life?  If you want to change your life, how do you do it? I find I constantly need to be renewed to continue forward in my sacred work with children.

For me, renewal often comes in the magic of a book!  You see, I soak them up.  I don’t just read a book, I […]

Sparkle in the Mess

By |February 14th, 2016|

“What made you sparkle today?” was my question as we sat with our pasta bake in front of us and the crazy-hard jigsaw puzzle at the other end of the table.  “Around the table, everyone has to answer,” I declared.

Without hesitation, our 4-year-old answered, “School.”

She adores her teachers and just that day she swirled her […]

Grace of Great Things

By |January 31st, 2016|

Learn Forward sits at the intersection of what parents and teachers both need to help children thrive: nourishment.  We are bringing up the next generation.  We must be nourished by the learning inherent in our journey. The learning sits at the centre of our table.

This week was a knock-me-down and drag-me-out week.  By the time I […]

The Sacred Work of Parents

By |January 24th, 2016|

Just look at ‘all of you’ on my Facebook feed!  Moms and Dads out there in the beautiful sunshine with your children, some of you skiing, some of you cooking, some of you volunteering, and some of you sharing moments of success and achievement.  There are so many moments of sumptuous beauty.

Parenting…isn’t it so amazing?!?

It […]

Teaching, A Work of the Heart

By |January 17th, 2016|

The Learn Forward book has this dedication, “To all the courageous parents and educators I’ve met over the years who have doubted their sacred work and wondered whether they are doing a good job. This book is for you.”

The vision of Learn Forward is to nourish the sacred work of teachers and parents, ultimately helping […]

Changemaking Through Challenge to Peace

By |December 1st, 2015|

I am deeply committed to our Learn Forward philosophy, including the five most important journeys of a child and the Table of Learning.  We are implementing the Learn Forward practice in our school and facilitating a global conversation about helping children thrive.

The dedicated teachers, parents, and students in our school community are working to understand a new way of approaching […]

Adapting to the Less-than-Perfect

By |October 13th, 2015|

October is a month of abundance!  I am resisting my normal fall gloom due to the shorter days and the winter spanning before me.  I am finding joy in the colour and crispness of the harvest.  This is the season of plenty.  This is the season of gratitude.

Last year I attended #TEDxKelowna2014 and explored abundant ideologies […]

Creating Sacred Spaces

By |October 4th, 2015|

The Builder is creating a new space for our family.  It is a simpler space, reflective of the changes happening inside of us and our children.  It is a sacred work.

As he puts his hands and heart to the process, it is quite sweet to watch.  He must visit each day, even on non-work days. […]

The Mysterious Moments at the End of Myself

By |September 26th, 2015|

“It is so easy to lose focus on what matters most,” lamented a Learn Forward team member as we reflected together.  My heart nods in agreement this morning as the geese sound the call for the end of summer. I want to experience a connection with nature, the organic experience of melting into a new season with forward […]

Courage for Self-Care

By |September 20th, 2015|

Relating with children, unselfishly, is the sacred work of teachers and parents. Opening our hearts and connecting authentically is their hunger. How do we sustain a posture of giving?

Yesterday the girls and I were at the mall, which is rare. We’re not really big ‘shoppers.’ But, what happened was adorable. We bought tea and bath […]