Bring Your Self to Work Dialogues

Spring 2018

Mondays, January 8, February 5, March 5, April 9, 2018 | 1:30–3:30
Education Building 7512

The richest teaching and learning experiences take place when instructors show up as whole people—when they share from the heart as well as the head. Amid the constant activity of academic life, however, space for the quiet reflection that sustains passion and joy for teaching is often lacking.

The Bring Your Self to Work Dialogues provide a place where instructors can gather and focus on the passion and purpose that drive their teaching practice. Join your teaching colleagues on the first Monday of every month (April 9 is the exception) to catch your breath, reconnect with your values, build community, and prepare for meaningful encounters with students. Drawing on the work of Parker Palmer and the practices and principles of contemplative and holistic education, sessions will include readings, creative exercises, reflection and discussion. Come to find—or rediscover—the spark that will deepen the teaching and learning experience for you and your students.

Light refreshments will be provided. There’s no need to register; please RSVP to to let us know you plan to come.

   No deadline

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“Lose your mind and come to your senses” – Fritz Perls
There are so many ways that we come to understand the world, ourselves, who we are and who we want to be as teachers. In the academic world, the intellect is foregrounded and sometimes other aspects of Self don’t have space to flourish. This semester, we will welcome these various ways of knowing. In addition to exploring different aspects of Self, each session will incorporate time for reflection, deep listening in the tradition of Circles of Trust (based on Parker Palmer’s work), and sharing with colleagues. 

Join us to loosen the hold of the intellect, and connect with …

  • Community | January 8, 2018
  • Heart | February 5, 2018
  • Body and Breath | March 5, 2018
  • A Sense of Play | April 9, 2018


Janet Pivnick is an educational consultant for the Faculty of Environment and supports work related to Indigenizing the Curriculum. She has worked in the field of environmental education for 30 years and has a particular interest in the transition to an ecological worldview and helping people to live out core values in daily practice.

Sarah Louise Turner is an educational consultant for the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology and supports graduate student development. She has taught voice and performance in a wide variety of settings for the past 25 years and brings her practice of collaboration, embodiment and creativity as a performing artist to her current practice.

February 05, 2018