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The Brilliance of a Circle and Nature: Working with Group Dynamics in the Wilderness

posted by monicajenner66 3 months ago
tags: wilderness therapy mental health

A group of people sitting in a circle in the wilderness is an image we can all imagine, have seen, and/or been a part of. It's a powerful image. Why is this such a powerful image? It is something that has been going on for centuries. There is inherent wisdom, not only in the act of sitting in a circle and being a part of a group but also in what the magical element of the wilderness provides to this already rich experience.

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Make the Right Choice the Easy Choice

In theory, self-directed learning should be very natural and very easy. As a lifelong unschooler, I shouldn’t even have to think about it. After all, you will always be educating yourself, whether you try to or not and whether you like it or not. But the unavoidable instinct to follow curiosity is only fifty percent of it; it’s too easy to ignore your instincts.

 

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The Brilliance of a Circle and Nature: Working with Group Dynamics in the Wilderness

posted by monicajenner66 3 months ago
tags: wilderness therapy mental health

The Brilliance of a Circle and Nature: Working with Group Dynamics in the Wilderness

A group of people sitting in a circle in the wilderness is an image we can all imagine, have seen, and/or been a part of. It's a powerful image. Why is this such a powerful image? It is something that has been going on for centuries. There is inherent wisdom, not only in the act of sitting in a circle and being a part of a group but also in what the magical element of the wilderness provides to this already rich experience.

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Asking Questions and Living the Answers: Finding Identity in the Wilderness

posted by monicajenner66 3 months ago
tags: wilderness therapy health

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I discovered this incredible work by chance while searching through a listing of outdoor jobs on an online database in the summer of 2011. As a recent college graduate, I was neck deep in the angst of entering the job force. I had never heard of Wilderness Therapy before, and honestly, I remember feeling unsure if I wanted to do it or not. I pictured a boot camp where students just cried all day and yelled at each other as field instructors ran around saying things like, “take accountability for your actions!” or, “let the tears flow!” Nonetheless, something about it captivated my imagination. So I applied for a job as a Field Instructor and read every book about it I could get my hands on. As I read Shouting At The Sky, a book describing a writer’s personal wilderness therapy experience, I started to understand that this wasn’t like anything else I had ever heard of; it sounded compassionate, powerful, raw, even sacred.

 

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It’s for the kids!

posted by monicajenner66 3 months ago
tags: education self direted learning

One of our founding principles is that the students must desire to be a part of the Makarios community. Without their personal buy-in, the educational model fails. The key is to help the students discover their passion. In an earlier blog this year, I shared how I had come full circle in trusting the instincts of my own children’s innate curiosity to live a lifestyle of learning. Makarios mentors model a lifestyle of learning everyday through short lectures and experiments that peak the interest of students from 5 to 15 (our oldest student this year). Mentors meet monthly to discuss what we are learning and sharing as well as what we have observed in our students over the previous weeks. We plan and strategize about how to engage students that have yet to discover a topic or subject that they become so engrossed in that it’s difficult to put it down at the end of the day. 

 

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GivingTuesday - it's for the kids!

posted by monicajenner66 4 months ago
tags: education self direted learning

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At a recent business networking event I was asked; “So, who is your customer...the parents, or the students?” Without a moment’s hesitation, I said: the students. Of course, the parents are the ones that pay tuition and need the reassurance that their child will learn in a self-directed, interest-led school, but it’s the kids that are the true customer. They are the why of what Makarios Community School is. Without the curiosity, excitement, and interest of the students, Makarios would cease to exist.

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Asking Questions and Living the Answers: Finding Identity in the Wilderness

I discovered this incredible work by chance while searching through a listing of outdoor jobs on an online database in the summer of 2011. As a recent college graduate, I was neck deep in the angst of entering the job force. I had never heard of Wilderness Therapy before, and honestly, I remember feeling unsure if I wanted to do it or not. I pictured a boot camp where students just cried all day and yelled at each other as field instructors ran around saying things like, “take accountability for your actions!” or, “let the tears flow!” Nonetheless, something about it captivated my imagination. So I applied for a job as a Field Instructor and read every book about it I could get my hands on. As I read Shouting At The Sky, a book describing a writer’s personal wilderness therapy experience, I started to understand that this wasn’t like anything else I had ever heard of; it sounded compassionate, powerful, raw, even sacred.

 

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Self-Directed Learning : Trust Their Instincts

posted by monicajenner66 4 months ago
tags: education self directed learning

When my children were very young; toddler and newborn, I joined a new mothers group that met once a month.  There were some wonderful grandmothers who hosted these monthly meetings, treating us to snacks, free childcare and a “talk”.  The same grandma gave the talk every time and we could count on a repeat of many of the same stories.  But one bit of repeated advice that has meant the most to me was this: study your children, know what makes them “tick”; who they are.  This admonition assumes that each child is a unique individual, delivered with their own special, innate talents and abilities rather than a clean slate awaiting external inscription.  I took this advice to heart and watched, equipped, and procured the tools and experiences that appeared to be the best fit for my young children. I wanted them to be self directed learners. I trusted the process: study who they are, provide what they need, watch them learn and grow.  It was very simple.  I believed that I was starting with

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Asking Questions and Living the Answers: Finding Identity in the Wilderness

Tim

I discovered this incredible work by chance while searching through a listing of outdoor jobs on an online database in the summer of 2011. As a recent college graduate, I was neck deep in the angst of entering the job force. I had never heard of Wilderness Therapy before, and honestly, I remember feeling unsure if I wanted to do it or not. I pictured a boot camp where students just cried all day and yelled at each other as field instructors ran around saying things like, “take accountability for your actions!” or, “let the tears flow!” Nonetheless, something about it captivated my imagination. So I applied for a job as a Field Instructor and read every book about it I could get my hands on. As I read Shouting At The Sky, a book describing a writer’s personal wilderness therapy experience, I started to understand that this wasn’t like anything else I had ever heard of; it sounded compassionate, powerful, raw, even sacred.

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When the Rubber Hits the Road

posted by monicajenner66 4 months ago
tags: education self directed learning

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Tuesday night, February 3rd, we had our first information meeting. In a nutshell, we have enough interest to open the school this year.The search for a location has intensified. Several options have been considered and rejected. At the moment, we are focusing our efforts on finding a location that will be our very own, where we can move in with ALL our resources and have enough room to spread out projects and activities. We are also looking for green space and playscapes. Tall order? Maybe, but just the right space is out there, ready and waiting for Makarios Community School.

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