The Rhythm of Learning in Nature



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The Rhythm of Learning in Nature is an opportunity for like-minded educators to come together in place to experience nature, Reggio-inspiration and forest school practices. The Swan Lake Centre serves as the backdrop for this week of professional inquiry. The week will follow an emergent curriculum framework, as we will invite both facilitators and participants to decide the direction of the work and the focus of our professional inquiries.

Sounds_in_the_Woods_reduced.jpgThis year, we will begin the week with a bus trip together to Reggio Children’s Wonders of Learning Exhibit hosted by the Ontario Reggio Association.  During the day, participants will be able to view the exhibit and experience downtown Toronto. With the inspiration of the exhibit as provocation, participants and facilitators will have the opportunity to engage in professional dialogue, reflect on experience, work on documentation and learn together. The magical outdoor environment at Swan Lake, coupled with the beautiful mansion for our indoor experiences, will invite and entice deep thinking and reflection about teaching and learning.  

Everyone is welcome to join with us for the week whether you are new to Reggio-inspired learning or more experienced with the practices. We will honour everyone’s journey, context and gifts. This will be a week of empowering learning to support the development of a community of learners, researchers and teachers.

We are very excited this year to welcome two international facilitators – Suzanne Axelsson from Sweden and Debi Keyte-Hartland from the UK.  There will also be a small forest school camp on the premises with two forest school leaders and a small group of children. Rhythm participants, in small numbers, will be invited to observe and document, and we expect that this will offer more prompts for dialogical learning. 

Activities will run from 9 am - 3 pm each day.

We will be offering light and nutritious refreshments in the morning and a catered lunch at noon (with the exception of Monday, August 8th when participants are responsible for their own lunch in Toronto, as part of our visit to the Wonders of Learning Exhibit). With notification at the time of registration, we will honour dietary restrictions.  Please bring a reusable water bottle with you each day.

This is an indoor/outdoor experience. Please dress for the daily weather conditions including closed-toed outdoor shoes, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and rain gear when necessary.  Please also bring indoor shoes.

Participant Fee: $600.00 plus HST

Cancellation Policy:  A full refund is available if you cancel your registration on or before July 25, 2016.  Registrants are eligible for a 50% refund after July 25, 2016 but please note that no refund will be available as of August 8, 2016.  For more information about our cancellation policy or if you have any questions, please contact us.   


Please note that your paid registration gets you FREE ADMITTANCE to our evening workshop on August 11, 2016 entitled, Reggio-Inspired Practice in Context: Global Perspectives.  You will be sent a separate registration link for this event.

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Be sure to follow the hashtag #Rhythm2016!

August 08, 2016 at 9am - August 12, 2016
Swan Lake Centre
1229 Bethesda Sideroad
Richmond Hill, ON L4E 3G2
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