Kardia Formation

Strengthening Spirit – Releasing Potential

Heart Wisdom for Teachers

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Kardia Formation is offering teachers a program of six small group sessions to explore the terrain of their inner teacher. This inward journey will be supported by individual reflection and group dialogue and framed in the broad context of relationship with God.

Who is it for:

–   Early Career Teachers (group one)

–   Refreshing the call to teach (group two


–   Terms 1& 2, 2019. Six sessions 4.30 – 6.30pm

–   Mondays – February 18, March 4 & 25, April 29, May 13, June 3 (group one)

–   Thursdays – February 14, March 7 & 28, May 2 & 16, June 6 (group two)

Cost:  $495

Location:  Kardia Formation P/L 197-199 Riversdale Road Hawthorn 3122.  Participants may attend via video conferencing

Teaching, like any truly human activity, emerges from one’s inwardness, for better or worse. As I teach, I project the condition of my soul onto my students, my subject, and our way of being together. Knowing myself is as crucial to good teaching as knowing my students and my subject. (Parker Palmer)

Teacher training and ongoing professional learning focus largely on the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of teaching. Rarely is there time or opportunity given to a consideration of the ‘who’ – the heart of the one who teaches. And yet, teachers are a crucial influence in the lives of students.

The reality is that we teach from the inside out – we teach who we are. Whilst we may be committed to our providence-doucet-87304-unsplashstudents’ wellbeing, the pressures and stresses of being a teacher can actually disconnect us from our own self. Our authentic self is likely to be the source of our gifts to our students, but we can only share and draw upon this if we know and are connected to, ourselves.

The purpose of each session is to nurture personal identity, vocation and mission.

To facilitate contemplative reflection and journaling, participants will be provided with stimulus material drawn from the fields of Education and the Arts. This individual work will form the basis of group sessions which include stillness and conversation.

Facilitator: Julie Mitchell. Julie has been an educator for over 35 years, first as a secondary teacher and then concurrently as a writer of curriculum, consultant and, since 2007, as a teacher educator at the University of Melbourne. She has recently submitted her PhD in Education focusing on ethics in the Australian Curriculum. As a spiritual director, Julie has been formed in the Ignatian tradition through the Kardia Heart Wisdom Spiritual Direction Formation program.

To make a booking contact Kardia

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