1. Personal renewal, rebalancing, and healing 2. Reconnect with dear friends and colleagues and have a chance to nurture new relationships 3. Have an opportunity to share and take in fresh ideas on cultivating more responsive Montessori programs and resilient school communities
We believe these Retreat experiences are the most important. Therefore, we want you to know that from our perspective, regardless of what's on the program, you have the freedom to do whatever best meets your needs throughout the weekend.
In this workshop Raj Chawla and Andrew Kutt will lead an inquiry and introspection around some key concepts highlighted in the book “Hospicing Modernity” by Vanessa Machado de Oliveira.
We will explore and investigate how modernity has brought us incredible benefits and comforts, all at a hidden and unacknowledged cost. Forging a new pathway forward requires “radical tenderness” in order to release ourselves from the 5 E’s – Exceptionalism, Exaltedness, Expansion of entitlements, Externalization of culpability, Empowerment of the ego. During this workshop we will practice the discernment needed to confront the 5 E’s with self-compassion, and to create small experiments so something new is possible for ourselves as planetary citizens of planet earth as well as for our Montessori school communities.
“Aging is our next frontier—a physical emotional, moral, cognitive and spiritual frontier. Its mysteries and its terrors need to be faced consciously and mindfully,” as author Connie Zweig, says. In this gathering we will endeavor to begin the “Inner Work of Aging” and to both discover and plan for the treasures of late life. We move toward old age without the benefit of guides and without a map to show us how to become the Elders we may seek to become. Together we will explore the process of aging as a spiritual journey and what life might look like as we grow older, carrying our passion for Montessori education into this next chapter.
In our time together, both individually and collectively, we will explore through the use of “third things” such as poetry, readings, journaling and other activities, the following themes: