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GATEWAYS CONFERENCE


Gateways Registration is Now Open!

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“Space is not a silent void. Space speaks. Its language is movement.”
– Jaimen McMillan
http://www.spacialdynamics.com/

FRIDAY EVENING APRIL 28 AND SATURDAY APRIL 29, 2017
Keynote Speaker: Jaimen McMillan
Jaimen McMillan founded the Spacial Dynamics Institute, an international training center based in New York, where many Waldorf teachers are trained in movement education. The discipline of Spacial Dynamics® was developed from Jaimen's study of mastery. He observed that ability comes from achieving an enhanced body/space continuum. Spacial Dynamics supports the healthy progression of a child through life by introducing them to age-appropriate activities that help them transition from stage to stage. Jaimen comes from a very large family and is quite familiar with the obstacles families can encounter. Jaimen offers exercises he has developed that teach parents and teachers how to catch their breath and give themselves space to thrive. Jaimen has been making professional contributions to the fields of movement education, movement therapy, and leadership for over 40 years. He is a co-author of the book The Fourfold Path to Healing (with Dr. Tom Cowan and Sally Fallon), and author of the book Still Moving, produced with photographer Karen Alexandre..

You will be able to register for Gateways workshops online starting February 6th, 2017.
The online registration page is HERE.



GATEWAYS REGISTRATION STARTS FEBRUARY 6th, 2017
Gateways registration is only available online. You can register HERE starting on February 6th.




GATEWAYS 2017 KEYNOTE TALKS
FRIDAY EVENING KEYNOTE TALK: 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm
Give Yourself Space!
This interactive presentation will deal with something we are so surrounded by, that it is often overlooked altogether: Space. Spacial Dynamics® grew out of the study of mastery, noting that masters of any discipline, art, or activity all use this elusive element. Spacial Dynamics studies the fluid relationship between human beings and the space around us. It teaches us how to optimize that relationship, helping both children and adults create the space they need to move forward with greater ability towards a healthier whole. Through this introduction to the discipline of Spacial Dynamics, one can begin to use space as a catalyst to effect change! Come. And give yourself space… for a change.

SATURDAY MORNING KEYNOTE TALK: 9:00 am to 10:45 am
Leading the Child Through Space
The first three 7-year cycles are spatial phenomena, and can be supported by parents and teachers making space for each new phase of development. This lecture will look at the role of movement in the spatial development that takes place from child to adult, at the relationship between movement and learning, and at some of the problems which stem from incomplete or interrupted physical-spatial coordination. The lecture will also include tips on how to use spatial language to address questions of discipline and boredom, and acquire knowledge through first-hand exploration and experience.

Please come prepared to participate in a variety of movement exercises and activities.

GATEWAYS 2017 WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS
MORNING WORKSHOPS — 11:15 am to 12:45 pm
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MORNING WORKSHOP
STRANGER IN THE MIRROR: POSITIVE SELF ESTEEM AND SOCIAL IDENTITY IN ADOLESCENCE
Jaimen McMillan
The teenage years can be bewildering and trying times for adolescents and for parents and teachers. Children experience a rude awakening at the time of puberty with the development of self-consciousness, the new experience of seeing oneself through the eyes of others. Creating a healthy relationship between consciousness and movement will affect every thought, feeling, and action in every stage of life to come. Movement education can play a vital role in the formation of positive self-image and social identity.

MORNING WORKSHOP
FAIRY TALES – NOURISHMENT FOR THE SOUL
Karen Fjestad
Fairy Tales do not convey a meaning, they awaken a meaning in the listener. Come and explore the importance of telling Fairy Tales and how these strange and charming stories continue to inspire, entertain and teach us.

MORNING WORKSHOP
ENERGIZE WITH SPRING FOREST QIGONG
Yana Filipovich
Spring Forest Qigong (pronounced "chee gong") is a simple, efficient, and effective method for helping you access your optimal health, wellness, and happiness. Developed by International Qigong Master Chunyi Lin, Spring Forest Qigong takes its origin in the ancient Chinese teachings, revised and enhanced for the 21st Century. We will explore and experience how breath, movement, mind and sound can be used together to gently balance our energy and emotions.

MORNING WORKSHOP
A COZY HOUSE FOR A LITTLE MOUSE
Brenda Porter
Join me in the creation of a felted tree stump and mouse. As we work, story telling/puppet play techniques, themes and ideas will be discussed. This class is suitable for parents and teachers. Copies of stories discussed will be part of your take-home package.

MORNING WORKSHOP
A JOURNEY INWARD THROUGH WRITING
Rachel T.
This workshop is a playful and introspective journey in creative and personal writing. A variety of writing exercises will be taken up, including writing from prompts, language "play", improvisation, and poetic expression.

MORNING WORKSHOP
THE WALDORF MAIN LESSON
Dorthea Rydholm
Have you ever wondered what really happens in a Main Lesson? Join Dorthea Rydholm, former Class Teacher, for a Grade 5 Main Lesson. She will take you through the parts of this methodology and let you experience it firsthand. How the Main Lesson changes from Grade One to Nine will also be made clear.

MORNING WORKSHOP
THE ARTS IN THE KINDERGARTEN: EXPLORING THE DEVELOPING WILL
Rose Maynard
Young children learn by doing. The teacher and assistant engage in domestic, practical, and artistic activities which the children imitate readily. A sense of reverence and gratitude is woven through all of their daily practices. Join Rose as she leads you through various artistic experiences that are part of the Waldorf Kindergarten curriculum. Through the art of painting, drawing, molding, and more, participants will gain further insight into how the child's will and self-initiative are nurtured and developed.

MORNING WORKSHOP
EXPLORING THE BRAIN-BODY POTENTIAL
Dr. Josephene Juell, DC
Based on Reorganized Healing Models, Dr. Juell will cover underlying brain differences that can be associated with behavioural disorders, learning difficulties, and emotional concerns. The concepts of brain hemisphericity and plasticity will be covered, with new neural connections created using sense systems, movement, and environmental changes. This workshop will include some simple exercises to promote brain and body balance.


AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS — 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm
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AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
THE POWER OF PRESENCE
Jaimen McMillan
This session brings a new understanding of movement, spatial awareness, and relationship of the self to the other. We will learn simple, graceful, and rejuvenating movement exercises from the discipline of Spacial Dynamics which will enhance your posture, ease, voice projection, focus, and response-ability.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
WHAT "BRINGING WALDORF INTO THE HOME" MIGHT LOOK LIKE
Kathy Brunetta
Goodness, beauty, and truth are fundamental values embedded in Waldorf education, but the foundation of Waldorf education is how we meet the children's emerging human capacities in age-appropriate ways as they journey through the years. This is as much a path of self-development for parents and teachers as it is a path of development for our children. This is the starting point for "Waldorf in the Home".

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
HORSE WISDOM FOR PARENTS: WHERE THE INNER AND OUTER MEET
Johanna Kalkreuth
It has often been said that horses act as a kind of "mirror", reflecting back aspects of the inner life of the humans in their world. Similarly in parenting, how a child receives what a parent is bringing (from a simple direction to daily routines to greater life lessons) often depends on the inner life and spatial gesture of the parent. Join Johanna as she shares stories and experiences from her Equine Facilitated Counselling practice that shed light on some of these foundational dynamics and outcomes.

Johanna is a Registered Provisional Psychologist, Certified Simplicity Parenting Coach, Spacial Dynamics® Level II practitioner and Certified Mental Health, Learning and Equine Professional with EFW-Can.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
A DAY FULL OF SONGS (EARLY EDUCATION)
Jen Gordon
Come and learn songs that will help carry your children through the day; a short song for every occasion from greeting the day to ending the day and everything in between.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
FELT AN ARTFUL VESSEL
Arwen Cruse
Come and explore the world of wet felting by using rainbows of merino wool roving to sculpt a beautiful ornamental bowl. By layering the wool in different patterns you can create a colourful, textured piece that is unique inside and out. Come with lots of stamina too, as your muscles will get a great workout! (Please note this workshop will begin half an hour earlier than the other afternoon workshops. It will commence at 1:45pm to allow participants more time to felt their vessel.)

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
BAL-A-VIS-X
Karen Wilson
Karen Wilson, our CWS Learning Support Teacher, engages children with Bal-A-Vis-X, a series of exercises of varying complexity developed by Bill Hubert involving beanbag tossing and ball bouncing. While these exercises benefit all students, they also act as tangible support for many students. The benefits go beyond BALance, Auditory, VISual, eXercises, and help with focus, concentration, and right-left brain integration to advance sensory-motor development for improved learning and well-being. They are just plain fun! These exercises are for all ages and can be done individually, with a partner, or in a group. Join in for an engaging, whole body-mind experience of simple rhythmical movements using all spatial dimensions. No skills required.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
SCIENCE OUTDOORS
Jack Searchfield
Science is everywhere – we live science – and one pleasurable way to highlight this is to study it outdoors, not in a classroom or lab. That's what we'll do, visiting areas of study from a variety of Grades. Please come prepared for most any weather.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
THE MUSIC WITHIN
Sandra Ghali & Annie Jeon
As adults, we often believe that we're either "musical"...or we're "not". But nothing could be further from the truth! From the rhythm of our heartbeat, to the song that we sing when we think no one's listening, music is alive within every human being. This workshop offers the opportunity to explore our musical self through simple, beautiful, group music-making. Come and experience the music within us all.



CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
FRIDAY APRIL 28, 2017
6:45 pm Registration Opens
7:15 to 9:00 pm Evening Keynote Talk by Jaimen McMillan
SATURDAY APRIL 29, 2017
8:15 am Registration Opens
9:00 am Morning Keynote Talk by Jaimen McMillan
10:45 am Break
11:15 am Morning Workshops
12:45 pm Lunch
2:15 pm Afternoon Workshops
3:45 pm Break
4:00 pm Wrap-up with Jaimen McMillan

Note: With the exception of babes in arms, this conference is for adults only, please.



REGISTRATION INFORMATION
The conference is limited to 150 participants on a first come, first served basis. Note, we are now offering online registration only, starting February 6th.

Register before March 13th for our Early Bird Prize Draw – a $50.00 Gift Certificate to the Pixie Hut!

Conference Fee (includes lunch and light snacks)
$100 per person by April 18th
$125 per person after April 18th

Gateways registration is only available online. Registration starts February 6th at: calgarywaldorf.org/gateways.html

Payment must be made online at: calgarywaldorf.org/gateways.html

Waldorf-inspired toys, books, and supplies will be available for purchase from the Pixie Hut during registration times, and at snack and lunch breaks.

CONTACT INFORMATION
For more information, please email gateways@calgarywaldorf.org, or phone 403-287-1868 ext. 148

LOCATION OF CONFERENCE
515 Cougar Ridge Drive SW.
The Calgary Waldorf School is located in the south-west neighbourhood of Cougar Ridge.


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