Hello Gentle Teaching International Community! I know many of you have your sights on the 2016 Gentle Teaching International Conference in Akureyri Iceland this September 2016. I am excited as I recently found out that I will be attending GTI 2016. The experience in Kansas City last year was very inspiring and Akureyri looks to be another great opportunity. In addition to GTI 2016, we are hopeful that some
Please join us for a 3-day workshop on Gentle Teaching, hosted by The SHARE Foundation and produced in collaboration with GLOBE STAR LLC and The Quality of Life Institute, Inc. The SHARE Foundation honors a Christian tradition that we will celebrate and incorporate into our three days, from the morning blessing/service, officiated throughout the day in the workshop activities. Click on link to download the flyer.
Thanks to all who worked hard to make the GTI2015 conference such a success. Special thanks to Nancy Nicolaus and Tracy Mauk and the many Volunteers who made the conference delegates and attendees feel welcome part of an International Community with events such as the world cafe. Many thanks to Eitas for hosting this conference and to the many sponsors for both displaying products and sponsoring breaks and help with advertising. Eitas has
Firstly, I would like to publicly thank the team at Eitas for hosting a great conference in Kansas City, your hard work and attention to detail was much appreciated! As many of you know we held our first official Board elections this year, an important step in strengthening our organization. I would like to congratulate and introduce the new GTI Board of Directors: Tim Jones (Canada) – President Kristinn Mar
We must find joy in the midst of sorrow. In the most difficult encounters it can only be found in our hope. The mother and children in the picture above are obviously suffering. If we were to encounter them, we should ask ourselves what might we do. I do not pretend to know the answer; there might not be an immediate one in the global reality of hunger, thirst, and
I do not pretend to have any quick or easy solutions. The only thing I really know is that when we come face to face with suffering we have an obligation to stop if even for a few moments. We have to exit our offices, cubicles, and nurses stations, put away the text books and the psychiatric books, and simply enter into situations shrouded in suffering —the man crying, the
Gentle Teaching is not about anyone’s behaviors; it is about our values and our moral imaginations—what do we see as decent and good and what are our basic values. I believe that is why I agreed with the young caregiver when she told me to go out and work hands-on with the people. Another old memory that sticks in my heart involved my first visit to a psychiatric hospital. All
The third memory that I recall was the impending death of a young man on death row in Angola, Louisiana. He had done some horrible things—murdering two people. I went to visit him to see if I could write a report on mitigating circumstances surrounding his two murders, The words written above are about my visit. I do not pretend to be a problem-solver, but Henry taught me how we