I have had the most fun weekend in a long time, I did two workshops – one I devised and facilitated and the other I attended. Both were fun and today I feel fired up and ready to go! Some of my friends spent the weekend doing some learning too. At second born’s eco-school Sa Llavor they brought in leading UK Waldorf science educator Graham Kennish for the weekend to host a conference on “Towards a Holistic Science”. It was well attended and enjoyed by many. Bumping into one of the parents this morning at school drop off, it was wonderful to see how much she enjoyed it. “I felt 13 years old again and would readily have gone back to school for more” enthused Petra about the weekend.
So what is it about learning as an adult that is different to learning when we are children? Firstly, we enjoy learning about something we want to learn, not something that we are being told to learn. We are independent and self-directing; we are problem solving and therefore discussions make up for a large part of our learning and as importantly, our learning has relevance on our lives and we want to apply it there!
That is what I wanted out of my weekend of further education and so Saturday’s workshop was on “Setting Intentions for a Life Changing 2015 and Beyond”. Although I was the facilitator, I was also learning and this was enjoyed on many levels. I managed to set some intentions in different areas of my life – career, health, wealth and creativity and I managed to gain valuable experience leading the workshop. All in all, it was very enjoyable and I hope the participants thought so too! Of course the setting where we held the workshop was the tranquil Binissalem Peace Centre and that was a plus.
On Sunday, I enjoyed the day with four other women and our teacher – the blogging and social media queen, Vicki Mcleod of Phoenix Media Mallorca! It was a recap day to go over any areas we needed help with on blogging and it was the perfect day in so many ways! Firstly, Vicki wears her crown with confidence and enthusiasm. She loves what she does and this passion and energy was felt by all. She is a willing teacher, and by willing I mean that she wants us to learn, she wants us to blog, she wants us to be successful and she will go the extra mile for us.
In just a day, I came out of the class with so much useful knowledge, a wealth of tips as well as enthusiasm that is now being put to good use. I also met two other women I didn’t know and I caught up with Kay from the Universal Booksh0p who is always so kind and fun to be with. I met Andreea from Signature Estates and was impressed by her determination to learn. She is a busy working mother running her own company with her husband and yet she was there on a Sunday looking to brush up her skills and I was impressed that she even had time to bring delicious cup cakes – naughty! Then there was Julie, the Anglican vicar’s wife and a woman in her own right. Julie is from an educational background and we enjoyed a long talk on schools and education in general. It was a pleasure to meet a teacher with such a respect and care for her students, especially knowing that the age she prefers to teach is that of teenagers, not always the easiest group!
All in all, I really enjoyed this past weekend. I feel I have learned a lot about myself in the process. I enjoyed being a teacher and being with the teacher. I appreciated curiosity, enthusiasm, problem solving, sharing, support and above all, I came home happy with my achievements! The boys came home eventually and second born had been to the cinema with some of his school mates and without the parents – he is learning to be more responsible and grown up! First born went to bed with the laptop to watch his teacher, youtube, and take in a lesson on jazz, adding to his skills as a musician.
Never stop learning, it keeps us healthy in mind, body and spirit and I for one, want that!
Blogging & social media learning with Vicki Mcleod http://www.phoenixmediamallorca.com
Sa Llavor – independent, autonomous school integrating sustainable ethical principles in action and experience of sustainability as an integral education. http://www.sallavor.es