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Cooperative Learning Facilitator's Bootcamp


  • Neeleshwar Hermitage Unnamed Road KL, 671315 India (map)

Change ahead!

Are you an instructional designer, Agile coach, learning facilitator, trainer, teacher, educator, organisational learning professional? This might be the time for you to combine an inspiring and detoxing winter stop in a most idyillic environment, with a refreshing view on a series of non-conventional and non-formal learning techniques, and loads of practice.

Join Beyond Borders (bvba Francis Laleman) in this outstanding 5-day learning retreat.

Takeaways

Participants in this programme leave with batteries fully recharged. The experience of a 5 day retreat in an unforgettable evironment of high end hospitality, both intensive and relaxing, harmoniously balancing time for private wellness and detox with time spent with colleagues, peers and inspiring like-minded professionals, leaves nobody untouched.
Expect to return home with a thoroughly refreshed and/or changed feeling about what adult learning is or should be or could be. Expect to have gotten into a series of learning approaches uniquely adapted to the needs of our time - and to have had the opportunity to experiment, exercise, try-out and apply.
Expect to come home a changed professional. 
Expect to start the new year a changed person.

Programme

Sunday Dec 30: Finding the Path to Learning
Pick-up from Mangalore International Airport (Karnataka, India).
Drive (95 km) along the Malabar coast, over Kasargod and Bekal to Neeleshwar (Kanhangad).
Check-in at Neeleshwar Hermitage (website).
17:00  Evening Session: Meet-up & introduction.
19:00  Group Dinner
20:00 Private time

 Welcome at Neeleshwar Hermitage

Welcome at Neeleshwar Hermitage

Monday Dec 31: Natural Learning
07:00 Gorgeous breakfast
08:00 Private time (swim, walk, read, write, listen, talk, ...)
09:00 Morning class: Group exploration of natural learning - a concept derived from the Japanese monozukuri tradition of craftsmanship and further developed by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), a/o at his school in Shantiniketan (Bengal). A still newer version, uniquely adapted to today's organisational environments, has been proposed by Francis Laleman, who recently presented it as "Learning is the Natural State" at an Instructional Design Pitstop organized by VOV, Antwerpen, April 2018.
12:00  Healthy lunch
13:00  Private time and hospitality options (ayurvedic treatment, yoga class, meditation class, village walk, ...)
15:30 Afternoon tea
16:00 Afternoon Practicum  and/or open space for participants
19:00 New Year Eve Dinner and Malabar Cultural Event, meet-up, beach walk, ...

 Natural Learning, inspired by Rabindranath Tagore

Natural Learning, inspired by Rabindranath Tagore

Tuesday Jan 01: Cooperative Learning
07:00 Unforgettable breakfast
08:00 Private time (swim, walk, read, write, listen, talk, ...)
09:00 Morning class: Group exploration of cooperative learning - and why and how it is that self-organising cooperative learning groups, if handsomely facilitated, achieve so much more than old-school, binary, teacher/student set-ups. Cooperative learning formats were first popularised by Paulo Freire (Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 1968) in community development and empowerment programmes - and later brought to education and training proper, a/o by Johnson and Johnson in the 1980s and 90s (website). Francis Laleman has been experimenting with cooperative learning in a variety of environments, from social work in Bihar, India, to adult learning, soft skills learning, organisational development and technical & vocational training in India and in Europe.
12:00  Healthy lunch
13:00  Private time and hospitality options (ayurvedic treatment, yoga class, meditation class, village walk, ...)
15:30 Afternoon tea
16:00 Afternoon Practicum  and/or open space for participants
19:00 Group dinner
20:30 Book club: exploration of background reading on the topic(s) presented yesterday and today
21:30  Private time

 Cooperative Learning, in the footsteps of Paulo Freire

Cooperative Learning, in the footsteps of Paulo Freire

Wednesday Jan 02: Embodied Learning (Games for Actors and Non-Actors)
07:00 Gorgeous breakfast
08:00 Private time (swim, walk, read, write, listen, talk, ...)
09:00 Morning class: Group exploration of concepts and learning formats suggested and developed by Augusto Boal (Theatre of the Oppressed, Invisible Theatre, Games for Actors and Non-Actors) - and discovery of what they can mean for us and how we can build upon these to create our own facilitator's practice. In this session, we concentrate mainly on games, cooperative role plays  and "liberating structures" as learning devices.
12:00  Healthy lunch
13:00  Private time and hospitality options (ayurvedic treatment, yoga class, village walk, ...)
15:30 Afternoon tea
16:00 Afternoon Practicum  and/or open space for participants
19:00 Group dinner
20:30 Book club: exploration of background reading on the topic(s) presented today and/or relevant books suggested by the participants
21:30  Private time

 Embodied learning and liberating structures, inspired by Augusto boal

Embodied learning and liberating structures, inspired by Augusto boal

Thursday Jan 03: Scrum as a framework for learning
07:00 Cleansing and energizing breakfast
08:00 Private time (swim, walk, read, write, listen, talk, ...)
09:00 Morning class: Starting from the Agile Manifesto and extracts from The Scrum Guide, we explore the world of of Agile and Scrum - and experiment with variations of Scrum in The Classroom set-ups. Step by step, we discover the emergence of a natural learning pattern and pace, using gently facilitated self-organisation and forms of embodied learning and learning games - all in a spirit of developing mindset and craftsmanship in the co-creation of things of interest, value and beauty. 
12:00  Healthy lunch
13:00  Private time and hospitality options (ayurvedic treatment, yoga class, village walk, ...)
15:30 Afternoon tea
16:00 Afternoon Practicum  and/or open space for participants
19:00 Group dinner
20:30 Book club: exploration of background reading on Agility, Agile, Scrum, Sociocracy and related frameworks.
21:30  Private time

 Scrum, a heartbeat of natural learning?

Scrum, a heartbeat of natural learning?

Friday Jan 04: A Celebration of Learning
07:00 A breakfast to remember forever
08:00 Private time (swim, walk, read, write, listen, talk, ...)
09:00 Morning class: Gamesersices on Reflection and Retrospection.
09:30 Open Space for participants: Every participant facilitates a learning activity based on the principles and insights gained in this bootcamp. 
12:00  Healthy lunch
13:00  Celebration and Certification

14:00 Shuttle to Mangalore International Airport

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Facilitators

Natural Learning, Cooperative Learning and Embodied Learning will be facilitated by Francis Laleman (LinkedIn).
Finding the Path to LearningScrum as a Framework for Learning and A Celebration of Learning will be co-facilitated by Francis Laleman and Michaela Broeckx (LinkedIn).

Budget

This 5 day Cooperative Learning Facilitator's Bootcamp at Neeleshwar Hermitage costs € 1890 + € 600 = € 2490 per person on a twin sharing basis.
Supplement for single accomodation is € 840.

This cost includes: 

Hospitality fees: (€1890)
5 nights high-end accommodation with all meals at Neeleshwar Hermitage,
Arrival and departure transfers between Mangalore International Airport and Neeleshwar (02 transfers) by good vehicle.
Assistance on arrival and departure.
New year eve gala dinner for 31st Dec evening.
and
Tuition fees:  (€600)
10 masterclasses/workshops/practica, spread over 6 days

This cost does not include:

Airfare, travel insurance, personal bills like bar, tips, laundry, phone calls, any Ayurveda treatment, yoga classes, meditation classes, refreshments and any other personal expenses not included above.

Disclaimer

This project is organized and sold to you by travel operator Discovery Journeys India (website). In this project, Francis Laleman bvba, also known with brand name Beyond Borders, disclaims all responsibility for the participant's travel and hospitality arrangements.

To guarantee cooperative group learning in optimal conditions, this retreat/bootcamp requires a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 8 participants. If for any reason the minimum number of participants is not reached by Sept 10 2018, the project will be cancelled and all advance payments will be returned.

How to proceed

Contact us for any questions. Do not wait any longer: places in this bootcamp are strictly limited.

If you want to participate in this project, start by letting us know by sending us a booking request.

At receipt of this, we will transfer you to the services of Discovery Journeys India to confirm your booking and send you an advance payment bill. Your booking is final upon receipt of your advance payment.

Accordingly, you should see to your own flying arrangements. At your own wish or availability, you could embed this retreat/bootcamp in a somewhat longer journey in South India. This needs to be discussed with Discovery Journeys India. If this is the case, please let us know from the start.

For registered participants, there will be a project intake meet-up in Bayt al-Andalus, Antwerpen, sometime in the month of September (precise date to be discussed).

 

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