Thanks to everyone who attended our Sixth Annual Chautauqua. It was the most successful yet. Our purposes for the Chautauqua, which we hold at Mount Madonna each year are to engage in meaningful conversation about our own learning and to discover experience new ways of transforming our work in education. This year we used the three phases of the “learning journey” which are, the “call” the “journey” and the “return” to set context for our discussions. We also conducted the gathering with the intention of bringing art and music more to the center of the learning process. With group facilitation from Peter Block and Vivian Wright, artistic facilitation from Mary Corrigan, Mariah Howard and Avril Orloff and Musical facilitation by Barbara McAfee and Michael Jones and Bob Caplan we accomplished our goals.
Each year Chautauqua continues to grow. This year we were pleased to host 78 participants including students, teachers, administrators, and a host of others who are involved in many aspects of the learning process. It is our philosophy is that those who attend provide the key resources for the workshop. We find that there is much more vitality in exploring vital questions together than in listening to experts. In this way the Chautauqua attempts to model the transformation it encourages. It reminds us that the most natural learning is collaborative and fun. Enjoy the blog. – Ward Mailliard