Sunday, May 27, 2007

Transformative Learning Centre Transforms Lives, Raises Awareness about Power Relations, Class, Race and Gender

Circles of Transformation documents the Spirit Matters gathering, a landmark event organized by The Transformative Learning Centre in Spring 04. This package includes 6 hrs. of DVD's including reflective essays and commentary. See

The Transformative Learning Centre, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Fosters Individual and Social Transformation

The centre's main goals are:

• To provide an interdepartmental structure for community-university partnerships in research and field development.

• To provide a forum for the discussion of interdisciplinary issues related to learning in community and global transformation.

• To provide a means for faculty and students to participate in specific networks requiring membership from a community-university base...

• To support interdepartmental instruction in Transformative Learning Studies and related areas.

"Transformative learning involves experiencing a deep, structural shift in basic premises of thought, feelings, and actions. It is a shift of consciousness that dramatically and permanently alters our way of being in the world. This shift includes our understanding of ourselves and our self-locations and our relationships with other humans and with the natural world. It also involves our understanding of power relations in interlocking structures of class, race and gender, our body awareness, our visions of alternative approaches to living, and our sense of possibilities for social justice, peace and personal joy. "

"Transformative learning helps us understand the world in a different way, changing the way we experience it and the way we act in our day-to-day lives. Transformative learning has an individual and a collective dimension, and includes both individual and social transformation.
In the Transformative Learning Centre we are inspired by the notion of grounded hope. We believe that one of the best ways to predict the future is to actively create it, moving together towards our collective visions by developing viable alternatives that recognize the limitations and possibilities (especially the possibilities!) of each particular context."

Above excerpts from

The following information was sent to us by
Michelle Currie M.Ed. , our Ontario based student regional liaison representative for CCAHTE Journal.


with Michelle Currie M.Ed.

Participate, Meditate, Create is an experiential workshop that explores the use of Meditative Arts (meditation and art) as a tool for social change.

Date & Time:

Friday, June 22nd 6:00-8:00

Saturday, June 23rd 1:00-4:00

Facilitator: Michelle Currie is a graduate of the Masters of Education Program at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, where she focused on the use of meditation and the arts for personal growth, social change and environmental consciousness.


Transformative Learning Centre (Room 7-165)
Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology
Ontario Institute of Studies in Education
University of Toronto (OISE/UT) Fax (416) 926-4749

Email for info: Michelle Currie:

More info: Transformative Learning Centre