Teachers’ Conventions, here she comes!!!

(This is how I feel when I am excited!)

The same day I wrote my last post, I got confirmation that I will be a speaker at the Calgary Teachers’ Convention February 14-15 2019!!!  One day later the South Western Teachers’ Convention February 21-22, 2019 invited me!!!

This is my workshop:

LOVE!

Lana Skauge, forty years of hands on practical drama practitioner experience transferred into a poignant entertainment where she will model story structure, weave a tale and embrace each and every one of you!  Come and feel the reinforcement that will propel you through the next few months of teaching!

Make sure you let me know if you are interested!  It’s food for the soul and I think every teacher deserves to put their papers away for a moment of laughter!

(Ready to kick up my heels!)

Love!

     

(No, that’s not me in 1967.  That’s Lulu! I was nine years old at the time. Do you remember “To Sir with Love”?)

A few years back I told a school staff that I was there to love them.  You could have heard a pin drop!  Those who knew me chuckled but those who didn’t were scared half to death!  Why?  I reprimanded myself initially and put the whole concept on a back burner.  I was already the drama teacher.  Did I need to make it even harder for them to relate to me?  I began to show my love in actions rather than bursts of enthusiasm. Small loving gestures like tea, muffins, planting a food bank garden or going on a walk provided noteworthy outcomes: knowing glances, subtle tears, whispered confessions and often laughter.  Was I onto something?

Recently I thought I would take it up a notch and offer some focused in services for teachers based on love.  How would that work?  Well, the story is everything to me so entertaining the group was essential. What else?  My personal testimony sharing memories of the love path! There’s lots of laughter there, mostly at my expense, but I enjoy my “fool” status knowing it is a wise teacher. Hmmmm.  But how do I reach the teacher that doesn’t want his/her time wasted? Got it!  I will throw in a story structure sample so, at the least, they can leave with a concrete offering.

muffins

Picture me handing out “Manna muffins” (food from heaven) with handwritten tags attached.  Envision a staff, some with arms crossed and sighing heavily, while others pretending to listen as a million lists crowd their thoughts.  Hey, don’t feel guilty!  I did the same thing.  Then, watch it unfold.

If I can connect with even a few teachers who really need to hear that

who they are

and

what they offer

is valued

I have been successful.

Teachers are inundated with expectations.  I believe it’s time to build them up not tear them down “shoulding” them to death. They are living, breathing, sensitive people trying to do their best.  They are not perfect and neither are the students they are guiding. We are all on a journey to awareness.  Loving someone through it will provide a much healthier future for everyone.

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Maybe an hour with me will be just the affirmation they need.  And now, I shall crank up Lulu singing in the background while I churn out a batch of Saskatoon muffins.

I love you, teachers!

Where has Lana been? In the studio! Yeehaw!

My dearest companion, mentor, soul sister, Sally Truss has invited me to back her up on her latest recording called “Roots and Boots”.  Laying down tracks that exudes Sally’s authenticity (she has travelled with Cowboy poets, toured extensively and honoured her roots that span from Great Britain to her immigration into Canada with rich words) I am captured by her emotionally driven project of the heart!  Riding beside Sally makes every trail pure joy!  Our journey continues!  New songs to rehearse today! I’m saddled up!IMG_20181009_141122969

The Body Speaks, a reflection

A few weeks ago I had an awesome experience with a group of adults and fantastic facilitators in a workshop entitled “The Body Speaks” sponsored by the Wellness Hub at Wild Rose United Church under the direction of Barbara Grant, Spiritual Health Practitioner.  Wow!

Feldenkrais teacher Jennifer Herzog gently guided our bodies with ease as we moved into awareness awakening our range of motion and breathing through the tightness that comes from slower body rhythms.  Soothing, intriguing and vital!

Carolyn Pogue,  writer and visionary, took us through free fall writing then brought us to the “Council of Beings” where we spoke our promises to the earth.  Revealing and thought provoking with mask, word and heartfelt messages!  Unforgettable!

I provided a focus on hands, their memory and their expression in the landscape.  Participants found “pearls of wisdom” in boxes of sand where the tactile experience invited a moment of thoughtful meanderings about their own sage advice.  Giggles and camaraderie was inevitable!

Patrick Griffin, Social Worker, therapist, Certified Mindful practitioner, lovingly brought us back to savouring the now and defined mindfulness as he tied our experiences together asking us to consider heart questions, practical questions and acknowledgment of gratitude. Invaluable!

It has taken me many weeks to digest what I experienced since I participated as well as shared.  So thankful for this experience to kick off my year of 60up!  Thank you Barbara Grant for being such a weaver!!!

I was humbled by the wisdom that surrounded me.  The heat is on!  The inspiration has been ignited!