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ASPIRE Foundation Program: Facilitation, Design and Leadership 2019

  Jun 9 - Jun 14, 2019 Sun 7:00 PM - Fri 1:00 PM

 “I feel that I can apply this to my life/work”

 “I feel with the ASPIRE model – the potential for personal and social change is clear.”

 “Another successful, transformative, empowering experience with the Tatamagouche Centre!”

 Over the past 30 years here’s what people say they like about this evolving program:

  • Its experiential nature; learning by doing and reflecting
  • The diversity of approaches and techniques used and learned
  • The openness and generosity of the facilitators
  • Working in teams, brainstorming, feeding off each other to develop something- taking the unknown to the known 
  • Group work. Small group work- learning from each other
  • Team work and co-facilitation opportunities
  • Practicing while learning
  • Respecting the learner’s abilities
  • Pace, variety, wonderful people to be with 
  • The balance of theory and practice
  • Congeniality- tone of program environment 
  • Food, fun, friendship, learning, approach, especially the building block effect; taking one piece at a time- simple to complex 

Our program: This is a foundational program at the heart of Tatamagouche Centre. It allows you to learn effective facilitation skills and creative program design, leading to transformational community learning and development. Using an experiential approach participants are afforded in-depth practice, discussion, and reflection. Whether you organize meetings, workshops or design complex projects or programs, this is an opportunity for you to gain skills, clarify leadership styles and deepen insights. Designed for both experienced and novice facilitators, participants will learn and practice this popular education methodology developed and honed by Tatamagouche Centre for over 30 years. 

Drawing from a number of sources including human relations training, popular adult education, participatory development, spiritual growth, and organizational planning, the ASPIRE model of the Tatamagouche Centre combines theory and practice in “action-reflection” cycles through which participants learn from their own experience and efforts. It is this participatory, “hands-on” learning process, combined with inputs from contemporary adult education, human development and social change theory, which constitute the heart of the model.

The ASPIRE Model is now foundational for many community education programs throughout the Maritime region in Canada. Educators trained in this model apply it within community, organizational, faith-based, small business, and social change settings. In addition, program resource people linked with Tatamagouche Centre have contextualized the model for use in Africa and Latin America. As well, it is basis for various adult education and training of trainers programs within the Coady International Institute, Antigonish. Participants receive a Facilitation and Design certificate at the completion of the program.

Program Cost: $990 (tuition, meals & accommodation)
Local Price: $790 (without overnight)

We strive to make our programs as accessible as possible. 
Please contact our Registrar to inquire about a bursary or payment plan.

Deadline to register for this program: May 15, 2019.


Brian Braganza

Brian BraganzaBrian Braganza is an experiential educator specializing in vocational counselling, sustainability education, masculinity, and youth engagement. He was prepared by Parker J. Palmer and the Centre for Courage & Renewal as a facilitator in 2014 and has led retreats in Nova Scotia and in the U.S. Brian has a long history with the HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development and with the Tatamagouche Centre. Brian delivers experiential programs for men and co-designed T.O.N.E., Therapy Outside Normal Environments, a unique men’s therapeutic project, which builds men’s abilities to connect authentically and live into their wholeness. He lives in a straw-bale home he built on an old farm near Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Brian is also a wilderness traveler, poet and songwriter.

Jackie McVicar

Jackie McVicarJackie McVicar is interested in emancipatory transformational learning and how healing is a tool for political empowerment. She is inspired by the world-wide struggle of Indigenous Peoples and all Peoples working for autonomy and in defense of life and territory. She is a settler who lives between Iximulew (Guatemala) and Wabanaki territories.  She has studied adult education and community development and worked with youth and young adults.

Mohamed Yaffa

 Mohamed Yaffa uses the ASPIRE model in educating staff in his role with the Diversity and Inclusion Program with Nova Scotia Health Authority – whose focus is on reducing health inequities for marginalized populations in the province. He coordinated cultural and family violence prevention programs for Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) for six years, facilitating the bridging of cultural gaps for new comers to Canada, awareness raising and skill development for private and public sector service providers.

Mohamed has been part of the Tatamagouche Centre Program Resource Group (PRG) since 2002 and has applied the ASPIRE model for educational programming for over 15 years. Mohamed has been involved in many social justice, bridge-building and inter-faith initiatives in Nova Scotia, bringing a multi-cultural perspective to the work.

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