Instructional Skills Workshop Fall Institute Nov 2-4 2018 (BC)

Date(s) - Nov 02, 2018 - Nov 04, 2018
12:00 am

Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat Centre

Region: British Columbia


  • Friday, November 2 (begins with 5:00 dinner) to Sunday, November 4 at 11 am.
  • Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat Centre, Maple Ridge, BC  (In the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver)


Details and Event Information

This is a residential institute for Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) Program Facilitators. The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) Fall Institute is designed for both new and experienced facilitators in the ISW Program. The Institute provides participants with opportunities to share their insights and challenges and to draw on each others’ experiences and expertise within a collegial environment. We will use a variety of small and whole group discussion and presentation formats. Specific activities evolve from an ongoing needs assessment as the event progresses. Participants are asked to come prepared to share ideas, innovations, problems, philosophies, stories, memories, photos and visions.

Participants flying in from a distance will need to stay in a hotel in Maple Ridge Thursday night.

Nuts and Bolts for all Practitioners Pre-Conference Workshop:

This year our Institute includes our eleventh “Nuts and Bolts for All Practitioners” pre-institute session for new facilitators, for those setting up fairly new programs in their institution, and for those experienced facilitators interested in the “nuts and bolts” of the ISW. If you are new to the ISW or would like to share ideas with those who are just starting, please consider arriving early for this Nuts & Bolts session. Bring your questions, your curiosity, your ideas and your experiences.

Who are the facilitators?

As in past years, all participants serve as resources in this community-building institute by providing ideas and suggestions for each other within a variety of group activities. Jan Johnson and Alice Macpherson will serve as the “process facilitators” for the Institute and will be working with a Planning Committee comprised of several individuals who have participated in at least 2 other ISW Fall Institutes. Several past participants will serve as session facilitators during the ISW Fall Institute

Where you’ll be

The ISW Fall Institute will be at the Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat Centre in Maple Ridge, B.C., in the Fraser Valley an hour’s drive east of Vancouver on Highway #1, and a hour’s drive from both the Abbotsford International Airport and the Aldergrove/Lynden US border crossing. Loon Lake Lodge is located in the Malcolm Knapp Research forest, with walking trails, a lake, and areas to explore and relax. We will be living and learning together in a relaxed atmosphere of good humour and fun. Additional information about the setting and logistics will be sent to individuals upon receipt of their email registration.

You can visit the Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat Centre website: for information on the site. This includes directions and a map explaining how to get to the Centre from your location.


If you are participating in the “Nuts and Bolts for All Practitioners Pre-Institute Workshop”, please arrive by Friday, November 2 at 12:00 pm. All other registrants should plan to arrive by Friday, November 2 at 4:30 pm for dinner. If you will be arriving later than 5:00 pm and want to have dinner, please let us know when you register, so that we can arrange to have dinner available for you when you arrive.

If you are flying in from eastern Canada or the USA on Thursday, you will need to stay in a hotel in Maple Ridge Thursday evening. We will provide you with some hotel information when you register.

If you are flying in, you can arrange for airporter shuttle service to Maple Ridge, and then taxi service to the retreat centre. We will send you information about shuttle options when you register. The one-way cost is likely to be approximately $50 from the Abbotsford airport or approximately $100 from the Vancouver airport. There may also be opportunities for car pooling and/or for us to pick you up at the gate to the Retreat Centre – we will send everyone an email a week before the event with updated transportation information to facilitate sharing rides.


Sunday, November 4 before lunch, with a bag lunch


After filling in the online registration form, first click “Submit Registration”, and then click “Pay Now” to use your credit card or PayPal account to securely complete the payment online. If you do not have a PayPal account, choose “Pay with Debit or Credit Card” at the bottom of the PayPal invoice. You will be sent a receipt from PayPal after your payment is received.


Single Rooms

Depending on event registration, there may be single rooms available for an additional fee of $65. Please let us know of your interest in a single room when you register.

  Arriving Friday
Double room: Attending Nuts & Bolts $395
Double room: NOT attending Nuts & Bolts $370
   Commuting daily $275



The ISW International Advisory Committee is again pleased to offer up to five $100.00 bursaries to individuals who have been ISW facilitators for five years or less, and who have not had the pleasure of attending the Fall Institute before. Check the box in the Bursary Request section on the form: “Yes, I qualify! I would like to request a bursary of $100.” Your request for a bursary will be submitted to the ISW Committee and a decision made closer to the date of the event. If you are chosen to receive a bursary, and your registration fee has been fully paid, you will be issued a refund of $100.

How to register

To register for the Instructional Skills Workshop Fall Institute, please complete the registration form:  To facilitate planning for this event, please indicate your interest in attending as soon as possible. If you are hoping to attend but are still uncertain, please email with your details and confirm your registration as soon as you can. 

Please note there will be a $75 cancellation fee that applies after October 12, 2018.

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