Reflecting on 2013 Institute
This year the annual Fall Institute moved…from lovely Bowen Island to the more centrally located, but also beautiful location at Edenvale Retreat and Conference Centre in Abbotsford, B.C. The move was motivated by increasing costs at the old location but the participants at this year’s events would agree, I think, that Edenvale was good move for more than just cost savings.
The setting was beautiful – far enough away from Vancouver to feel like a retreat, but located in a place that made it much easier for participants from Vancouver Island to attend. And those that flew into Vancouver International Airport didn’t notice much of a time difference to get there compared to travelling to Bowen Island (although the ferry was fun last year). The facilities and the food were great.
This year saw an interesting mix of older and newer facilitators so we had some great discussions, debates and sharing of experiences and ideas. And, in a fitting run up to the 35th anniversary year, founding members David Tickner and Doug Kerr attended. Sylvia Riessner
Camosun participants (Dianne Biin, Elizabeth West, Mavis Smith, Nancy Sly) shared some of their reflections on the Institute in their January issue of The Confluence.
“The Institute was a 2 day community-building forum where new and experienced facilitators shared ideas, experiences, philosophies, challenges, and innovations that inform their work as ISW practitioners and as post-secondary educators.
Highlights for the Camosun folks included meeting with facilitators from a variety of academic disciplines, sharing new facilitation ideas and challenges, sharing print and electronic resources, and seeing the variety of formats in which the ISW can be delivered.”