Celebrating a successful three-day training of Jump Up.
I am in Beijing getting ready to go to sleep after the first day of a training for a spinoff of the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium developed for children by Helena Read from Australia. 38 of us gathered in an office building on a smoggy Beijing day to experience community while playing games, learning how to work as team members, and share our love for our Mother Earth and its inhabitant with the younger generation.
Day two brought new insights into how to bring this message to children so that they feel empowered to help our Earth. I found out that one of the participants is a teacher in a Waldorf school here in Beijing. Waldorf and Montessori schools fill an important role in alternative ways of learning for parents that don’t want the rote and extremely competitive school experience in the Chinese school system. The alternative schools will be a great fit for the Jump Up program here and around the world.
I would like to find an elementary school in the US to try this program. It would take a commitment from the school of eight one and a half hour segments, which could be taught in a semester.
On our third day we discussed possibilities which the participates thought might happen in the future integrating the program in various ways in China. One woman works for a book publishing company and thinks a book could grow our of the program. Half of the group work for a company called Ideas and they hold summer camps for children. They want to integrate the Jump Up ideas into their program. The Waldorf teacher is actually the principal of the school and has the power to implement the program in creative ways. All in all, I think there is a strong possibility that this will be a program that will grow and find fruit in the children it inspires.
As with many things China, I have changed plans and will leave sometime next week. Just found out that the Micro E University is on break so timing would not work. It is a new endeavor for Himin Solar and I am curious about what is happening there. Will probably return in May/June time slot to see.
In the mean time I am getting ready to go to Beijing to be trained in Jump Up, a spin-off of the Awakening The Dreamer Symposium developed for children. I am so excited to see what Helena, from Australia, has in store for us in this training.
Since I will be here this week, I will attend the 350.ma node meeting. Anyone interested and not yet hooked up with 350.org should become familiar with this group working on limiting fossil fuels in various ways.
I want to thank my good friend and fellow ATD facilitator for taking time out of her busy day to help me with my new blog. She found and edited the beautiful header that I am now using, and helped me through my infancy in building my blog.
Thank you Kerry for being there when I needed you!
I’m heading to China for several weeks of facilitator training.
I’m getting ready to head to China for a new set of adventures. The first stop will be in Solar Valley, Dezhou, Shandong Province. If you want to look it up put in Huang Ming and Solar Valley and you will get lots of hits. I will be working with a group there developing a micro-e university in which the Awakening The Dreamer Symposium (ATD)will be a part. The university’s goal is to educate people from around the world about solar power. This endeavor is in its infancy so I am excited to see where it is headed. Please go to pachamama.org to learn about the Awakening The Dreamer Symposium.
After that I will take the high-speed train to Beijing where I will be trained for 3-days in a program designed for children based on the ATD symposium. I will be writing about it as I get trained in the program.
Look for the first part of this journey around March 8 or 9. I will be staying at the hotel pictured below where I am waving to you.
I AM CRAZY AND PASSIONATE ABOUT CHINA. HAVE BEEN GOING THERE SINCE 1983 SO THAT MAKES ME OLDER THAN A TEENAGER, WAY OLDER. HINT, I WAS 38 WHEN I WENT IN ’83. I am writing this blog so that I can share my China adventure which began in 1983 with a 3-week trip on a tour. I had […]
I am writing this blog so that I can share my China adventure which began in 1983 with a 3-week trip on a tour. I had been a flight attendant for Delta Airlines since 1965 and loved traveling. China stole my heart on that trip and I have been going there ever since as an adventurer, teacher of English as a Second Language, tour guide and now as an environmental steward for our beautiful Earth.
Please open up this link to get an introduction to the work of the Pachamama Alliance, the NGO that I volunteer for based in San Francisco and its Awakening the Dreamer Symposium.