cultures and exchanging ideas
April of 2005, I had the opportunity to visit Sevilla
at the invitation of Marian Bravo, Secondary Education
Advisor of the Centro del Profesorado de Sevilla, Spain.
I facilitated a workshop for 24 educators, mostly English
teachers, which was held over a 5-day period in the Teaching
theme of the workshop was "The Hero's Journey."
The Spanish people are intimately connected with this
concept, as the mythical story of Cervantes' don Quixote
permeates so many aspects of their culture.
day of the workshop represented an aspect of the Hero's
1: The Call
Day 2: Threshold Crossing
Day 3: The Abyss & Challenges
Day 4: The Transformation
Day 5: Return with a Gift
day was filled with activities and thought-provoking discussions
which could be used in our personal lives as well as to
enhance teaching methods in the classroom and growth in
the individual student.
time permits, I hope to write in more detail about each
day of the workshop to give you a better idea of how many
of the activities and lessons we used can be adapted for
use in your own classrooms from the Hero's Journey model.
personal experience in Sevilla was rich and deep - so
much so that I am still processing the impact it had on
me. Marian Bravo, Concha Julian de Vega and José
Pedro Lopez were gracious hosts, showing my cousin and
invaluable assistant Sondra Stenius the sites and sounds
of their wonderful country.
are a variety of photos taken during the class, including
the making of a spiral mandala on the last day. Mandalas
made during the five days were placed on a string spiraling
outward from the center. At the center was a platter containing
clam shells I collected from the beaches where I live
in the Puget Sound, Washington. Each person wrote a word
or phrase of wisdom on the inside of the shell. When all
mandalas had been placed on the spiral, we each stepped
to the center and selected a shell to keep as a memory
of the class.