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30 May, 2021
2:00 PM
Tatamagouche Centre, 259 Loop Route 6, RR#3, Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0

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ASPIRE Foundation Program: Facilitation, Design and Leaders

May 30 to June 4, 2021 Sunday 2:00pm to Friday 1:30pm

Registration is currently full for 2021, but we invite you to put your name on our waiting list.

There has perhaps been no other time like this one. This past year has presented us with a greater collective consciousness raising about the social divides and inequities present across communities and entrenched in systems, the reality of climate crisis, while experiencing a global pandemic. Globally, people are acknowledging the opportunities and need for change-makers – leaders, activists, designers, facilitators – equipped to work well in these conditions towards collective futures that are more just. 

Tatamagouche Centre has long understood our ASPIRE model as one that enables social and personal transformation, through participatory and justice centred approaches. As the Centre reflects on how we can be of service in this moment, offering the ASPIRE program is a way we can support the community based organization moving us forward. 

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

Drawing from 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. In addition, this year’s leadership team infuses the program with their experiences working from anti-racist and anti-oppressive approaches.

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 the 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.

“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

Program Cost

We share the true program fee to allow those who are able to pay this cost to do so. We also work hard to secure grant funding* to offer a subsidized program fee so that financial barriers do not prevent anyone from participating.

True Program Fee:  $1,606 tuition, meals & single lodging. Discount an additional $25 per night for shared lodging (following COVID-19 restrictions).

Subsidized Program Fee: $296 tuition, meals and single lodging.

Please email info@tatacentre.ca if this fee is still not affordable or any other barriers are preventing you from participating. We are committed to equity and addressing barriers to participation.

If you can afford to do so, please consider offering [A DONATION LINK]. Donations help to provide affordability for all.

If program costs are paid by an organization or business, we offer the subsidized program fee for the first participant. Thereafter, we ask that the organization contribute 40% of the true program fee.

Registration is currently full for 2021, but we invite you to put your name on our waiting list.

*Tatamagouche Centre is grateful for funding to support participation of seniors, Elders, BIPOC applicants, LGTBQIA2S+, youth, neuro-diverse applicants to participate in learning programs. [link to contributions page?]

Please read our Covid-19 protocols for our onsite gatherings.

Leadership Team

Mohamed Yaffa has been working in Diversity Inclusion and Cultural Competence for nearly twenty years. From 2007 to 2018. Mohamed was the coordinator and Consultant for the Diversity and Inclusion Program with Nova Scotia Health Authority – focusing on reducing health inequities for marginalized populations in the province. He coordinated cultural and family violence prevention programs for the 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.

Brian Braganza is a facilitator and experiential educator specializing in Leadership, Community Youth Development, and Masculinity. 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 the U.S. Brian has a 25-year history with the Tatamagouche Centre and with HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development. Brian delivers experiential programs for boys and 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. Brian lives with his wife Tara and their daughter near Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. He is also a wilderness traveler, writer and musician.

Rena Kulczycki (pronouns: they/them/their) is a facilitator who believes in building communities where our limits can be lovingly challenged and our ideas collaboratively cultivated. To that end, Rena designs and delivers programs that engage and lift up the gifts and wisdom of every participant, applying wit and skill to foster opportunities for authenticity and courageous vulnerability, centering voices from the margins, as we strive toward stronger (more magical!) communities of trust and support.

Rena draws on many experiences including training in conflict mediation and anti-oppressive facilitation, delivering youth camps and conferences on social justice, global issues and for trans and non-binary youth, serving on the board of and living in a housing co-operative, studying Sociology & International Development in university, living in rural and urban places across Turtle Island, and growing up in K’jipuktuk coming from a family of immigrants from both Poland and Korea. Rena unites these experiences and their passion for positive collaborative change in their work to heal and mobilize communities towards justice, particularly around gender and race.